Big Hits At Little League
In Major Boys, the Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder Twins and the Friends of Kenny Coffey Orioles opened their season on Sunday in a tightly played and exciting 3-1 victory for the Twins. Both teams had runners in scoring position the first two innings but starting pitchers Daniel Green of the Twins and Nick Giannios-Donohue of the Orioles were able to pitch out of trouble.
The Twins finally broke through in the third when Nasir Khan and Corey Schwach led off with base hits. A pop out and a force at third made it two outs and it looked like the Orioles would escape trouble again.
But an errant pickoff attempt proved to be costly as Schwach and Brian MacDonald raced home on the miscue. A single by Dylan Abernethy and a huge triple by Chris McElhinney provided another run. Mike Light then followed with a blistering line drive to left and it looked like a fourth run for the Twins but Orioles left fielder Ryan Gibson made a terrific sliding catch to end the inning. MacDonald took over the pitching for the Twins and Anthony Ciappetta for the Orioles in the fourth.
The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth when the Orioles were able to push a run across and had the tying run at second with two outs. Nicholas Rogers looked like he might tie the game when he hit a line drive to left but Twins left fielder Liam Rayder saved the day by running in to catch it for the final out.