The LB Angels scored 6 runs in the 4th to secure their second win of the season. Both teams struggled early with ace pitchers Sean Lee (Angels) and Jonah Cohen (Cubs) on the mound. Jonah Cohen notched 8 strikeouts on the Angels before reaching his pitch limit, while Sean Lee recorded 3 K's before handing the ball over the Franco Correa. Multiple Angels scored doubles in the 4th inning to help secure the victory. With the Angels down two players, Reid Howard from the Minor Mariners answered the call to play along side big brother, Leland. Ian Anderson caught two perfect innings for Sully Townley to finish out the game. In the post game press conference, Ian Anderson was questioned hard about his unconventional move to the catcher position, to which he responded, " Ninety percent of this game is half mental". Go Angels.
On a gorgeous sunny Opening Day for the 2019 Lunada Bay Little League season, the Intermediate Astros claimed the first W of the season with a solid 11-3 victory over the Cubs. The Astros were led by their pitching, as Co-MVPs Stefen Brende, Holt Tyler, and Keegan Smith combined on a 6 inning 4-hitter, striking out 12 Cubs, only allowing 1 earned run and only permitting 20% of the Cubs base runners to score.
On offense, the Astros staked a 4-run lead in the first, with Smith leading off with a single, followed by strong plate discipline from Tyler, Keegan Leslie, Nico Stavrakis, Wes Agnew and Miller Hernandez. The Cubs narrowed the lead to 5-2 in the 3rd after newcomer Antonio Robles ripped a triple into left centerfield, followed by balls put in play by Tanner Grogan, Ellie Correa and Trevor Jones. After tacking on 1 in the 4th, the Astros opened the game up in the 5th, plating their first four batters of the inning: Leslie, Jake Pekarek, Stavrakis and Agnew.
The Cubs on offense were led by Correa, Jonah Cohen, Jones, Maseo Perbix and Michael Masellis, who all reached base twice in the game.
The Astros will be back in action Monday afternoon against the Rolling Hills Astros, while the Cubs will regroup and be ready to rock on Saturday 3/2 against the LB Angels.