American Legion

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 17, 2011

Red Sox topple Yanks as A’s down Royals

By Brad Greer

Austin Towles drove in two runs with a pair of singles to help guide the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory over the Yankees in American Legion baseball play Tuesday night. The A’s plated 12 runs in the fourth inning to ease past the Royals 16-9 in the opening game of the day.

Trailing 5-1 in the second inning, the Red Sox mounted their comeback by scoring two runs in the third, three in the fourth and two more in top of the fifth to secure the win. Cody Harbour scored the go-ahead run in the fifth to make the score 7-6 before Towles’ RBI single scored Gage Aldison and gave the Sox an all-important insurance run at 8-6. Harbour also picked up the pitching win in relief

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The Yankees closed the margin to 8-7 in the bottom half in the inning as Joby Ellington’s RBI single scored Nathan Gabbard. Morgan Tubbs was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Harbour however doused the rally by retiring the next two batters to end the game.

Each team recorded three hits as Chase Durham accounted for the Red Sox’s only other hit with a fifth inning single. Trey McGovern and Tubbs doubled for the Yankees in the losing effort. Zac Bolen took the loss in relief for the Yankees.

Tubbs tossed the first three innings for the Yankees before being relieved by McGovern and Ellington. The Red Sox also used four pitchers in the contest as Durham pitched the first two innings followed by Cameron Brown and Towles for one inning each.

A’s vs. Royals

Austin Jones and Ridge Simmerman delivered a pair of two-run singles in the fourth inning uprising to propel the A’s to their big victory over the Royals.

Simmerman also drove in another run in the second to tie the game at two. The A’s took the lead with two runs in the third as Jones led off the inning with a triple followed by a Braiden Scott’s double. Scott would later score on a wild pitch to give the A’s a 4-2 advantage.

The Royals stormed back in the bottom of the third with five runs on two hits to take a 7-4 advantage. Hunter Williams provided the big blow with an RBI double while Hunter Darby added a single.

The A’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Simmerman reached on an error and last scored on a Ethan Calvert RBI double. The Royals answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead as Pez McGee led off the inning with an infield single then scored on Hunter Bryant’s double. Bryant would later score on  Darby’s sacrifice fly.

Bryant and Williams led the Royals at the plate with doubles while McGee, Darby and Tyler Babb added singles.