Cardinals storm back for Little League win

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BRATTLEBORO — Down by 11 runs through the first two innings, the Cardinals stormed back to beat the Royals 17-12 behind RBI hits from Jolie Glidden, Connor Griffus, and Asher Jackson in a Little League contest on Saturday. Jackson went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Mason North scored three runs. The Cardinals also got hits from Logan Kelsey, Chase Austin, and Ryan Young in the rally. The Royals jumped out to an early lead on the strength of four RBI on two hits by Ozzie VanHendrick. Jahvonn Petrie also had two hits, including a long double. Jayson Tirell, Gordie Kalill, and Riley Morse each got base hits. Cardinals pitchers Austin and North combined for 11 strikeouts and one run allowed through the final five innings to seal the victory.

Jackson Emery hit a two-out RBI triple in the third inning and later scored to give the Reds an early lead and they would hold on for a 10-4 win over the Red Sox. The Sox came right back in the bottom of the third with a hit from Vaughn LaFleur who later scored on an Izaya Bullins' base hit. Will Hill and Dane Mulverhill also had RBI hits in the frame. The Reds then got a key bullpen performance from Willem Thurber who would shut out the Red Sox over the final three innings. Jett Emery and Sam Tainter added to the Reds lead in the later innings, as Emery hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and Tainter had a base hit and scored a run in the fifth.

Pitchers Charlie Clark, Brandon Weeks, and Keagan Systo combined to strike out 16 batters to help the undefeated A's (6-0) beat the Mets 8-2. Clark also had two hits to lead the offense. Weeks and Systo each had base hits in the game as well. The Mets' offense struggled to get on the board, but got a base hit from Evan Wright and runs scored by Landyn Cartee and Gabe Alexander. Alexander pitched well in relief and once again showed range in the field with stellar defense at first base and shortstop.

Degan Gundry struck out 12 batters to net the Giants their fourth win, which was a 6-4 decision over the Pirates. He dominated in the first three innings and had a spree of seven strikeouts in a row. At the plate, Gundry doubled and hit his first home run of the year. Tucker Sargent pitched well in relief and added an RBI single. The Giants also got base hits from Derek Sargent and Quin Forchion in the victory. The Pirates got a strong outing from Nick Gerard, who struck out eight. Troy Forkin and Sam Bogart hit RBI doubles to pace the Pirates' offense. The Bucs also got runs scored from Sam Madow and Matthew Worden.

Today at 5:30 p.m., the Mets will play against the Cardinals. A Pirates-A's showdown is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


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