Senior League Action
Town Championship, Game 3
White Sox 12, Giants 7
The Rogers and Hutchins Funeral Home White Sox brought their brooms to Spy Pond as they swept through the league champion D'Agostino Deli Giants with a 12-7 victory.
The White Sox got strong pitching from Andrew Cunningham over five innings, and he had an 8-3 lead. He tired in the sixth and was relieved by Clark Ewen who stopped the Giants rally. Ewen finished the seventh by striking out the side, getting the save and preserving the win for Cunningham.
There was plenty of offense led by John Rideout with four hits; Ewen had three hits; Tyler Hanlon and Chip Daley had two hits; and John Smokovich and Sam Jennings each had one hit -- and what would a White Sox game be without a John Vaglica home run.
Intermediate League Action
The Rockies and Braves pulled off the upsets this weekend as they advanced to the Intermediate League Town Championship.
Braves 7, A’s 5
The Food Master Braves forced a Game 3 with a 7-5 victory over the Got Books A's on Friday night. Garth McSweeney pitched the first six for the Braves, with Conor Farrell finishing it out on the mound. Michael Lynch pitched a complete game for the A's. The Braves trailed 3-2 until the bottom of the fourth, when they struck for five runs. Jon Alves got it started with a hit, and the next four batters reached in a variety of ways. Richard McIsaac drove in a run with a single, Chris Warren with a bases loaded walk, and Carl Conti with a single to center. Stephen Vaccarello finished off the attack with a base hit to drive in the final run, with another Braves runner cut down at third. The A's attack was paced by Cooper Gould, who had a single, a double, and was hit by a pitch. Lynch reached base twice, and JD Zeeb had a double.
Ahead 7-3 in the seventh, Farrell quickly got the first two batters, but the A's would not go quietly. Taiyo Yamaguchi had a long single to right, Anthony DiFranco walked, and then Anthony Buscemi launched a towering double that scored both of them. Farrell managed to strike out the next batter, though, to seal the victory.
Red Sox 7, Rockies 4
The Arlington Chiropractic Red Sox forced a Game 3 with a 7-4 victory over the Harris Plumbing and Heating Rockies.
Rockies 16, Red Sox 9
The Harris Plumbing and Heating Rockies defeated the Arlington Chiropractic Red Sox in the deciding game of the semi-final series, 16-9.
The teams went back and forth exchanging the lead until the sixth inning when the Rockies put together an 11-run rally putting the game out of reach.
The Rockies scored two in the top of the first but were answered by the Red Sox with two in the bottom of the first.
After a scoreless second, the Rockies put three more on the board in the top of the third, chasing Sox starter Kuznetsov. Denaro pitched effectively in relief, shutting the Rockies down while he was on the mound through the fifth.
In the bottom of the fourth the Red Sox cut the lead to 5-4 when a dropped third strike and wild throw to first led to two unearned runs. (In the sixth a similar play with the Rockies at the plate led to two Rockies runs.)
Down one run in the fifth the Red Sox scored three times taking the lead, 7-5, and chased starter David O’Brien, who pitched solidly to that point. Marcus Messuri pitched effectively in relief for the Rockies closing out that inning.
To that point Rockies catcher Ryan Ahern had thrown out three would-be base stealers at third, with Zach Clark making the tags.
In the sixth the Rockies sent 15 men to the plate and took a commanding lead. The rally was sparked by a leadoff single up the middle by Seaghan Kineen, a walk to Griffin Lesell, and a double by Messuri. Jackson Foster had two hits and four RBIs in the inning. Later in the inning Lesell poked a single for two RBIs.
Henry Feinstein pitched the last two innings for the Rockies with the Red Sox scoring one run in each inning. In the seventh Messuri, then playing right field, threw a strike to Clark at third cutting down Maloney who was trying to advance on Wadman’s single.
For the Red Sox, Issac Hiller had an outstanding day at the plate going 4-4 with a hit-by-pitch, and Kuznetsov went 3-3 with a walk. Smith and Madden scored two runs each. For the Rockies, offensive highlights included Jimbo Doherty going 3-3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored, Feinstein scoring three runs, and Jackson Foster going three-for-five and scoring twice.
Braves 12, A’s 5
The Foodmaster Braves advanced to their fifth Town finals and first since 2006, with a 12-5 victory over the Got Books A's on Saturday night. The Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back, putting up four in the fourth, one in the fifth, and four in the sixth. Seven Braves had RBIs in the game, with Chris Warren leading the way with three, and Conor Farrell, Stephen Vaccarello, and Adam Deakin each with two. Farrell, Carl Conti, and Jon Alves had multiple hit games, and Richard McIsaac reached base three times and scored twice.
The A's were kept in check by a combined effort on the mound, with Farrell pitching into the sixth before tiring, and Conti finishing the game off. The A's had some massive hits, with doubles from Cooper Gould, Anthony Buscemi, and Taiyo Yamaguchi. Gould and Yamaguchi had multiple hit games, while Michael Lynch and JD Zeeb also chipped in with hits.