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LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup

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By Metz Camfield

Tuesday, May 18

Cubs 7 — 3 Mets

The Cubs got a dominating performance from pitcher Dusty Puckett in earning a 7-3 upset win over the Mets.

Puckett pitched 5.1 innings and struck out 15 batters. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Puckett didn’t allow another run. Zach Miller came in for relief work to get the final two outs of the game, allowing one run and striking out one batter. The Cubs earned strikeouts for 16 of the 18 outs in the game.

At the plate, Puckett hit his eighth home run of the season. Puckett had two RBI, and Dylan Boone had one. The Cubs also had two runs scored off walks and one off an error.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Cubs took the lead in the third, plating three runs. The Cubs stretched their lead to five runs with a score of 7-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before the Mets scored their final run to give the 7-3 final score.

Yankees 6 — 9 Rockies

The Rockies scored nine runs in the opening three frames and held on to upset the Yankees 9-6.

The Yankees got on the board in the first inning with runs scored by Colton Chambers and Kyler Campbell.

The Rockies responded however, by plating three runs of their own from Conner Wells, Joshua Lindsey and Chandler Royalty.

The Rockies scored three more runs in the second inning and third inning to take a 9-2 lead heading into the top of the fourth.

The Yankees then batted in three runs of their own, and one more in the sixth inning.

The Yankees had the bases loaded in the second, fourth and sixth innings, but the Rockies held them there in earning the upset victory.

Wednesday, May 19

Mets 5 — Red Sox 2

The Mets used nine hits and a complete game from Logan Stephens to earn a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Stephens struck out six batters in the complete game, his third of the season, only allowing two runs in a spot where the Mets needed him to pitch a lot of innings, Mets manager Tommy Rice said.

“He was under control and he threw strikes,” Rice said. “You only get 85 pitches in the game, that’s unheard of really to go six innings. He threw strikes, the defense made some good plays again and we won. I think he walked two so it was great. It was a good performance by him.”

The Mets got on the board first in the second inning with one run. They then brought home four more in the bottom of the third inning after the Red Sox had tied it up in the top half.

The Red Sox scored one more run in the fourth inning but it was not enough.

Thursday, May 20

Yankees 8 — 6 Reds

The Yankees got back on the winning track, and did so in dramatic fashion.

Trailing 5-1 entering the sixth inning, the Yankees’ bats got home as they took the lead by putting five runs on the board to take a 6-5 lead. Prior to the sixth inning, the Yankees had gotten a runner to at least third base only twice.

Needing at least one run to prolong the game, the Reds did just that with Eric Welsh coming home to touch the plate.

In the seventh inning, Even Flora, the Yankees’ leadoff batter, got hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Colton Chambers then advanced Flora to second. Kyler Campbell was then hit by a pitch. Jesse Howard would later reach on an error and Dillon Harper would get a base hit and the Yankees took the 8-6 lead.

The Reds couldn’t muster out any more runs and the Yankees comeback win was complete.

Friday, May 21

Indians at Cubs – PPD due to lightning

Rockies at Red Sox – PPD due to lightning

Saturday, May 22

Mets at Cubs – PPD because team did not have enough players present

Reds 6 — 9 Yankees

In a rematch from two days prior, the Yankees got another win over the Reds, but this one didn’t require extra innings.

The Reds got on the board in the first inning, only to have the Yankees respond with two hits and three runs to take the 3-1 lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the way.

The Yankees tacked on one run in the second inning, and the Reds responded with two in the top half of the third.

Leading 4-3, the Yankees drew five walks and scored four runs in the bottom half of the third inning to take the commanding 8-3 lead.

The Yankees then struck out the side in the fourth inning and held off a late three-run rally in the fifth inning by the Reds to go home with the 9-6 win.

Indians at Red Sox

Information from this game was not submitted by team coaches or managers in time for print.

Sunday, May 23

Cubs 8 — Reds 5

Dusty Puckett hit his ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning Sunday, and batted home two runs, to go along with the three runs he scored, himself, and the Cubs held on to beat the Reds 8-5.

Puckett started the game pitching, striking out four batters in 2.1 innings of work and 35 pitches.

Jordan Adams came in with two outs left in the sixth inning and men on second and third base. The Cubs held on though, leading from start to finish.

The Cubs scored two runs in the first inning, only to have the Reds cut that deficit in half during the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning for both teams, the Cubs brought home four runs in the top of the third to temporarily give them a five-run lead with three innings remaining.

The Reds responded with a two-run inside the park home run by Eric Welsh. Puckett then answered with a two-run home run of his own in the fourth inning to give the Cubs an 8-3 lead.

The Reds scored two runs in the sixth inning and had runners on second and third with one out, but couldn’t bring them home and the Cubs got the 8-5 win.

Rockies 0 — Indians 2

Logan Mann pitched a complete game for the Indians, striking out four Rockies batters and the Indians squeaked by with a 2-0 win.

Mann, whose favorite position is catcher, had never previously pitched for more than three innings in a single game, and was aided by some great defensive plays.

Centerfielder Tanner Kirkpatrick caught several well-hit balls in the outfield, and a throw from shallow right field to home by second baseman Bryndon Labhart in the fifth inning was just in time to keep the shutout in tact.

Home plate umpire Mac McEndree said the tag by Indians catcher Cade Osborne was “picture perfect.”

Down three players, the Indians brought up Zack Kincaid to play right field and he performed well with the major leaguers, catching a couple fly balls and drawing a walk in the second inning.

The Indians scored both runs in the second inning on a double by Gunnison Coffey that brought home Hayden Bright and Mann.

The Rockies nearly tied it up in the sixth inning with a towering shot by Dalton Cook that landed just shy of the fence in left field. Mann struck out the next batter and the final batter flied out to Kirkpatrick as the Indians survived with the 2-0 win.