McKinleyville Little League Report

Murphy’s defeated a tough Barnes Drugs by the score of 4-2 last week. Behind a strong pitching effort from team ace Owen Bill, they came from behind 2-1 in the 4th inning scoring twice and adding an insurance run in the bottom of the 5th,

littleleaguestandings5.1.13Bill helped his own cause, drilling a stand-up triple down the right field line, scoring on a fielders choice ground out by Thomas Locatelli. Kameron Chance scored Murphy’s first run as he laid down a bunt to lead off the bottom of the first, stole 2nd and scored on a double off the bat of teammate Cameron Saso. Barnes’ Isaac Puzz singled to right, scoring on a hit by Wylie Walkner to give Barnes a 2-1 lead.

Outfitters remained undefeated as they gave the Rangers their 2nd loss of the season, by the score of 6-4. Alex Gorge drove in 3 runs on a double in the first inning, as Outfitters scored 4 times in the frame. Both teams played great defense making several catches to kill each other’s rallies.

In fact, the game ended as Jaden Gorge made a nice diving catch on Joshua Thernell’s liner in the hole at shortstop with a runner at 2nd base. Tommy Robinson ripped a triple to lead off the 5th inning down the line in left, after 2 unsuccessful bunts attempts to plate Robinson, lead-off batter Brody VanVleck hit a single to drive in Tommy with the go-ahead run.

Top hitters for the Ranges were Mason Railsback 2×2, Chase Fisher 1×2, double, and AJ Stubbs 2-3. Remy Campbell was 1-2, as was Yukio Forth for the Outfitters, Jaden Gorge went 1-1 with a walk. Quin Parker earned the win, pitching the final 3 innings.

On Saturday the Outfitters shutout Safeway Red Sox by the score of 10-0 in 4 innings. T.J. Campbell pitched all 4 innings of no-hit ball, while striking out 7. Brody Van Vleck went 2 for 3, Quin Parker was 2-2 while Tommy Robinson drilled a triple going 1-2 on the day.

Barnes Drugs fell behind to Arcata Murphy’s 6-0, but fought back to win by the score of 17-8. Lissandro Carillo, first-year major division player, blasted a towering off field home-run to help in the win.

Up in McKinleyville, Murphy’s A’s earned a tough fought game vs. Rich Drilling’s Giants by the score of 8-5. Ten-year-old Cameron Saso drilled a 3 run homer in the 5th inning to give his team a 8-3 lead.

Teammate Owen Bill pitched 5 1/2 strong innings going 65 pitches into the 6th before being relieved by 9-year-old Austin McConnell, as Austin made his major division debut on the hill for the A’s.

Saso was also cited for making several nice defensive plays from his shortstop position as was Kameron Chance playing in the double play position at 2nd base. Elijah Mead went 2 for 2 and made several nice catches in the game for the A’s. Giants Chris Friendly pitched 4 strong innings and banged out 2 hits in the game, driving in 3 runs in the game.

That’s all for this week, off to Redding along with many others this weekend, as local travel AAU basketball teams hit the road to compete in the Shasta Magic event. There are as many as 10 girls and boys teams playing in gyms all over the Redding area.

Last reminder that McKinleyville Little League is hosting its annual dinner/auction event at Cher-ae-heights Casino in Trinidad on Sunday, May 5, starting at 6 p.m, with no host cocktail hour and chance to check out the auction goodies.

Hope to see many of your current and former parents of McKinleyville baseball and softball players that evening, I have tickets I can sell you or tickets can also be bought at the door that night, but the more advance notice of how many folks are attending the more accurate head count we can have helping organize the dinner.

Please call me at 599-9494 if you need tickets I will deliver to you, help me out as Jerry “big time recycle King” is kicking my butt on most tickets sold so far!