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TCKL opens season

Tribune Staff • Jun 15, 2019 at 12:15 AM

The Tri-Cities Kids League returned for the summer this week, promising another fun-filled season for local little leaguers from tee-ball to majors. Check out the results from opening-day contests running all week.

Boys Major

Nationals 19, Yankees 9

The Nationals dimed the Yankees for a 10-run victory this week, led by Cameron Mesler with a triple and 2 RBIs, Keyon Shenemen and his two stolen bases and Tyler Bradtmueller with outstanding defense.

Frankie Rodriguez led the Yankees with two hits and three RBIs, while Nick Stevenson totaled two RBIs on one hit and Mason Wolfis hit a double for an RBI and scored two runs.

Nationals 11, Athletics 6

Cohen Tronka led the Nationals to a win over the A’s with a 3 RBI double and two runs scored this week. Alex Girard chipped in with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Kaidin Trailer threw two scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

Austin Barnes led the A’s with one single and two RBIs. Declan Underwood picked up an RBI single, while Zachary Boogard scored a run.

Rangers 7, Indians 6

Ryan Larson showcased quality base running and outfield skills, while Parker Reau dazzled fans with excellent pitching.

Boys Minor

Raptors 2, Marlins 1

The Raptors played well on defense this week for a tight win over the Marlins. Both teams had excellent pitching and made key defensive plays to keep scores low.

Alex Strauss took the win for the Raptors with seven strikeouts in three innings pitched. Landon O’Donnell matched those numbers with the start and knocked Charlie Olmstead home with a double for the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Dean Koert played well in the field.

Jack Sipe toed the rubber for the Marlins, throwing three scoreless innings to start the game. Spencer Cody pitched well in relief, while Ryan Bates delivered an RBI double for the Marlins’ lone run.

Raptors 13, Tin Caps 0

The Raptors celebrated opening day with a big win over the Tin Caps. Alex Strauss took the win, striking out five in two innings of work, while also contributing on offense with a single and a double, scoring two runs. Drew Dewey scored twice, reaching base on a double and a pair of walks. Jacob Troast finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs.

The Tin Caps were paced offensively by Luke Hoekstra with a solid double. Kennan Albaugh also contributed a strong pitching effort.

Cardinals 16, Reds 10

The Cardinals picked up a high-scoring victory over the Reds this week. Ryan Mayer led the way on offense, reaching base four times. Jonah Meeuwsen finished 3-for-3 at the plate, while Carter Wells knocked three hits.

Iron Birds 13, Cubs 11

The Iron Birds took a narrow win over the Cubs this week thanks to keen hitting by Caeden Butts, who finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two RBIs. Hayden Dubs pitched well in relief, striking out three batters in the final inning to save the win.

The Cubs stuck around thanks to solid pitching from Zach “The Mound” Minor and his potent fast balls. Henry “The Hitter” Stef led the offense with hits in consecutive games as a first-year player, while Valerien Miller knocked a double and batted in four runs.

Fireflies 14, Reds 7

The Fireflies outlasted the Reds in a back-and-forth game. The Reds were led by excellent pitching and hitting from Owen Burgess, who hit a two-run double with the bases loaded, two outs and full count. Mateo Rivera also hit a double for the Reds.

Trey VanderWal led the Fireflies with six RBIs, including a grand slam. He also pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. K.V. Korenstra also hit a home run for the Fireflies, while Caleb Cryst closed out the game from the mound by striking out all three batters he faced.

Boys Intermediate

Jayhawks 17, Hurricanes 1

The Jayhawks picked up a big victory this week over the Hurricanes thanks to the trip of Sam Kuiper, Tag Kelly and Evan Wahl. All three threw two innings of good ball, while Kuiper scored two runs on his four hits, Kelly scored two runs on his pair of hits and Wahl scored four runs on three hits.

The Hurricanes had solid pitching performances by Willem Duer and Max Haig, while Kowen Allen played a nice game behind the plate at catcher.

Irish 9, Sun Devils 6

The Fighting Irish battled back from a 6-1 deficit for a big win over the Sun Devils this week.

The Devils were led by Liam Nichols with solid fielding and Robert Greene with a nice game behind the plate.

Kyle Wright led the Irish with three hits and two innings pitched. Christian Catalino scored two runs and made some great plays in the field, while Nikkolys Moore scored the game-tying run with heads-up baserunning.

Fighting Irish 16, Hurricanes 5

The Irish were led by Jake Arendsen’s fourth-inning solo home run, and Eli Goosen, who retired all six batters that he faced while also bashing a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Nathan Navarre added two hits for the Irish.

Max Haig, who reached base on all four of his plate appearances, led the Hurricanes. Alex Gannon pitched extremely well, and Adam Streng laid down a bunt that resulted in the Hurricanes’ first run scored.

Sun Devils 8, Jayhawks 4

Trevor Lohr pitched two innings and allowed no hits. Josh Reformado hit a triple, and Braeden Bessinger went 3 for 3 at the plate.

Boys Instructional

Lugnuts 10, Mudhens 9

The Lugnuts picked up a walk-off victory over the Mudhens this week thanks to a game-winning run in the fourth inning. Lennon Jorgenson and Keagon Bylsma led the way with three hits apiece. Max Smith’s two singles and one double led the Mudhens, while Kyle Turner also finished 2-for-2.

Girls Instructional

White Sox 5, Rockies 1

White Sox During her first at bat, White Sox slugger Samantha Clark lifted an impressive single into the outfield. In the second inning, shortstop Tessa Spencer made a great throw to first baseman Henley Jonker, who made the catch to get the out.

For the Rockies, Sadie James had a solid hit in the second inning to bring in Lillian Schroeder for a run scored. Alena Van Tubergen played great defense at the pitcher position, making a number of spectacular plays.

Girls Junior

Dodgers 13, Mariners 10

For the Dodgers, Natalie Waite and Chyanne Keeler each had a hit and pitched shutout innings, while Anna Lanka played outstanding defense at catcher.

For the Mariners, Kylee Thorsen pitched excellent with three strikeouts. Sophia Megna also pitched well with two strikeouts. Katelyn Farkas shined behind the plate with her defensive efforts.

Girls Instructional

White Sox 5, Rockies 1

White Sox During her first at bat, White Sox slugger Samantha Clark lifted an impressive single into the outfield. In the second inning, shortstop Tessa Spencer made a great throw to first baseman Henley Jonker, who made the catch to get the out.

For the Rockies, Sadie James had a solid hit in the second inning to bring in Lillian Schroeder for a run scored. Alena Van Tubergen played great defense at the pitcher position, making a number of spectacular plays.

Girls Junior

Dodgers 13, Mariners 10

For the Dodgers, Natalie Waite and Chyanne Keeler each had a hit and pitched shutout innings, while Anna Lanka played outstanding defense at catcher.

For the Mariners, Kylee Thorsen pitched excellent with three strikeouts. Sophia Megna also pitched well with two strikeouts. Katelyn Farkas shined behind the plate with her defensive efforts.

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