Pirates continue win streak; Cards strengthen lead

Playoff tournament begins May 27
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The amazing Pirates of the Lincoln Little League Majors won their third game in a row by defeating the Angels 7-1 in the late game Saturday.

The Buccaneers Tommy Turner pitched a complete, four-hit game and struck out 11 batters in the process.

Batting in the top of the first inning, the Pittsburgh nine rolled up four runs to essentially end the game. Turner had a sacrifice run batted during that inning to help his cause.

At the plate: Devin Brown (1-2, 2 runs, triple, RBI), J.T. Willis (1-3, run), Jared Kelty (3-3, triple, run, RBI), Jacob Johansen (run), Kayden Perez (1-1, double, run) and Chase Freeman (run).

The Angels’ lone score came in the third inning, when Michael Sargent singled in Aiden Isola.

Halos’ hitting: Isola (1-1, run), Nate Schmich (1-3) and Sam Sommerhauser (1-3).

Colby Green pitched three innings for the Angels for four strikeouts, Isola went two innings for three K and Tommy Fairbrother pitched an inning and struck out one.

Cardinals 6, Astros 2

Hoping to gain some ground on the Red Birds, the Texans came up short as the Cardinals tighten their hold on first in the standings Saturday.

Aiden Barfield provided all the runs the St. Lou Crew needed, scoring in the first, second and third innings. Cole Vineyard also scored in the first inning, and Charles Byrd and Garrett Tofft added insurance in the third inning.

Providing the firepower: Vineyard (1-3, RBI), Gage Eastlick (2-3, double, 3 RBI), Arbaugh (2-3, RBI), Chase Christoherson (1-2), Tofft (1-2), 

Wyatt Arbaugh went the distance on the hill for the Cards and struck out10.

Cole Brown and Max Pettey scored for the Houston nine; both runs came in the fourth inning.

Hitting for the Astros: Brown (1-3), Pettey (1-3, RBI), Nolan Chapple (1-3, RBI).

Chapple and Pettey shared pitching duties, with Pettey getting five Ks in three innings of work.

Braves 10, Phillies 7

The Brotherly Love boys slipped into last place in the standings, thanks to a strong hitting Atlanta nine.

At the plate for the Braves: Blake Havey (3-3, run, 3 RBI) and Clayton Coats (1-3, run, RBI). Jude Krick scored two runs for the Braves; also scoring were Dylan Rhodes, Thomas Reynolds, Michael Newsom, Brett Woolley, Steward Eskridge and Ryan Knight.

The Phils’ Bryce Bergman ripped a grand slam to almost straightaway center field in the fifth inning and Grady Manley blasted a two-run shot over the left-field fence in the third.

Phillies batting: Isaiah Oates (2-4, run), Zackary Hatten (3-4, 2 runs), Grady Manley (2-4, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Bryce Bergman (1-3, HR, run, 4 RBI), Haydn Cloud (1-3) and Julian Ruiz (run).

Woolley pitched 4 1/3 innings and struck out nine to hold back the Philadelphia nine; Newsom struck out four in 1 2/3 inning of work..

Peter Ordonia spent 3 2/3 innings on the hill for the Phils (8K), Cloud two innings (3K) and Jonathan Knacke pitched a third of an inning.

Cardinals 8, Braves 5

The Georgia boy’s could not outscore the league-leading Cards Friday night as the Missouri nine held off the Braves by three.

The heart of the Cardinals’ batting order scored seven of the club’s runs and included a two-run home run by Gage Eastlick, his eighth of the season.

The Braves put runners in scoring position all night, but couldn’t get enough of them home to make the difference. Nine runners were stranded on base, six in scoring position.

Hitting for the Cards: Bo Culbertson (1-4, run), Vineyard (2 runs), Eastlick (2-2, double, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI),  Arbaugh (1-2, 2 runs), Christopherson (1-2, double, 3 RBI), Barfield (1-2, 2 RBI) and Marcus Barros (1-1).

Braves hitting: Rhodes (1-2, run, RBI), Newsom (2-4, run, double, 2 RBI), Coats (run), Eskridge (run), Colby Easter (1-1, double), Turner Bloxsom (1-2) and Krick (run).

The St. Lou Crew sent Eastlick (4 ip, 7 K), Christopherson (1 2/3 ip, 3 K) and Arbaugh (1/3 ip, K) to the mound; the Atlanta nine offered Coats (3 ip, 6 K), Newsom (2 ip, 2 K) and Woolley (1 ip, 2 K).

This Week’s Schedule

Thur., 7:15 p.m. – Astros at Phillies

Fri., 7:15 p.m. – Braves at Giants

Sat., 1:15 p.m. – Phillies at Angels

Sat., 3:30 p.m. – Giants at Astros

Sat., 6 p.m. – Cardinals at Pirates

All games are at McBean Park.

Lincoln Little League

Majors Baseball Standings

Team              W-L    GB

Cardinals         10-2     --

Braves             8-3       1 ½

Astros              5-5       4   

Angels             5-6       4 ½ 

Giants              4-7       5 ½ 

Pirates             4-8       6

Phillies            3-8       6 ½