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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Little League gets underway following spring break

Phillies top Majors’ standings
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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During the final day of play for Lincoln Little League before spring break, the Majors’ division Rays gave up a six-run lead to the Cardinals, but fought back an inning later for an 11-9 win.

Rays’ cleanup batter Ben Buhler was well aware he had an opportunity to give his team the lead as he came to the plate.

“I was just trying to put my team ahead,” said Buhler after the game. “If I could get a hit, I knew we could win.”

Making the best of the situation, Buhler got ahold of a high fastball and smacked it into right field. That hit drove in Nolan Chapple and Gavin Young for what turned out to be the winning runs.

Rays’ pitcher Max Petty sealed the game as the southpaw struck out the final three batters.

“Our kids could have gave up when they tied it,” said Rays’ manager Jon Chapple. “But they didn’t give up. I was proud of them.”

Despite the loss, the Cardinals comeback showed the resiliency of a team that nearly pulled off a big win. After the Rays pulled ahead 8-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals answered with a three-run inning which came up a home run shy of a team cycle.

Pinch hitter Alonzo Anglada led the Cardinals’ comeback going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Following Anglada’s lead, the Cardinals tied the game in the fifth inning with three hits, two base-on-balls, and a batter hit by a pitch.

But the Cardinals comeback ended there as Petty struck out the final batter to get out of the inning.

Both teams played with the urgency of squads looking to bounce back into the standings. The Rays, 2-3 after the win, are 2 ½ games back of the Phillies.

RANGERS 17, GIANTS 4

In the later game, the Rangers had two big innings to overpower the Giants.

Aiden Isola scored four runs and drove in that same amount batting in the leadoff spot. Alex Nunez also had four runs batted in and scored twice. Nunez had a home run and a single.

Scoring for the Giants were Jack Corriveau and Jacob Lemus; both scored twice. Austin Ratliff drove in three runs on two hits, one a double. Lemus also had two hits, both doubles and Corriveau also doubled.

Corriveau and Lemus also pitched for the Bay Area boys and combined for six Ks.

Nunez pitched two innings for the Texans and recorded six strikeouts.

In other week three games, the Braves defeated the Rays 17-7, the Phillies blanked the Rangers 16-0 and the Pirates topped the Rangers 11-8.

RAYS 11, CARDINALS 9

Rays            2 5 0  1 1 2 – 11

Cardinals     2 0 0  3 4 0 – 9

Individual Leaders

Rays – Buhler 2-4, 2r, 3bi, Young 2-4, 3r, 1bi, Chapple 1-3, 2r, Delgado 1-4, 1r, 1bi, Ewing 1-4, 1bi.

Cardinals – Anglada 2-3, 2r, 2bi, Pleich 1-3, 1r, 2bi, Freeman 2-2, 1r, Arbaugh 0-2, 1r, B.Christopherson 0-3, 1r.

Lincoln Little League

Baseball Standings

Majors            W        L         GB

Phillies 4          0          -

Braves             4          1          ½

Pirates             2          1          1 ½

Rangers           3          2          1 ½

Rays                2          3          2 ½

Cardinals         1          5          4

Giants              0          4          4

WEEK 5-6 SCHEDULE

April 5 – Braves vs. Giants, 7:15 pm

April 6 – Pirates vs. Braves, 1:15 pm

April 6 – Phillies vs. Rangers, 3:30 pm

April 6 – Giants vs. Cardinals, 6 pm

April 8 – Phillies vs. Pirates, 7:15 pm

April 9 – Braves. Vs. Cardinals, 7:15 pm