WILMINGTON, MA — Below are several recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:
AAA: Astros vs. Rays on Saturday, May 18 at Boutwell Field
The Rays once again gave the Astros everything they could handle. Henry Santini, Matthew Norton, and Henry Almeda made things difficult for the Astros all game with solid, consistent pitching. Jack Cyr had a two-run single and Kyle Spencer drew a couple of walks and came around to score. Jack Mahnken and Nicholas Melaragni also chipped in with singles to round out the offense. Contributions from every Astros player helped them prevail in the end however. On the mound, John Roofe struck out five in two innings, Tony Cummings struck out three in two innings, and Jake Gryglik was dominant slamming the door in the last inning, throwing smoke and adding a strikeout of his own. Cael Considine and Patrick Moriarty made terrific catches at the corner infield positions while Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, Cummings, Roofe, and Andrew Santo were some others making nice plays in the field. Aidan Raposa as always was one of many who were alert when in the infield, using positioning and quick reflexes to severely limit the Rays’ ability to take extra bases. Connor Jamieson, Santo, and Costantiello did outstanding jobs as always behind the plate. Moriarty doubled and singled and Roofe added a double of his own to pace the offense. Owen Wills, Cummings, and Joey Fennelly contributed two hits each and Kyle Price, Pruslin, Costantiello, Considine, and Jamieson added singles of their own. Several batters also worked walks, with Price, Costantiello, and Fennelly each reaching base three times. Compared to the cold weather this spring, the day’s mid-70s temperatures seemed like a mid-summer heat wave, but the team maintained their energy throughout which helped them power through to another victory.
Majors Game: Angels vs. Orioles on Saturday, May 18, 2019
TJ’s Barbershop Angels got back to their winning ways with an 11-2 victory over the Orioles at Rotary Park. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning as the bats came alive. Big hits by Connor Lovell (2 hits) and Trevor Sullivan (2 hits) got them on the board and a 2-run single by Will Poyant closed out the scoring.
But solid pitching was the name of the game for the Angels on Saturday. Sullivan and Poyant combined to give up only 2 runs over six innings. They combined for 9 strikeouts on the day. They had plenty of help behind them in the field. The Orioles were threatening in the second inning with 2 runners on base when Lucas Poirier got his second hit of the day with a shot to left field. A perfectly executed relay from Kaleb Stanley to Poyant to Andrew Almeda who fired to catcher Luke Kitanov cut down a run at the plate to end the inning!
The Angels then added 2 runs in each of the next three innings. Hits by Kitanov, Davide Vitale, and Luke Cushing knocked in runs and it was Poyant again doing the damage as he finished with 3 hits on the day.
Gavin Poirier and Zack McKeil also had hits for the Orioles. Jackson Hegerty and Cullen Walsh pitched for the Orioles and struck out 7 Angels on the day.
AAA: Astros vs. Cardinals on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Boutwell Field
The Cardinals put forth a valiant effort all game long, getting strong pitching performances out of Sean O’Brien and Tommy Demers and excellent play behind the plate by Parker Canevari and James Savoie. O’Brien caught a screeching liner by the Astros’ Kevin Pruslin, helping himself on the mound. Nick Maninos lead the defensive charge with a number of run-saving stops and smart throws in left field. Joey Fallis, Frankie Cain, Dante Capozzi, Griffin Crowe, Griffin Kelley, and Masen Voner all chipped in with solid at bats and smart play in the field. The Astros again received contributions from every player. Patrick Moriarty started things off on the mound striking out four in two innings. In the first inning, he made a great play fielding a grounder and firing home to Joey Fennelly for the bases loaded force out. He got the ball back only to see the next runner trying to score and threw again to Fennelly who chased the runner down for a double play. Owen Wills pitched next, striking out one and making two plays in the field, one of them a spectacular diving catch to end the inning. Kyle Price and Connor Jamieson both made their pitching debuts the next two innings, each striking out the side. Cael Considine closed the game, starting with two strikeouts and and then finishing the game fielding a grounder and throwing to Andrew Santo at first for the final out. Continuing the fielding theme, there were many other great plays as well. Jake Gryglik made a leaping putout at first, Pruslin made an alert play at second that stopped runners from advancing, Dylan Costantiello was busy at shortstop with a couple of plays in the first inning, and Price chased down a long hit to right field to keep the runner from scoring in the last inning. The Astros’ bats were busy as well. John Roofe lead the way with a triple and two doubles while Santo also had a three-hit game with three singles. Fennelly added a single and double and Price, Wills, and Moriarty each had two singles. Gryglik doubled in the first and Costantiello, Considine, and Tony Cummings all contributed singles. Aidan Raposa walked and scored three times and Jamieson was on base twice. It’s always satisfying to see everyone involved and contributing, and that’s been a consistent hallmark of this Astros team.
Single A: Braves vs. Pirates on Monday, May 20, 2019
The weather gods cooperated and allowed the Pirates and Braves to get in their game on Monday night and it did not disappoint. The Pirates had contributions up and down the lineup. Jack Jamieson, Ben Sawyer, Sam Beaudoin, and Ryan Biggins provided key hits, while Bradley Stephen and Nico McCollem were aggressive on the bases. Bart Zaino and Zach Maiella had solid pitching efforts and were helped by stellar defense by Sean Theodos and Colby O’Brien.
The Braves defense was led by the pitching of Joslyn Coughlin and Mike Trimarchi while Alex Murphy and Jackson Parker put in strong performances behind the plate. Evan Jageler made an amazing play fielding the ball in center and then diving to get the force at second. Mason DeRose demonstrated heads-up play in right field backing up throws to first while Cameron Jaynes fielded the ball at short stop to prevent runners advancing. The Braves came out swinging on offense with hits from Davio Dicenso, Ben Card, Thomas McGagh and Jacob Andrare-Silva whose RBI in the second scored a run.
(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)
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