Majors Blue Jays 15, Orioles 8 – The Blue Jays pecked away at the Orioles’ pitching staff, collecting 14 hits with Nathan “Momo” Cai, Lars Dietrick, Zach Attanasio, Mark Hiddleson and Mason Slater racking up two hits apiece. The Jays played strong defense, with DeAngelo “DLo” Bridge robbing Aidan Epstein of an extra-base hit with a nice catch in center field. Although the Orioles tried to mount a late-game rally, Jays ace pitcher Cai clipped their wings in the final inning, retiring the side to end the game.
Dodgers 8, Nationals 6 – In an exciting game with several lead changes, the teams entered the fourth inning tied 3-3 when the Nationals’ Lucy Schmoke belted a two-run double. In the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers pulled even with an RBI triple from Becket Halpin and an RBI single from Connor McKinney. The Dodgers took the lead for good in the same inning on a thundering RBI double down the line off the bat of Luke Phillips.
Majors Division Nationals 7, Orioles 5 – The Nationals scored all seven of their runs in a decisive fourth inning. Nico Wilson and Will Thorell led the Nationals with two hits apiece. Demond Cassidy threw two strong innings for the Nationals, allowing two runs and striking out three. Matthew Caceres earned the save in the final inning. Ben Sandman led the Orioles with two scoreless innings on the mound with one strikeout. Landon Baylon recorded an RBI with a first inning double for the O’s. Dodgers 5, Blue Jays 2 – It was a real pitching duel through two scoreless innings with the Blue Jays’ Nathan “Momo” Cai and the Dodgers’ Connor McKinney both holding their opponents in check. Finally, in the third inning, the Dodgers Luke Phillips drove in two runs. Connor McKinney and Matthew Favella added back-to-back triples to make the score 5-0. The Blue Jays got onto the board with the help of back-to-back doubles from Cai and Cayden Doan but in the end, it was not enough to complete the comeback. Continue reading “Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup”
Opening Day at Pasadena Southwest Little League could not have taken place on a more beautiful spring Saturday. Birds chirped along to the sound of a light breeze through the trees at Allendale Park, the sun was out, the air was clear and the temperature read 75 degrees on the dot.
Stan Gray Field was once again filled with the usual voices of children and adults in the midst of a full day’s slate of youth baseball games. Kids ran around to get their final warmups in before their respective games, or made a beeline to the nearby playground after. Coaches yelled instruction and encouragement. Parents settled into the stands and chatted to each other.
All around the diamond, the sights and sounds were brilliantly normal. Which, in the age of COVID-19, is exactly what made them so extraordinary.
“It’s as close as we’ve felt to normal in a year, so it’s been great,” said Chris Murphy, a PSWLL parent. Continue reading “Pasadena Southwest Little League Season Opens To Smiles, Relief”