2016 Youth League Baseball And Softball Season (2)
In the last of four versus the Hawks in Philadelphia Loren Pierre singles to lead off the second off of Timmy Hudson, then Mario Ruiz’s homer puts New York up 2-0, but in the third, Philadelphia ties it on RBI singles from Alexi Garcia and Erin Cassidy off of Jude Song after they hit two leadoff singles. Garcia singles to lead off the sixth off of Song, moves to third on an error and scores on Karol Hall’s sacrifice fly to put the Hawks up 3-2, but New York loads the bases with one out off of Hudson on a walk, hit, and hit- by-pitch in the seventh when Damien Khaliq’s single off of reliever Tanji Islam puts them back up, 4-3. In the bottom of that inning, Bernie Hales allows back-to-back leadoff singles. Garcia hits into a double play, tying the game. In the eighth, the Hawks have men on first and second with two outs off of Hales on a hit-by-pitch and single. Jerry Quincy singles to score a run and after a walk Garcia singles to score two more. In the ninth Blair Barbier is a strike from a save, but Hank Rutenberg doubles on a 1-2 pitch. Justin Barret replaces Barbier, walking Khaliq before Kendrix Miller homers to tie the game. In the tenth, Jose Campos allows a two-out walk and subsequent single, then third baseman Jason Esposito’s throwing error scores a run for New York. Campos walks the next three men to force in two more runs and Hugh Anderson works around Pierre’s error to pitch a scoreless bottom of the inning as New York’s dramatic comeback 10-7 win finishes the sweep even though the Hawks outhit them 13-9. Miller Diaz earns the win with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Subways sweep the female Whales in Tampa winning the first game 4-1 where Tampa scores its only run in the sixth and New York scores its in the seventh, all with two outs, on three hits with James Cooper hitting the tiebreaking three-run homer. They were held hitless through five. For the second game, James Cooper hits a leadoff double in the first off of Lillian Owen, goes to second on Mario Ruiz’s single, and scores after Hank Rutenberg hits into a force out on second. Loren Pierre doubles then Dick Weaver’s fielder choice scores a run. Rick Hague’s double scores another, and Ted Husain homer’s puts his team up 6-0. In the bottom of the first, Francis Jeremiah hits a leadoff double off of Zane Serena, then goes to third on Lily Love’s single. She steals second after a strikeout and Shannon Cody’s groundout scores Jeremiah. Jessie Warden’s double scores Love, then Macie Morrow’s homer makes it 6-4 New York, but the Whales do not score again off of Serena or Bernie Hales. Cooper’s leadoff homer in the fourth off of Owen makes it 7-4 New York, then after a walk, Husain’s second homer in the sixth off of Lacey Waldrop makes it 9-4. Next inning, they load the bases with one out off of Inci Ark as Kenneth House’s groundout makes it 10-4 New York, the final. They win the finale, 1-0, with the only run scored on Cooper’s groundout in the first.
The Princesses host the Auburn Warriors for three games and take the first 1-0 with the single run scored in the seventh via Christina Bay’s sacrifice fly off of Sam Park after Brianna Casper walks three to load the bases with no outs. Auburn wins the second 16-1, scoring five runs off of Erica Beach in the first, four in the fourth off of her and Kathie Petite and seven in the sixth off of Carol DeVito as Sherri Johnson makes her pitching debut with 1 2/3 shutout innings. New York scores its one run in the seventh via Joyce Camp’s groundout. In the last game Auburn loads the bases in the first on a single and two walks off of Jo Wei when Vivian Gold’s first career grand slam puts them up, 4-0. Savanna Mathis’s blast off of her in the second makes it 5-0, Auburn. Cathy Ohms allows back-to-back leadoff singles in the bottom half and then Dakota Russel’s double makes it 5-2 Auburn, who gets those runs back in the third via Sara Elias’s double after a single and walk off of Carol DeVito. Erica Beach permits back-to-back hits leading off the seventh, then Shawn Ivan homers to make it 10-2 Auburn. They get two more hits in that inning. In the bottom half New York gets back-to-back, two-out singles off of Brianna Casper, but Joyce Camp strikes out to end the game as her teams loses, despite outhitting Auburn 13-10. They strand 11 runners and Auburn leaves five.
In the first game of three against the Salem Warlocks at home, Matt Carisiti walks Loren Pierre to lead off the second, then Jacky Martinez homers to put his team up 2-0. They make it 3-0 in the fourth via Pierre’s homer. Salem gets on the board in the sixth on Kimberley Dickinson’s leadoff homer off of starter MJ Esmeralda, but Carisiti in the seventh walks leadoff hitter Pierre, then Rick Hague homers an out later to put New York up, 5-1. Dick Weaver hits a two-out single in the eighth off of Benjamin Lopez and is the only New York runner left on base. In the ninth, Sebastian Toller singles with one out off of Rookie Miller Diaz, then scores on Sacha Ustilovskaya’s double, forcing Coach Marcy Lowe to bring in Hugh Anderson to retire the next two hitters to end the game. New York wins 5-2 despite being outhit 9-4. In the next one, Joey Votto doubles to lead off the third off of Jude Song, moves to third via a sacrifice bunt, and scores on John Leone’s triple. After a walk and groundout, Tom Parker’s single scores a run and Alex Crone homers to put Salem up 5-0. They go up 6-0 off of Song as Hillary Pitt walks, steals second and scores on a single by Crone, who gets tagged out at second to end the fifth. In the bottom of the inning Ariel Chung allows a one-out walk and single, then Hank Rutenberg’s single and Mario Ruiz’s groundout score a run each, then Samuel Ramirez homers to make it 6-4 Salem, but in the sixth, Salem scores eight runs on three hits off of three relievers aided by two errors. While they are retired 1-2-3 for the rest of this game, New York scores just a single run in each of the last four innings and fall 14-8 despite outhitting Salem 13-10. Salem leaves on only three runners in the game. New York takes the finale 10-1, but both teams get 11 hits in the game.
In the first game of three versus the Hawks male team in Philadelphia Sasha Ellis allows a leadoff walk and subsequent single in the first, then Jerry Quincy homers one out later to put his team up 3-0. She allows a two-out double that inning. The Princesses get on the board in the second via Kylie Cox’s leadoff shot off of Timmy Hudson. Philadelphia gets that run back on Karol Hall’s leadoff blast in the bottom half with Ellis allowing two, two-out singles. New York cuts the lead back to two via Christina Bay’s homer in the third, but in the bottom half, the Hawks get men on first and third on a single and error before Carmen Olson’s one out homer puts them up 7-2. Ellis walks two guys with two outs before being pulled from this game in her shortest career start. She is set to earn a loss, until her team makes history. Cox singles to lead off the fourth before back-to-back shots by Crystal Lewis and Sherri Johnson make it 7-5 Hawks. Hudson leaves with two outs in the inning. Justin Barret permits a leadoff double and subsequent hit-by-pitch next inning, then Lewis’s one-out homer puts her team up 8-7. They make it 9-7 on Adrianne Thompson’s two-out blast. Next inning, Aubrey Davison allows a leadoff single and Dana Thompson’s one-out blast makes it 11-7 New York. Davison allows a two-out walk and subsequent double, as Johnson’s double scores both girls. Dakota Russel triples off of Davison in the seventh with one out, scoring via Jessica Moore’s single. Dana doubles with one out in the ninth off of Blair Barbier and Fallon Gabriela’s blast makes it 16-7 New York, who wins with that score, hitting a team record eight homers and 15 extra base hits. The 16 runs are the most they score in 2016. Erica Beach earns a win with 3 1/3 shutout innings allowing three hits. Three relievers retire the Hawks 1-2-3 in the last three innings. New York loses the next game, but takes the last.
For the first of three versus the Springfield Isotopes at home, New York gets two leadoff walks off of Kristen Wood in the bottom of the second. Jessica Dignon’s double scores one. Fallon Gabriela’s single scores two more. After a walk, Kylie Cox’s RBI double puts New York up 4-0. Rachel Fox replaces Wood and permits a two-run double to Rosario Paterson. After a walk and strikeout Adrianne Thompson’s single scores a run. Kara Rau singles loading the bases and Dignon singles in another run, then Gabriela caps the scoring with a grand slam, as they score a team-record 12 runs in an inning on eight hits. Jamie Hinshaw’s leadoff homer in the sixth off of reliever Kathie Petite breaks the shutout, but New York gets that run back in the bottom of the sixth on three straight leadoff singles, the last of which by Crystal Lewis scores a run, off of Lisa Norris. They win 13-1 despite only outhitting Springfield 12-9, stranding only five runners and Springfield left on 13. The next afternoon, the Subways play the last of three versus the Vermont Rip Tide at home. Holly Evelyn throws six innings, allowing one run on William Contreas’s single in the third, and six hits, but Luis Montana tosses 5 1/3 perfect innings. In the sixth, Loren Pierre reaches on an error as his team’s first runner, but is negated on a double play. Hank Rutenberg’s homer next inning after a walk puts his team up 2-1. Their lead holds to mark the first time since 1914 they won a game on one hit as Rip Tide pitchers retire all other hitters, so New York did not strand a single runner for the second time this season.
The Subways fight the Eagles for three games in Eureka. In the first one, Eureka puts men on first on first and second on two walks off of Holly Evelyn in the first with two outs then Kelly Shipper’s single scores a run. After another walk loads the bases, Peter Harris’s single scores two, and Steve Luna’s double scores another. Evelyn walks the next two batters to reload the bases and force in another run and Michael Santiago then relieves him and gets the third out. Rick Hague doubles leading off the top of the second off of Stanley Baker, then scores on Ted Husain’s single. A single and hit-by-pitch load the bases and Kendrix Miller’s double scores two. A double and two singles score a run each to pull Baker out of this game. Tory Luisa in relief strikes out Hank Rutenberg, then walks Hague reloading the bases. Husain’s single scores a run. After Mario Ruiz strikes out Samuel Ramirez’s triple scores three. He scores on Miller’s double, then Lilian Augustin strikes out to end the inning, where New York scores 11 runs, fourth best in history. In the third they load the bases on two hits and a walk off of Luisa when Hague’s grand slam puts them up 15-5. Next inning, they get men on first and third on two walks with two outs off of Joan Len as Shipper’s error scores a run. In the sixth, they get men on first and second on a walk and hit-by-pitch off of Sal Iverson as Hague’s double scores a run. An out later, Ruiz’s single scores two more. In the ninth Augustin reaches on an interference call, then James Cooper homers off of Joshua Alvin to put his team up 21-5, the final. That is the most runs they score for a game in 2016. They outhit Eureka 19-3. Eureka commits three errors, and after leaving the bases loaded in the first, get only one runner for the rest of the game when Luna walks in the third off of Santiago, who strands him. Santiago gets a win as Miller Diaz pitches the last two innings.
In the next game Loren Pierre walks in the first off of Aaron Larsen, steals second, moves to third via a groundout, and scores on Ted Husain’s sacrifice fly, but Eureka ties in the second off of Zane Serena after Kelly Shipper singles with two outs and scores on Jimmy Caruso’s double. They do not score for the rest of the game off of Serena or Dorian Santos, though, and New York makes history again. In the fourth, Kendrix Miller walks with one out, and scores on James Cooper’s double. Hank Rutenberg homers an out later to put New York up 4-1. They get two on via a walk and double next inning. Then Husain doubles to score them both. Miller walks before Cooper homers putting them up 9-1. Sal Iverson relieves Larsen and allows a two-out homer to Rutenberg to make it 10-1 Subways. Next inning they load the bases on a walk and two singles. Husain’s single scores two. A walk reloads the bases and after Miller strikes out, Kenneth House’s grand slam, second for his career makes it 16-1 New York. Cooper doubles off of Joshua Alvin to lead off the eighth, goes to third on a single, and scores on Rutenberg’s groundout for his team’s final run. They hit the home run cycle for the first time ever with 16 hits, but fail to sweep this series, losing the last game 4-2. They score both runs in the first. Eureka scores one in the first and eighth and two in the fourth.
A month later, the Subways host the Eagles for three games, losing the first 7-3. Both teams score three runs in the ninth with New York leaving the bases loaded. They take the next game, 17-1, the second time they beat Eureka with that score this season with Kelly Shipper’s leadoff homer in the ninth breaking Zane Serena’s bid for a complete no-hitter/shutout. The last game is scoreless, until Mario Ruiz doubles to lead off the sixth off of starter Aaron Larsen, and Jacky Martinez homers one out later to put New York up 2-0, but homers from Peter Harris and Jimmy Caruso off of starter M.J. Esmeralda in the seventh tie it up. Steve Luna singles and Esmeralda walks three straight two-out batters to put Eureka up 3-2. They get two big runs in the ninth on Harris’s double off of Bernie Hales after two straight two-out singles and win 5-2.
The Wizards play a three-match set against the Princesses in New York, where last year, they won their first series since 2003. They win the first game, but lose the second. In the last one Joey Rhode hits a leadoff single in the second off of Terri Bell, moves to second via a groundout, and scores one out later on Meredith Cole’s single. In the third Kylie Cox hits a leadoff triple off of Anne Smith, scoring on Christina Bay’s single. A single and walk load the bases, then Fallon Gabriela’s sacrifice fly puts New York up, 2-1, but Smith retires her former team, who she spent the last seven years with in order in the other six innings she pitches. Daisy Ricardo takes the mound in the seventh hoping to get her 13th save, but Megan Aker on her first pitch homers, tying the game. After striking out two, she walks the next two batters. Ryan Colin’s double puts her team up 3-2. After a walk Ricardo is removed under boos by the crowd, who booed Smith too at the game’s start. Sandy Boon in relief allows a double and single, each scoring two runs, putting the Wizards up 7-2. Ricardo is charged with five runs on two hits in 2/3 innings in her worst relief appearance of the season. Tina Whitlock retires New York 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning giving Smith her first win against them as they win two out of three in New York for the second straight year, but the Princesses win three of four from the Wizards in Minneapolis a month later after sweeping a four-game set there in 2015.
In the last game of that series, New York goes up 2-0 in the first on back-to-back homers by Kylie Cox and Kara Rau off of Tina Whitlock, who leaves after the second inning due to arm soreness as Arielle Kerrigan in the fourth allows a leadoff double to Christina Bay. She after two strikeouts and a walk scores on Dakota Russel’s single. In the bottom half, Cameron Vincent homers off of Terri Bell, and Sandy Boon walks Megan Aker with the bases loaded in the sixth, but Joey Rhode strikes out to end the inning and her team loses 3-2 despite outhitting New York 9-4, leaving on 11 girls including the bases loaded in the third.
In the last of three against the Rip Tide in Vermont, the Subways get two on with two outs on a hit and walk in the second off of Luis Montana, then Samuel Ramirez homers to put them up 3-0. They make it 7-0 next inning via two-run homers from James Cooper and Ted Husain, both after walks. In the bottom of the inning, Holly Evelyn walks two straight hitters with two outs, then RBI singles by Morgan Harmon and Ken Longoria make it 7-2 Subways. In the fifth Montana permits three straight one-out singles before being relieved by Dakota Miranda, who walks Husain to force in a run before retiring the next two hitters. In the sixth, Evelyn allows a leadoff single, subsequent double and two-run double to Henry Williams and is relieved by Miller Diaz, who gets an out, allows back-to-back singles (the first of which to Craig Jessop scores a run), and gets another out. Bernie Hales relieves Diaz and walks Harmon to load the bases before Longoria grounds out to end the inning. New York breaks the game open in the seventh with nine runs off of three relievers. William Contreas hits a leadoff blast in the bottom of that inning off of Hugh Anderson. In the eighth, New York loads the bases on a single and two walks off of Shannon Doe, then Rick Hague’s sacrifice fly, Loren Pierre’s double, and Lilian Augustin’s single score a run each. The Subways win 20-6.
In an interleague game versus the Warlocks in Salem the Princesses go up 2-0 on Dakota Russel’s homer after a walk in the second off Hector Baines. Salem makes it 2-1 in the fourth via three straight two out singles off of Terri Bell, but homers by Fallon Gabriela, Crystal Lewis, and Rosario Paterson put New York ahead 5-1 in the fifth. Salem cuts it to 5-3 in the eighth on Joey Votto’s single off of Veronica Rivera with two on and Hillary Pitt’s groundout off of Maria Abraham, but falls with that score despite outhitting New York 13-6. They strand 13 runners and go 2 for 18 with them in scoring position. The Princesses had no runners in scoring position, stranding four. They win the next game 8-1 with Salem scoring its only run in the sixth on Alex Crone’s groundout after a leadoff triple trailing 4-0. They had four hits, but strand just one runner, Hayley Ericson after he singles to lead off the second, since they hit into two double plays and none of their batters reached base in other ways. In the finale, the Princesses go up 1-0 off of Otto Sanders as Crystal Lewis walks to lead off the first, steals second, goes to third on a groundout and scores on Dana Thompson’s groundout, but Kimberley Dickinson singles to lead off the bottom half off of Sasha Ellis and shots by Sasha Ustilovskaya and Hillary Pitt put Salem up 3-1. New York cuts it to 3-2 on Christina Bay’s homer in the third. Dickinson singles to lead off the bottom half, steals second, and scores on Joey Votto’s double. Erica Beach relieves Ellis, allowing an RBI single to Ustilovskaya. Kylie Cox’s blast in the fourth after a walk makes it 5-4 Salem. In the sixth Sanders allows a two-out walk and single. Matt Carisiti gives up a two-run double to Kara Rau, but in the bottom half, Salem ties the game when Kathie Petite throws a wild pitch with the bases loaded. In the 10th with runners on first and second off of Jo Wei, Pitt grounds to shortstop Sherri Johnson, who gets the out at second, but Baseman Cox’s throw to first is off. Rau’s throw to home is too late, letting Votto score as Salem avoids a sweep with a 7-6 win, outhitting New York 10-4.
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