McKinleyville Little League Report 5.22.13

The big game of the week was between undefeated Blue Jays and once beaten Humboldt Outfitters, and what a game it was with the Outfitters winning 6-3.

Quin Parker lead-off double sparked a 2-run rally in the first. Blue Jays answered back with 2 runs to tie it up. Back to back doubles, first by 9-year-old Alex Gorge and then David Elsa added another run in the 3rd for the Outfitters.

Blue Jays tied it back up as David Ramsey walked with the bases loaded, then Jaden Gorge came in relief of starter T.J. Campbell to stop the 2 out, bases loaded threat. Outfitters added another run in the 5th with a doubled to lead off the inning, he scored on as single by Brody Van Vleck giving the Outfitters and 3 run lead.

In the bottom of the final inning, Jay’s Logan Hansen’s scorched a double to the fence to start off the inning, but Gorge struck out the side to end the game. David Ramsey struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings before expiring his 85 maximum pitches allowed.

T.J. Campbell threw 49 pitches striking out 6, and Jaden Gorge threw just 48 pitches, while striking out 8 batters.

Earlier in the week, Blue Jays defeated a tough Safeway 5-2, the big highlight of the game was a hard hit homer off the bat of 10-year-old Chase Nielsen, the Jay’s 2nd baseman.

Murphy’s A’s took over the lead in the McKinleyville division with 2 wins this week. Monday they defeated Rich Drilling 12-3, Kameron Chance blasted his first career homer in the game.  Owen Bill pitched 3 strong innings for the win. 9 year-old Corbin Eichin and Austin McConnell both pitched impressive 1 inning each in the game, while Daniel Minton made his major division debut allowing a couple of runs, while striking out 2 batters.

In their other win of the week, again Owen Bill earned the win, as he pitched a complete game as the A’s defeated Safeway 13-7. Cameron Saso was 3-3 scoring 3 times. Both Tyler Bates and Kameron Chance scored twice for the A’s. Jackson Sandell went 2-3 scoring 2 times, as did Jacob Cutler-Richards.

It sure was nice to see Nate Ballew back on the field, making his first appearance on the field since, getting injured after being hit in the face, and breaking his jaw a couple of weeks back. Nice job pitching Nate. Aiden Peacock also pitched for the Red Sox, and went 3 for 3 in the game, scoring once.

On Friday, Barnes crushed Bettendorft Trucking 13-0 in 6innings. Barnes scored in all innings as the Truckers committed several errors in the game.

Earlier in the week, though Bettendorf pulled off the biggest upset of the season, as the players in the nice looking red uniforms held on the defeat, first place Trinity Diesel’s Rangers 9-7. Ian Shermer pitched outstanding holding  the high scoring Rangers to just 5 runs, before being relieved by 10-year-old Kyler Carr in the 5th. Levi Hiller made several nice plays at 3rd base, and banged out 2 hits driving in 3 runs in the game. Freddie Sundberg also was cited for making several key defensive plays from his SS position.

The big news was that Jacob White made his first appearance

of the season, coming off an injury, helping the young but very ”stick-to-it-ive-ness minded” Cardinals to their 3rd win of the season. I have no idea what that means, but it seems to work for them!

In the other game Friday, Quin Parker of Humboldt Outfitters drilled his first career LL home-run as the Outfitters squeaked out a 8-7 nail-biter, over perhaps the youngest team in our league, Murphys’s Mkts.

Big games this week feature

not only a battle for first place between McKinleyville A’s vs the Rangers, but in Arcata the Outfitters will work to revenge their only loss of the season squaring off against Barnes Drugs, both games will be played on Tuesday. If you get a chance check out either of these games, should be really good baseball.

This week will be a short week as teams will be off for Memorial Day week. Games will only be played Monday through Thursday. On Tuesday Murphy’s A’s will tangle with Trinity Diesel’s Rangers as the teams meet to see who will take or keep the lead in the standings, last time the Rangers came back to take a 5-3 decision.

Safeway and Rich Drilling match up Wednesday the first time Drillers won a come-from-behind victory 11-9, both these games will be played at Hiller Park, down in Arcata on the same day, Barnes plays host to Murphy’s A’s that game too should be a close contest, as the A’s won a tough 2 run decision last time the teams played.

Reminder that McKinleyville league will be hosting this year’s TOC tournament, which will start on Saturday, June 15 with the top teams from each league in the county participating.

We are also planning to hold a end-of-the-season, double elimination tourney starting right after the end of the regular scheduled league games between the 5 major division teams.  B-2 teams will also participate in a tourney at the same time, so plan to come out and see some great baseball that these teams are providing fans in our community.