Pirates burn the Cards; Braves move into first
The Lincoln Little League Pirates continued to plunder the Majors division by taking down the once league-leading Cardinals 7-6 Saturday night.
The loss dropped the Red Birds (10-4) into second place behind the Braves (9-3) by .036 percentage points with two and a half weeks remaining in the regular season. The Braves defeated the Giants Friday, but were idle Saturday.
After starting the season 0-6, the Buccaneers caught fire in April and have gone 4-2 since. Ironically, the Pirates won their first game of the season 4-3 over the then league-leading Cardinals.
However, Saturday’s game between the St. Lou Crew and Steel Town boys didn’t end quietly. The two battled into the ninth inning, when the Bucs scored in the top half of the inning and the Cardinals couldn’t answer.
The Pirates’ Kyle Morrison ripped a base hit in the ninth and then worked his way around the bases. He came home to score the winning run on a wild pitch.
Both teams scored a run in the third inning. The Pittsburgh nine scored a run in the fifth and the Missouri nine answered in the sixth to send the game into extra innings.
After a four-run inning in the top of the eighth, the Bucs appeared to have the game sewed up. But the Cards answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, pushing the game into the ninth and deciding frame.
Pirates’ offense: Devin Brown (2 runs), J.T. Willis (double, 2 runs, RBI), Jared Kelty (2-5, double, run, 2 RBI), Tommy Turner (2-4, triple, 2 RBI), Morrison (2-2, 2 runs) and Kayden Perez (single).
Cardinals’ offense: Aiden Barfield (2-5, double, run, RBI), Gage Eastlick (run), Wyatt Arbaugh (double, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Bo Culbertson (single, run), Garret Tofft (triple, 2 RBI) and Michael Pinney (run).
Kelty pitched an outstanding game for 5 1/3 innings and Turner closed. Kelty and company battled as the Pirates’ hurler struck out seven, walked two, gave up three hits and allowed just two runs to cross the plate. Turner fanned nine and surrendered just one earned run.
The Pirates committed one error.
Arbaugh and Cole Vineyard shared duty on the hill, with Arbaugh going 4 2/3 innings and Vineyard 4 1/3. They combined for 13 Ks. The Cardinals had four errors.
Giants 7, Astros 5
The hot and cold Bay Area boys turned four hits into seven runs to topple the Texans Saturday. The loss kept the Astros from taking over sole possession of third place.
The Giants jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and then hung on for the victory.
The Astros Gavin Young shook thinks up with a three-run blast into the folding chairs in left center in the fourth inning and hammered a double to drive in two runs in the sixth, but that was the extent of the Houston nine’s scoring.
Giants’ offense: Dustin Burns (run), Jared Baker (RBI), Jacob Lemus (2-2, run), Austin Ratliff (single, run, RBI), Zach Chamizo (run), Tyler Guthrie (single, run), Reagan Simpson (run, RBI) and Chase Dunkinson (run, RBI).
Astros’ offense: Shane Dunn (2-3, 2 runs), Nolan Chapple (1-2, 2 runs) and Young (double, HR, run, 5 RBI).
The Texans committed six errors in the contest and the Giants zero.
Lemus and Petey Knell had four strikeouts apiece, with starter Lemus going 3 2/3 innings. Young pitched 3 1/3 innings, earning six strikeouts. He was relieved by Addison Ewing.
The Phillies and the Angels were on the docket to play the early game, but no score was indicated.
Lincoln Little League
Majors Baseball Standings
Team W-L GB
Braves 9-3 .750
Cardinals 10-4 .714
Astros 6-6 3
Angels 6-6 3
Pirates 5-8 4 ½
Giants 5-8 4 ½
Phillies 3-9 6