This week’s action saw Rich Drilling close in on Trinity Diesel with a 8-6 win.
Later in the week Rich Drilling kept pace and gave them a chance for 2nd by beating Murphy’s Arcata 9-8. Trailing by 3, the Giants scored 4 times in the final frame after 2 outs,
Hunter Davis hit a shot to short, Murphy’s Sean Brandin made a nice play on the ball, but his hurried throw to first pulled off Riley Lukin off first, on the play the hesitate call by the umpire, Davis quickly realized that all the fielders were out of place, took off out-racing all of them, as he ended up at 3rd base. The next batter hit a ball to left that appeared to have a chance to be caught but fell un-touched for a double, 2 more errors homer, but his Safeway team lost a tough extra inning decision to Humboldt Outfitters 8-7. David Ramsey pitched a complete game, striking out 18 of Barnes batters and hitting his third homer of the season, as the Jays defeated Barnes 6-1.
Murphy’s A’s moved closer to clinching their division as they defeated a much improved Bettendorf team by the score of 10-2. Cameron Saso, only of league age 10, drilled his third home run of the season, to give the A’s a early lead in the first.
Bettendorf came back scoring twice in the bottom of the 4th. Freddie Sundberg hit a triple, he scored on a single off the bat of Ian Shermer tying the game at 1. Kyler Carr then laced a double down the left field line, plating Shermer, but that would be all the scoring the tough A’s pitching staff would allow. Murphy’s scored 3 times in the 4th, four more in the 5th and added 2 more in the 6th to pull out the win and giving themselves at least a tie for first with 2 games remaining. Kameron Chance went 3 for 3, while teammate Trent Lundin was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles. Tyler Bates, Murphy’s regular catcher pitched 2 strong innings, striking out 3, 9 year-old Corbin Eichin struck out 3 in his 2 innings, Saso came in and pitched 1 inning striking out 2 and 10 year-old little Daniel Minton came in to close out the game pitching the final frame on the hill for the A’s.
Now I announce my picks for the top 5 rookies( first year major division player) in our McKinleyville league. As I have stated many times, this is strictly an recognition and not an actual league award. I try to watch, umpire and certainly coach as many games as I can during the season. I enjoy watching good baseball, attitudes, teamwork and sportsmanship from all our players, all of this comes into play on my choice of these players. Here they are in no particular order:
MASON RAILSBACK of Trinity Diesel. Mason’s family just recently moved into our area this season. His folks are the HSU volleyball coaches. What a gem of a player Mason is. He bats from both sides of the plate, is very fast and plays a variety of positions very well. He should continue to be a top player in our league the next couple of seasons.
Next is CORBIN EICHIN, though only 9 years old, he is a smart and very quick learner of the game. Awesome attitude, fast, plays a great outfield as well and first base. Being a lefty he has pitched a few times this season and should be a tough pitcher to face the next 3 seasons for Murphy’s in our league.
Next is MAX COMBS also of Trinity Diesel’s Rangers. Max is one of the fastest outfielders in our league, playing center for the Rangers he flagged down lots of would-be-hits during the year. Early in the season, Max was drilled on his hand, splitting open his fingers, forcing him to leave the game. What impressed me about that was how Max came back a few days later and picked-up playing at a top level of play as though nothing had ever happened, great job Max you earned my respect for being a tough young man.
Next comes my little buddy KYLER CARR, Bettendorf’s catcher. Kyler has no fear for the game. He continues to improve as a hitter each and every game. Does a great job behind the dish, and is tough on the hill when he is given the chance to pitch. I look for Kyler to be a top player in our league the next two years.
My 5th pick is MICHAEL BOATRIGHT from Safeway. Michael really loves baseball and you can see it in his game. He is always in the game mentally. Encourages his teammates often throughout the entire game. He is a very fast runner and always makes it tough for defenders on ground balls. Plus he is a huge SF Giants fan, have to love that too of Michael. He has a great attitude and has great sportsmanship.
Now I will announce my top 3 most improved players of the year. Again these are players that played in the majors last season, that I feel have improved the most from the previous season. This category is tough, first of all if we are all doing our jobs, which I believe we have very good coaches in all our programs, starting down in the minors and certainly into our major division managers and coaches we should have lots of ” most improved players” and I do believe we do, so here are my top 3 picks!
TRENT LUNDIN of Muphy’s is my first player. Trent is a very strong young man. He has hit 2 scorching line-drive home runs this season. Plays a very good outfield and has played well at third this season as well and has a strong arm. I look for Trent to be one of our top hitters in the league next season. He also has a great attitude and is fun to coach.
Next comes Safeway’s DYLAN WILSON. Dylan has become a very good hitter this year. Loves the game and has become one of the league best defensive catchers. I have seen him make several great blocks of runners at home plate this season, that is hard to teach players. His baseball knowledge and awareness makes him one of my favorite to watch play.
Last but not least is DUSTIN IRELAND of Rich Drilling. Another player that catches for his team. Dustin has become a very tough out this year. He works hard at his game, and has winning attitude. As I said there are several more players that could have made this list, but I’m only going with 3 this year.
I hope I have not offended anyone, I really enjoy doing what I do and watching and being part of our league and the players in the league, and just try to give folks a bit of what I see and feel about our program. Next issue I hope to announce my favorite and top players that I enjoy watching most in our league. Hopefully everybody can come out and watch all our teams play, as our regular season is coming to an end early next week. McKinleyville is hosting the annual Little League county Tournament of Champions top 2 teams from all the surrounding LL in our area. Games start on Saturday June 15th, our own Murphy’s A’s play the noon game, and we’ll be waiting to see who will join them this year to represent our league. Note Murphy’s is returning to the annual event for the 2nd straight year. Also Barnes Drugs and Humboldt Outfitters of Arcata will be playing in it for the 2nd straight year, as possibly several other teams from our area.