PLAY BALL! McKinleyville Little League season begins

Photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios

Photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios

McKinleyville Little League opened its season last week with lots of great action.
On Monday Murphy’s A’s took on Blue Lake Jays, losing by the score of 1-0. Facing one of our area’s best pitchers, David Ramsey was a tough task. Ramsey struck out 15 batters, walking just two while allowing a bunt single to Kameron Chance in the fourth inning. The bright spot for Murphy’s in the game was that its pitchers only allowed one unearned, as they scored in the bottom of the third on a dropped attempted tag at home plate.
In other action on opening day, Rich Drilling Giants pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 6th inning breaking a 3-3 tied game, defeating Bettendorf Cardinals by a 4-3 score.
Trinity Diesel Rangers defeated Sierra Pacific of Arcata by the score of 9-1, behind a great pitching effort by Anthony Stubbs. Stubbs pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, having to give way to Chase Fisher for the final out. Mason Railsback, Lance Lally and Max Combs each hit for extra bases in the game.
The Rangers also defeated Arcata Murphys this week by the score of 11-7.
Actual opening day was held on Saturday, with opening ceremonies, introduction of players, message from league President Cathie Wainwright, and flag raising, while long-time sponsor and league coach Stan Dickey tossed out the opening day first pitch, in recognition of his family’s continued sponsorship and support of our local baseball program.

Photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios

Photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios

This year the McKinleyville Little League board voted to buy new uniforms for all five major division teams, adding major league names and style of uniforms.
Rich Drilling Giants, Murphy’s A’s, Bettendorf Cardinals, Trinity Diesel Rangers and Safeway Red Sox, were the names chosen to represent each of our sponsors.
Board members want our local Little League fans to continue recognizing our local businesses that sponsor and help fund our program at all divisions, minors, majors as well as softball.
Unfortunately our league is not hosting a girls softball program through the Little League organization this season, as most other local softball programs opted to go ASA softball instead, forcing our town to do the same.
We do, though, continue to help them out in anyway we possibly can and will continue to do so all year long.
I will try to write articles about our McKinleyville teams and will also include Arcata and Blue Lake game results when they play our McKinleyville teams. I want to thank all our coaches in the majors as well as the minor division teams, this season for all their time they put into the program. Recognizing managers; Safeway’s Kevin Pelascini, Trinity Tony Stubbs, Rich Drilling Tana Boyd,
I have Murphy’s again this season, and new manager to the majors this season is Bettendorf’s Todd Bates, long-time youth coach in McKinleyville. These fine folks also have many good assistants coaches in all divisions that I want to recognize today also. Thanks to all of you for stepping up to the plate this season.
Standings through last Thursday are: Trinity Diesel Rangers, 2-0; Safeway Red Sox 1-0; Rich Drilling Giants 1-1; Murphy’s A’s 0-1; and Bettendorf Cardinals 0-2 .
I will be writing lots more for the next issue.