Cardinals edge A's; Cubs extend lead
The Cubs continued to play well in the Brewton Little League 9- and 10-year-old division last week while the Cardinals jumped into second place with wins over the Braves and Cardinals.
Cubs 11, Braves 1
Conner Denton went the distance against the Braves to earn his fifth win as the Cubs scalp the Braves 11-1 in four innings. Denton (5-0) allowed only one unearned run on two hits while striking out five Braves and giving up only one walk. Drew Rush (1-1) who had a complete game win his last outing, ran into trouble in the first inning allowing four consecutive walks and a hit batter. Ryland Dixon entered the game and struck out the side and finished the night with ten strikeouts, two earned runs and only five walks.
Good defense by both clubs kept the number of hits to a minimum. Outstanding plays by Ben Cooper in center, Hunter Franklin in right, Jacorey Powell at first and a strikeout/throwout combination between Parker Riess at catcher and Dan Smith as second kept the Braves from ever getting any momentum. The Braves defense was highlighted by plays from Bradley Brown at shortstop and Eli Tyree in center that kept the Cubs from obtaining any extra bases.
The Cubs we led by Collin Lanford's game ending double and Conner Denton added a single. Denton, Smith, Cooper, and Randy Davis scored two runs, while Taylor Terry, Reiss and Louis Miller added one each. For the Braves, Ryland Dixon had two singles and Brown added a single and the only score for the night.
Cardinals 11, Athletics 10
The Athletics played an outstanding game only to see it slip away and the Cards rally for a 10-2 deficit for an 11-10 victory. Edward Hines and Jon Jones (4-1) combined for the victory. Hines started and pitched two innings allowing seven runs (one earned) on two hits with two stickiest and three walks. Jones completed the last three innings allowing only three runs (two earned) on two hits with seven strikeouts against only three walks. Trent Robinson started for the A's and pitched three strong innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts and three walks. Trevor Diercks (0-1) entered in the fourth inning and ran into trouble with nine walks and eight earned runs. Shawn Odom completed the game with two earned runs with one strikeout and three free passes.
Michael McGaha led the Cards with a double and Harrison Horton and Cliff Foster added singles. Horton scored three runs, with Collin Graves and Kameron Winn adding two scores and Jones, McGaha, Foster and Hunter Hanks adding one run each.
Robinson, Diercks and Spencer Waldrep each had singles for the A's while Bryant Jernigan scored three runs, Robinson and Diercks chipped in two, along with Michael Kast, and Waldrep adding one score.
Cardinals 17, Braves 11
The Cardinals rally to beat the Braves 17-11 for sole possession of second place. Edward Hines (1-2) pitched the first two innings allowing four earned runs on three hits with two stickiest and free passes. Jon Jones completed the game and earned the save as he gave up seven earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts against four walks. Tyler Dehoff (0-2) went the distance for the Braves allowing four earned runs on two hits with seven strikeouts but 14 walks hurt his effort on the night.
Harrison Horton and Hines had the only hits for the Cards. Austin Graddy and Collin Graves scored three runs, Jones, Horton, Hines, Michael McGaha and Kameron Winn scored two runs and Cliff Foster added one.
The Braves had several batters to be credited with hits with Bradley Brown leading the way with a double while Drew Rush, Avery Couture, Dylan Bell, Tyler Etheridge and Eli Tyree picked up singles. Bell led the Braves with three runs scored, with Rush, Brown, and Couture scoring twice and Dehoff and Ryland Dixon crossing the plate once.
Cubs 20, Athletics 0
The Cubs pounced on the Athletics early and the game was called with a final score of 20-0. Parker Reiss (2-1) was credited with the shutout, pitching two innings and giving up only one hit, while striking out three and allowing only one run. The Athletics used three different pitchers with Trevor Diercks (0-2) getting the start, followed by Bryant Jernigan and Devlin Crosby. The pitching staff gave up fifteen walks, nine hits with only two strikeouts and defensive errors contributed to the scoring.
The Cubs were led a the plate by Conner Denton with three hits, including two doubles with two RBIs, Jacorey Powell had two hits including a double and two RBIs, Dan Smith had two hits with two RBIs and Reiss and Randy Davis added singles with Reiss getting two RBIs. Denton, Smith and Ben Cooper scored three runs, Powell, Taylor Terry, Louis Miller, Hunter Franklin and Davis scored two runs, with Reiss tallying one score.
Devlin Crosby had the only hit for the A's with Jernigan and Spencer Waldrep reaching on fielder's choices.