Jun 23, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorAn eight-run first inning fueled a majors Little League victory.
One by one, the orange shirts crossed home plate with alarming regularity in the top of the first inning of the Cardinals' majors game against the Giants on the southwest field at Saban Little League Complex on Thursday.
Dawsen Valerio, Dallon Draper and Parker DeVries all had a pair of hits apiece for the Giants in an offensive display which saw them bat around in the opening frame.
Dale, Draper, Stavin Pierson and Braden Vincent hit consecutive singles to begin the assault against Cardinals starter Hunter Hauck before back-to-back-to-back bases-on-balls to DeVries, Andrew Weaver and Ayden Kelley opened the floodgates for the visitors.
However, the Cardinals came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
Garrett Neil led off with a single, follow by another off the bat of Hauck and a walk to Carter Noseep, with all three coming around to score and making it an 8-3 game.
The first six hitters in the Giants' order all had two hits in the game, as Vincent drove in four runs.
On the mound, Valerio and Dale combined for the victory.
Neil was 3-for-4 with a double for the Cardinals.
Tigers 9, Dodgers 5
Also on Thursday on the northwest field, the Tigers defeated the Dodgers by a final score of 9-5, as Nathan Hutchison tripled, while his teammates took advantage of eight walks and a hit batter.
A scoreless game after two innings was broken open by the Tigers in the third when Sean Carruth drew a base-on-balls, then stole both second and third, finally scoring the first run of the contest.
Christopher Reinig then duplicated the feat before Hutchison tripled and scored for a 3-0 advantage.
Another five runs in the fourth made it an 8-2 game after the Dodgers had plated a pair in the third.
The Dodgers added another two runs in the fifth, then one more in the sixth, but the early deficit proved too much to recover from.
Reinig, Hutchison, Jaxson Stanley and Carruth each scored a pair of runs for the Tigers.
Garrett Raymond hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning for the Dodgers.
Giants 8 0 3 0 3 3 -- 17
Cardinals 3 0 0 3 2 0 -- 8
Giants - Valerio, 2-4, RBI; Dale, 2-2, RBI; Draper, 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Pierson, 2-2, RBI; Vincent, 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI; DeVries, 2-3; Kelley, 0-2, RBI; Weaver, 0-1; Heidenreich, 0-1; Appleby, 0-1; Hernandez, 0-4.
Cardinals - Neil, 3-4, 2B; Vincent, 1-3, RBI; Hauck, 2-4, RBI; S. Brown, 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Noseep, 1-1; Saltsgaver, 1-3, RBI; A. Brown, 0-2; Mason, 0-1; Coons, 0-3; Davis, 0-2.
Tigers 0 0 3 5 0 1 -- 9
Dodgers 0 0 0 2 2 1 -- 5
Tigers - C. Reinig, 0-1, 2 BB, HBP; T. Reinig, 0-4; Hutchison, 1-4, 3B; Stanley, 0-2, 2 BB; Sheets, 0-3; Mills, 0-4; Watson, 0-2, 2 BB; Holloway, 0-2; Duran, 0-2; Carruth, 0-1, 2 BB.
Dodgers - Hernandez, 0-3; Truempler, 0-3; Raymond, 1-3, HR; Frazier, 0-2; Crippen, 0-3; Marques, 0-2; Newberry, 0-2; Ute, 0-1; Murray, 0-1; Hinkley, 0-1; Smith, 0-1; Anderson, 0-0, BB.
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