Red Sox 10, Cubs 8: The Red Sox bats outlasted the visiting Cubs in a game that started off crisply but almost got away late for the Red Sox. Conner Hill pitched two and two-thirds crisp innings. Dean Headley cleared the fence in right, while Liam Swearengen notched one and one third innings. Despite struggling, Ty Hunter halted the Cubs' rally to close the deal. Cubs pitcher Takumi Crombie showed true sportsmanship presenting the ball to Headley after his home run.
Giants 6, Blue Jays 4: The visiting Jays struck first with Zach Kirchstetter's first-inning solo home run to center. Blaine French led the Giants with a 3-for-3 day, including four RBI. French, Rudy Broome, Miles Dyke, Lanie Goldberg, Ethan Schnetz and Ethan Drake checked the Blue Jays bats. The Jays rallied for three runs on timely hits from Benji Carrere and Jack Stehr. Andrew and Alex Bernius played well in their Majors debut.
A's 9, Marlins 3: The A's came out strong early, putting up nine runs in the first two innings to hand the Marlins their first loss. Alex George, Andrew Herman and Mattias Limon had key hits before P.J. Carney broke the game open with a grand slam. Lou Whitaker (4 IP, 7 K, BB) pitched well to pace the defense. For the Marlins, Eli Robbins had two hits and Des Wilson pitched two-plus innings of scoreless relief.
Pirates 8, Royals 1: Dylan Moore and J.D. Klopotowski led the Pirates offense with two hits apiece, but it the Pirates pitching that carried them to victory. Tyson Howard, Rieth Collard, Klopotowski and Cameron Bonzell combined for 13 strikeouts. Sandler Douglas, Ben Marshburn and Kevin Hillesland also contributed key hits. For the Royals, Jon Phillippi had a long double to center, while Sammy Heinz contributed an opposite-field single and Alex Arriola pitched well in the last two innings.
Cubs 6, Nationals 1: Eli Berrick pitched the Cubs (3-1) to a 6-1 win over the Nationals (0-3) at Chabot Field. Lefty Berrick kept Nats hitters off balance in five innings of work, including nine strikeouts and no walks. The sole Nationals run came on a triple to right by Peace Nwakudu, followed by a fearless steal of home. Cubs catcher Luc Mollard led his squad with a pair of singles.
Red Sox 11, Giants 8: For the Red Sox, Heron Johnson-Vigeant was dominant on the mound, pitching two scoreless innings. The Giants kept the game within reach, with Emile Jelinek and Tyler Hunter on the hill. In the end, Hunter stopped the rally with the bases loaded. Connor Hill and Satchel Martin distinguished themselves. The Giants had key hits by Justin Chhim (2B), Matthew Drake (2B), Lanie Goldberg (2B) and a single by French.
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Surge 8, Bringin' Tha Thundah 3: For the Surge, Rachel Elliott hit the ball hard and Annabeth Meany and Caroline Strauch, backed by steady defense, held the Thundah to three runs. For Bringin' Tha Thundah, Olivia Moore struck out six and knocked in two runs, while Danae Thornton made an exciting running catch in right field.
Firecrackers 10, Rebels 11: Cameron Park's walk-off, bases-loaded single capped a three-run fifth inning to secure an 11-10 victory for the Rebels in their 2014 season opener. Zoe Alford (2B, 3B) and Liana Salaiz (1B, 2 RBI) shined in their OGSL debuts. Anaelle Oiknine's triple and Ruby Crudo's stellar defense at pitcher and catcher led the way for the Rebels. The Firecrackers were led by Emori Mitchell's outstanding pitching and Carly Johnson's two hits in her spring debut.
Rage 10, Midnight Strikers 5: Rage pitchers Ellie Novogradac, Ava Osborne and Samantha Patterson-Kohout were dominant, combining for 11 strikeouts and one earned run. A triple by Patterson-Kohout and doubles by Kayla Goodwin, Atiya Whitfield, Sara Ahlich and Claire VanNess paced the Rage offense. For the Midnight Strikers, Emma Mears and Sierra Jimenez combined for seven strikeouts, while Sarah Barton ripped a triple, and Mears, Barton and Jimenez combined for four runs.
Bringin' Tha Thundah 9, Firecrackers 9: For the Thundah, Sofia Williams went 3 for 3 with a double, and Ellie Kerwin led the defense with a key double play. Cate McGlynn-Mendel pitched three solid innings. The Firecrackers' offense was led by Kate Goldman (HR), Emori Mitchell (3B), and Hallie Fang-Horvath (3B). Jianna Bowie anchored the defense with solid plays at second base.
Dragons 11, Rebels 14: The Rebels prevailed behind the pitching and hitting of Jordan Klein and Ruby Crudo. Crudo pitched two strong innings and hit two doubles, including two RBI and two runs scored. Klein, in her pitching debut, held the Dragons to just one run on one hit, and also contributed a double at the plate. Citlali Marmolejo's great defense in right field closed out the game. The Dragons were led by Maeve Gilbert's strong pitching and hitting.
Midnight Strikers 12, Surge 8: Jada Bautista starred for the Midnight Strikers pitching two innings of one-run ball while scoring one run herself. Emma Mears also pitched well and recorded a heads up out at first. Taryn Lloyd-Trotter went 1 for 1 and made a game-saving catch for an out with the bases loaded to end the game. Surge highlights included a bases-loaded triple and two singles by Kylie Ann Heller.
Purple Thunder 7, Tsunami 13: In their OGSL season openers, Tsunami pitcher Jacqueline Bowman gave up no runs in the first inning thanks to solid defense in the field. This despite solid hitting from the Purple Thunder, including a single from Allison Flint in her first career at-bat. The Tsunami scored four runs in the first, including a two-run single by Samantha Mills. The Purple Thunder battled back, scoring seven runs in the next two innings, but the Tsunami answered with eight more of their own. Tsunami rookie pitcher Salome Pintado-Vertner recorded her first strikeout in a stellar debut, and Adeline Chaney recorded five strikeouts in two innings to seal the victory.
Roaring Tigers 17, Girls on Fire 8: The season opener for both teams included strong pitching performances by Georgia Henke, Naomi Hartog, Nia Burnett and Leah Wildmann for the Roaring Tigers, and an impressive outing by Alia Mesker-Irwin for Girls on Fire. The Roaring Tigers clawed back from an 8-4 deficit with timely hits by Isabella Muldoon, Adriana Sanchez and Kallie Hansell, while Leah Wildmann tossed two consecutive scoreless innings to close out the game.
Purple Flames 8, Roaring Tigers 7: In a well-played game with good defense and timely hitting on both sides, the Purple Flames prevailed against the Roaring Tigers. A 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth inning by Izzy Epstein secured the win for the visiting Piedmont squad.
Orange Owls 7, Purple Pony Express 3: Maddie Wenzel, Lyla Marcus, Elle Bedsworth, and Karolina Herald pitched well to lead the Orange Owls to a win over Purple Pony Express. Herald worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth inning to preserve the win. Offensively, the Owls were led by Isley Douglas (2 for 2, 2 R, RBI) and Herald (2 for 2, R).
Purple Pirates 1, Wildcats 0: Erin Forristal scored the only run and made a stellar defensive play to lead the Pirates to a 1-0 victory in five innings. Molly Reichmuth (2 for 2, RBI) pitched two strong frames including stranding runners at second and third in the final inning. Pitchers Penny Chai, Sylvia Ansley, and Hanalei Strub each contributed a scoreless inning in the shutout, while Pirates' sluggers Maya Schreiber, Sasha Ingham, Rebecca Rotenberg, and Nora Nash added hits in every at-bat. The Wildcats hung tough with strong pitching from Ruby Plue and Madhavi Kennedy and solid defense from Stella Hattendorf at first base
Orange Owls 6, Purple Pirates 0: The Fighting Orange Owls pushed their record to 2-0 with a victory over the Purple Pirates. The Owls offense exploded for 13 hits, and they were led by Julie Ghorai and Madelyn Wenzel, who contributed two hits apiece. Web gems were turned in by Zoe Zarling, Lyla Marcus, Isley Douglas and Olivia Tarango. The game ball went to Lyla Marcus for her 2 for 2 day and all-around great play in the field. The Purple Pirates were led by Sylvia Ansley, who hit a double, and Sasha Ingham, who turned in an unassisted double play.