The 2021 Mill Valley Little League season, bringing such welcome joy back to Boyle Park, barrels into May with some great baseball already having the town baseball community buzzing, headlined by the first home runs of the Majors season, and a first-half showdown between the Majors-leading A’s and their closest pursuer, the Giants, in a game on May 1 that took eight innings to decide.
To the action:
Giants 6, A’s 5 (8 innings) — This one went the distance, and then some, before the Giants handed the A’s their first loss of the season, in a game where league rules dictated the eighth inning start with a runner on second base.
To even get there, it took a two-run double from Jonathan Pomerantz of the Giants to tie the game, and push it into extras. In the 7th, the Giants struck first when Terje Steele singled, and Nico Rocherolle came through with a two-run knock. But the A’s answered the challenge when Finn Reilly doubled in a run, and Wade Green tied the game with an RBI single.
To the 8th inning, and the runner on 2nd base: The Giants’ Alexander Mortimer advanced the runner Pomerantz to third, and Pomerantz then scored on a passed ball. In the bottom of the 8th, Steele shut down the A’s and a hard-earned, memorable win was done.
The Giants collected 10 hits, including Maya Maxson’s triple to deep center field, and received standout pitching from James Root, Conrad Zirkle and Steele. The A’s rode solid pitching from Sean Miller, Carson Farmer and Reilly.
Red Sox 6, Brewers 5 (7 innings) — The Red Sox won it when Lukas Welter walked, stole 2nd and third and came home on a passed ball. Trey Sasso hit a home run, doubled home the tying run in the 5th and made a game-saving catch of a line drive on the mound off the bat of Dane Migliori to lead the Red Sox. George Graham also stole home for the winners, who withstood a spirited effort from the Brewers, led by Dane Migliori’s two hits, two runs scored and seven strikeouts collected on the mound. Heath Hochanadel hit two RBI singles for the Brew Crew. Connor Grant also tripled for the Brewers.
White Sox 9, Sausalito 0 — Alex Moore smashed a triple and a double and White Sox pitchers Moore, JT Cochrane, Milo Franklin and Dylan Murphy led the way on the mound.
A’s 5, Red Sox 1 — Ryder Weber, Finn Reilly, Sean Miller and Carson Farmer led the way on the mound for the A’s, and Reilly hit a bases-clearing double. The A’s also got key hits from Farmer, Weber, Liam Coyle and Wade Green. For the Red Sox, Brady Kanter and Lukas Welter pitched well, and Trey Sasso tripled and singled. Vaughn Neumann added a double for the Sox.
White Sox 8, Giants 3 — Alex Moore hit the first home run of the Majors season for the White Sox, and Nash Benford added a triple. The Pale Hose received strong pitching from JT Cochrane, Henry Edwards, Dylan Murphy and closer Henry Tuttle.
Yankees 12, Sausalito 1 — Henry Bennett and Ben Spring led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Julian MacColl and Evan Rechner also contributed key hits. Henry Bennett, Alex Radics, and Raymond Cao held the Pirates to two hits while striking out 8 from the mound.
Brewers 13, Tigers 4 —Connor Grant and Dane Migliori each threw two innings for the winners, while Hochanadel added two hits and two RBIs and Hudson Renga went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored, and Migliori had two hits. For the Tigers, Liam Garlick and Asa Abedin each pitched a scoreless inning and picked up a hit. Kai Sold doubled to deep left field.
Rockies 10, TPLL Orioles 2 — Rockies pitchers Griffin Newby and Nolan Ward combined 13 strikeouts in six innings, and Ward added solid defense in a key double play at shortstop for the Rockies. Ari Baker shined at the plate and James Walston hit a bases-loaded double.
Giants 10, TPLL Royals 9 — The Giants drew a walk-off base on balls for the win, while Oliver Churcher had two hits and Adam Mortimer and Max Castellano each hit a double. Castellano, Mortimer, Roberto Santo Domingo and Logan Grant led the way on the mound for the Giants.
Tigers 10, TPLL Royals 5 —Kevin Boswell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Curren Glynn knocked in two and Oliver Watkins smacked a hit for the winners. Glynn also shined with the glove at first base.
Pirates 8, Rockies 0 — Liam Winn, Ciaran McDonnell, Nate Lee and Niki Welter struck out a total of 13 Rockies The Pirates defense was led by Tenzin Man and Nate Lee. Welter doubled and drove in two. For the Rockies, Griffin Newby, James Walston and Sammy Marcus combined to strike out nine.
Giants 7, Diamondbacks 5 — Adam Mortimer drove in a pair, Phineas Waldspurger doubled and the Giants enjoyed solid pitching from Roberto Santo Domingo, Massimo Castellano, Austin Miller and Logan Grant. For the D-Backs, Kevin Thacher picked up two hits and Luke Kneafsy made a standout diving catch.
KC Monarchs 14, Cubs 4 — Jacob DiPippa went 2-for-2, scored three runs and pitched a scoreless inning to lead the Monarchs. Chance Donahue threw two innings of one-run ball, Victoria Rice came on in relief to get out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam, and Rory Murphy doubled and scored twice for the winners. Griffin Jackson scored twice for the winners.
Grays 14, TPLL Rockies 4 —Thomas Gougion, Leo Tenenbown, Fox Faulkner, Jack Lee and Davis Marshall pitched for the Grays, striking out 10 Rockies in four innings. Lee and Marshall had three hits apiece while Brodie Williams, Michael Kievman, Faulkner, Tenenbown and Leyton Radics each had two hits for the Grays.
Royals 12, Orioles 3 — Chance Crawford Thomas pitched two scoreless innings and had two RBIs and teammate Dart Wolff added two hits, including a double, and three RBIs for the Royals.
TPLL Rangers 7, TPLL Reds 6 — Pitcher Thomas Balliet tagged out a base runner at home plate to tend the game. Ronan Dhall, Graham Hermanski, Ryan Dupuis, Balliet and Adrian Harden each had multi hit games, including a home run by Dhall. Jake Peters had 3 hits for the Reds. “
KC Monarchs 8, TPLL Reds 2 — Forrest Slavin hit a two-run inside-the-park home run and was one of six KC Monarchs pitchers who combined to strike out 10 Reds. Gage Gracey smacked two hits and scored two runs, and Victoria Rice added two hits for the winners.
Twins 8, Orioles 1 — Levi Weber went 2-for-2, including a two-run triple, and Evan Woolly shined with the glove for the Twins. For the Orioles, Hudson Wayne pitched two shutout innings.
Grays 12, TPLL Rangers 3 — Davis Marshall threw three scoreless innings and hit an inside-the-park home run as part of a three-hit day, while Jack Lee added three hits and Brodie Williams doubled as part of a two-hit day. Michael Kievman, Graziano Cerchiai and Fox Faulkner also had multiple hits for the Grays. Thomas Bailliet shined for the Rangers at the plate and on the mound.