Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — The Williams Ford / NASCO Cubs avenged their lone loss of the season with a 9-5 win over the previously-unbeaten Hemp Geek / Bradford Hospitality Indians here Tuesday evening in Waverly Little League Majors Division baseball action.
The Cubs and Indians, both 5-1, are tied atop the league standings. The Indians edged the Cubs, 6-5, earlier this season.
The Indians took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a one-out single by Ben Shaw, and an RBI double by Hogan Shaw on the next pitch.
The Cubs answered in the top of the second. After Tristan Campbell reached on an error to lead off the inning, Brayden Robbins stroked a one-out RBI single to tie the game.
With two outs, Kohen Hugo ripped an RBI double to center field to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead, but a perfect relay from Nicholas Robbins to shortstop Jay Pipher to catcher Ben Shaw cut down another run at the plate.
In the top of the third, the Indians once again foiled the Cubs’ attempts to extend its lead. The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs, but pitcher Hogan Shaw fielded a comebacker to start a 1-2-3 double play. Hogan Shaw struck out the next batter to keep the score at 2-1.
The Indians took advantage of their chance in the home half of the inning. After one out walks to Pipher and Ben Shaw and a single by Hogan Shaw loaded the bases, Griffin Walter hammered a three-RBI double down the right-field line to give the Indians a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Cubs took advantage of an error that plated Kohen Hugo, who led off the frame with a single, to trim the deficit to 4-3.
After Nathan Kellogg ripped an RBI double to center field to tie the game at 4-4, an error gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead.
Following back-to-back singles by Eric Lewis and Eli Tenny loaded the bases, an outfield error allowed two runs to score to extend the lead to 7-4.
The Indians scored an unearned run in the home half of the fifth inning to cut the Cubs’ lead to 7-5, but the Cubs added a pair of insurance runs on an error.
Kenny struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth inning to preserve the win.
Kellogg had three hits, including a pair of doubles, scored two runs, and drove in one run to lead the Cubs’ 10-hit attack, while Kohen Hugo doubled and singled, scored one run, and knocked in one run, and Tenny singled twice and scored one run.
Matthias Welles singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run in the win, while Lewis singled and scored one run, Robbins singled and drove in one run, and Campbell scored two runs and drove in one run.
Welles earned the win for the Cubs, allowing five runs — four earned — on six hits. He fanned 11 and walked two.
Lewis struck out the only batter he faced in relief, and Tenny fanned all three batters he faced to end the game.
Hogan Shaw had three hits, including a double, scored one run, and drove none run to lead the Indians at the plate, while Ben Shaw doubled and singled, and scored three runs, and Walter doubled and drove in three runs. Pipher scored one run for the Indians.
Hogan Shaw was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven runs — one earned — on nine hits, while striking out six and walked one.
Up Next: Angels vs. Blue Jays, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
IN PHOTO: Matthias Welles. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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