Four Eaton Little League players who earned first place gold medals at the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run Sectionals have qualified for the PHR Team Championship round at Great American Ballpark this Saturday, June 11. Congratulations and best of luck to: Gavin Downs, 7-8 year-old baseball PHR participant; CJ Bailey, 9-10 year-old PHR baseball participant; Theo Winings, 11-12 year-old PHR baseball partipant and Kayleigh Michael, 13-14 year-old PHR softball participant.
These four players will compete with 21 other regional athletes for the top spot in each age bracket. Winning their age bracket makes them eligible for the PHR National Championships during the MLB All-Star weekend, July 14-16.
Major League division
Things are heating up for the second half of the Majors’ season with a tie for first place between the Cubs (8-2) and the Reds (8-2), followed by the Indians, Astros, and White Sox.
On Wednesday night June 1, the Astros returned to play after the Memorial Day weekend with a win against the White Sox 22-4. Josh Martin welcomed the month of June going 5-4 at the plate with three home runs, a single and nine RBIs. Two of Martin’s home runs where inside the park and the other one carried over the right field fence. Jonathan Clark continued his hot performance at the dish going 5-5, with three singles, a double, and a triple. Clark also added three RBIs. Ashton Geoit helped with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs and three stolen bases. Geoit went 3-3 from the plate.
Jakob Keller went 3-3 for the White Sox. Keller had two triples, an RBI, and a single. Andy Turpin also went 3-3 with two singles, an RBI and a double.
Friday night, the Astros traveled to West Carrollton to take on the MWC3 team. It took Geoit 43 pitches to claim the no-hit victory 19-0. Geoit helped his cause by going 2-2 at the plate while knocking in four RBIs. Martin took another one over the fence going 4-4 from the plate earning a single, two doubles, the home run, four RBIs and four runs to his totals. Trenton Dungan went 3-3 with two singles, a double, two RBIs, three runs scored and swiping four bases. The Wings Etc. Astros were scheduled to play Monday, June 6, against the Indians.
The Reds also played two games last week, going 2-0. First, the Reds defeated the White Sox 24-0. Carson Brower controlled the mound on his way to a two-hit, shutout, using up only 40 pitches. Brower threw for six strike outs. All the Reds’ hitters got in on the action. The Reds were led by Christian Reyna, going 3 for 4 with four RBIS.
Friday night, under the lights, was the one the fans wanted to see: the Reds versus the Cubs. This one lived up to the hype. Both teams combined for 39 strikeouts off pitching efforts by Cubs’ Theo Winings and Brady Davis and the Reds’ Christian Reyna and Ryota Sato.
The Cubs carried a 3-0 lead the majority of the game. The Reds made their comeback in the bottom of the sixth. With Kobe Wise on third, Sato hit a two-run homer. One out later, Reyna hit a solo shot to tie the game up. In extra innings, the Cubs got a run in the 9th but once again the Reds came back. Sato had a lead-off double and moved to third on a steal. Clayton Gregg had a bunt single to tie it up. Gregg progressed on passed balls all the way to third, setting up the final play of the game.
Gregg took advantage of a bobbled throw from the catcher to the pitcher to score the game-ending run. The Reds won 5-4. What a great game by two good teams!
Minor League division
There are only two weeks left until the Minor League tournament.
The Braves and the Pirates played Friday night. Kip Deaton tallied nine strikeouts from the mound and helped the team at the plate, too. Deaton had three hits, earning one RBI, and scored two runs. Gavin Winings went 4-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Yuta Sera scored three runs and earned an RBI.
On Saturday, the Yankees faced the Dodgers and battled the rain. Yankee pitcher CJ Bailey threw three innings and struck out nine batters. Drake Gunsalus continued his hot streak at the plate with another double and RBI.
Coaches and managers from other area recreational sports leagues are encouraged to send in scores and information regarding their seasons and teams. Email Editor Eddie Mowen Jr. at email@example.com to recognize your players.