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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Phillies surprise Braves; Cards down the Astros

Tonight, Pirates vs. Angels end regular season
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Braves clinched the No. 1 spot in the Lincoln Little League Majors standings Monday night, in spite of being handed a 13-3 setback by the Phillies Wednesday.

The Brotherly Love boys showed very little love, scoring nine runs in the first two innings and then tacking on four more in innings four and five to end the game early.

Phillies’ offense: Matthew Miller (2-4, double, 4 runs, 2 RBI), Zachary Hatten (single, run, RBI), Grady Manley (2-3, double, 2 runs, RBI), Bryce Bergman (triple, run, RBI), Peter Ordonio (2-3, double, run, 2 RBI), Eric Hedrick (run), Haydn Cloud (run), Isaiah Oates (single, run, RBI) and Brady Chapman (run).

Braves’ offense: Dylan Rhodes (single, run), Blake Havey (single), Ryan Knight (single, run), Turner Bloxsom (single), Jude Krick (single, RBI), Michael Newsom (double, run, RBI), Clayton Coats (double, RBI) and Brett Woolley (single).

Peter Ordonio went the full four innings for the Phils, striking out three. Havey and Coats worked two innings apiece for the Braves combining for six Ks.

The Atlanta nine committed six errors and the Phillies no errors.

Cardinals 16, Astros 5

The St. Lou Crew served notice they would be loaded for the playoffs by launching the Astros.

The Cards scored runs in the first, third and fourth innings to seal the deal Tuesday.

Cardinals’ offense: Aiden Barfield (2-3, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Cole Vineyard (single, 3 runs, RBI), Gage Eastlick (single, run, RBI), Wyatt Arbaugh (2 runs), Garret Tofft (single, run, 3 RBI), Bo Culbertson (2 runs, RBI), Jason Johnson (run), Michael Pinney (run, RBI), Marcus Barros (run) and Charles Byrd (run).

Astros’ offense: Nolan Chapple (2-3, triple, run, RBI), Shane Dunn (run), Gavin Young (single, run, RBI), Max Pettey (single, run), Addison Ewing (2-2, double, 2 RBI), Cole Chapple (single) and Jake Sbaffi (run).

With one game remaining in regular season play, Eastlick should capture the home run crown with nine on the season. Young will likely remain in second with seven.

Eastlick struck out five for the Cards in four innings. The Houston nine sent Nolan Chapple (2 1/3 ip), Ewing (1 ip, K) and Dunn (2/3 ip, K) to the hill.

The Cardinals committed three errors and the Astros seven.

Braves 9, Giants 5

The Georgia Boys put a stamp on No. 1 by topping the Bay Area boys Monday.

Trailing 5-3 heading into the top of the fourth inning, the Braves brought home five runners to cement their position in the standings.

Rhodes went three innings on the mound and was a relieved by Newsom, who came on to slam the door on the Giants. Newsom struck out three, while giving up three hits and a base on balls.

Braves’ offense: Rhodes (triple, 2 runs, RBI), Newsom (2-2, run, RBI), Coats (run), Havey (single, run, RBI), Woolley (2-3, run, RBI), Stewart Eskridge (2-3, double, run, RBI), Knight (run) and Colby Easter (single, run, RBI).

Giants; offense: Jared Baker (2-3, run), Jacob Lemus (single, run, RBI), Austin Ratliff (run), Zach Chamizo (RBI), Ben Corriveau (3-3, run, RBI) and Dustin Burns (run).

Ratliff pitched four innings and Knell two. Knell had three strikeouts to his credit and Ratliff one.

The Giants had three errors and the Braves four.

The Majors playoffs begin Tuesday.

Tonight’s Game at McBean Park

7:15 p.m. – Pirates at Angels

Lincoln Little League

Majors Baseball Standings

Team              W-L    GB

Braves             14-4     --

Cardinals         13-5     1

Giants              8-10     6

Angels             7-10     6 ½

Astros              7-11     7

Phillies 7-11     7

Pirates             6-11     7 ½