Rattlers 15 – Bees 8
With the regular season championship on the line, the Rattlers gained the momentum early with a five-run first inning, and held on for the victory.
Rattlers 15 – Bees 8
With the regular season championship on the line, the Rattlers gained the momentum early with a five-run first inning, and held on for the victory. The Rattlers’ offense was led by Rixon Webb, Josh Meighan, and Caleb Parnell, each of whom went three for three. Parnell’s offensive output included two doubles and five runs batted in. Nick Fiegel also had a big day, going three for three with a double, while also making defensive plays to thwart the Bees. For the Bees, Tom Ferrick went three for three at the plate, and Erik Bjorklund made a great diving stop for an out in the fourth inning.
Red Wings 6 – Ironbirds 5
In June 1, the Red Wings held off a last-inning comeback by the Ironbirds. For the Red Wings, Vinh Ritter, Casey Scheuerman and Joe Lokke each went two for two. Ritter also led the defensive effort, making a fine catch near the pitcher’s mound. For the Ironbirds, Holly Nelson made two key plays in the field, Michael Nelson went two for two with a double and two RBI’s, and Porter Albrecht and Tyler Johnson each went two for two.
Ironbirds 12 – Knights 5
In a playoff match-up, the Ironbirds held off the Knights on Saturday, June 5. For the Ironbirds, Tyler Johnson snagged a towering pop fly for a key out, and also went two for three at the plate. Jacob Nelson contributed a key defensive play at third base and went three for three on offense. Devon Boldt, Daniel Trauberman, Jacob van Leeuwen, and Joseph Nelson added three hits apiece.
Sand Gnats 11 – Scrappers 8
Highlights of this closely-contested game included a great defensive play by James August at third base and a strong outing on the mound by Annika Freese.
Pirates 12 – Angels 7
The Pirates topped the Angels in a hot, mid-day battle on June 6. Craig Fischer smacked a two-RBI triple to help the Pirates’ cause and stalwart catcher George Maya snagged a key pop-up behind the plate. The Angels scored three runs in the first inning, playing effective “small ball” with bunts and steals. They also looked sharp on defense, ending the first and second innings with double plays.
Nationals 8 – Red Sox 4
In a game marked by timely homers, the Nationals defeated the Red Sox on Saturday, June 5, at Westgate Park. The Sox’s Ted Terwilliger got the scoring started with a two-run homer. Casey Lauer’s answered with a two-run blast, giving the Nats momentum they would not relinquish. Aggressive base running, a two-run double by Tayvon Brown and strong pitching by Noah Anderson and Casey Lauer made the difference for the Nationals.
A’s 6 – Nationals 5
In the second one-run match-up this season between the Swingin’ A’s and the Nationals, A’s pitchers Logan Nesson and Annie Ferguson combined to allow just four hits to earn the win. Nesson struck out six over three and two thirds innings, and Ferguson struck out two and induced five ground-outs for the save. Six A’s got hits, including William Watt, who had a sharp drive to left. Zach Welch hit a key two-run triple, and Bryan Martin’s bunt produced an RBI. Brian Nelson had two singles; Dylan Galt and Ferguson added singles. For the Nationals, Justin Trainor had a double and a triple, and Connor Freeman and Chris Meador added singles.
A’s 5 – Yankees 1
A’s pitcher Logan Nesson struck out eight over three innings, with Annie Ferguson, Michael Parella and Brian Nelson each contributing an inning of relief work. Nesson hit his fifth home run of the season, scoring three. Parella added two singles, Bryan Martin doubled, and Nelson singled.