WILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:
AAA: Pirates vs. Astros on Tuesday, June 4 at Boutwell Field
In a battle between the AAA League’s two top teams, the Pirates prevailed 17 to 13 to end the Astros’ undefeated season. It was a back-and-forth game where the Astros rallied many times from multiple-run deficits to eventually knot the score at 11 in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Pirates showed great resilience and scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning to take the lead. With great pitching and defense, they managed to hang on for a hard-fought win! It truly was a team effort from the Pirates. On the mound, Mark Cataldo led things off by pitching two and a third dominant innings. Mickey Moroney came on in relief and struck out his fair share of Astros. Finally, Evan Walsh pitched two solid innings to close out the game. Every batter on the team either got a hit (or hits) or drew a walk. Joe Mytych, Aiden Harris, Evan Walsh and Max Snapausky paced the offense with two hits apiece. Spencer Walker played a great all-around game as he walked, had a single, stole a few bases, and made a highlight-reel, diving catch behind home plate in the last inning. Dylan Mainini was robbed of a hit on a nice catch by Astros outfielder John Roofe on a deep fly ball, but hit a key double during the Pirates’ 5th-inning rally, and stole a base. Adam Ientile drew a walk, stole a few bases, and provided solid defense at second base. Max Glazer did a stellar job blocking balls behind the plate as catcher, stole a base, and delivered a clutch, two-out single that knocked in two runs in the top of the 4th inning. Jacoby Tibbetts walked twice, stole a few bases, and did a solid job in the outfield backing up multiple plays in the field. Danny Fogg drew a walk, stroked a single in the top of the 4th inning, and played solid defense in the outfield. Last but not least, Jackson Cipolle singled during the big 4th-inning rally and made one of the defensive plays of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning when playing left field, as he threw out a runner going to third base for the pivotal second out of the inning. That sort of heads-up play epitomized the Pirates effort in this game.
While the Astros were knocked back by the Pirates’ initial aggressiveness, they found their footing and showed the resilience they’ve had when needed throughout the year. Jake Gryglik as usual was around the plate for the three innings he pitched, striking out six. Tony Cummings came in and fanned two over the final two innings. The defense was equally important in keeping the game as close as it was. With the Pirates putting the ball in play, it was up to the likes of Andrew Santo, Aidan Raposa, Connor Jamieson, Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, Joey Fennelly, Cael Considine, and John Roofe to limit the damage with their gloves. Highlights included Pruslin taking a nice throw from Costantiello to chase down a runner coming into third base and Roofe’s aforementioned nice running catch in the outfield. Fennelly, Patrick Moriarty, and Santo each did their usual great jobs as catchers, with Moriarty giving signals to Cummings about changing speeds. The late game surge that brought the Astros back was keyed by Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe who had two singles each. Considine’s aggressive baserunning turned one of his into a 4-base journey. Jamieson, Gryglik, Pruslin, Costantiello, and Cummings had hits throughout the game as well. It was a great team win for the Pirates while the Astros showed that they’re never out of a game!
Single A: Rays vs. Pirates on Wednesday, June 5
Tonight was a great game against the Pirates. The Rays has an offensive explosion led by Tommy Roofe with four hits while Alex Sullivan, Jackson Childs, Michael Crowley, and Brendan Cyr each had two hits. Ryan Doherty and Chris Gattineri each got big hits of their own as well. All the players were focused in the field and cheered each other on louder than any previous game while waiting on the bench for their turn to bat. The Pirates hung tough and clawed their way back against the Rays. Jack Jamieson, Ryan Biggins, and Ben Sawyer had big hits while Sam Beaudoin drove in 2 runs. Nico McCollem, Joshua Lopez, and Colby O’Brien played great defense behind the strong pitching of Sean Theodos and Bart Zaino.
AAA: Cardinals vs. Astros on Thursday, June 6 at Boutwell Field
The Astros wrapped up a successful regular season in fitting fashion – playing a makeup game from an earlier rainout! John Roofe was dominant on the mound, striking out five in two innings. Cael Considine then came in to whiff one and Connor Jamieson finished the game with a pair of strikeouts of his own. Catchers Andrew Santo and Joey Fennelly kept the Cardinals’ baserunners in check throughout the game. The offense was humming with Santo leading the way, singling three times. Tony Cummings, Jake Gryglik, Fennelly, and Considine contributed two hits each while Aidan Raposa and Jamieson singled as well. Excellent plate discipline by John Roofe, Kyle Price, and Kevin Pruslin were among those who got on base via the walk. Pruslin and Price bounced back quickly after getting hit by pitches as well. The team’s consistently strong fielding was evident again highlighted by Price’s great stop of a sharp grounder at third, firing to Pruslin who alertly covered second for the forceout. Considine had a nice unassisted putout at first base, Gryglik and Santo made outstanding plays in the third inning at shortstop and third respectively, and Jamieson chased down a fly ball after a long run and fired right into the infield to stop the runners from advancing. The Cardinals turned in a number of strong pitching performances, led by a sparkling 2019 debut from Frankie Cain, a solid start from Nathan Murphy, and Ayden Rivera closing things out. Parker Canevari saved a number of runs with great defense behind the dish while James Savoie filled in admirably in the second half of the game to give the Cards quality catching throughout. Griffin Crowe led the offensive attack with a scorching single that started the Cardinals’ biggest offensive rally, while Tommy Demers showed off his speed late in the game legging out an infield single, advancing to second, and stealing third. Joey Fallis, Sean O’Brien, and Masen Voner all helped power the Cards offense and keep things close with great at bats and impressive plate discipline. Both teams are now on to the playoffs.
(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)
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