Little League season winds down
SUN PHOTO/CHRIS GRUMLEY
Neil Carper takes a chance but is tagged
out at home plate by the Dick’s Sporting catcher. West Coast Surf Shop
lost the game to Dicks 6-6 at G.T. Bray Saturday.
Dick’s Sporting Goods 6 - West Coast Surf Shop 5
West Coast Surf Shop’s Minors squad has come a long way this season under the direction of coaches Robert Vita and Mike Brusso. The team has enjoyed some good support and this was in evidence Saturday at G.T. Bray Park as parents filled the bleachers.
The big plastic owl in Dick’s Sporting Goods dugout is offered to the most outstanding player in each game and The Owls, according to Coach Ed Genewick, are nocturnal, preferring to stand around and stare in early morning match ups.
First up for West Coast was Devon Cole, who singled to left field and eventually scored on a steal. Blaine Jenefsky, Henrik Brusso and Neil Carper all stole home as the pitcher looked to get command of his pitches.
This first inning was a lengthy one and, just before a change, the pitcher found the plate to strike one out. The change worked as the next two batters for West Coast were struck out. Blaine Jenefsky opened the pitching for West Coast and soon had a strike. Too many walks and two runs scored saw a pitching change as Neil Carper came in. Carper allowed one run and struck out two, with West Coast leading 4-2 at the top of the second.
The first inning took a staggering 55 minutes to complete, but there would be none of that in the second as West Coast was struck out swinging in quick succession. Neil Carper, looking solid on the mound, yielded a hit to center field for a triple with the runner stealing home. After striking out the next batter, an error in center field would allow the batter to reach first base before Blaine Jenefsky and Mikey Ellsworth came together for an out at first.
With a runner in scoring position, Neil Carper, gaining confidence with every pitch, struck out the next batter, and the game was tied going in to the third.
Henrik Brusso, looking to hit one out of the park on a full count, was walked and came round to score his team’s sole run in the top of the stanza.
West Coast showed some good defense in the third, and there was an excellent play at first between Henrik Brusso and Mikey Ellsworth. A runner tried to steal home and managed to slide underneath the tag, the umpire calling safe on the play and the game was now tied. Neil Carper pitching, hitting one and striking out two before a change as Mikey Ellsworth came in to close the game out. It wasn’t to be as a runner from third came charging home on an errant pitch and Dick’s Sporting Goods took this one 6-5.
Island Sun 7 - Yankees 6
The Sun gained a measure of revenge with this win Thursday evening at the Community Center, as the Yankees had defeated them earlier in the season on a 10-run mercy rule.
But it was a much improved Sun team that the Yankees faced this night, with solid defense, good pitching and timely hitting. Sun pitchers Parker Keegan, Austin Morrow and Joey Salinas combined for a fine performance, limiting their opponents to only a few hits.
On offense, the Sun was led by again by cleanup hitter Connor Field, who went 2-2 with two homeruns and four RBIs, finishing the season batting a hefty .807. Chris Mundel, Joey Salinas, Parker Keegan and Henry Bernet also had hits for The Sun squad, which picked up a win by forfeit on Saturday for its fifth victory of the year.