Game of the Week- Leland 6 vs Royals 5
Leland has completely dominated the Royals over the last few years. So much that this writer decided to check the last time the Royals won a game against Leland and the result was surprising. 2010!!! Leland got off to a fast start once again in this one. Ferdi put Leland on the board to give them an early 1-0 lead in the first. In the second, Leland extended the lead to 4-0 on RBI doubles by Jay and Eddie F., and and RBI single from Dave. But the Royals would answer back in the 3rd. Eric put the Royals on the board with an RBI triple, followed by Rubens RBI double and Petey’s RBI single. Leland got a run back in the bottom of the 3rd on Jays RBI single. Down 5-3, Kevin led of the 5th with a long solo HR. But Leland would answer right back again with an RBI single from Izzy in the bottom half of the inning. Down 6-4 in the seventh, Kevin led off the inning again with HR that was longer than his first to bring the Royals within 1 run. The Royals put the winning runs on the bases with one out, but were unable to complete the comeback. They will have to wait at least one more game to get past Leland.
Saints 6 vs Ravens 6- This match-up pit two teams who expected more out of themselves at this point in the season. The Ravens have struggled not having a complete lineup, and the Saints have yet break out the way they did last season. Both wanted this game badly. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning when the Ravens went up 4-0. Nelson started the scoring with an RBI double. Elvin then followed with a sac fly. Dominic added and RBI double and Al Sr. followed with an RBI single. Gil put the Saints on the board in the following inning with an RBI triple. Jayson added an RBI triple and then Joey hit an RBI single to bring the Saints within 1. Skylar got a run back for the Ravens with a sac fly in the 5th, and Efrain added a sac fly in 6th. Down 3 in 7th, the Saints dug deep to fight back. Joey came up to bat for the Saints with 2 runners on down by 3 and delivered the game tying HR. The Ravens were unable to answer back in the bottom of the 7th and this one ended in a tie.
Emperors 5 vs D’Backs 0- The D’Backs started to turn their season around taking 2 games in week 5. The Emperors offense has struggled from what we’re used to seeing from them, but their defense has kept them afloat. In the first, the Emperors jumped all over the D’Backs with a 2 out rally started on Erics RBI single. Ant-Live added an RBI single and then D-Lush put the Emperors ahead 4-0 with a 2-run single. Turns out that would be all the Emperors needed as the D’Backs had just 3 hits all game. Ricky added a HR in the sixth as the Emperors recorded their 3rd shutout of the season.
Emperors 10 vs Devils 3- The Devils were losers of 4 in a row coming into this game and they ran into an Emperor team that was feeling good after shutting out the D’Backs moments earlier. The Emperors jumped all over the Devils in the first on RBI singles by 40, Ant-Live, and D-Lush. The Emperors tacked on 2 more in the second on RBI’s from 40 and Eric, and then 2 more in the 3rd on Ricks 2-run HR. The Emperors had an 8-run lead before the Devils knew what had happened. The Devils got on the board on Papolo’s RBI double in the 5th, and added RBI doubles in the 6th from Mark and Will. But that would be all for the Devils as the Emperors added 2 runs in the 7th to win easily.
Leland 3 vs Ravens 3- The Ravens were feeling good about themselves after the Memorial Day Tournament and recorded their first tie of the season in their first game. Leland was coming into this game on a 5 game winning streak looking to extended their first place lead. Ferdi put Leland ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI double. In the third, Al-Boogie tied the game at 1 with and RBI single for the Ravens. Leland answered back in the 4th to take a 3-1 lead on RBI singles from Jay and Warren. The Ravens cut into the lead in the bottom of the 4th on Skylars second HR of the season. The Ravens then tied the game in the bottom of the 5th on Brunsons RBI single. Both defenses tightened up afterwards and the Ravens snapped Lelands win streak and recorded their second tie of the day.
Saints 2 vs Gold 0- Sometimes after going on a Championship run, especially one that was so emotionally draining for the Gold winning it all for Coach Manny and their injured teammate Eddie, you are bound to come out a little bit flat. The Saints were looking to build on their tie earlier in the day and took advantage of a stagnant Gold offense. Pete Jr. put the Saints ahead in the 3rd with an RBI single. In the 5th, the Saints extended the lead to 2-0 on Joeys RBI double. That would be all the Saints needed as the Gold just managed just 4 singles and were unable to mount a real threat all game.
Royals 11 vs Devils 4– After a hot start to 2014, the Royals were looking to win just their second game in the last 7 contests and they came out swinging in this one. The Royals scored 3 in the first on an RBI double by Eric, and a 2-run single from Ruben. In the second, the Royals put up another 3 spot on RBI singles from Davey, Kevin and Eric. The Devils found themselves in another big hole early. Pito hit an RBI triple in the third to put the Devils on the board. Ruben added an RBI single in the 4th to get the run back for the Royals. The Devils tried to answer back with an RBI single from Will in the bottom half of the fourth, but the Royals added 4 more runs in the 5th to extend their lead to 11-2 on four straight doubles by Davey, Frankie, Darnell and Kevin. The Devils added 2 run in the 5th to cut the deficit to 11-4, but that would be as close as they could get and dropped their 6th straight overall.
The Gold 1 vs D’Backs 0- If their was one offense that struggled more that the Golds on Sunday it was the D’Backs. Neither team had scored a run on the day entering this game, and only 1 was needed to decided the winner. After four scoreless innings, the Gold broke through in the bottom of the 5th. Alex led off the inning with a double, and Chickie drove him in with an RBI single to give the Gold the 1-0 lead. The D’Backs struck out 8 times as a team and their offense was held scoreless for the week.