The Little Leaguers at Jim Ensor Field knew how to keep fans on the edge of the seat.
Thursday’s twinbill of action saw David’s Trophies come away with a 8-6 victory over Beef ‘O’ Brady’s before the nightcap affair saw Big John’s survive a late rally from Doe Valley to pull out the 6-5 triumph.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s……………………………………6
The scoring bug struck early for David’s Trophies, with River Kimbrel driving home Adam White with a RBI hit to put the visiting squad on top 1-0 going into the bottom of the frame.
Isaac Slagle fanned three batters during the bottom of the first for David’s Trophies, but a pair of mistakes gave Beef ‘O’ Brady’s the early advantage
Lane Potter would swing at third strike but advanced to first on a dropped pitch. Erika Potter would follow right behind in the same fashion, but not before L. Potter advanced home during her at-bat to knot up the game 1-1.
Errors aided in E. Potter’s baserunning with an eratic throw going to first base allowing her to move to second. Two more errors went in Beef’s favor during E. Potter’s running, with the batter advancing home to place her squad on top 2-1.
Dale Potter of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s would allow no hits with two strikeouts to send his team unscatched going into the bottom of the second.
Tyler Burke accounted for Beef’s next run, after reaching first base on an error. With one out during L. Potter’s at-bat, Burke would scamper across home plate on another wild pitch to plate his team with its third run, all unearned against Slagle.
David’s Trophies scraped across a rallying effort in the top of the third, with their first three batters getting aboard on walks.
Kimbrel would do the honors of putting David’s on the board again, with an RBI shot to cut the deficit to one.
Three RBI walks from Adrien Largent, Quenton Brown and Caleb Johnson gave David’s the 5-3 lead.
The game would go silent until the top of the third when David’s Trophies unleased a three run effort from the bats of Kelen Murphey and Jake Roberts. Kimbrel was pegged by a pitched with the bases juiced to plate his squad’s final run of the game.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s would stir up a rally late, with L. Potter scoring on an error after knocking a one-out double. Alex Norwood plated a run of his own with two outs on an RBI single, but David’s would get their final out on a pop-out to secure the win.
Slagle recored the win by throwing 4 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, while D. Potter, L. Potter and E. Potter all saw time on the mound for Beef ‘O’ Bradys.
Big Johns knew how to put the closeout on in the final stretch of the game.
The squad would go down in the top of the first by a three-up, three-down — with Doe Valley pitcher Jaden Anderson accounting for all the outs.
Reid Taylor poked Doe Valley on top in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single that drove in Holston Howard, who was aboard on a double, to place Doe Valley on top 1-0.
Keelon Hall would account for the major offensive damage put on by Big Johns in the next two innings.
The top of the second saw Hall score on an eractic throw after getting aboard on a single to knot up the score 1-1.
Hall would swing for the fences during the top of the third with the game knotted up, driving in Mark Tester and Garret Stiltner home, then advancing home himself after a wild throw from the outfield came in toward the infielders to give Big John’s the 4-1 lead.
Runs would be at a premuim until the top of the fifth, when Hall would drive in his third run of the contest with another triple, while Big John’s starting pitcher Kaleb Croy laid out a picture-perfect bunt to place his team on top 6-1.
Following a lead off walk in the bottom of the fifth, C.J. Stephenson would scurry across and plate an unearned run for Doe Valley — making it a 6-2 game.
Two bases-loaded scenarios were securely handled by Croy earlier in the contest, so Doe Valley attempted to make a third bases-load situation be its charm.
Doe Valley plated three runs off walks, but with two outs left and the bases load, Big Johns relief pitcher Lawson Wagner fanned a final batter to put his team on top.