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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Phillies top Yankees to tighten hold on third place

Six games remain for Majors
By: Joshua Gutierrez News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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With Thursday's 8-1 victory over the Yankees, the Phillies secured a top-three finish in Lincoln Little League's Majors' division. Ty Williams pitched four innings of one-hit baseball, allowing one earned run. The right-handed pitcher struck-out seven, leading the Phillies to an 11-5 overall record. At the plate, Williams proved to be just as productive. Drawing two walks and launching a solo home run in the fifth-inning. ?It's always pretty fun to hit a home run,? said Williams after the game. Phillies' hitters showed a combination of aggressiveness and patience at the plate. As a team, the Phillies were 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Five of the eight hits on the afternoon were extra-base hits. Yankees' pitchers were faced with a disciplined crew, drawing six base-on-balls. Lead-off hitter Justin Kraft wasted no time in capturing a Phils' lead. On the first pitch of the game, Kraft hit a home run over the left-field fence. Fellow teammates followed Kraft's lead. The first-inning was to end with each player in the Phillies' lineup getting an at-bat. Grady Manley, Moises Huerta, Matt Martelle and Josh Morris supplied production in the back-half of the order. The four combined to go 5-for-11 with three doubles and five-runs batted in. Phillies? relief pitcher Brennan Rozell shut the door on a late Yankee rally by striking out the last batter of the game. Thursday's win came on the heels of Monday's 9-5 victory over the league-leading Giants. Phil?s Manager Brett Rozell spoke admirably of his team heading into the Tournament of Champions, ?These guys are fighters, they're absolute fighters,? said pleased skipper Rozell of his club. ?They're a good group of kids and they're getting hot at the right time.? Yankees? starting pitcher Gavin Young settled down after a rocky first-inning. Three of the last five batters he faced struck out. In the third-inning Cade Borgerson came on in relief. Borgerson struck out six batters in two and one-third innings of work. Despite being held to only two hits in the game, the Yankee line-up showed patience at the plate. Yankee batters were able to work the count consistently, drawing six walks throughout the game. Their only run came when Pete Murillo was hit by a pitch in a bases-loaded second inning. The Yankees' late season schedule has proven to be one of the most difficult of any team. Their last four games have been against the top-four teams in the league. In the last game of the season, May 29, the Yankees had to play a Giants? squad coming off only their second loss of the season. Even with a loss, the Giants will hold the first-overall spot in the standings at end the season. The Yankees, on the other hand, will look to reposition themselves in front of the Rangers, who currently stand a game ahead in fifth-place with a 5-11 record. The Phillies have two games remaining on their regular-season schedule. On May 30, Manager Rozell's squad will play the 1-15 Pirates. On June 6, the Phillies will resume a continuation game against the second-place Red Sox. Schedule The Padres take on the Rangers at 7:15 p.m. tonight at McBean Park. Saturdays lineup features the Giants at the Padres (1 p.m.), Pirates at Rangers (3:30 p.m.) and the Phillies close out with the Red Sox at 6 p.m. All the action is at McBean Park. The home run leader is Preston Eklund of the Giants with nine and just behind him with eight is Charles Middleton of the Padres. Those with six jacks apiece are Chad Bagwell (Yanks), Gregory Pallas (Pads) and the Phillies 8, Yankees 1 R H E Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 Phillies 4 0 0 0 4 x 8 8 0 Phillies ab r h bi Kraft c 4 1 2 2 Rozell ss 3 1 0 0 Williams p 1 2 1 1 Easter 3b 2 1 0 0 Manley 2b 3 1 1 1 Bergman ph 1 0 0 0 Martelle cf 1 1 1 1 Huerta 1b 3 1 2 2 Morris rf 1 0 1 1 Baker lf 0 0 0 0 Totals 23 8 8 8 2B ? Morris, Manley, Huerta; HR ? Kraft, Williams LOB: 6 Yankees ab r h bi Graham ss 3 0 1 0 Bagwell 1b 3 0 0 0 Borgeson c 3 0 1 0 Young p 2 0 0 0 Williams 1b 2 1 0 0 Dombush rf 1 0 0 0 Buhler 2b 3 0 0 0 Welburn lf 0 0 0 0 Murillo cf 0 0 0 1 Womack ph 1 0 0 0 Total 19 1 2 1 Yankees IP H ER SO Gavin Young 2.0 3 4 3 Cado Borgerson 2.1 1 1 6 Ryan Graham 0.2 4 3 1 Total 5.0 8 8 10 Phillies IP H ER SO Ty Williams 4.0 1 1 7 Justin Kraft 1.0 0 0 2 Brennan Rozell 1.0 1 0 2 Total 6.0 2 1 11 Lincoln Little League Majors Division Standings Team W L Pct GB 1. Giants 14 2 .875 - 2. Red Sox 12 5 .706 2 3. Phillies 11 5 .688 3 4. Padres 9 7 .563 5 5. Rangers 5 11 .313 9 6. Yankees 5 12 .294 9 7. Pirates 1 15 .063 13 Home Run Leaders Preston Eklund, Giants ? 9 Charles Middleton, Padres - 8 Chad Bagwell, Yankees ? 6 Gregory Pallas, Padres ? 6 James Sweet, Giants ? 6 Michael Hamp, Red Sox ? 5 Cade Borgerson, Yankees ? 4 Leo Martinez, Rangers ? 4 Ryan Graham, Yankees ? 3 Joseph Flores, Padres ? 3 Justin Kraft, Phillies ? 3 Greden McFarlin, Red Sox ? 3 Ty Williams, Phillies ? 3 Also hitting home runs: Matt Brown (Pi, 2) Zack Eutsey (G, 2), Jace Krick (G, 2), Lee Michaelson (Ra, 2), Pablo Miller (RS, 2), and one each Cole Cavarra (RS), Blake Christopherson (G), Deven Coffer (Y), Derek Hammond (RS), Grady Manley (Ph), Trevor Rodriquez (Pa), Bobby Tofft (Pa), Nick Ulloa (Ra) and Moises Huerta (Ph).