Phillies rally to beat Braves 6-4 and stay undefeated
In a much-anticipated rematch between the Lincoln Little League Majors’ two top teams, the Phillies remained undefeated by holding off the Braves for a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.
The loss puts the Atlanta nine (8-2) 2 ½ games behind the league-leading Phils. The two clubs won’t meet again until May 21 in the final regular season game for both.
The Braves took an early 2-1 lead after one inning of play when Dylan Rhodes and Michael Newsom scored. The Phils’ pitching served up four base-on-balls and one hit-by-pitch before settling down to strike out the next three batters.
With two outs in the third inning, the Phillies' Ty Williams scored on errors to tie the game. He reached first base by drawing a base-on-balls.
Whatever pregame jitters were present seemed to disappear after the third inning.
In the top half of the inning, Brennan Rozell doubled for the Philadelphia nine with one out. After the Braves recorded a second out, Williams then brought Rozell home with a double. Connor Manley singled to get aboard and Grady Manley brought both home with a base hit.
Grady Manley scored on Kyle Easter’s base hit to make the score 6-2.
Not yet done, the Georgia boys came back in the fifth inning to score twice but that’s where it would end.
Newsom singled while Cole Cavarra and Harry Rounds drew walks to load the bases. Newsom scored on Clayton Coats base hit but Cavarra was later called out on a play at the plate. Rounds was the last to score as the Braves left two runners on base.
The Phillies had five hits in the game and the Braves four. Doubles by Rozell and Williams were the only extra-base hits.
Rozell pitched four innings for the Brotherly Love boys and Conner Manley closed the game. Rozell recorded 10 strikeouts.
Cavarra and Rounds pitched three innings apiece for the Braves combining for 10 strikeouts.
Standings – Phillies 11-0, Braves 8-2, Pirates 5-5, Rangers 5-5, Rays 4-7, Cardinals 2-8, Giants 0-8.
Schedule – Giants at Rays April 24, Cardinals at Rangers April 25, Giants at Pirates April 26. All games begin at 7:15 p.m.