Rockies hold off Dodgers 10-6 in majorsJun 16, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Darrick DeVries and Kaden Chatfield each had three hits in a Little League victory.
Darrick DeVries and Kaden Chatfield each had three hits atop the Rockies' batting order in a 10-6 victory Thursday over the Dodgers in majors action at Saban Little League Complex.
DeVries and Chatfield, the Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in the Rockies' lineup, who also wear those respective numbers on their backs, proved to be all the spark the home club needed on the night.
The dynamic duo combined to go 6-for-8 for the evening and scored six runs in all, each plating three times.
But, that was only the beginning.
It was a tie game at 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, which was when the Rockies broke out their bats with a purpose, scoring four times in the frame.
Jacob Weber began the assault with an infield single to third, after which Brecken Fournier drew a walk from Dodgers starter Rylee Murray.
Mitchell Amechi followed with a fielder's choice, which advanced the runners to second and third, bringing DeVries to the dish.
However, before the Rockies' leadoff man could get the bat off his shoulder, Murray unleashed a wild pitch past catcher Justin Newberry, allowing Weber to scamper home, giving his side a 2-1 lead.
Chatfield stepped to the plate and banged an RBI single, increasing the advantage to 3-1, bringing Uriah Hines up with runners again on second and third.
Hines bombed a triple to the fence in left field, driving home both runs and it was 5-1.
Meanwhile, Chatfield was efficient on the mound, as the lefty hurler was keeping the Dodgers hitters off balance, pounding the strike zone consistently during his three innings of work, before handing the ball to Weber for the final three frames.
But, the Dodgers weren't going to go quietly into the night as darkness fell under cloudy skies on the northwest field, scoring five runs over the third and fourth innings to make a contest of it, deadlocking the game at 6-6.
Garrett Raymond drove a ball to the base of the left-field fence for a long double, driving home Murray and Tyler Hernandez, who had walked and singled, respectively, to pull the Dodgers within 6-3, before adding another run.
Chatfield kept his composure and struck out the final batter of the inning to preserve the lead.
However, in the top of the fourth, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew picked right up where they had left off the previous inning.
Newberry led off with a double, and Braydon Anderson was hit by a pitch.
After the runners had moved up to second and third, Hernandez came through with a clutch RBI single, at which point Weber relieved Chatfield with two outs.
Anderson stole home after reaching third to tie the game at 6-6, but Weber got out of the inning without further damage.
However, the Dodgers' fightback only seemed to fire up the Rockies.
Once again, it was DeVries and Chatfield driving the Rockies' offense in the bottom of the inning, as DeVries lined a single to right, before Chatfield nearly left the yard with a deep drive to the left-center field gap for an RBI triple.
Jace Lane then sent a rocket off the glove of Dodgers shortstop Austyn Marques, good for another RBI and the Rockies' lead was restored at 8-6.
Finally, in the both of the fifth, DeVries led off with a single to left, followed by RBI singles from Chatfield and Hines to close out the scoring.
It was then last-chance saloon time for the Dodgers in the top of the sixth and it began well, as Newberry led off with a single, followed by a base-on-balls by Zander Hinkley, putting a pair of runners on.
But, Weber stepped up and struck out the side to close out the victory.
Newberry was 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Dodgers in defeat.
Giants 5, Tigers 4
In the late game on the southwest field, Dallon Draper pitched a complete game, firing the Giants past the Tigers by a scoreline of 5-4.
After four innings, the game was even at 2-2, as Draper and Tigers starter Nathan Hutchison took turns on the mound shutting down opposing batters.
But in the fifth, the game opened up a bit offensively, with the Giants striking for three runs.
Dawsen Valerio led off with a triple, followed by a double by Brodie Dale and another triple, this one from Draper, and the Giants had a 5-2 lead.
Draper then held the Tigers off the board in the fifth, but they wouldn't be denied completely in the top of the sixth.
Hutchison and Jaxson Stanley both got on base and scored to make it a one-run game at 5-4 before Draper took defensive matters into his own hands to close the deal.
First, Draper executed an unassisted putout, followed by a grounder back to the mound and finally a strikeout to end the game.
Dale was 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Giants, while Valerio and Braden Vincent each contributed a pair of hits to the cause.
Christopher Reinig was 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and two runs scored for the Tigers.
Cardinals 11, Tigers 1
In the early game on the northwest field, Sean Dean Brown struck out 12 batters and added a home run for the Cardinals in an 11-1 victory against the Tigers.
Brown accomplished the rare feat of striking out four batters in the top of the first inning after the Tigers' Holloway reached safely on a dropped third strike.
In fact, of the 15 batters retired by Brown in the game, 12 went down on strikes, with only Tanner Reinig and Holloway managing hits.
Brown also got it done with the bat, driving a solo homer far beyond the left-field fence into the parking lot in the bottom of the third, making the score 11-0.
The Cardinals had already done the majority of their damage in the bottom of the first, scoring six runs in the process, highlighted by a bases-loaded Brown triple to drive home three runs.
Carter Noseep followed with an RBI single, then with the bases loaded once again, leadoff man Garret Neil singled in his second plate appearance of the inning, scoring another three runs and a 6-0 lead.
Christopher Reinig walked and scored on a Tanner Reinig single in the bottom of the fourth to break up Brown's shutout bid.
Brown, Noseep and Jason Vincent all had a pair of hits apiece for the Cardinals in the victory.
Dodgers 0 1 3 2 0 0 -- 6
Rockies 1 4 1 2 2 x -- 10
Dodgers - Hernandez, 1-4; Murray, 0-3; Raymond, 2-3, 2B; Frazier, 1-2; Crippen, 0-3; Marques, 1-3, 2B; Newberry, 3-3, 2B; Hinkley, 0-0, 2B; Anderson, 0-0, HBP; Smith, 0-2; Ute, 0-1.
Rockies - DeVries, 3-4; Chatfield, 3-4, 3B; Lane, 1-2; Hines, 3-4, 2B, 3B; Florence, 0-3; Scribner, 0-2, BB; Weber, 2-2, HBP; Fournier, 0-2, Amechi, 0-3.
Tigers 0 0 0 1 x x -- 1
Cardinals 6 4 1 x x x -- 11
Tigers - Hanger, 0-2; Hutchison, 0-1; Holloway, 1-3; Duran, 0-2; Carruth, 0-2; Mills, 0-1; Watson, 0-2; Sheets, 0-0, BB; C. Reinig, 0-0, BB; Stanley, 0-2; T. Reinig, 1-2.
Cardinals - Neil, 1-1, BB; Black, 0-1; Vincent, 2-2; Hauck, 1-1, BB, HBP; S. Brown, 2-2, 3B, HR; Noseep, 2-3; Saltsgaver, 1-3; Mason, 0-0, 2 BB; Coons, 1-2; A. Brown, 0-0, BB; Davis, 0-1.
Tigers 1 0 1 0 0 2 -- 4
Giants 1 0 1 0 3 x -- 5
Tigers - C. Reinig, 2-2; T. Reinig, 1-3; Hutchison, 1-2; Stanley, 1-3; Sheets, 0-3; Mills, 0-3; Watson, 0-3; Duran, 1-2; Holloway, 0-1, Hanger, 0-1.
Giants - Valerio, 2-2, 3B; Dale, 3-3, 2B; Draper, 1-2, 3B; Pierson, 0-3; Vincent, 2-3, 2B; DeVries, 0-1; Appleby, 0-1; Vroman, 0-2; Hernandez, 0-1; Kelly, 0-1; Heidenreich, 0-1; Weaver, 0-1.