Manhattan Beach Little League/Girls Softball Week in Review: Play Gets Competitive; More Homers Hit
Apr 20, 2015 07:29PM
● By DigMB Staff
Luke Fratello of the Eagles takes a swing in an International Division game.
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This week we have standings for the Juniors Division, which includes high school prep teams and recreation and development teams.
We're into our 4th weekly recap of highlights from the Manhattan Beach Little League and Manhattan Beach Girls Softball and hope you're having as much fun as we are reading about all of the great action and then seeing photos and videos.Current standings (as of press time) in the competitive divisions of both leagues are found below the article.
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The Major Division of the Manhattan Beach Little League is for boys and girls 10-12 years old by April 30 who are refining all the skills they have been building up in the Minor divisions in this next stage of competitive baseball. Major Baseball is also known as the Little League Baseball Division.
Tigers vs. Bulldogs
Behind the outstanding pitching of Andrew Beserra, Ian Draves, and Lou Guerrero, the Tigers shut out the Bulldogs 5-0 Tuesday night at Dorsey field. The Tigers' pitchers' battery-mate, Christian Hunter, caught five innings and did not allow a runner to advance. The Tigers' total runs were almost all due to the bat of Jack Walter, who went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs.
On an 0-2 count, the Rams' Brian Stinson slammed his first home run of the season over the left field fence (scroll down below where the article ends, just below the standings graphics to watch the HR). Stinson's home run contributed to a 10-run second inning. The Rams improved their record to 4-2, elevating them to 2nd place in the Majors standings (This is not yet reflected in the standings as of press time.)
Rams vs. Beavers
Rams vs. Beavers
The International Division of the Manhattan Beach Little League is for boys 10-11 years old by April 30. It's the second level of competitive kid-pitch baseball, one step above the Coast division.
Grays vs. Barons * Saturday, April 18, 2015
Fans witnessed an epic battle as two of the top International League teams squared off against each other Saturday afternoon. In what amounted to a pitching duel between the two teams, there was just enough offense to keep the fans on the edge of their seats the whole game.
The Barons got it started in the bottom of the first, pushing 1 run across. On the mound, Barons hurlers Cal Porter and Ryan Vena managed to keep the Grays unbalanced at the plate and scoreless for the first 3 innings. Similarly, after that first Barons run, Grays pitchers Kevin Jackson, Myles Idrovo, and Rohan Choudhuri Ghosh managed to hold the Barons to just that 1 run over the first 3 innings.
Chasing an 0-1 deficit in the 4th with two outs, the Grays' Ryan Bui tied the game with his 3rd home run of the year, a bases-empty 220-foot blast to right field. The Barons would answer in the bottom of the 4th, adding 2 additional runs.
Action continued in the 5th, as the Grays, facing a 3-1 deficit in the top of the inning, tied the game 3-3 on a timely 2 RBI single by Conner Tell.
It all came down to the very last inning. In the top of the 6th, the Grays managed to grab a 4-3 lead, their first of the game. But in the bottom of the 6th, the Barons managed a run by stealing home just before the third out was recorded, leaving no formal victor – just a final score of 4-4 that reflected the tight matchup between these two teams with championship aspirations.
STANDINGS FOR ALL DIVISIONS
Brian Stinson of the Major Division Rams hits one over the left field fence for his first homer of the season.