The 2010 GCYBSA Fall League 9 and 10U playoffs were in full swing Wednesday night with three games unfolding under the lights at Plymouth Township Park.
On Field 1, the Angels registered an 11-1 victory over the A's behind strong pitching from RJ Sherwood, Evan Peterson and Caleb Johnson. Sherwood earned the win, striking out five over two scoreless innings. Peterson fanned four and made a nice catch on a pop-up, while Johnson closed the door with a three-strikeout fifth.
Eight Angels recorded hits, including Sherwood, who ripped a bases-loaded triple to deep right field. Isaac Giannuzzi laced a pair of hits. Aaron Geisler and Michael Jaracz also roped solid singles.
Jaracz made a spectacular play in center to hold an Athletics hitter to a single.
The team celebrated its hard-earned victory at Baskin Robbins.
On Field 2, the Phillies derailed the Nationals, 13-8, behind two strong innings from Owen Keyes, who whiffed six batters while walking just one. Jacob Rubis and Sawyer Hindt each recorded an RBI for the winners.
The Nationals led 1-0 after one frame, but the Phillies took command with two runs in the second, two in the third and a four-spot in the fourth.
The Nationals hung tough, posting five runs in the fifth, but it was too little, too late.
The closest game of the night unfolded on Field 3, where the Yankees upended the Tigers, 6-4.
Yankees starting pitcher "Downtown" Alan Brown hurled a pair of shutout innings, recording three K's.
"Big" Josh Montroy recorded six strikeouts in the middle two innings. He struck out back-to-back batters to escape a bases-loaded jam in the third.
Ethan "E" Rose struck out six batters in the final two innings to close the game.
Offensively, the Yankees were paced by Andy McCarthy, who scored the game-winning run in the fifth. The hitting hero was Montroy, who had a single and a double.
Captain James "Hollywood" Hansen had a two-hit/one-RBI night. Bryce "B" Mandelka (two-RBI double) and Rose (RBI double) also hit well.
Sean Mullen pitched a scoreless first for the Tigers, striking out a pair of batters and catching a pop-up for the third out.
Kurt Roulin tossed an awesome third inning, retiring all three batters via the K. Colton Knowles, Sean Mullen and Jack Koolenga had run-scoring hits for the Tigers in the third.
Roulin pitched a solid fourth before getting replaced on the mound in the fifth by Koolenga, who yielded just one run in two innings of work.
Tigers star pitcher/hitter Jake Amato had to miss the game due to an illness.
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RJ Sherwood delivers a pitch in the Angels' 11-1 victory over the A's. (Ed Wright photo)
The Tigers' Colton Knowles gets the call he wanted -- Safe! -- following a bang-bang play at the plate. (Ed Wright photo)
A's shortstop Ethan Bentley attempts to get the force on an Angels base-runner during Wednesday's playoff game. (Ed Wright photo)
Calvin Martinsky pitched well for the Nationals. (Ed Wright photo)
Nathan McLaughin tries to get the handle on a throw from the outfield as a Yankee slides safely into second base. (Ed Wright photo)
base-runner Dylan Jedele beat out an infield single as Charlie Godman
stretches for the ball. (Ed Wright photo)
Sean Mullen pitched the first two innings, striking out three.
The Yankees' Josh Montroy struck out six batters in two innings. (Ed Wright photo)
Alec Beshears delivers some heat for the Athletics. (Ed Wright photo)