TCKL season continues with plenty of standout performers

Tribune Staff • Jun 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Enjoying some fine summer weather, the Tri-Cities Kids League was prolific in its second week of action. Surviving the rain, both the boys and girls showcased plenty of skills on the mound, in the field and at the plate to help their teams compete at a high level.

Here are this week's results:

Boys Intermediate

Fighting Irish 7, Jayhawks 2

Caleb Wolffis led the Irish with two doubles and three RBIs. Eli Goosen added three hits, and Ben Wilkie added a hit and a highlight catch in the infield.

The Jayhawks enjoyed solid pitching from Sam Kuiper, and Eli Kelly had a great night at the plate.

Sun Devils 6, Wolverines 3

Parker Buikema had a double, and Alex Batka pitched two scoreless innings.

Caden Bienick hit a triple in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, giving the Sun Devils their second win. Liam Nichols caught two fly balls, once in Right Field and once at Second Base.

Sun Devils 12, Hurricanes 2

Jacob Payne made an awesome catch. Adam Vredveld pitched a great inning. James Friggens did fantastic catching two innings. Jack Wertenberg had two hits, and Sam Ohlendorf pitched a great inning to close out the win.

Fighting Irish 8, Wolverines 8

The Irish and Wolverines had a seesaw battle that ended in an 8-8 tie Tuesday night. Alex Batka’s elite pitching led the Wolverines, and Korey Weekly, who reached base on all four at-bats, led the offense.

Daniel Russell had solid base running that kept the game tied. Christian Catalino had a base hit and scored two runs for the Irish.

Boys Instructional

Bulls 11, Mudhens 5

John Westhoff led the Bulls with three hits and two runs scored. Austin Jacobs had three hits and two runs, and Jude Partridge had three hits and played good defense.

Nick Egeler and Kaleb Egeler had two singles and a run scored apiece to pace the Mudhens.

Bulls 15, Riverbandits 11

Caleb Nixon led the Bulls with four hits and a nice defensive play, while Caleb Clausing had foyur hits and two runs scored. Daiken Huston added three hits, two runs and a great defensive game.

For the Riverbandits, Connor Simpkins had a great catch at third base. Porter Livingston had a solid night at the plate, and Brohm Donovan had a solid night at the plate

Hooks 10, Knights 3

Van had a great catch in the outfield, while Jack and Carson each had three hits.

For the Hooks, Steven Howe was 2 for 4 with a run and played great behind the plate. Mason Payette was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Jackson Shumaker was 3 for 4 with a run

Redwings 6, Mudcats 6

After six innings of hard-hitting, exciting baseball, the Redwings tied 6-6 with the Mudcats.

For the Redwings, Grayam Beyer had a triple, double a single. Peter Conley had three singles, while Jase Neiger, Gabe Schaaf and Brody Coffin all had two singles.

For the Mudcats, Caleb Corliss had two doubles, Ethan Johnson had three hits and Walter Luichinger had two hits.

Riverbandits 9, Mudhens 3

The Riverbandits evened out their record at 2-2 with a solid game Wednesday night. Truett Johnson had a big night at the plate, scoring two runs. Eames Vandermass continued to improve in the batters box and in the field. Burton Nise has found his confidence at the plate and has produced some timely hitting for the Riverbandits.

Yard Goats 16, Lugnuts 9

Nate Wilton led the Yard Goats with three hits and a run scored. Ben Wilton added three hits and two runs scored.

Sawyer Kaines and Zach Bray led the Lugnuts with three hits apiece.

Bulls 8, Thunder 6

Carter Kobrzycki had two hits and a game ending double play to led the Bulls. Tristan Hubbard had two hits, and Maximilian Bisonet had a diving out on defense and two hits.

Lyric Scott was 2 for 2, and Ian Elder was 2 for 2 for the Thunder.

Knights 8, Rockhounds 5

Elliott Lane had a run-saving catch and a hit for the Rockhounds. Alex made a double play and Avery hit a double.

Felix VerHage hit a grand slam for the Knights. Grayson Wood played well in the field and had two hits. Gavin Hardy had two hits with a RBI.

Mudcats 8, Blue Rocks 4

Liam Satterfield had two hits, while Joshua Corliss and Tyler Rogalski each had a hit and an RBI for the Mudcats.

Boyd Stellema led the Blue Rocks in hits and RBIs, while Owen Nienhouse had a hit and turned a double play in the field.

Hooks 15, Redwings 8

Taylor Collins, who had three singles, led the Reswings. Alex Hagedorn had a nice base hit, and Graham Beyer had 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

Cameron Shumaker’s twi hits and two RBIs led the Hooks. Nolan Van Vels had two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Miles Selby-Theut had three hits and two runs scored.

Boys Majors

Rangers 11, Athletics 4

Jacob Brenay, Zack Bennish, and Nick Albright led the angers with perfect pitching.

Boys Minors

Dash 17, Timber Rattlers 6

James Middleton led the Timber Rattlers with a single and two walks. Miles Grew reached base three times.

Rylan Baars led the Dash with four hits and five RBIs. Keenan Johnson had four hits with four RBIs and had two strikeouts in two innings pitched. Hunter Jordan had four hits with two doubles and four RBIs. He also pitched two innings with six strikeouts.

Raptors 10, Red Sox 5

Alex Strauss led the Raptors with two doubles and a home run, scoring twice, while also striking out six batters in two innings pitched. Alex was also awarded the game ball for his efforts. Landon O'Donnell struck out six in his two innings of work as well and recorded two hits and scored two runs. Charlie Olmsted had a single and a triple and scored two runs also.

The Red Sox were led by Jackson Grimes’ two hits and a solid first two innings on the mound. Will Mastenbrook contributed a great pitching performance and recorded a couple of fielding put outs in the contest. Michael Wilgenburg had a solid base hit.

Raptors 18, Cubs 5

The Raptors extended their record to 4-0 with an 18-5 win over the Cubs. Four Raptors pitchers combined to strikeout 16 in the win. Logan Nederveld recorded two hits and struck out three in his lone inning on the hill. Nathan Beall delivered a solid line drive single to left with two outs in the second to plate a run. Each of the kids were awarded a game ball for their efforts.

For the Cubs, Ethan Ambrose was highlighted for his great play, focus and leadership in the outfield. Zach Flint also contributed a solid pitching effort in the middle innings and had one hit. Greyson Vargas had three solid innings on the mound to end the game as well. His pitching velocity was noteworthy, and he struck out six batters.

Reds 10, Iron Birds 9

The Reds came back in the bottom of the sixth inning to win. Kolton Kitchka pitched an amazing couple of innings to start the Reds off and then smashed a double into right field to help seal the win. Wilden Olger was also a major contribution to the win with great fielding and an amazing single in the bottom of the sixth.

The Iron Birds didn’t let the Reds win with any ease, as they were tough with Turner Johnson collecting three hits. Bray Korf struck out seven, and Brady Alsteens had an amazing hit to lead a rally in the top of the sixth. It was a great game for both teams.

Hot Rods 8, Cubs 4

Xavier Skiles went 2 for 3 with a double and very good center field play. Austin Slagel went 2 for 2 with a home run and a triple. Braden Jansen did a very good job behind the plate.

For the Cubs Charlie Koestner made great plays in outfield, Levi Vanderlaan, is a real hustler all the time, and Tyler Sparks did a great job pitching.

Fireflies 2, Raptors 2

After a full six innings, the Fireflies and Raptors ended in a 2-2 tie where the pitchers dominated the night. Caleb Cryst, who pitched three scoreless innings and had a single, led the Fireflies.

Ryan Fine, who pitched two scoreless innings, led the Raptors. The Raptors also benefitted from good games by Avery Patterson — who received the game ball for his good fielding, including a great catch at second base, and his single — and Jake Troast who had a single and played good defense. Mitch Belknap hit a big double for the Fireflies, while John Cryst came in to pitch in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the final batter with the bases loaded to seal the tie.

Tin Caps 12, Dash 10

Tin caps- (Brody Clark had two signgles and an RBI to lead the Tin Caps, while Aiden Dault pitched two solid innings

Justin Lepper led the Dash by reaching base three times. Morrison VanGalder pitched two quality innings with four strikeouts.

Cardinals 6, Red Sox 4

Sam Moser pitched 3 scoreless innings. Camden Meaker threw a man out at second base from deep left field, and Carter Wells went 3 for 3 with a double.

Iron Birds 11, Timber Rattlers 7

For the Timber Rattlers, Issac Goosen pitched two strong innings holding the Iron Birds off. Jack Jerovsek was 3 for 3 with a triple to lead a surge. Lucas Matz was 3 for 3 with two doubles.

Ethan DeWitt, who was 4 for 4, led the Iron Birds’ win. Ethan Uganski went 3 for 3, and Hayden Dubs pitched 2 2/3 strong innings with five strikeouts.

Girls Instrumental

Orioles 14, Braves 4

Melanie Goetzinger and Sierra Lukas played with hustle and skill at first base, as they both fielded hits and beat the runners to first to get the out. Macy Buck and Kendall Garling both had solid RBI singles into the outfield.

White Sox 4, Braves 3

Annabella Megna had two huge singles to lead the White Sox. Ayla Jonker also had a big single. Peyton Commons played solid defense all game long.

Ryley and Madyson led the Braves with two base hits apiece, while Abbie made a great defensive play getting a runner out at second base.

Girls Juniors

Dodgers 16, Angels 11

For the Dodgers, Kadence Hren led the way with three hits, while Finley Edwards had two hits. Chyanne Keeler and Willow Cain each pitched a shutout inning.

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