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May 7, 2008 > Niles-Centerville Little League Minor B Royals vs. A's

Niles-Centerville Little League Minor B Royals vs. A's

Submitted By Dana Casey
Photos By Emily Santos

On Monday, April 28, the place to be was the minor field at Niles-Centerville Little League (NCLL) where the Minor B Royals were set to play the A's, champions of the first half of the season. In the first 10 games of NCLL's Minor B season, the A's lost only one game, to the Cardinals. The Royals and A's were ready to play, and boy did it show on the field. There were not many strikeouts during the contest, as most of the outs came from good plays in the field. Starting off in the first inning, Royals player, Joey Jorgens, smacked a ball to left field for a double. Zach MacDonald, the A's catcher, made a rare play at this level of competition when he caught a foul tip third strike for the third out of the first inning. In the fourth inning, Sam Braun from the Royals also doubled to drive in a run. At the end of the fourth inning the score was 7-6, A's.

The Royals really wanted this win and answered in the top of the fifth. Daniel Santos, Tanner Granzella and Braun smacked RBI hits for the Royals with Braun hitting another double to knock in two runs. The A's prevented any more runs from scoring in the Royals' fifth when their center fielder, Eli Denmead, threw to second baseman, Jake Jackson, for the first out, and the A's Ali Jackson ended the inning when he knocked down a ball at the pitcher's mound and quickly threw to Sam Hoeven at first base for the third out. The Royals had a total of twenty-seven hits and the A's had twenty-one with the Royals winning 12-8. The Royals game ball went to Jorgens and the two game pins went to E.J. Santos and Braun.

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