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Tuesday, May 9

A’s 7, Cubs 6

A repeat battle of the current top 2 teams at Penn Field with the visiting A’s taking on the Cubs. Latham Higgins starting on the hill for the Cubs would allow a triple to A’s Silas Stanek Streed and the first Martha’s Vineyard Little League Home run of the season on a blazing line drive over the right/center fence by Jack Lionette. A’s Charlie Porterfield would get the start facing only four Cubs batters in the first, but a nice single to shallow left by Ethan DiBiaso. Cubs would get out of the second on some good defensive plays. Stanek Streed would single in the third but get caught attempting home on a double by Lionette. Lionette would score on single by Cole Lambert. Porterfield held Cubs scoreless until the fourth, a double by Cam Napior scoring Higgins and Tristan Scott. Lionette would come on with the A’s up 3-2 and allow one run, but a great catch in right field by Myles Wolff, a ground out & a strikeout ended the rally. Game tied 3-3. Ashley Brasefield relieved for Cubs, backed up by Napior fielding a laser hit by Lukas Fernandes. Tristan Scott would knock down a Lambert hit to third and make a great throw from his knees for the put out at first base. Cubs would take a 2 run lead in the fifth on a walk by Liam Marek and Napior double to center. Damage would end on Porterfield catch on pop up deep behind short, and a throwout at second. A’s would rally back on singles by Simmons, Geo Meikle and Porterfield. Stanek Streed would steal home to put the A’s back up 7-5. Bottom of the sixth, Brasefield would get on after a pop-up error. She would advance on Connor Graves single and eventually score on a sacrifice. He would be put out on Tristan Scott hit. Scott would be thrown out at second on a perfect throw to second base by A’s catcher Micah Simmons. DiBiaso would hit a rocket shot some how stopped by superhero like reactions by Lionette on the mound for the put out at first base to end the game.

Monday, May 8

Pirates 11, Red Sox 7

The Pirates jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, sparked by a Tobey Roberts 3-RBI double down the first base line. The Sox cut the lead to 4-2 off a walk, a double by Sam Zack, and a Jakie Glasgow single.

In the second, the Pirates scored three more, spurred by first majors hits from Devonne Saunders and Emma Williamson, who got her first majors RBI. Pirate Parker Blake also showed off his power with an opposite field double.

Nate Story, pitching for the Pirates, held the Red Sox scoreless in the second and third innings. Nate pitched almost four full innings, striking out five on the day.

In the fourth, up eight to two, the Pirates plated three more on another triple smash from Parker Blake, an RBI single for Roberts, and another first majors hit for the Pirates, this time a double from Nick Rabeni. This was Nick’s first RBI.

The Sox fought back, scoring four of their own with two outs in the fourth. Tyler Shipway worked a walk, then consecutive hits from Tate Fairchild-Copperfield, Sam Zack and Atlas Zack drove in two. Aggressive baserunning by Jakie Glasgow helped cause an errant throw and the Red Sox got two more.

In the fifth, Jacob Silvia pitched a 1-2-3 inning, helped by a picture-perfect pickle executed by the Red Sox. Then Roberts, on in relief for the Pirates, struck out the side. In the sixth, Silvia again mowed down the Pirates 1-2-3. The Sox scored one off Roberts in the sixth on an Atlas Zack RBI single scoring Sam Zack, but that’s where the rally ended.

Saturday, May 6

Red Sox 10, Cardinals 9

Kaleb Hatt cleared the bases with a game-winning triple to left-center field in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Red Sox to their first win of the season in a slugfest at Penn Field. Prior to Hatt’s heroics, the Sox were down to their last out before Jakie Glasgow singled and Atlas Zach walked.

With the Sox up 8-4 heading into the fifth inning, the Redbirds rallied to take a 9-8 lead. Jack Crawford, Richie Combra, and Grady McCracken all singled before starting pitcher Eamon Savard crushed a bases-loaded double to right-center to key the comeback and give the Cards a short-lived lead.

Sam Zack and Wyatt Nicholson powered the Sox at the plate, while Bryan Sornas, Jack Crawford, and Josh Lake did the same for the Cards.

Seven pitchers strutted their stuff; Eamon Savard (84 pitches) and Bethany Cardoza (44) for the Cardinals; Samson Zack (47), Jakie Glasgow (31), Jack deBettencourt (20), Caleb Hatt (32), and winning pitcher Wyatt Nicholson (15) for the Sox.

Even with all the offensive fireworks, web gems abounded. Atlas Zack of the Red Sox robbed Jack Crawford of a double with a diving catch in the third inning. In the fourth, Cards catcher Bryan Sornas fired a dart to nail a Sox runner at second and Nathan London threw out another at the plate to turn a Redbird double play.

A’s 10, Cardinals 3

The A’s stayed unbeaten with a big win over the Cardinals on Sunday morning.

Lukas Fernandes keyed a four-run A’s first with a two-RBI double, and singled for another RBI in the second. Jack Lionette hit an RBI triple in the second inning and quelled a Cardinals threat in the first by catching a pop-up in shallow left and beating the runner back to the bag to complete a double play.

Josh Lake singled in the second to help the Cards get on the board, but the A’s put the game away with four more runs in the fifth, keyed by a Mark Clements single.

Lukas Fernandes got the start for the A’s, Micah Simmons pitched the middle innings, striking out one, and Hunter Johnson threw the last 31 pitches. Josh Lake started for the Redbirds, and Richie Combra pitched the rest of the way, earning two strikeouts in the third inning.

Cubs 9, Pirates 4

The Cubbies rebounded from a 5-4 loss to the first place A’s on May 3 with a big win over the Bucs on Sunday.

Little League Majors standings: A’s 6-0, Cubs 4-2, Red Sox 1-4, Cardinals 1-4, Pirates 1-4.