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Johnson County Angels top league leading Marlins 7-3

Zack Parsons slides into home safely for the Marlin
Marlins’ Matthew Moses slides past the tag of Angels’ pitcher Chris ReeceBy Tim Chambers

By Tim Chambers

The late great major league manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “The only angels in Los Angeles are in heaven, and they’re looking down on the Dodgers.”
Some Little League Angels got a piece of baseball’s heaven on Saturday after earning a big 7-3 victory over the Marlins.
Manager Brad Reece rolled the dice in a game that moved them into a first place tie with the “Fish.” He started 9-year-old Chris Reece who pitched outstanding and closed the game with 10-year-old Connor Simcox. This after learning that one of his top players would not be in uniform for the game.
“Chris pitched outstanding and so did Connor,” said Reece. “And what can you say about the play that Mason (Bragg) made at shortstop? I thought we hit the ball well and our defense was solid the whole game. We had a lot of kids play well today. This was a good win for us.”
Reece was referring to the second inning when talking about Bragg’s web gem.
Seth Condor led off with a double followed by a pair of walks that loaded the bases. Donnie Curd then lined a ball at Bragg who made a dazzling catch and doubled off both base runners to complete the triple play.
“That was a backbreaker,” said Marlins’ manager Gary Woodard. “I didn’t feel like we played well today and they did. We’ll play them again in a few weeks and that could be for the championship. It just wasn’t our day or meant to be. We made a lot of mistakes.”
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Matthew Moses walked, then later scored on a wild pitch, but the Angels would counter with a pair.
Trey Snyder ripped an inside-the-park home run after Asa Lewis had started the game with a single.
Zack Parsons came on to relieve Condor to start the second inning and was dominant up until the fifth frame. That’s when he exceeded his total pitch count after back-to-back doubles by Lewis and Snyder.
Moses came on in relief, hoping to put out the fire, but instead got greeted rather rudely.
Simcox would hammer the first pitch into left field for a two-run single, putting the Angels in front 4-1. They added another pair of runs in the sixth frame.
Chris Reece singled, then later came home on a wild pitch.  Lewis would walk and score.
Reece pitched four strong innings before giving way to Simcox in the fifth. The Marlins would touch him for only one hit and two runs.
John Stout’s two-run homer over the right centerfield fence would pull the Marlins closer at 7-3. But the Angels would get the next batter on a fly ball out to end the game.
Chris Reece led the way, going 3-for-3 in addition to picking up the win. Graham Reece was 3-for-3 and played a great defensive game behind the plate. Lewis was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Simcox was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Parsons had a pair of hits to lead the Marlins. Conder and Stout went 1-for-1 apiece. Anthony Woodard had a pair of good defensive plays at shortstop.
Both teams are now 7-2 on the season.