Rays 5, Pirates 4: In a tight game, the last place Rays upset the first place Pirates behind Michael Paltiel's pitching and Oren Rose-Strochlic's home run. The defense was backed with a nice catch by Andrew Oster along with sparkling infield defense from Takeo Prather and Luke Franco . The Pirates' Dylan Moore struck out five batters, while the Rays' J.D. Klopotowski, Jack DeAndreis and Rieth Collard hit doubles. Klopotowski drove in two runs and Ben Marshburn drove in one to a cap a furious rally.
Rays 9, Giants 5: Takeo Prather had trouble finding the strike zone in four innings of work, but held the Giants to just four runs. In the fifth inning, Andrew Oster made his season debut on the mound and battled for a two-inning save. Nathan Roehl caught a deep fly ball and Oren Rose-Strochlic made a leaping catch. The Giants' Blaine French went 2 for 2 and scored twice, while Miles Dyke doubled, and Andrew Hutton was solid in relief.
Blue Jays 4, Nationals 1: The Blue Jays' Zach Kirchstetter excelled with the bat and on the mound in a tight game. Kirchstetter gave up just one run in five innings and hit two doubles at the plate. Coleman Ouimet doubled in a run that sparked the Jays' first rally. Sam Nelson pitched a scoreless sixth inning to close the game. Nationals' pitcher Gus Buettner struck out eight in four and two-third innings. Aidan Forte, Leroy Yau and Lucas Figueroa contributed base hits.
Pirates 5, A's 4: The Pirates won the regular season SOLL title with a narrow victory over the second place A's. The Pirates were led by Cameron Bonzell's double and Dylan Moore's home run. A's pitcher Noah Zirkle silenced the Pirates offense and backed by P.J. Carney, who made several acrobatic plays at shortstop. A three-run fourth inning gave the A's the lead, but in the fifth inning Rieth Collard responded with a three-run homer to put the Pirates ahead for good.
Royals 14, Rockies 1: Gabe Matta and Liam Rizzo both smacked three-run homers to pace the Royals in a blowout victory over the Rockies. Royals pitchers Matta, Jon Phillippi, and Nicholas Kohler allowed no earned runs over six innings, and Sammy Heinz and Theo Zarobell added clutch run-scoring hits to secure the win.
Cubs 4, Nationals 3: Oliver Purves and Eli Berrick pitched masterfully as the Cubs outlasted the Nationals in an eight inning Mother's Day marathon. The Nationals offense was stymied several times by the Cubs strong defense that threw out several base runners at key moments. For the Nationals, Hugo May and Leroy Yau shared pitching duties and allowed just one earned run while striking out 12.
Blue Jays 12, Giants 1: Aidan Weinstein gave the Blue Jays four strong innings on the mound, limiting the league leading Giants to one unearned run. Zach Kirchstetter smashed a three-run homer and was perfect at the plate, collecting four RBI. For the Jays, Holden Smith led the team with two base hits while Chris Frink and Coleman Ouimet added one each. For the Giants, Rudy Broome and Justin Chimm hit doubles and Joseph Picchi's elusive slide under the catcher's glove broke up the shut out.
Rays 5, Marlins 4: Des Wilson dominated the Rays early in the game, holding them to a single run on no hits through three innings, but the Rays rallied for three runs in the fourth to tie the game, then plated the go-ahead run in the fifth. Both teams played small ball, with a key bunt single by Frankie Trevor and an RBI sacrifice by Gavin Baird. Matthew Justice threw five strong innings to earn the win.
Tigers 11, Red Sox 10: The Tigers hitting attack was led by Ezra Finner and Marshal Wildmann. Pitchers Miles Hickey and Anand Mehta kept the Tigers in the game for an eventual 11-10 win in the eighth. The Sox's Will Yi got two hits and had a strong throw to cut down a runner at the plate. Tyler Hunter, thrust into emergency relief, allowed no runs over four innings. Dean Headley's sixth home run left the yard in a hurry.
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Piedmont White 11, Piedmont Blue 7: Piedmont White took game two of their weekend series with Piedmont Blue. Hunter DeVroede pitched five strong innings and E.J. Cheung came in relief. Nathan Johnson struck out the final batter with the tying run at the plate to earn the save. DeVroede also had two hits including a key two-run single in the sixth. Jonathan Dinetz gave White insurance runs with a two-run single. Adam Porter turned in several nice plays at third base and Patrick Aebi threw out a runner at second.
Piedmont Snow Ligers 6, Pleasant Hill 5: Ryan Fitzgerald pitched a complete game to lead Piedmont over Pleasant Hill. Patrick Filler drove in the winning runs with a single in the fifth, and he also turned in several fine plays at second base. Andrew Newell hit an RBI triple and later scored, and Adam Porter threw out two runners from behind the plate.
Piedmont Walking Red 9, Orinda 1: Walking Red played one of their best games of the season in a 9-1 win over Orinda. Ben Levinson, Julian Scherman, and Cal Barna pitched well for the Red. Jordan Hunt, Henry Marchant, and Soren Call played great defense, while Spencer Stein, Luca Valdez-Kaminsky, and Luke Harris led the offense. Levinson added a home run over the left field wall to cap the scoring.
Piedmont Bedrock Bombers 9, Orinda Lightning 2: The Bombers won their third match in the last four outings by defeating the Lightning. Kyle Spanier started and pitched two strong innings, followed by three strong innings by Connor Gillikin. Strong defense included a nice catch by Justin Katter in right field, and catcher Cole Canine's game-ending throw to gun down a runner at second. Every Bomber reached base safely. Highlights were Alex Weekes' 3 for 4 day, and Tommy McNeil's single to center which scored James and George Conroy.
Piedmont Whackbats 13, Piedmont Inferno 4: Theodore Sterling led the Whackbats to a victory against the Inferno. Great defensive plays were turned in by Charlie Jones and Liam Charron. Jones had an unassisted double play, and Charron nabbed two outs in the same inning. Daniel Mclaughlin, Charlie Jones, and Jake Hart provided key hits.
Piedmont Reds 21, Piedmont Yankees 21: Max Goldfarb was Player of the Game as he came up with several timely hits and clutch defensive plays for the Reds. Miguel Long reached base four times on four infield hits, earning the Charlie Hustle award. Brayden Day doubled three times and Griffen Stein pounded a triple. Drake Prata, Andrew McLaughlin and Ryan McConathy also had doubles for the Reds. Yankee sluggers Cameron Murphy and Zach Weiss each had several doubles, while teammates Matteo Ghielmetti and Matthew Dominguez starred defensively.
Piedmont Reds 11, Piedmont Rockies 11: Tavian Roberts doubled twice for the Reds, earning Player of the Game honors while Griffen Stein tripled and made several key defensive plays en-route to earning the Charlie Hustle award. Ryan McConathy tripled twice, Nikolas Markopoulos doubled, and Max Goldfarb had two unassisted putouts at third base. For the Rockies, Paolo Nicks hit a home run and Evan Quinn made a key defensive play at third to preserve the tie.
Piedmont Dragons 14, Piedmont Riptide 4: Dragons pitchers Nicole Shoptaugh, Maeve Gilbert, and Camille Creighton combined for 12 strikeouts. The game featured two outstanding outfield catches, the Dragons' Eleanor Cooley snagged a deep fly to left-center and the Riptides' Ruby Marshall caught a deep drive to right. Later in the game, Shoptaugh hit the ball to the gap that reached the fence for an inside-the-park home run. Kit Asa-Hauser, Cooley, Katie Gustke, Sofia Whitley, Chloe Tjogas, and Erin Sturdevant contributed hits and score runs. Gilbert went 2 for 3 with a run. Riptide pitchers Olivia Petty, Marissa Petty, and Ka'Myah Shackleford pitched well, recording seven strikeouts.
Oakland Purple Pirates 6, Piedmont Silver Dolphins 2: Clare Murphy and Avery Borjon both went 2 for 2 to lead the Silver Dolphins offense, while Madelyn Hill and Avery Borjon each plated one run. Madelyn Hill and Camille Snyder had strong pitching performances and allowed no runs. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to hold off the Purple Pirates.
Purple Panthers 4, Orange Owls 3: After a three-run Orange Owls rally, the Panthers went into the final inning trailing by two runs. Singles by Elizabeth Wiesbrock and Julia Banuelos sparked a rall, and a double by Molly Wagner tied the game at 3-3. Sammy Schwartz then singled and Gretchen Gerhardy's line-drive double to right scored the winning run. Anna Gotto plated Quinn Reilly with an RBI single in the second inning, while pitchers Gerhardy and Ginger Gardner allowed just four hits and combined for 11 strikeouts.
Purple Pony Express 5, Sapphire Fairies 0: Hailey "The Comet" Ronen and Mica "Valiente" Jorcino made successful pitching debuts as five Pony pitchers held the Fairies scoreless. Leah "Quicks" Bell delivered a three-run home run to lead the Pony Express.
Purple Pony Express 6, Alameda Warriors 3: The Pony Express traveled to Alameda and rode away with a 6-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Warriors. Sparkling defensive plays were turned in by Lauren "Jedi" Jull and Eve "Cool Bunny" Tellegen. Shelby "Flash" Cavenaugh paced the offense with a blistering double.
Piedmont Purple Panthers 8, Piedmont Purple Pony Express 5: Quinn Reilly, Phoebe Church, Gretchen Gerhardy and Molly Wagener combined for 10 hits and seven RBI to the lead the Panthers offense. Both Quinn (2B, 3B) and Phoebe (2 2B) had multiple extra base hits. Ginger Gardner and Gretchen pitched two strong innings each and successfully fought off an offensive surge from the Pony Express, who collected a total of 12 hits. The combined Oakland and Piedmont U8 playoffs begin June 1.
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Firecrackers 8, Rebels 7: The Firecrackers beat their rivals, the Rebels, in a see-saw nail-biter when Kate Goldmann (three runs scored) stole home on a bang-bang play for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Firecrackers squeezed home eight runs on only two hits thanks to aggressive base running. The catching trio of Sierra Fang-Horvath, Kira Becraft and Kate Goldmann anchored the defense. Gritty pitching by Hallie Fang-Horvath (2 IP) and Emori Mitchell (5 IP) and a stingy defense led by Jianna Bowie held off the surging Rebels. The Rebels were led by solid pitching from Casey Levitt (4 IP). Levitt also added a home run and Ruby Crudo added a triple to briefly tie the game. The Firecrackers and Rebels split their regular season series at one game apiece.
Piedmont Surge 9, Bringin' Tha Thundah! 6: Surge raced out to a 6-0 lead after holding the Thundah scoreless for four innings. In the fifth inning the Thundah regrouped and scored six runs to tie the game. During the rally every member of the Thundah lineup reached base and contributed, including Maya Ades, who cracked a single after injuring her thumb. In the final inning, the Surge broke open the game and held on for the victory.
Rage 11, Midnight Strikers 10: Hitters had their way as Rage and Midnight Strikers put up 20 hits including six extra base hits and 21 runs. For the Rage, Grace Goodsell, Kayla Goodwin, Samantha Patterson-Kohout and Essenia Robinson had multi-hit games. The Rage defense turned in several nice plays, including catcher, Ellie Novogradac's rocket throw to second base that caught a runner attempting to steal.
Firecrackers 14 Midnight Strikers 12: The Firecrackers and the Midnight Strikers combined for 26 runs in a tense duel. In the sixth inning, Citlali Aguirre's two-run single plated LaMaya Harden for the go-ahead run. Carly Johnson's diving catch prevented an extra base hit in the bottom of the sixth, and helped secure the Firecrackers victory.
Tsunami 13, Girls on Fire 6: Tsunami jumped out to an early lead against the Girls on Fire and never looked back. Lizzie Ashford, Olivia Chan and Madeline Farver each drove in two runs and timley hits were provided by Adeline Chaney and Jackie Bowman. Tsunami pitcher Adeline Chaney recorded four strikeouts over two innings, followed by Jackie Bowman, who recorded six strikeouts in two innings. Anjolie Enz closed out the game with two strikeouts to seal the victory.
Green Bombers 12, Riveters 11: The Green Bombers prevailed with solid pitching from Cecelia Thomsak, Annadella Healey and Jamie Burgasser. Strong defense was provided by Charlotte Albert, Mickey Dunstan, Amina Hart, Kaeli Martinet, Ka-Naya Newton, Amanda Romankiw, Rasia Thornton, and Eleanor Valentine.
Purple Pirates 6, Silver Dolphins 2: The Dolphins took a two-run lead in the first inning, on the strengh of hits by Clare Murphy (2 for 2), Avery Borjon (2 for 2, RBI), and Madelyn Hill (RBI). However, the visiting Pirates answered with two runs in the second inning and four more in the third. Pirate sluggers Molly Reichmuth (2B, 2 RBI), Rebecca Rotenberg (2 RBI), Sylvia Ansley (3B, RBI), and Erin Forristal (RBI) sparked the comeback. Penny Chai struck out the side in a perfect second inning.
Orange Owls 7, Red Vines 1: The Orange Owls benefited from stellar pitching by Ellie Bedsworth and Lillian Hess. Several Owls had multiple hits, including Madelyn Wenzel, Julia Runyan, Lyla Marcus, Hess and Bedsworth. The game ball went to Wenzel for her two base hits, two RBI and one run scored.
Orange Owls 7, Sapphire Fairies 0: The Orange Owls shutout the Fairies and had solid production from the top of their order. Evelyn Varela-Wilkerson, Isley Douglas, and Ellie Bedsworth went a combined 6 for 6 at the plate, with four runs scored. The game ball went to Ellie Bedsworth for her two solid hits, two RBI and one run scored.
Wildcats 7, Piedmont Silver Dolphins 0: Josephine Ginsburg led the Wildcats offense with a two-run double in the first inning, and Charlotte Keady added a two-run single in the third inning. Veteran Ruby Plue pitched a stellar first inning, while Maya Reiten and Stella Hattendorf made strong pitching debuts. The Wildcats played solid team defense to shutout the Dolphins.