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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Sox out duel Giants for No 1 spot in Majors’ standings

Hamp hurls six-hitter
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The anticipated meeting between the undefeated Giants and second place Red Sox in the Lincoln Little League Majors’ division proved well worth waiting for as the two clubs settled things from the mound. The Red Sox eventually claimed a 6-3 victory and the top spot in the standings. The Bosox sent ace Michael Hamp to the hill to face Giants’ hurler James Sweet. Although Sweet gave up one run in the top of the first inning, he seemed to hold the upper hand. The right-hander recorded eight strikeouts in the first three innings, but when the dust settled his club trailed 3-1. Hamp and his defense repeatedly worked their way out of jams against the hard-hitting Boys from the Bay. The Giants’ Nick Perieria slammed a double in the first inning, but was cut down at third on a throw from cutoff man Michael Newsom as Perieria tried to extend the hit. The orange-and-black’s Preston Eklund did knot the game 1-1 by stealing home before Hamp retired the side with a strikeout. “Because they (were) the No. 1 team, I knew we had to play good,” said Hamp. “They’re really good; everybody can hit the ball.” The SF club had been averaging over 12 runs a game prior to the contest. In their previous outing they racked up 19. Over the next two innings the Giants left four men on base, three in scoring position. “I think it was just us not hitting the ball,” said SF manager Joe Sweet. “We got a lot of runners in scoring position and had strikeouts. That’s what I talked about with the boys is there’s one thing we’ve got to improve on is getting the bat on the ball, which we didn’t do tonight.” Credit Hamp, who stayed steady when it looked like the Bay Area Bombers would break things open. He struck out the side in the fourth with a man on but had to exit the contest in the fifth inning. Reliever Cole Cavarra came on in the middle of the fifth and held on for the win. “I felt a little pressure because it was the top of their lineup,” said Cavarra as to his situation. “But I got up there and I tried to relax. I guess it worked.” Almost to perfection, however the Giants did push across a run in each of the last two innings on passed balls. Still, Cavarra maintained his composure and fanned two in the fifth with the bases loaded. In the sixth, James Sweet doubled and eventually scored. But the threat ended when Newsom threw out Perieria at first and Cavarra struck out the final batter. Other Games The Phillies held onto third place in the standings by edging out the Rangers, 5-4, last week. The Padres’ slump continued as they fell to the Yankees 4-3. That allowed the Big Apple boys to slip past the Pads into fourth place at 4-4. The Friars dropped to 3-4. The Pirates and Rangers round out the standings in sixth and seventh place. Schedule The Rangers and Pirates meet for the first time tonight, 7:15 p.m. at McBean Park. On tap for Saturday, Padres at Pirates (1 p.m.), Red Sox at Rangers (3:30 p.m.) and Yanks visit the Phils in the nightcap (6 p.m.). The Padres and Yankees will again go at it, 7:15, Monday night. The Giants are back in action again Tuesday hosting the Phillies and the Red Sox greet the Pirates Wednesday evening. Visit lincolnllbaseball.org for more information. Red Sox 6, Giants 3 R H E Red Sox 1 0 2 0 2 1 – 6 6 0 Giants 1 0 0 0 1 1 – 3 7 0 Red Sox ab r h bi Newsome 2b 3 1 1 1 Hamp p 3 2 2 1 Cavarra cf 3 0 2 0 McFarlin c 3 0 0 0 Hammond f 3 0 0 0 Eller lf 2 0 0 0 Eslinger 3b 3 0 1 0 Miller 1b 1 0 0 0 Rhodes ss 1 2 0 0 Johnson ph 0 1 0 0 Totals 22 6 6 2 WP – Hamp, 4 1/3 IP, 7 SO SV – Cavarra 2 2/3 IP, 4 SO Giants ab r h bi Sweet p 4 1 2 0 Perieria 1b 4 2 3 0 Krick 3b 2 0 0 0 Miles rf 1 0 0 0 Cosh cf 2 0 1 0 Arbaugh lf 1 0 0 0 Arglada 3 0 1 0 C’pherson ph 2 0 0 0 Philips ph 2 0 0 0 Totals 21 3 7 0 LP – Hamp, 5 IP, 13 SO RP – Eklund, 1 IP, 2 SO