July 10, 2003
Major League baseball report
On Wednesday, June 25, pitchers Alex Turner and Joe Fugate led the Athletics over the Cubs, 28–7. Turner, who started the game, stymied the Cubs, giving up 2 runs on six hits in five innings. Fugate pitched the last two innings to secure the win.
Alex Nickels, who batted leadoff for the A’s, walked twice, got a single and scored 2 runs. Jerimiha Stubblefield scored three times and had three hits. Brandon Semler scored twice and hit two singles and a triple. Aaron Fletcher scored three times and had three hits, Jamie Kitzmiller hit a home run, and Anthony Gilmore was 4–4 with two homers and 3 runs scored.
Alexis Onfroy-Curley started for the Cubs and struck out seven batters in the first inning. But dropped third strikes and errors allowed the A’s to score 6 unearned runs, and so it went the rest of the game. Bright spots for the Cubs included Carl Wiener, who pitched an inning of shutout ball in relief and was 2–3 at the plate; Justin Donley, who made a spectacular catch in the outfield and was 2–3 and scored 2 runs; and Nathan Mitchell, who reached base safely three times and scored twice.
On Saturday, June 28, the Reds beat the Yankees at home, 11–4, and the Cubs and the A’s lost to Cedarville’s two teams in an away doubleheader.
The Yankees had an improved effort against the Reds. Conor Stratton singled in the fourth, then stole second and third base. Andrew Ferguson then drove Stratton in with a sacrifice fly. Joey Bailey singled and scored. Ian Wimberly and Lucas Donnell displayed great speed and base-running skills.
In the first away game, Cedarville 2 beat the Cubs, 13–11. Jarrett Sparks started for Cedarville 2 and got the win, pitching four innings, striking out 11, allowing no hits and 1 run. The Cubs staged a furious comeback in the fifth inning, scoring 10 runs, but coming up short.
In the second game, Cedarville 1 beat the A’s, 6–5. Cedarville’s pitcher threw high heat, allowed only three hits and no runs. Cody Evans started for the A’s and allowed only 4 runs in three innings. Alex Turner pitched four innings and allowed only 2 runs.
The A’s took a 5–4 lead into the bottom of the seventh but were unable to hang on as Cedarville scored 2 runs in their last at-bat for a walkoff victory.
Outstanding players for the A’s included Jamie Kitzmiller, Lucas Blanchard-Glueckert, Sara Adkins and Jerricho Stubblefield.
On Wednesday, July 2, four pitchers — Alexis Onfroy-Curley, David Ingham, Carl Wiener, and Sam Morrison — helped the Cubs beat the Yankees, 12–11. Wiener got the win in relief, and Morrison got the save by shutting the Yanks down in the sixth.
The game also saw the return of Lauren Miles, who came off the disabled list, was 2–3 and scored the tying run. Zack Donley was 2–3 and scored a run; Wiener was 2–2 and three runs scored, including the winning run.
Yankee Meg Hild was on fire, 2–2 and a run scored. Yosef Johnson started the game, pitched four superb innings, hit a triple and scored a run. Lucas Donnell pitched one inning of relief, hit a double and scored 2 runs.
On Thursday, July 3, the A’s rocked the (Yellow Springs youth) baseball world by beating the previously unbeaten Reds, 9–8. Alex Turner pitched a complete game and got the win. The score was tied at 8 in the bottom of the fifth when the A’s loaded the bases and Sara Adkins hit the game-winning single.
Meanwhile, in an away game in Cedarville, the Cubs ran into another pitching juggernaut and lost, 10–3, in a very well-played game by both teams. Luke Sheridan and Jarret Sparks shut the Cubs down. Sparks pitched three innings of no-hit ball again, striking out six.
Lauren Miles started for the Cubs, struck out seven and was 1–1 at the plate, scoring a run. Sam Morrison pitched one inning, and hit a double into the gap and scored a run. Alexis Onfroy-Curley struck out the side in the fifth. He also tripled, singled and scored a run. Buddy Adkins was 2–3 with 2 RBI. Carl Wiener, Shaquil Collett, Nathan Mitchell and Steven Scott all played excellent defense.
In the third game of the night, the Yankees and Cedarville 1 battled to a scoreless tie. Yankees pitcher Andrew Ferguson threw a no-hitter and helped his own cause by playing superb defense. Conor Stratton had the only hit of the game and made some key defensive plays to keep Cedarville in check.
All our kids are great, but the coaches especially hope you noted the contributions of the girls on our teams, without which the outcomes of many games would have been different.
We have two more weeks left on the schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, through July 19, at Gaunt Park.
—Compiled by the Major League coaches
YSHS, McKinney sports physicals
Sports physicals for McKinney School and Yellow Springs High School student-athletes will be held on Monday, July 28, 6–8:30 p.m., at Greene Therapy Services, 1157 North Monroe Drive, in the Outpatient Physicians Pavilion at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia.
The cost is $10 and parents should bring a pre-participation physical form. Forms can be downloaded from the Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site, www.ohsaa.org.
For more information, call Greene Therapy Services, 376-6723 or 374-7913.