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LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup

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By Metz Camfield

Tuesday, May 25

Red Sox 4 — Cubs 9

Paced by a strong opening three innings, the Cubs defeated the Red Sox by a count of 9-4. Puckett belted out his 10th home run of the season, and four Cubs pitchers combined for nine strikeouts.

The Cubs scored three runs in the opening frame, followed by another two in the second to take a 5-0 lead heading into the top-half of the third.

The Red Sox cut into the Cubs’ lead with three runs of their own, but couldn’t cool down the Cubs’ bats. With their lead cut to two, the Cubs responded in the bottom of the third with four more runs.

Puckett pitched three innings for the Cubs, striking out five batters. Other Cubs pitchers included Zane McCoy, who pitched one inning, striking out one, Jordan Adams, who pitched two innings, striking out two, and Zach Miller, who struck out the lone batter he faced in the sixth inning.

Puckett led the Cubs with a triple to go along with his home run. He finished the game with two RBI. McCoy, Miller, Adams and Josh Quire each had one RBI.

Mets 9 — Reds 5

Behind strong performances at the plate from Jacob Rutherford and Bradley Sowder, the Mets earned their 12th win of the season with a 9-5 win over the Reds.

Rutherford and Sowder each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Mets and each scored two runs.

Trailing 4-0 entering the top of the fourth, the Mets finally found their offense, and got their first run on the board.

Then, in the fifth inning the Mets brought home three runs to tie the score at four entering the final frame.

The hot bats continued for the Mets in the sixth as they plated five additional runs to give them a 9-4 lead.

Daniel Whalen paced the Reds’ offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a single, double and triple. Whalen also drew a walk.

Zach Rice was the starting pitcher for the Mets and struck out three batters. Logan Stephens came in later and struck out five to close out the game.

Wednesday, May 26

Reds 9 — Cubs 7

A 4-for-4 day at the plate from Dusty Puckett was not enough as the Reds pulled out a 9-7 victory over the streaking Cubs.

Reds starting pitcher Lane Marquardt struck out eight batters in four innings, and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a single and two doubles to lead the Reds to the win.

After each team scored one run in the first inning, the Reds scored one more run in the second and four in the top half of the third.

Trailing by five, the Cubs scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the third inning to make the score 6-3.

Not finished at the plate, the Reds continued with three more runs in the top half of the fourth inning to give them a 9-3 lead.

The Cubs, led by a 4-for-4 performance from Puckett that saw one outside-of-the-park home run, two inside-the-park home runs and one double, wouldn’t go down easy. The Cubs fought back with three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit as the Reds held on to win 9-7.

Friday, May 28

Cubs 11 — Indians 1

The Cubs brought eight runs home in the third inning and coasted by the Indians to an 11-1 win in four innings.

Zane McCoy was the starting pitcher for the Cubs, striking out seven batters in 3.2 innings of work. Ryan Clark came in to face the last batter of the game, and struck him out.

The Cubs put three runs on the board in the first inning. Josh Quire had an RBI and stole home from third base, and Dusty Puckett stole 2nd base, 3rd base and home.

The score remained 3-0 in favor of the Cubs heading into the fourth inning. In the fourth the Cubs got RBI from Quire, Jordan Adams, Caleb Boyles, Puckett and McCoy.

Rockies 3 — Red Sox 9

A solo home run from Nathan McGregor in the first inning gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead they would never surrender.

Jacob Brown pitched 4.2 innings and struck out eight batters en route to the win. After the game, Brown and manager Scott Brown talked about living in the moment being key to their success.

The Rockies scored two runs in the top half of the third inning to bring the score to 3-2, but wouldn’t get closer the rest of the way.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the third. After the Rockies scored one run in the top of the fifth, the Red Sox brought home four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 9-3.

Saturday, May 29

Rockies — Red Sox

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

Yankees 2 — Cubs 4

The one-two punch of Dusty Puckett and Jordan Adams on the mound was too much for the Yankees offense to overcome.

Puckett pitched 4.1 innings and struck out nine batters while Adams came in relief going 1.2 innings and struck out all five batters he faced.

The Cubs scored two innings in the bottom of the first inning and one in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead.

The Yankees came back with two runs in the top half of the third inning, but the Cubs responded with one more run in the bottom half of the inning. Both teams would go scoreless the rest of the way in an intense game featuring two of the league’s best starting pitchers.