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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Rangers win showdown for third place in Majors

Risucci quiets Rays’ bats
By: Staff Report
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In a battle for sole possession of third place in the Lincoln Little League Majors standings, the Rangers came out swinging to defeat the Rays 11-4 Tuesday night.

The Texans sent Evan Risucci to the mound and it proved to be the right decision. Risucci gave up just three hits and struck out nine Rays to secure the victory.

Alex Nunez came in for an inning to close for the Rangers.

Gavin Young of the Florida nine didn’t have the same fortune on the hill but he did blast a home run to get his club started. It was a solo shot in the first inning.

The Rangers didn’t hit home runs but they didn’t need to. Tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lone Star nine rallied for six runs and effectively put the game out of reach.

Logan Gross opened with a base on balls and scored. Risucci had a run batted in with a double as the Rays struggled on the mound. Also scoring were Aiden Isola, Risucci, Nunez, Robert Griffin and Michael Sargent. Shawndell Williams also had an RBI.

BRAVES 11, CARDINALS 4

The Braves kept a lock on second place in the Majors by defeating the Cardinals Monday.

Harry Rounds sent two shot over the fence and brought home six runners in all for his night’s work. Dylan Rhodes had two hits in the leadoff spot and Michael Newsom followed him by doing the same. Rounds also had a single in the contest and Rhodes doubled.

Newsom scored three times, Rhodes, Cole Cavarra and Rounds twice and Clayton Coats and Nate Labrado crossed the plate once.

Getting hits for the St. Louis nine were Miles Pleich, Gage Eastlick, Wyatt Arbaugh, Chase Christopherson and Blake Christopherson. Pleich, Richard Moore and the two Christophersons each scored.

Rounds could do little wrong as he also pitched 4 2/3 innings recording 11 Ks. He surrendered two of the Cardinals’ runs. He was relieved by Brett Woolley.

Pleich and Arbaugh threw for the Red Birds for six strikeouts between them.

Standings – Phillies 11-0, Braves 9-2, Rangers 7-5, Pirates 6-5, Rays 5-8, Cardinals 2-10, Giants 0-10.

Schedule – Pirates at Giants, May 1, Giants at Braves May 2, Phillies at Cardinals May 3.