WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:
AAA First-Round Playoff Game – Cardinals vs. Astros on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Boutwell Field
In first-round playoff action, the Astros overcame an early scare by the Cardinals to advance to the finals. A number of Cardinals hitters contributed with great at bats, with Frankie Cain, Dante Capozzi, Griffin Crowe, Joey Fallis, Nick Maninos, and Ayden Rivera leading the attack. The big hit, biggest of the year in fact, came with the bases loaded and Sean O’Brien at the plate. He turned on a fastball and launched an absolute bomb deep into the afternoon over the right field fence into probably Burlington. On the mound Masen Voner and Tommy Demers turned in tough pitching performances in the face of the Astros potent offense, while James Savoie and Nathan Murphy chipped in with key plays in the field. The Astros got off to a quick start with a run in the first as Cael Considine scored after the first of his two singles.
The team then had to play catch-up before giving themselves some insurance. Owen Wills lead the way ripping a sharp single and double (that turned into a four base hit with aggressive baserunning). Tony Cummings contributed the team’s other double. John Roofe, Andrew Santo, Aidan Raposa, Connor Jamieson, Patrick Moriarty, Kyle Price, Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, and Joey Fennelly all added singles of their own throughout the game. Jake Gryglik was one of several players showing good plate discipline by drawing walks. Cummings struck out two on the mound, Roofe fanned one, and Moriarty & Santo whiffed two each as the Astro pitchers held the Cardinals in check after their big hit. The team was strong in the field as well with a number of solid plays. Gryglik and Cummings caught liners at shortstop while Jamieson caught one at second. Considine had a putout at first off of one of Roofe’s two plays at shortstop. There were several other plays as well as the Cardinals did a good job of putting the ball in play. Moriarty and Fennelly held down the catcher position with their usual confidence and consistency. The Astros have shown all year that they never give up regardless of the score.
(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)
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