Local Little League continues to see movement in the season standings.
Prior to the Easter break, CrossFit 7 Milers secured the lead in the Single A division after a hard fought 6-2 victory over Team Vigoro. Entering the final few weeks of the regular season, Crossfit lead the way followed by Five Mile Capital, Popeyes, last season’s champions Vigoro and Tasting Room.
Against Vigoro, CrossFit starting pitcher Gabriel Fisher kept things close early on with the help of excellent glove work in the field from Alejandro Holness and Brandon Jackson. Vigoro’s Chad Murphy smashed a single, helping Vigoro to a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Jaeden Pouchie put CrossFit in front after drilling a single to center field scoring Holness and advancing David Harris to third. Vigoro’s shortstop, Liam Walton, kept the lead leaders to just two runs in their first frame with an excellent catch before Oliver Johns crushed a pitch into center field to score Harris.
In the top of the second inning, Fisher struck out the first two batters he faced before Vigoro produced a walk and then a single from Walton. But once again, the CrossFit defense delivered, thwarting another solidly hit ball from Murphy to register the third out without surrendering any further runs. In the bottom of the second, Murphy took down the first two batters he faced, but Holness struck a home run to left field and the score would read 3-1 in favor of CrossFit.
In the top of the third, Pouchie took the mound for CrossFit and was rudely greeted by Rashad Powery, who led off with a single followed by a walk from Dre McField. Next up, Jake Murphy lined a grounder to third base with Tommie McGregor throwing the batter out at first for the first out while allowing only a run to score. Thereafter, Pouchie was unbeatable with two quick strikeouts.
Gabriel Fisher’s fielding resulted in another score by Pouchie and next up, Johns punched a double to right field, advanced to third on a throwing error and hustled home for a game-busting home run to make it 6-2. Holness took to the mound for CrossFit to close the game out. Holness would be one of the players of the game, along with McGregor and Johns.
In the other Single A game, Tasting Room had great overall team effort and spirit to beat Popeyes, 10-7. Luke and Dylan Landreth both had two home runs for the winners, who also got great pitching by Luis Clarke, Cameron Sinclair and Luke Landreth with fielding by Seane Currie and Jonathan Rado.
Little League also featured the AAA ranks in action as Kirk Freeport crushed Logic, 16-2, and Pizza Hut burned Home Gas, 7-3. Logic started out playing well behind starting pitcher Omar Sanchez for the first two innings, with Zion Coe and Bruce Hayles playing good defense and Darian “War Tank” Lopez hitting well. Going into the third, the game was still close at 3-1 in favor of the jewelers. Logic got a run but failed to capitalize on having the bases loaded.
Kirk Freeport would then put the game away, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third and eight more in the fourth – including a solo home run from Sean “Big Papi” McField. The game was stopped due to mercy rule in the fourth inning.
In the other contest, Pizza Hut was able to prevail against strong pitching from Home Gas hurlers Ahmaree “Flash” Piercy and Pablo Bertran. Pizza Hut’s bats were hot as Kevin Weber and Tanner Ebanks both hit scorching triples to bring in a couple of runs each. Pizza Hut’s defense also contributed in a tightly played game with very few errors. Their newest player, Romario Montoya, was notable with textbook fielding at third base and shortstop helping to secure the win for the Pizza Hut squad.