Majors Division Royals 11, Pirates 3: Ben Isola pitched a complete-game gem and added a two-run double to lead the Royals over the Pirates. Liam Rizzo hit a three-run home run, Ben Rapson contributed three hits, Sammy Heinz had two hits, and center fielder Nick Kohler gunned down a runner at the plate to seal the win. J.D. Klopotowski's solo homer and Dylan Moore's two-run blast accounted for the Pirates' runs.
Rockies 6, Cubs 5: Dashiell Tillery hit a triple and a double in a comeback victory against the Cubs, who lit up the Rockies for five runs in the first. The Rockies' Petteri Puhakka doubled to the fence in right center, Nick Wrubel had two hits, Jack Ellis stole home twice, including the winning run in the sixth, and Joseph Lewis and Harper Eden each pitched two scoreless innings.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 3: Holden Smith pitched four strong innings for the Blue Jays and Matthew Justice hurled five solid innings in a pitching duel. Trailing by two runs, the Rays' Oren Rose-Strochlic hit a two-out bases-loaded triple give the Rays the lead. Luke Franco's daring bunt plated Rose-Strochlic. The Rays saw defensive contributions from Hugh Velline, Frankie Trevor, Leo Kelly and Nathan Roehl. The Jays' Benji Carrere's single plated two runs in the third.
Pirates 7, Royals 3: Tyson Howard's two-hit game and fleet base running propelled the Pirates offense. Pitcher Dylan Moore escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first, before throwing three and two thirds solid innings. Sandler Douglas closed out the game for the Bucs and Rieth Collard's home run provided insurance. Theo Zarobell hit a run-scoring double for the Royals and Alex Arriola made a dazzling play at shortstop.
Nationals 11, Red Sox 2: After starting the season with six defeats, the Nationals exploded for 11 runs in their first victory. Devon Dela Cruz, Justin Ngo and Leroy Yau starred in a team-wide effort. Jose-Maria Villas-Boas accounted for half of the Red Sox runs with a home run to right field. Noteworthy in a losing effort for the Sox was Naeem Broxton's pitching debut.
Marlins 8, A's 6: The A's went up early behind a three-run home run by P.J. Carney but the Marlins rallied to victory in a see-saw affair. Thomas Leth, D.J. Avent, and Justin Walton had clutch two-out RBIs for the Marlins. For the A's, Alex George went 3 for 3 to pace the offense. Big hits also came from Damian Irvin, Andrew Herman, Elijah Barzell-Weber.
Giants 7, Red Sox 3: Miles Dyke and Blaine French combined for 12 strikeouts and allowed just four hits in the Giants victory. Dyke's two-run triple keyed a six-run fifth inning rally, which also included a key hit by Ethan Schnetz. Joseph Picchi saved the game with a sprinting catch in center. Fox the Red Sox, Ty Hunter and Satchel Martin pitched four scoreless innings while Dean Headley paced the offense with a triple and a double.
Rays 5, Tigers 2: Four Rays pitchers held the Tigers to two runs on six hits and Nathan Roehl made two standout plays at third. Pitchers Michael Paltiel started efficiently and Thomas Richardson closed out the game emphatically, with Leo Kelly and Luke Franco eating up the middle innings. Miles Hickey led the Tigers with three doubles and four solid innings on the mound. Tyler Silverman played great defensive and Teo Surasky's liner in the gap plated a run.
Nationals 10, Blue Jays 9: The Nationals survived a frantic comeback when Leroy Yau singled home Hugo May in the bottom of the sixth. Starter May blanked the Jays over four and two thirds while striking out 12. Down nine runs in the top of the sixth, Kirchstetter's three RBIs and Chris Frink's run-scoring triple tied the game. The Jays' Sam Nelson pitched well, and the Nationals' Elliott Newton tripled while Peace Nwakudu and Darius Zucker added two hits apiece.
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Rage 11, Firecrackers 7: OGSL family night slated two rivals against each other in a high-scoring affair with the Rage holding on for the win. Effective pitching by Ava Osborn, Ellie Novogradic and Samantha Patterson -Kohout helped secure the win. Key defensive plays by Essenia Robinson and timely hitting was provided by Ky'rah Robinson, Sara Ahlich, Kayla Goodwin, Novogradic and Patterson-Kohout. The Rage are now 6-1 on the season.
Rebels 19, Midnight Strikers 5: Rebels' pitching excelled in the blowout victory over the Midnight Strikers. Gabby Plue, Casey Levitt and Jordan Klein each pitched two strong innings, with Levitt's bat and strong defense leading the Rebels. Cameron Park ended three rallies with terrific plays at third base. Charlene Din and Hayley Dennings contributed key hits for the Rebels. For the Strikers, Gretchen Fitzgibbon pitched well in her pitching debut.
Green Bombers 8, Piedmont Purple Flames 3: The season's second showdown between Oakland Green Bombers and Piedmont Purple Flames began with both teams displaying strong pitching and solid defense. However, the difference was in the Green Bombers fielding and pitching. Charlotte Albert, Amina Hart, Kaeli Martinet, Ka-Naya Newton, Amanda Romankiw, Rasia Thornton turned in nice plays and Annadella Healy, Jamie Burgasser and Leah Guiterrez pitched well.
Oakland Wildcats 5, Alameda Monarchs 0: The Wildcats prevailed over the Monarchs on the strength of key hits from Katie Shutt, Anna Klein, Kayla Price, Josephine Ginsburg, Claire Moody and Ruby Plue.
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Piedmont Flaming Condors 7, Piedmont Swingahs 3: On the Swingahs, Cormac Whitney made a play at the plate to prevent a run, and Oliver Maxwell robbed extra bases with a reaching catch in right field. For the Condors, Nico DeFazio made a throw to Tobin Cantrill to gun down a runner attempting to steal second, and Adhi Bornstein made a diving stop at second with bases-loaded to end a third inning rally. At the plate, Swingahs' Cole Pugsley and Arjun Silverberg both drove in runs while the Condors' Nico DeFazio hit two doubles and Chaz Whitley, Jabbar Weaver, Tobin Cantrill and Matthew Riordan drove in runs. On the mound, Cole Pugsley and Cormac Whitney both pitched scoreless innings for the Swingahs, while Alex Tafapolsky pitched a perfect sixth inning to seal the victory.
Piedmont Rogues 8, Piedmont Whackbats 2: Starter Alex McLaughlan pitched two scoreless innings for the Rogues, with solid middle relief by Scott McKenzie, Evan McConathy and rookie Seamus Meagher, before Nate Wilson closed it out. The Whackbats did serious damage with hits by rookie A.J. Harris and journeyman Jake Hart. However, the Rogues prevailed with run-scoring hits by Liam Campbell, Patrick Donohoe and Ryan Stokes. Stokes also took home Player of the Game honors.
Piedmont Reds 10, Piedmont Phillies 10: Brayden Day continued his hitting for the Reds, knocking two triples and a double on his way to Player of the Game. Andrew McLaughlin also earned "Charlie Hustle" honors with two doubles for the Reds. For the Phillies, defensive plays by catcher Brit Burden kept the game tied. Sam Shelby also made a tough catch in right center to prevent runs from scoring. Scott Cooley showed off his hot bat with a lead-off double which kept the Phillies in the game.
Piedmont Dragons 9, OGSL Bringin' the Thunda 8: The Thunda were able to build a lead on the strength of solid pitching from Olivia Moore and some great defense by Sofia Williams. Moore also made an excellent snare of Anna Smegal's line drive. Annika Garrett's defense at both catcher and third helped keep the Dragons in check. Naomi Fedor made her pitching debut and struck out two batters. Scoreless innings by Dragons pitchers Maeve Gilbert, Nicole Shoptaugh, and Nina Tafapolsky kept the game close. After trailing 8-5 in the final frame, the Dragons loaded the bases and with two-outs, Addie Darden crushed triple and scored on errant throw to give the Dragons a thrilling 9-8 victory.
Piedmont Purple Panthers 11, Piedmont Sapphire Fairies 0: The Panthers were powered by three hits from Julia Caputo, Katerina Melian and Gretchen Gerhardy, while Sammy Schwartz and Molly Wagner both went 2 for 2. Ginger Gardner, Anna Gotto and Gerhardy pitched shutout innings and Quinn Reilly hit a home run and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam, recording a strikeout to close the door in the final frame. The Fairies had strong pitching from veterans Alice Rowley, Sage Smith, Zoe Collard and Daisy Howerton. Samirah Robinson and Lana Evju both flashed the leather in the field, while Robinson, Sophia Gallati, Howerton, and Rowley all collected hits.