Martha’s Vineyard Little League weekly roundup

The Cardinals, from left: Emmett Athearn, Eamon Savard, Silas Abrams, Faith Thigpen, and Wyatt Thigpen. - Jamie Thigpen

Cubs 8, A’s 1

Cam Napior was in top form, throwing a complete game three hitter, as the Cubs beat the A’s 8-1 on a glorious May evening. Napior struck out eight Athletics while walking only two. Cubs Rookie Parker Blake led the offense with two hits and a run; Ashley Brasefield and Nate Sawyer each had a hit and a walk. The A’s starter Micah Simmons pitched four solid innings. Charlie Porterfield pitched a scoreless fifth and had a sharp single to right.

Pirates 9, Cardinals 4

In Tuesday-night action, the Pirates took a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first off a few walks, a two-run single by Tobey Roberts, who went two for four with two RBIs, and a nice piece of opposite-field hitting by Lukas Fernandes to drive in the fourth run. Tegan Fenner took the mound for the Pirates, his first start of the year. Through the first four innings, he struck out four, and pitched one hit and one walk. The Pirates plated a few more from the second through the fifth innings, taking an 8-0 lead. The Cards struck in the bottom of the fifth. Cole Lambert and Axel Abrams walked to start the inning. Emmett Athearn came to the plate with two outs and hit a clutch two-RBI single, putting the Cards on the board. Then Andrew Marchand launched a mammoth two-run blast to centerfield that not even the Oak Bluffs wind could hold up, making the score Pirates 8-4. Tegan Fenner buckled down and ended his five full innings with a strikeout for the third out of the inning. The Pirates made it 9-4 in the sixth off a Jonathan Norton single and a hard double by Ben Mulvey that drove in Norton. Eleanor Hyland then made her majors pitching debut for the Pirates, closing out the game with no runs scored by striking out the first and last batters she faced.

A’s 7, Red Sox 6

In Monday-night action, A’s and Red Sox squared off under extremely windy conditions. Jack Lionette lit up the board for the Sox on a double to right center. He then scored on a Jack O’Brien RBI single. The A’s put runners on base with singles by Owen Metell and Matt Moore, and they both scored on a Parker BenDavid inside-the-park home run. Red Sox Latham Higgins scored in the second on a Sam Zack sacrifice RBI. Red Sox Lionette scored again in the third to tie it 3-3. The A’s DiBiaso leadoff single set up an RBI single by Metell and an RBI single by BenDavid, to put the A’s up 5-3. A’s DiBiaso scored again on a single and sacrifice RBI by Metell. Just when it looked like the A’s had it wrapped up, Sox Nick Cranston singled and then scored on a Ben Belisle single to center. Belisle came home on an Elijah Dunn-Feiner single to tie the game at 6-6. A’s DiBiaso pitched to all but the last Sox batter, with only one walk and six strikeouts. Reliever Metell would strike out the last Sox batter to close the top of the sixth. A’s BenDavid’s pop-up windy single would score after two stolen bases on walkoff single RBI by Bethany Cardoza. A’s won 7-6 in an efficient one hour and 30 minute game.

Cardinals 13, A’s 5

The Cardinals got the win against the A’s Saturday in the first game of their doubleheader. Cardinals pitcher Silas Abrams allowed some runs early, but found his groove in the third, and shut the A’s down in innings three through six. For the A’s, Parker BenDavid was very good in relief, pitching the fifth and sixth inning, striking out three and allowing just one run. Offensively, the Cardinals got contributions from the entire lineup. Emmett Athearn, Andrew Marchand, Matt Strem, and Cole Lambert each had two RBIs. Faith Thigpen and Hardy Eville each had one. The A’s offense was led by Parker BenDavid, who doubled in two in the first, and Owen DiBiaso and Matt Moore, who each had one RBI.

Pirates 9, Cardinals 3

The Pirates won the second game of the Cardinals’ Saturday doubleheader behind strong pitching, good team fielding all around, and timely hitting. The Pirates plated four in the first off a few walks, aggressive base running, and a timely hit. Pirates starter Nico Arroyo (six strikeouts in three innings) held the Cards scoreless for the first two innings. In the third, the Cardinals scored three off a few walks and a base-clearing double by Andrew Marchand. With the Pirates clinging to a 4-3 lead, Nico Arroyo, who went two for two with three RBIs, hit a double, scoring two. After another walk, Barrett Oliver then drove in the fourth run of the inning, making the score 8-3. Jack Carbon scored an insurance run in the fifth with a single; Nico Arroyo drove him in.

Cubs 10, Red Sox 9

Saturday, Teagan Myers drove in Clyde Smith for a walkoff 10-9 Cubs victory, avenging a Sox walkoff win the first time the two teams met. “Laser Show” Lewis pitched the final three and two-thirds innings in gaining the victory. “The Big Cambino” Napior had three hits, while teammates “the Outliner” Sylvia, “Cobra” Combra, and “Teddy Bear” Aliberti had two apiece. The Sox offense was potent as well, paced by Jack Lionette’s three hits. Starter Nick Cranston helped his cause with two booming doubles. and catcher Jack O’Brien had a pair of hits and a solid day behind the plate. Nate Story reached base three times and scored a pair of runs.

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