A’s sink Pirates 9-8 in Little League competition

Matt Moore celebrates after hitting a standup triple. — Photo by Michael Cummo

On Tuesday, the A’s defeated the Pirates 9-8. The game was an exciting back-and-forth contest. The Pirates’ Isaac Richards took the mound, throwing three strong inning with five strikeouts. The Pirates got on the board first, scoring two runs in the opening inning. The A’s fought back, scoring two runs in the second to tie the game on Oliver Lively and Parker BenDavid hits. The score was 4-3 in favor of the Pirates after three innings. Chris Ferry came on in relief for the A’s, with five Ks in the second, third, and fourth innings.

The A’s got settled, and scored four in the fourth with a RBI by rookie Tobey Roberts, and a first-of-the-season three-run home run for Hoffie Hearn, giving the A’s a 7-4 lead. The A’s added single runs in the fifth and sixth; Nate Porterfield’s sixth-inning sacrifice RBI made it 9-4, and that proved to be the game-sealing run as the Pirates went to bat in the bottom of the sixth. The Pirates scored four runs to bring the score to 9-8, and left the bases loaded with a third-out groundout. Rookie Jack Lionette showed great composure by pitching the A’s out of the bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth. The Pirates were led by Nico Arroyo’s two hits and three runs scored, Jack O’Brien’s RBI double, and Jack DeBettencourt’s two singles in his major league debut. The A’s were led by Max Potter’s triple and Hoffie Hearn’s three-run home run.