Downtowners take their cuts in exciting games
By Syd Steinhardt
The Downtown Little League had another exciting weekend of play. Here are some of the highlights:
In a match that featured good play by both teams, the Yankees fielding tandem of Zachary Kraehling and Veronica Chmiel were matched by the power hitting of Dean Scotti, who clouted two enormous home runs for the Giants.
The Expos remained unbeaten with an 11-6 victory over a very tough Blue Jay team. Vincent Licata and Michael Fragliossi each pitched three innings for the victory. Fragliossi also homered to tie the game when the Blue Jays had an early lead. Vincent Licata, Mark La Greca, and Arianna Elefterakis all delivered key hits while Peter Barbieri and Jake Shapiro led a stellar defense.
Lucas Ortega pitched a solid game for the Brewers against the Pirates. Devin Kolb and Josh Lawrence played well in the field.
In a slugfest, the Red Sox bats were alive as they beat the Orioles 28-9. Leading the offense, was Sam Gilberg, who homered and had four R.B.I. Luke Gehorsam went four for four and had three R.B.I.. Jake Goodman went four for four and had six R.B.I. Pitcher Owen Kimmel picked a runner off third base.
The Red Sox also beat the Mariners in a 12-3 contest that featured two Gilberg home runs, a Christian Albrizio home run, and excellent defensive plays on both teams, particularly by Eren Adriensen and Liam Galloway of the Sox. The Sox carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, and walked only one Mariner during the game. Wyatt Leach was the offensive star for the Mariners, hitting a triple.
In a tough battle, the Diamondbacks and the Devil Rays played to an 8-8 tie on Sunday. The game was highlighted by excellent pitching on both sides, a lot of balls in play and some tough defensive plays. Luke Shapiro started the game pitching for the Diamondbacks and pitched two excellent innings with the Diamondbacks leading 2-1 after the second inning. The Devil Rays scored 5 in the third. The Diamondbacks exploded for 6 runs in the next two innings behind key hits by Vincent Cotona, Joe Tuzzino, Liam Kolb, Julius Tsai and Shapiro. Vincent Cotona starred for the Diamondbacks with a long triple and excellent defense at first. Liam Kolb was excellent in relief and at the plate where he almost pulled off a heroic ending but was robbed by an excellent defensive play that left him stranded at third at the end of the game. Taylor Sibha had another outstanding defensive play at third base for the Dbacks. Nick Mauceri went the distance for the DRays and had an outstanding performance.
Vincent Catonas triple and two stolen bases powered the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Thomas DiCarlo and Alex Ortega also had a good day at the plate, going two for three and two for two, respectively. Right fielder Jack Scordato, doing his best impersonation of another Dodger star, Reggie Smith, held many long balls to singles. The game also featured the gritty heroics of Dodger catcher Skye Clarke, who was bloodied in a collision at first base but refused to leave the game.
In a pitching duel, the Rockies and Phillies tied 3-3. All the Rockies runs were unearned, attesting to the pitching prowess of the Phillies Andrew Melnick and Brian Oldfield. Their artistry on the mound was matched by the Rockies aces, David Cerami and Zack Karson.
Matthew Tuzzinos collected four hits in a game for the Reds, who nevertheless lost 13-5 to the Cubs.