WILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:
Rookies: Braves vs. Cardinals on Saturday, June 2 at North Intermediate
The Cardinals and Braves faced off in a well-played game this past Saturday. The Cardinals played great defense in the field, led by some nice plays from Jack Jamieson and Patrick Taylor. For the Braves, Ben Sawyer, Jacob Andrade-Silva, and Tommy Roofe minimized the damage from the Cardinals hits by playing excellent defense. While up at bat, Davio Dicenso smoked a number of balls deep into the outfield, driving in a bunch of Cardinal runners. Bart Zaino did his best to help the Braves by stroking one deep into the outfield as well, and Benji Hebert, Thomas McGagh, and Cameron Jaynes all had multiple hits in the game, driving in much needed runs for the Braves.
AAA: Royals Beat Astros on Wednesday, June 6 at Rotary Park
The Royals played a great game in every way possible against the Astros at Rotary Park. Will Biscan and Jackson Hegarty both did well pitching and had hits. Logan Zimmer and Jack Martinson had solid games at catcher and contributed with the bat. Nolan Gouthro and Charlie Roy had great games at the plate and on defense. Mike Ware had two doubles. The Astros struggled to get a rhythm and were held in check all game by the Royals’ pitching and defense. Will Poyant and Jake Cronin had the team’s only hits although Evan Cummings got on base as well. Several players hit the ball well only to have the Royals solid defense cut them down. These included Kyle McDonald, Luke Kitanov, Joe Gronemeyer, Joe Cavanaugh, Ethan Afthim, and Ronnan Scafiddi. Kevin Pruslin, Tim Watson, John Roofe, Gronemeyer, Cavanaugh, and Cummings contributed to the defense. Will Poyant (3 strikeouts), Gronemeyer (one), and Watson (five) had some success on the mound against a relentless Royals attack as did Scafiddi and Cavanaugh who were around the plate and got some swings and misses as well. This was Scafiddi’s first time pitching and he showed a lot of ability.
AAA: Astros Tie Braves on Friday, June 8 at Boutwell Field
The Braves found themselves down early thanks to tough pitching by the Astros’ Will Poyant and Joe Gronemeyer. The Braves’ Matt Driscoll and Jonathan Stokes had the only hits through three innings against Poyant who had seven strikeouts and made several great plays at the mound as well. On the Astros’ side, those first three innings saw a flurry of offense. John Roofe ripped two singles and walked, scoring three runs. Kevin Pruslin singled and walked, scoring a run as well. Poyant added two singles and a walk of his own scoring twice. Kyle McDonald drove in a run with a clutch single while Gronemeyer singled and hit a long fly ball that was caught in right field. Continuing the onslaught, Joe Fennelly singled and walked with a run and Evan Cummings also walked and scored. Jake Cronin who’s been getting on base with frightening consistency added his own single and run while Joe Cavanaugh walked and scored. However, the “it ain’t over til its over” attitude of the Braves found them back in the game in the late innings. Eric Banda, Cam O’Connell, Justin Fricia, Dylan Delano, Ayden Rivera, and Jake Banda had consecutive hits in the fourth rallying the team closer. Fricia hit the ball well all game. The damage would’ve been worse without some great plays on the mound by the Astros’ Gronemeyer. Overall, the Astros had their best fielding game of the year as Roofe, Pruslin, and McDonald were among others making plays in the field. These later innings saw the Astros’ bats cool off as they only scored three more times. Poyant added his third single, Gronemeyer his second (and a run), and Cummings got the last hit for the team. Fennelly walked and scored twice more. Ronnan Scafiddi hit the ball hard twice, driving in two of the runs. The Braves’ Derek Perrault and Matthew Boyer joined their hit parade, giving all ten Braves players at least one hit and setting the table for the sixth. Down three runs and with two outs, Stokes delivered a line shot to the fence and legged out a home run tying the game. It took a spectacular line drive catch by Roofe which he turned into an unassisted double play, followed by his catching another liner to preserve the tie in this classic game.
(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)
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