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Garrett Kankel plated two runs with a base hit during a seven-run third inning and Thomas Crist only surrendered hits in the first and sixth innings as the Marlins beat the Pirates 8-2.
Crist finished with a two-hitter and was as overpowering as Randy Johnson with 17 strikeouts in the recent South Tahoe Little League game.
He struck out the side in all but one inning.
Reds 5, Marlins 2
Carter Amaral and Kevin Yelles each stroked a pair of hits as the Reds downed the Marlins.
Pitcher Jason Winslow checked the Marlins on five hits, including two by Scott Hoffman.
A’s 14, Cubs 2
David Schue and Kyle Mazzoni combined on a three-hitter as the A’s cruised past the Cubs.
Ian Rice banged out two hits, including a triple, for the winners.
Diamondbacks 19, Yankees 4
The Diamondbacks’ eight-run second inning highlighted by triples from Kevin Lucero and Charlotte Lee quashed the Yankees’ hopes.
Lee led all hitters with four hits and three runs. K.J. Allister, Kirk Baines and Caleb Brown contributed three hits to the winning cause.
James Denny, Chris Diana and Greg Garcia lashed out two hits apiece for the pinstripes.
Rockies 9, Rangers 1
Patrick Lahlum tossed a two-hitter and Donald Choate spanked four hits as the Rockies rolled to the victory.
Chad Cooney had both of the Rangers’ hits.
Pirates 12, Giants 11
Ryan Lucia’s two-run double with one out in the fifth inning lifted the Pirates to the come-from-behind over the Giants.
Kyle Heidt started the Pirates’ winning rally with a double. The Giants had taken an 11-6 lead in their half of the fifth.
Michael Olivo and Anthony Demetri clobbered two hits for the Pirates. The Giants received a 4-for-4 performance from Ivan Trebotich.
Giants 12, Cubs 11
Tyler Alexander ripped a three-run triple during an eight-run third inning as the Giants tasted the other side of a 12-11 score.
Nick Spano and Severin Nobriga had six hits collectively for the Giants. Marty Rahbeck of the Cubs went 4 for 4, including a two-run triple, and scored three runs. Mason Stanley, Blaine Inglis and Jeff Gvorino had two hits for the Cubs.
Rangers 10, Reds 6
Brian Popeney drilled three hits, contributing a single during a six-run Ranger fourth inning.
Chad Cooney and Derek Holmgren added two hits for the Rangers.
Kevin Yelles, Jason Winslow and Daniel Swain had two hits for the Reds.
A’s 12, Rangers 2
David Schue combined with Dru Blair on a six-hitter and hit a solo homer as the A’s routed the Rangers.
Ian Rice legged out a pair of triples, scored twice and knocked in three runs. Zach Kropf and Michael Orman pounded out two hits apiece, with Orman driving in three. Chad Cooney had two hits for the Rangers.
Cubs 25, Yankees 4
Jake Baker doubled and singled during a 15-run fourth inning as the Cubs spanked the Yankees.
Beau Hallum and Reid Cocking pitched six-hit ball and fanned nine.
Collecting two hits for the Cubs were Blain Inglis, Jeff Guarino, Hallum, Mason Stanley and Baker. Shayne Rowe cracked three hits and Chris Diana two for the Yankees.
D-Backs 11, Reds 1
Kevin Lucero and K.J. Allister gave up only three hits and struck out nine as the Diamondbacks nearly silenced the Reds.
Lucero also smashed three hits and Allister jacked a pair of doubles. Charlotte Lee, Kirk Baines and Nathan Garofalos made up the rest of the two-hit club.
Rockies 9, Giants 7
The Rockies procrastinated but eight runs in the final two innings did the trick.
Katie Gettman and Patrick Cullen doubled to get the Rockies going in a three-run fifth and six walks keyed a five-run sixth.
The Rockies only mustered two hits, but Patrick Reilly, Christian Shamus and Gettman each scored two times. Patrick Lahlum and Dan Vallejo checked the Giants on six hits and notched eight Ks.
Pirates 18, Yankees 9
The Pirates used the sum of the parts to bring home a whole victory.
Michael Olivo, Garrett Gibb, Ryan Lucia, Kyle Heidt and Colt Johnston rapped two hits apiece in the nine-run victory.
The Yankees’ Chris Diana collected two hits, including a two-run homer.
D-Backs 10, Marlins 5
Nat Garofalos, Caleb Brown and K.J. Allister clubbed two hits as the Diamondbacks doubled up on the Marlins.
Scott Hoffman homered and Thomas Crist tripled for the Marlins.
A’s 21, Rockies 3
Zach Kropf and Ian Rice pitched three-hit ball and fanned 13 as the A’s put up some crooked numbers on the Rockies.
David Schue turned on two of his team’s four triples. Kropf and Dur Blair also hit three-baggers.
Kropf led all hitters with four hits but had plenty of help as Schue, Rice, Blair and Marty Harris supplied three hits. Schue also scored four runs, while Kropf drove home three.
Cubs 10, Rangers 8
Jeff Guarino, Marty Rahbeck, Beau Hallum and Reid Cocking punished Ranger pitching with two hits apiece and seven runs collectively.
Brian Popeney, Ryan Woods and Chad Cooney each scored two runs.
A’s 13, Pirates 4
The A’s continued to look more and more like the club that won it all last year.
The first three A’s in the lineup, David Schue, Zach Kropf and Marty Harris, produced seven hits, six runs and four RBIs.
Pirate leadoff hitter Michael Olivo was 3 for 4 with one run score and one RBI.
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