Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a couple of recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros Beat Rays in Playoff Opener on Wednesday, June 13 at Boutwell FieldIn an epic back and forth game, the Astros outlasted the Rays 11-10 on a dramatic sixth inning walkoff bomb by Joe Gronemeyer scoring Luke Kitanov.  The game saw some wild swings.  The Rays erupted for six first-inning runs despite some great fielding by centerfielder Joe Fennelly and right fielder Ethan Afthim.  Will Poyant came in and really shut them down for the next several innings though.  The Rays got good pitching from Riley Young and Luke Cushing. The Astros made solid contact in the bottom of the first off the bats of Ronnan Scafiddi, John Roofe, and Kevin Pruslin but the Rays’ fielders wouldn’t let any of them get on base.  Kyle McDonald walked and Kitanov singled in the second but still the Astros couldn’t push anyone across.  Meanwhile, the Rays had timely hitting from the top six of the their order. Tommy Pereira, Allen Vicente  Ken Branley, Jake Arsenault, and Luke Cushing all went 2 for 3 in the game.  Gavin Burke was one for three and Braedon Almas was on fire going three for three. On the other side, the Astros’ bats finally came alive in the third.  Fennelly walked, Evan Cummings singled, and Jake Cronin’s sharp grounder scored Fennelly for the team’s first run.  Subsequent singles by Joe Cavanaugh, Tim Watson, Scafiddi, Roofe, and Kevin Pruslin plated four more runs and Poyant’s double pushed across the last run of the inning.  Kitanov walked and scored in the fourth as Fennelly singled and Cummings and Cronin made solid contact.  Cavanaugh walked and scored in the fifth while Watson and Roofe both doubled to plate another run.  The Rays scored two in the top of the sixth to take a one run lead, including the go-ahead RBI on Almas’ third hit of the game.  This set the scene for the dramatic ending.  The Astros’ Poyant doubled for the second time and scored on Kitanov’s single.  Gronemeyer then blasted a double scoring Kitanov for the walkoff win.AAA: Braves Beat Astros in Playoff Semi-Finals on Thursday, June 14 at Rotary ParkThe Braves found themselves in a tight game early as Astros pitcher Joe Gronemeyer gave them all they could handle. Luckily The Braves starting pitcher, Jonathan Stokes, was able to hold off the Astros attack.  Tim Watson’s leadoff single and John Roofe’s walk were the only baserunners in the first and Kyle McDonald was the only runner to get on in the second.  The Braves loaded the bases in the second inning thanks to great at bats by Matt Driscoll, Derek Perrault, Nate Anderson and Cam O’Connell. However, they were only able to score one run.  The Astros plated their first run in the third as Joe Fennelly and Evan Cummings singled.  In the bottom of the inning, Ayden Rivera, Dylan Delano, and Jake Banda again loaded the bases for the Braves. This time the Braves were able to plate a few runs thanks to RBIs from Stokes, Eric Banda and Driscoll.  The Astros’ fielding was a big reason the score remained close these first three innings as Joe Cavanaugh, Watson, Fennelly, and Cummings made some really good plays in the field.  In the late innings Braves’ hitters Matt Boyer and Justin Fricia scored creating much needed breathing room.   Watson and Ronnan Scafiddi singled in the Astros’ second run while Gronemeyer’s single and some solid contact by Jake Cronin and Cavanaugh scored their third.  Luke Kitanov hit the ball hard twice only to be stymied by the Braves’ fielding.  Kitanov struck out three and made a nice play at the mound during his two innings pitching and some more solid and alert positioning and glove work by Kevin Pruslin, Will Poyant, and Ethan Afthim kept things from getting out of hand.  The Braves’ Derek Perrault closed out the game pitching the last two innings for the save.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img

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