By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
It’s only fitting that Little League’s game of the week end in a bizarre fashion on Tuesday at Cunningham Park. The Angels nearly suffered their second loss on the season only to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat by a thin 14-13 margin over the D-backs.
Angels head coach Brad Reece was relieved that his team pulled out the victory. He complimented his young pitchers and the way the opposition played.
“We pitched three 10-year-old players and at times we couldn’t find the strike zone,” said Reece. “I thought Chris Reece threw well before running out of pitches. Eli Dickens had never pitched but he came on and finished it for us. It’s always good to try and develop some young pitchers.”
The Angels started strong, scoring four times in the first inning. Graham led off with a triple and scored on a single by Chris Reece. Connor Simcox ended the frame by blasting a two-run double.
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the first but couldn’t score. Angels’ starter Chris Reece was outstanding on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fourth.
Tuff Robinson ripped a single and later scored on Wyatt Robinson’s base hit but the Angels would do one better in the bottom half.
Control problems plagued the Angels after Reece left the mound. Numerous walks allowed the D-backs to bounce back and take the lead in the sixth.
The Angels had to rally twice to extend the game.
Graham Reece had a game-tying RBI single in the fifth. His two-out hit in the final inning brought in two runs, one the game winner scored by Hayden Parker.
The game nearly went another extra inning but a dropped ball at the plate allowed the game winner to cross.
Graham Reece led the Angels, going 3-4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored. Simcox was 1-2 with two RBI’s. George Grill went 2-3. Chris Reece, Dickens and Chris Grill provided a hit each.
Tuff Robinson led the D-backs, going 1-1 and scored twice. Wyatt Robinson had the only other hit.
The D-backs got some nice defensive plays from infielders Kaden Blevins and Carson Jennings.
Carter Rhudy made a couple of outstanding catches in the outfield for the D-backs.
“They’re fun to watch,” said Reece about the young D-backs. “They’ve got some really good young players on that squad.”