Crighton remain a tough out in AA Little League action.
The Crighton Sluggers lived up to their name as they scored five runs in the first inning of their game against CIBC. The Sluggers were seeing the ball like a basketball and made frequent solid contact, most spectacular being Darian “War tank” Lopez who hit the ball over the fence for a two-run homer.
CIBC’s never say die Baseball Crushers ended a rough first inning against the Sluggers as RaShawn Powery retrieved a ball from deep in the outfield and relayed it shortstop Gio “Speedy Gonzalez” Foster who tagged out the runner on his way to third. Foster, who was player of the game, came up big for CIBC again in the second inning with a three-run RBI triple when the Crushers were down by five. The game also saw good pitching from Javier Johnson who came on in the third to silence the constant Crighton bats.
Pizza Hut was closed down for business by “Attorney General” Matthew Johnson from Maples who was making his debut on the mound. Johnson, who was player of the game, pitched an outstanding game for his inauguration as he only gave up five hits and three runs against a good Pizza Hut lineup.
Johnson got fantastic run support from his team-mates right from the start as they scored runs in every inning. Francisco Fuentes, Gonzalo McLaughlin and Landon Parsons all had triples in the game and all scored on singles from Jessie Jackson and Deandre Thomas.
Pizza Hut had strong pitching by Adam McWatt and Justin Derrick. Player of the game Inaki Watler had a great throw from deep in the field to the cut-off man to stop a home run. Hits by Adam McWatt, Lyndon Waite, Mario Ebanks and a double by Jelani Campbell in addition to numerous walks from the team were not enough to catch up to Maples who won their second straight game.
Halfway through the season, after nine of 18 games, the race to the top of the leader board is still wide open with three teams pretty much even at the top and the fourth in a good position to make a charge. CIBC are 4-3 with two no decisions with Pizza Hut 4-4 with one no decision. Crighton are 3-1-5 while Maples are 2-5-2.