Season is underway, and so are the home runs

The season is into full swing as sunny, but windy and cold days saw lots of great action this past week.

On Saturday McKinleyville Murphy’s crushed Bettendorf 10-0. Behind strong pitching by Owen Bill, the A’s scored 10 times in 3 1/2 innings of play. Trent Lundin led the way going 2 for 2 and scoring twice. Later in the week Murphy’s Cameron Chance faced off with Humboldt Outfitter’s Jaden Gorge and a great pitching duel.

littleleaguestandingsBoth pitchers did an outstanding job for their teams, as they both maxed out their allowed 85 pitch count into the 7th inning with the score deadlocked at 2.

Quin Parker came in relief for the Outfitters as they squeezed in the wining run on a single to right off the bat of Justin Grandfield scoring Jaden Gorge, his 3rd run and only player to score for his team, as they squeaked out a 3-2 win, in what was an awesome Little League game. Ten year old Lucas Lynch was cited for playing a great game defensively for A’s as he made 3 nice catches in right field, and laid down 2 perfectly placedĀ  bunts that Jaden somehow managed to throw him out at first base.

Outfitters Alex Gorge played a nice game at first base, digging out a couple of low throws as well as catching 2 wind blown fly balls that were tough to handle.

A’s were back on the field on Thursday against league-leading Trinity Rangers. Owen Bill took the hill for the A’s matched up against the Ranger’s Lance Lally.

Both pitchers struck out 5 opponents. A’s took what appeared to be a safe lead in the top of the first, after one man was out 10-year-old Cameron Saso drilling a line drive double into center field, he scored on a base hit into right field by Tyler Bates, Bates moved to 2nd on the throw home, delayed steal to 3rd and he scored on a towering double down the line by Trent Lundin. Lundin scored the 3rd run of the inning on a passed ball. Lally then toughened up and shut the A’s out the rest of the way.

Then in the bottom of the 5th inning A’s still winning 3-0, ran into some trouble. First Anthony Eggink, was drilled in the back, taking first, Kellen Lignitz reached first on an error, 10 year-old (new to town from Santa Rosa) Mason Railsback, singled in a run, Max Comb reached on a forced out at 2nd base, pitcher Lance Lally hit a swinging bunt that Murphy’s defense opted not to make a play anywhere loading the bases, while the 2nd run scored in the inning. The big hit that helped Trinity put away the A’s came of the bat of catcher Chase Fisher, as he drilled a sharp line drive into the right center alley, driving in 3 more runs to give his team a 5-3 lead. Lally struck out 3 A’s in the top of the 6th to earn the win on the hill.

Rich Drilling came from behind vs Safeway to win 11-9 in a slug-fest. 11-year-old Jacob Cutler-Richards gave Safeway an early lead, hitting a towering home-run into the parking lot in the bottom of the first inning. Jacob is the younger brother of Noah would was a awesome player in our league for 4 years, leading his Safeway team to couple of league championship as well as helping McKinleyville be a very competitive all-star team every year he played (note Noah didn’t hit any HR’suntil he reached the age of 12, where he hit them often that season, 8 during league and several more in tournament play, nice job Jacob..

As the game moved on with Rich’s Giants trailing by as much as 8-2, they kept creeping closer each inning finally tying the score at 9 in the bottom of the 5th inning. In the 6th Chris Friedley and Hunter Davis both scored on Jake Reeser liner into right center, giving the Giants their first lead of the game. Then “little mighty” hard throwing Reeser came in relief of Nathaniel Boak with 2 on and no out Reeser struck -out the side to preserve the win for his team.

This is all the game results I have this week to write about. The season is young yet, but Trinity Diesel’s Rangers sure look like they are for real this season, having been in the cellar the last couple of years, and having to draft 10 players this season, manager Tony Stubbs and his coaching staff have the team playing with lots of confidence thus far.

My hats off to my former assistant coach Scott Campbell, who now is on the Rangers coaching staff, and appears to have brought with him a positive, and upbeat attitude to go along with Stubbs baseball knowledge the Rangers should always be in most games they play this season. Murphy’s A’s have lost 3 games but only by a combined 4 total runs, they will improve as the season goes, as 1/2 of their roster is 10 years of age and younger. Safeway has depth in their line-up, and hope that Danner Gonsalves, might return to their line-up sometime as the season goes on as he is out recovering from foot surgery.

Driller’s Giants are scrappy and always tough team to beat on any given day, as long time manager Tana Boyd and her staff work the boys hard and often at practice. Bettendorf Cardinals are without the service of their 12 year-old experienced player Jacob White, (broken arm) but he is soon returning and should add a tough out to their line-up as well as help defensively as he can play anywhere on the diamond.

Closing this article, I want to remind folks about our annual auction dinner that will be held on Sunday, May 5 at Cher-Ae Heights Casino. Tickets are only $20 per person.

We will have and Mexican style menu that evening along with silent, dutch, and live auction, run by the famous Rex Bohn.

The board invites all current parents of our league baseball and softball players as well as former players parents to come out and join us!

This is our major fundraiser event of the season. Note: We are the only league, in probably Northern California, that has to pay field fees to be able to have our program operate during each little league season. So please come out and support this event!