Little Leaguers display power with HR barrage
by Staff Report
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The Crackers showed they are a comeback team, while the Colts displayed strong pitching in both of their wins during two days of baseball for the Cartersville Little League in games played April 17-18. The Crackers scored all eight runs in the fifth inning in their 8-7 comeback victory over the Dodgers. Alan Thacker put his strong pitching arm on display by pitching a complete game in the Colts’ 10-2 win over the Braves. Home runs were also ample as they were hit by the Phillies’ Jordan Weills, the Dodgers’ Logan Gates, the Tigers’ Jake Cooper Gooch, who hit two, and Micah Tart, the Indians’ Ian Inaba, and the Colt’s LaDarius Winburn,

Crackers 8, Dodgers 7

In a game that came down to the final at bat, the Crackers came back and then held on to defeat the Dodgers.

Trailing 3-0, the Crackers fought back with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, only to have the Dodgers stage a rally of their own in the top of the sixth — only to fall one run short.

Igniting the Crackers’ comeback was Jordyn Mitchell with a hit, a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Aiden Shea and Josh Nolan both had two hits, scored a run and knocked in two runs. Will Noble doubled and scored a run. Caleb Henson had a hit and a run scored. Titus Jones and Jackson Norris both walked and scored a run. Chase Horn also scored a run.

Horn, the pitcher of record, went five innings, throwing 81 pitches and striking out nine. Noble came on to pitch one inning, throw 22 pitches and strike out one.

The Dodgers took an early lead and staged a late rally thanks to Logan Gates, who had two hits, hit a home run, scored a run and drove in two. Teammates Tyler Dover, who scored a run, and Kaleb Chance each had a double and two RBIs. Crawford Taylor had a hit and scored twice, while Tyler Dilcher also had a hit and scored. Clay Ross drove in a run with his sacrifice fly and also scored. Cole Crump scored a run.

Dilcher pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, throwing 85 pitches and striking out nine. Ross came on in relief and threw 14 pitches and struck out one in a third of an inning.

Phillies 9, Padres 4

Had he pitched a complete game, Blane Belisario could well have thrown more than 100 pitches in the Phillies’ 9-4 win over the Padres. Belisario, though, settled for 84 pitches in 4 2/3 innings and nine strikeouts for the win. Derrick Pearson earned the save by pitching the final 1 1/3, needing just 13 pitches and striking out two.

The Phillies’ starter also helped himself at the plate with a single and a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Teammate Jordan Wells slammed a home run, singled and doubled to go along with his RBI and two runs scored. Scoring runs as well for the Phillies were William Bradley, Chanc Willis and Matthew Surrett. Luke Schiltz tripled and Gavin Geros walked three times.

Of the four runs scored by the Padres, Blake Stover score twice while hitting a single and double and walking once. Kurtis Feanny drove in two with his double. Malik Watts, who had one hit, and Brant Smith, who reached on a walk. each scored a run. Dadrian Dennis’ lone hit was a double.

Padres’ pitchers Seth Porter and Stover each pitched three innings, each struck out four batters and combined for 129 pitches.

Tigers 14, Indians 8

A solo home run by Micah Tart and Jake Cooper Gooch’s two home runs powered the Tigers over the Indians, 14-8. Tart led off the game with a solo home run, and Gooch followed with a two-run homer in the first inning. He also had a three-run homer in the third. Tart finished with two hits (single and home run), an RBI and two runs scored. Gooch, in turn, had a real big day with his two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored. Other top hitters for the Tigers included Jacob Desmond with two hits, one RBI and one run scored; Gage Morris, who had a base hit, drove in two — one with a sacrifice fly — and scored once; and Brady Evans, who also had a hit, walked three times and scored four runs.

Kolby Jordan walked twice and scored once. Brent Moore and Bryson Sakasci both walked and scored once.

Evans pitched three innings for the Tigers, striking out four and throwing 57 pitches. Jordan struck out one and threw 29 pitches in two-thirds of an inning. Gooch came on to pitch one-third inning, throw 27 pitches and strike out five.

Along with Tart and Gooch, the Indians’ Ian Inaba also played long ball with solo home run. Inaba also had a base hit and scored twice.

Teammates Noah Davis had a base hat, drove in one and scored once and Peyton Willoughby had a hit and two RBIs. Chris Davis, Seth McFarland and Logan Quijano all scored once.

When not hitting a home run, Inaba pitched two innings, threw 64 pitches and struck out three. Willoughby threw 41 pitches and struck out two in one inning.

The game was called after five innings due to the time limit.

Colts 10, Braves 2

The Colts’ Alan Thacker pitched a complete game victory, allowing two runs while allowing just two hits and striking out 10.

Jonah Gambill and LaDarius Winburn combined to drive in and score all the runs the Colts would need in their victory over the Braves.

Gambill singled and tripled, had two RBIs and scored three runs, while Winburn had a home run, one RBI and scored twice.

Caz Smith had a hit and a run scored. Kaison Williams walked three times and scored once. Thacker walked and scored twice. Davis Nelson had a hit and got hit twice. Ethan Wolfe, Logan Cagle and Trevor Montgomery all walked.

For the Braves, Austin Baker had two hits and scored a run, Kolby Adams had two hits, and Byers Murray doubled and drove in the Braves’ only two runs. Thomas Murphy scored one of the Braves’ two runs.

Hayes Miller pitched 2 2/3 innings, throwing 66 pitches and striking out three. Murray pitched 3 1/3 innings, having thrown 70 pitches and striking out two.