Jared Regan perfect in Red Sox win

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Red Sox 12, Tigers 0

Red Sox pitcher Jared Regan threw a perfect game Saturday in a 12-0 win over the Tigers, highlighting a busy week of Little League action. A perfect game is a rare feat at any level. Jared threw 71 pitches overall, 53 for strikes over six innings and struck out 14 of 18 batters faced. Kenny Hatt came closest to recording a hit for the Tigers, stroking a fly ball down the left field line that fell six inches foul in the fifth inning.

Parker Ben David (fly ball to left) and Finn Lewis (deflected ground ball to second base) sealed the perfection with standout defense. Joe Serpa scored four runs for the Sox and Jacob Maccaferri drove in three runs with two hits. Jake Howell and Jeremy Regan combined for five hits.

In other Little League action:

Monday, May 5

Cubs 10, Athletics 8

The Cubs prevailed, 10-8, with a balanced 16-hit attack. Pete Gillis and Andrew Marchand had three hits apiece, while Max Potter and Keaton Aliberti combined for five RBIs. Cubs’ reliever Chris Ferry halted a furious A’s rally in the final inning, inducing a ground out as rookie Jonathan Norton fired to first with the tying run on base.

Cubs starter Summer Cardoza was strong, pitching three solid innings as the Cubs built a 9-3 lead. A’s pitcher Cam Moore was strong on the hill over four-plus innings, allowing one run. A’s leadoff hitter Ben Peters reached base in all four of his at bats. Nate Porterfield reached base three times.

Saturday, May 3

Athletics 6, Cardinals 3

Official opening day play got underway Saturday at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs. The Cardinals and A’s, the only two teams in the Majors yet to play a game due to rain earlier in the week, led off.

The A’s came out hitting. Nate Porterfield doubled, Mikey Cosgrave tripled, and Patrick Dutton singled. Ben Peters pitched a solid 3.5 innings for the A’s, striking out six Redbirds.

The Cards climbed to within three runs as Leo Neville scored after drawing a walk, stealing a base, and tagging up on a sacrifice fly. The A’s sealed the game in the fourth on an Emily Mello hit down the right field line, as she pushed for third on an errant throw and stole home. Colby Balboni closed the game for the A’s, striking out six. Bizu Horwitz made a highlight reel catch, chasing down a deep hit to right in the top of the sixth.

Cubs 15, Pirates 4

The Cubs beat the Pirates, 15-4, Saturday. The Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third behind strong pitching from Owen Bresnick and RBI singles by Bresnick, Isaac Richards, and Aiden Marek.

The Cubs exploded for 15 runs in the next two innings. Rookies Jonathan Norton and Jack O’Brien collected RBI singles, Max Potter reached base three times and winning pitcher Keaton Aliberti (eight K’s in three innings) drove in four runs, including a bases-clearing triple down the left field line. Nine Cubs reached base in the team effort.