Blue Jays 6, Tigers 3: The tight game was held together by the Jays' Holden Smith's three strong innings and second home run of the year. Tigers pitchers Miles Hickey and Elliot Vaughn Tigers combined for five brilliant innings to keep it close. The Jays' Benji Carrere smacked two hits and pitched a valuable inning and two thirds. The Birds' Paul Hoseman and Coleman Ouiment each collected their first hits of the year. Sam Nelson saved the game in dominant fashion.
A's 9, Rays 5: The Rays' Thomas Richardson threw four strong innings. Down one going into the sixth, the A's rallied behind clutch hits from Mattias Limon and Louis Whitaker while Bash Brothers Cole Anderson and P.J. Carney crushed epic homers. Lucas Dodson had two clutch hits and Andrew Herman's two run double to kept the scoring line in motion.
Giants 9, Rockies 4: Andrew Hutton's sixth inning double ended a tie game and Blaine French's bases-clearing double gave the Giants a cushion. Andrew Bernius's effective pitching debut followed hurler Matthew Drake's two scoreless innings after which Alex Bernius plated two with a double. The Rockies' Jack O'Keefe blasted a double to left center and had a strong defensive game featuring a twin-killing led by Jack Ellis and Dominic Sykes's impressive flashy glove.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 1: The surging Jays held the Sox to one run as Aidan 'Hollywood' Weinstein spun four brilliant innings. Both teams combined for five hits, but the Jays profited from 11 walks and Weinstein's double and dash home on a passed ball provided the winning margin. Notable in a losing effort were Satchel Martin' 2 sparkling innings on the mound and Dean Headley's scorching triple.
Royals 5, A's 4: Ben Rapson's dramatic walk-off RBI single led the Royals over the A's. The Royals Liam Rizzo and Gabe Matta homered, Jonathan Phillippi pitched three strong innings, Lorenzo Bartalotti's double to right center rallied the Royals in the sixth. Rapson won the game by pitching a scoreless sixth. The A's Mathew Ratto pitched a slick three innings, Elijah Barzell-Weber had two RBIs and P.J. Carney hit another homer.
Rays 7, Pirates 1: Takeo Prather pitched a two-hit one-run gem as the Rays cruised to victory over the Pirates. The Rays scored three in the first, the big blow an opposite-field two-run single by Matthew Justice. It was all the offense the Rays would need. Prather benefited from the stalwart defense of Luke Franco, Leo Kelly and Rohan Hewitt up the middle.
Rockies 7, Giants 5: Riding strong pitching performances from Dashiell Tillery and Jack Ellis, the Rockies were able to come from behind to win against the Giants with timely hitting and two center field catches by Joe Ellis and a Dashiell Tillery's throw to home denied the Giants from a walk off win. Jack O'Keefe again hit a monster double that eluded the Giants' Cas Graffagna's glove. Blaine French's two RBIs and Lanie Goldberg's solid pitching lead the Giants.
Nationals 5, Marlins 1: Gus Buettner struck out six and surrendered only one run in getting the win for the Nationals. Hugo May earned the save with two innings of scoreless relief, and also tripled, doubled, scored and drove in a run. Darius Zucker had two hits and drove in two runs, while Leroy Yau had two hits and scored twice. Joseph Pinon played stellar defense at first and at catcher.
Cubs 9, Tigers 8: The Tigers played great for five innings but lost the game in the sixth inning. The tigers pitching was by Neo Radcliffe-James and Ezra Finner. Elliot Vaughn led the tigers hitting attack with a bases-clearing triple in the third.
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Piedmont Bedrock Bombers 10, Piedmont Walking Red 1: The Bombers broke through for their first win of the season with strong pitching performances by Tommy Smegal and Kyle Spanier. Smegal struck out eight and gave up one run in four innings, while Spanier struck out seven in his three scoreless innings of work. Spanier also homered over the center field fence. Connor Gillikin was 3 for 4 with two doubles. Tommy McNeil had two singles and two RBI in the win. Jordan Hunt pitched three strong innings for the Red and also singled. Henri Marchant was on base three times for the Red and drove in their only run.
Piedmont Whackbats 3, Piedmont Oaks 2: This fantastically exciting game was close the whole way through with great pitching from Jojo Murphy, Charlie Jones, and Will Spraugh. The Oaks got off to an early lead with two runs in the first, but in the fifth inning the two Sterling brothers got hard hits and the game was tied. Jake Hart pitched a shut down inning. A huge walk-off single came off the bat of Quentin Han.
Piedmont Reds 14, Piedmont A's 14: Player of the Game Miguel Long of the Reds had four base hits and scored four runs. Also for the Reds, Griffen Stein scored three times, earning the Charlie Hustle award, Torsten Olsen reached base three times, while Ryan McConathy, Nikolas Markopoulos and Nate Hart continued their hot hitting. Tobin Haas-Dehejia and Drew Doll provided an offensive boost for the A's. Doll crushed a bases-clearing triple in the fourth. Drake Prata put an end to the A's rally with a unassisted double-play from short stop. In the last inning for the Reds, Ben Elmquist tripled-home Max Goldfarb and Tavian Roberts to even the score.
OGSL Rebels 5, Piedmont Surge 3: In a defensive dual, the OGSL Rebels held off the Surge with the tying runner at the plate in the seventh inning. Annabeth Meaney led the Surge pitching while Rachel Elliot (2 2B), Caroline Strauch (1B, 3B), Kylie Ann Heller (1B) pushed the baserunners around the bases. Outstanding outfielding work by Becky Isaac, Sofia Ochoa, Natalie Keim, and Piper Leung kept the Surge close throughout the game.
Piedmont Rage 8, Piedmont Surge 6: Outstanding defensive efforts were made by co-captain Tiffany Foo and newcomer Amelia Tolles. On offense, runs were scored by Rachel Elliot, Gracie Ellis, Caroline Strauch, Kylie Ann Heller and Tolles.
Piedmont Dragons 13, Piedmont Surge 11: Braving a downpour, the Piedmont Dragons earned a narrow victory over the Piedmont Surge. The Surge were led by Rachel Elliot's two singles, four runs, and stellar defense. Also stealing and scoring in the game were Caroline Strauch, Kylie Ann Heller, Caitlin Kennedy and Amelia Tolles. Kennedy made her first appearance on the mound and did a fine job in relief. For the Dragons, pitchers Maxine Miller, Camille Creighton, and Maeve Gilbert pitched well. The Surge pitchers Sofia Ochoa, Caitlin Kennedy, and Caroline Strauch matched them throughout the game.
Piedmont Firecrackers 13, Piedmont Dragons 5: After a close early game, the Dragons defense ran out of steam and the Firecrackers capitalized for a six-run fifth to get the win. Chloe Tjogas was 3 for 3. Maxine Miller, Maeve Gilbert, Laura Bryan, Katie Gustke, Addie Darden, Camille Creighton, and Eleanor Cooley had singles. For the Firecrackers, Emori Mitchell pitched an excellent game and also had a pivotal hit.
Piedmont Dragons 13, Piedmont Rage 1: The Dragons dominated the Rage in their first meeting with a combined pitcher no-hitter for Camille Creighton, Maeve Gilbert, and Nicole Shoptaugh. Creighton also ripped a triple, Shoptaugh a triple and single. The three scored five of the Dragons runs. Erin Sturdevant, Nina Tafapolsky,, and Katie Gustke had singles, Addie Darden a double, and Kit Asa Hauser a triple and single. For the Rage, Olivia Petty dropped a perfect bunt in the third, but Shoptaugh made a nice play to field it an throw her out. Claire Van Ness scored the only Rage run after a walk, two stolen bases, then successful a steal of home.
Piedmont Purple Pony Express 9, Silver Dolphins 0: Morgan Hunt, Lauren Jull, Gracie Hall, Hedy Friedman, and Hailey Ronen combined to go 9 for 9 and pace the Pony Express offense. Friedman also led five Pony pitchers in stopping a tough Silver Dolphin team.
Piedmont Purple Panthers 3, Oakland Pirates 2: Piedmont's Purple Panthers were trailing Oakland's Purple Pirates in the final inning when Ginger Gardner's triple to right center scored Heather Stoneman to tie the game. Julia Banuelos followed with a clutch two-out single to drive in the winning run. Gretchen Gerhardy drove in the Panther's first run in the third inning with a single that drove home Molly Wagener. The Pirates took the lead in the fourth inning with Zoe Graham and Nora Nash earning RBIs with key hits. The Pirates were in the game to the end with great pitching and defense from Penny Chai, Molly Reichmuth, and Sylvia Ansley. Ginger, Heather, Gretchen and Quinn Reilly pitched well for the Panthers.
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Midnight Strikers 11, Firecrackers 11: The Strikers and the Firecrackers dueled to a tie. Sierra Fang-Horvath and Emori Mitchell both hit triples in a four-run first-inning. Mari Crampton stole second, third, and home to cap the inning. Jianna Bowie hit a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to spark the Firecracker's comeback from a four run deficit. For the Strikers, Simone Fernandez had three hits. Gretchen Fitzgibbon hit a mean double. Taryn Lloyd-Trotter had two hits and played strong defense.
Riptide 10, Bringin' Tha Thundah 5: Olivia Petty (3 for 3) and Kate Etter (2 for 3) hit a barrage of singles and Riptide pitchers held Bringin' Tha Thundah to only three hits as the Riptide prevailed. For the Thundah Holly Henderlite scored twice, Danae Thornton singled and Olivia Moore reached base on all three of her plate appearances.
Rage 14, Rebels 13: Rage hitters proved just enough to outscore the Rebels. The Rage were led by Ellie Novogradac (4 for 4), a Claire VanNess home run and timely hitting from Essenia Robinson and Kayla Goodwin. An unassisted double play by Robinson and Sara Ahlich helped secure the Rage win. Ava Osborne struck out four over three hard-fought innings.
Green Bombers 12, Purple Thunder 5: The Green Bombers pitching looked strong with two solid innings each from Leah Gutierrez, Annadella Healey, and Jamie Burgasser. Clutch hitting and smart baserunning led the Bombers to the win. The Purple Thunder hit well, but did not prevail.
Roaring Tigers 16, Purple Thunder 0: Another strong pitching performance by pitchers Nia Burnett, Kallie Hansel and Eta Lauti led the way for the Roaring Tigers victory. Big hits by Georgia Henke, Isabella Muldoon, Sasha Carey, Elizabeth Laber and Adriana Sanchez were key in powering the Tigers over the Thunder.
Wildcats 2, Sapphire Fairies 2: The season's second meeting of the Sapphire Fairies and the Wildcats was a thrilling display of defensive prowess and offensive power for both teams. Early in the game, the Fairies worked themselves out of a difficult jam with a surprising double play, matched an inning later by a well executed out at third base by the Wildcats. A towering fly ball by the Wildcats and a line drive by the Fairies exemplified the sort of punch-trading that kept the afternoon's game close.
Purple Pirates 2, Orange Owls 0: Pirate pitchers Molly Reichmuth (2 for 3, 2 RBIs), Penny Chai (2 for 3, R), and Sylvia Ansley combined for five scoreless innings. Erin Forristal's grab ended a bases-loaded threat and Zoe Graham, Maya Schreiber and Rebecca Rotenberg contributed solid defense. Sasha Ingham went 2 for 3 and Kiana Diaz scored the deciding run. Julia Runyan led the Owls, both at the plate and with solid play at catcher. Gina Gavam starred for the Owls' pitchers.
Redvines 3, Sapphire Fairies 0: The Redvines had solid hitting in the first inning but were held scoreless the rest of the game by the worthy Sapphire Fairies. Leadoff hitter Lily Slater, followed by Nora Dunstan, and Rachel Williams, put themselves in scoring position. RBIs were contributed by Maddy Slater, Sophia Klein, and Amelia Allen. Starting pitcher was Rachel Williams. Nora Dunstan in her pitching debut, and Maddy Slater both pitched the first strikeouts of their careers.