May 16, 2006 > Niles Centerville Little League
Niles Centerville Little League
by Brett Knight
Saturday, April 29
Giants 8 Yankees 5
Giants Top Yankees in Home Run Derby
It was a slugger's morning and both the Giants and the Yankees took full advantage. With 3 home runs and 5 doubles between them the two teams combined to touch an impressive 28 bases on 14 hits in the Giants 8-5 win.
The Yanks were on the board early with Kris Sabala scoring on a single by Angelo Propes. But Giant's centerfielder, Austin Miller, snagged a shot off Harlee Carlson's bat and doubled off the runner at second to end the threat. Miller's two-bagger in the bottom half set the stage for the G-men to load the bases for Alex Rich, who then hit a 2-out bases clearing double to right-center. Yankee's Taylor Bartlett led off the second with a towering shot over the center field fence for the first home run of the morning. All settled into business until the bottom of 3rd when Giant's Jesse Nohr hit a long, low shot over the left field fence that landed in the middle of the Minor field farm game. Then it was the Yankees turn again. John Normoyle lined a double to left to lead off the 4th and be the first of three Yanks to cross the plate when Nico Estevez zinged one up the middle. Yankees had regained the lead, 5-4, but not for long. With two on and two out, Matt Knight and Pierce Romero hit back to back doubles to add 3 to the Giant's run total. Then as a final highlight, Tyler McAdory hit a two-out blast over the center field fence, enjoying a round-tripper of his own and capping the Giant's total at 8 runs.
The two teams also made some nice plays in the field, including Yankee's Propes stop of a Nohr smash in the first and Sabala's belly flopping catch of a would-be hit to center field in the third. The Giant's Nohr recorded four put-outs from short, and Rich had two unassisted at first base, while their pitchers, Marshall Duffy and Kris Cruz, scattered 6 hits and struck out 7 in their work on the hill. The Yanks duo of Estevez and Jordan Fereira collected 5 K's a piece while allowing 8 hits between them.