Pirates find way to beat A’s
June 14, 2007
If the Pirates had any intention of repeating as South Tahoe National Little League major division champions, they had to find a way to defeat the A’s.
After two regular-season losses to the A’s, the Pirates emphatically discovered how to beat their nemesis on Wednesday in a playoff semifinal at Fred Rightmier Field.
Tyler Sharp pitched a four-hit complete game and Kyante Wilson and Skylar Sheldon combined for nine hits as the Pirates routed the A’s 18-3 to advance to Sunday’s championship round.
The A’s, which defeated the Pirates 4-1 and 18-10 to win the regular-season title, now must win a losers’ bracket game on Friday to qualify for the league championship. Sunday’s title game starts at 1 p.m.; if a second game is needed it will be played at 3:30 p.m.
Sharp lived up to his name in helping the Pirates win their third playoff game in five days. He retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, including four on strikes. The A’s broke up his shutout by pushing across two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
By then, the Pirates were firmly in control, scoring once in the first on a two-out double by Wilson and five in the third as Wilson homered and Skylar Sheldon doubled.
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The Pirates put away the A’s with a four-run outburst in the fourth and an eight-run fifth. Sheldon had a homer and single in the fifth while Andrew Thiel doubled.
Sheldon wound up going 5 for 5 – a homer short of the cycle – with four runs scored, while Wilson went 4 for 4 with a homer and double. Also for the Pirates, Cory Plummer was 3 for 3 with three runs scored, Jenoa DeVargas was 3 for 3 with a double off the bench and Juliano Sparzo was 2 for 4.
For the A’s, Cody Higgins, Hunter Morgan and Austin Sharon each singled and scored.
In other playoff games:
Giants 10, Reds 9
The Giants erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to pull out a dramatic elimination game win over the Reds on Sunday.
Trailing 9-3, the Giants sent 12 hitters to the plate during the game-changing fifth inning. Six of the seven Giants who scored reached base on walks. Mike George’s double was the only hit during the rally.
Robert Bartavian tripled during the Giants’ two-run third. Giant cleanup hitter Leo Trebotich walked three times and scored twice.
Trebotich relieved Bartavian in the fourth inning, allowing two hits the rest of the way while fanning six.
For the Reds, Dominic Diana had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.
Rockies 13, Giants 12
Austin Buyak’s bases-loaded single with nobody out in the sixth gave the Rockies a hard-fought one-run win over the seventh-seeded Giants on Monday.
The Giants, which trailed big for the second night – seven runs this time – came back to tie the score with a six-run fourth and a four-run sixth.
Buyak and Joey Wightman spearheaded the Rockies’ attack. Along with his game-winning hit, Buyak socked a three-run homer and single and he also scored three times. Wightman reached base all five times, including three by base hits, and he scored four runs.
Trebotich’s double and singles by Jak Francis, Jommy Smith, Jack Coolbaugh and Gabe Strong keyed the Giants’ six-run fourth.
Smith, Mikey George, Colby Eymann and Robert Bartavian delivered the big base hits in the Giant sixth. Smith finished with three hits and two runs scored, while Coolbaugh and Strong came through with a pair of hits and three runs. Trebotich was 2 for 4, including a double, and a run scored.
Cubs 17, D-Backs 5
An eight-run first inning did the trick for the Cubs as they advanced in the elimination bracket. Doubles by Connor Henderson and Connor McKeen got the first-frame rally rolling.
The Diamondbacks, however, stayed close, scoring all of their runs in the first two innings before being shut down by Cubs’ pitchers Andrew Noll and Henderson. The D-Backs were hitless over the final two innings.
Noll, Brandon Newbury and Jared Fajman doubled during the Cubs’ game-clinching fourth inning. McKeen and Bobby Oakes each had three hits and scored three runs for the Cubs.
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