A’s Comeback Over Yankees

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 6, 2008

A’s stage comeback over Yankees; Red Sox cruise over Royals, 5-1

By Brad Greer

Hayden Scoggins and Taylor Meeks scored on a two-out error in the bottom of the fifth inning as the A’s rallied for four runs to take a wild 11-10 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night in 13-15 year-old summer leauge action at American Legion Park.

Meeks started the rally with a two-run double to close the gap to 10-9. After Scoggins walked, Billy Lighting and leadoff hitter Will Dickins struck out, but Lane Massey delivered the game-winner as his grounder went under the second baseman’s glove that allowed Meeks and Scoggins to score.

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J.W. Willis threw five innings to record the win on the mound. The righty surrendered five hits and issued eight walks while fanning three on the night to help the A’s improve to 6-3 in the league while the Yankees fell to 2-7.

Taylor Rottenberry led the A’s offense with a single and two-run double while Massey and Scoggins each singled.

The Yankees meanwhile hurt themselves committing seven errors. They were led at the plate by Colby Gammill’s three RBI’s that included a two-run double in the first inning. Hunter Ivy, Chance Whitten, Clayton Sibley and J.J. Kilpatrick all had singles. Gammill took the loss in relief of starter Bobby Epps.

In the nightcap, Chris Brown and Ethan Waldrup combined for a two-hitter as the first place Red Sox (8-1) scored four runs in the third inning to defeat the Royals 5-1.

Brown picked up the win by giving up the only run on one hit while fanning four and walking three. Waldrup, who also collected a pair of singles at the plate, pitched the final three innings and gave up one hit while striking out four and hitting a batter.

Austin Smith had a pair of singles while Jake Rodgers and Calvin Hawkins each singled in the winning effort. Mitch Helms’ single and Brian Byford’s double were the Royals’ only hits of the game. Helms suffered the loss on the hill as the Royals fell to 2-7.