Resilient Rays bounce back with win over Cards

Rangers top Giants in Saturday late game
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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On Saturday afternoon at McBean Park, the Lincoln Little League Majors Rays came back to win 11-9 after allowing the Cardinals to tie the game an inning earlier.

The Rays held a six-run lead early in the game but the hard-hitting Cardinals chipped away at the lead. Led by Alonzo Anglada's triple and a two-run double, the Cardinals tied the game 9-9 entering the final inning.

With runners on first and second base, Rays' Ben Buhler drove in the winning runs with a single to right field.

"I was just trying to put my team ahead," said Buhler. "If I could get a hit, I knew we could win."

The Cardinals last chance was halted by Rays' southpaw Max Petty who struck out three batters to seal the victory.


Rays             2 5 0  1 1 2-11

Cardinals      2 0 0  3 4 0-9


The Rangers took an early eight-run lead over the host Giants in the late game Saturday and cruised to a 17-4 decision.

Aiden Isola and Alex Nunez each drove in four runs apiece and Evan Risucci brought home three for the Texans. Nunez chalked up a three-run home run in his first at bat.

Nunez and Isola also pitched two innings apiece with Nunez notching six strikeouts. Evan Odin threw for one inning.

Austin Ratliff hammered three runs across the plate for the Bay Area boys. Ratliff had two hits in the game, including a double. Jacob Lemus doubled twice in the contest and had a run batted in. Lemus and Jack Corriveau each scored two runs.

Corriveau and Lemus shared duties on the hill with Corriveau getting two Ks in three innings of work; Lemus fanned four over two innings.


Rangers           8 1 1  0 7 0 – 17

Giants              1 0 2  0 1 x – 4

Lincoln Little League will be on spring break until April 2 when the Rays call on the Rangers.

Read the full story and more in the March 28 publication of the Lincoln News Messenger