By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Nearly everything you’ve never seen in a baseball game happened in Little League play this past week in Johnson County. The Marlins remained unbeaten by knocking off the Dodgers on Saturday 21-6 while the Angels took a pair of games, 14-13 over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and 11-1 over the Braves on Saturday.
The Dodgers started strong by scoring four runs in the first inning, only to see the league leading Marlins battle back to tie the score.
Dakota Holt, Nate King, Tanner Marshall and Ezra Howard all had base hits and scored for the Dodgers to put them on top 4-0. That got the “Fish” a little “eel.”
They took advantage of several walks and Zack Parsons’ triple to tie the score at 4-4.
The Dodgers scored twice in the third to go up 6-4, but their lead was short lived. A pair of two-baggers by Parsons, Jordan James and Hank Sauer led to four more runs and an 8-6 advantage.
It was a lead they would never relinquish.
A mammoth fourth and fifth inning produced a baker’s dozen runs over those two frames that blew the game open.
Parsons once again dominated play by going 4-4 with two doubles, a triple and six RBI’s. James added three hits and scored three times. Sauer was 3-4 with two doubles and four RBI’s. Connor Gentry had a base hit and scored twice. Daniel Stout drew four walks and scored four times.
Marshall and Howard had base hits and scored twice for the Dodgers. Holt and King had the other two.
Parsons came on to strike out five of the six batters he faced. Tanner Putnam fanned 10 to pick up the win.
Connor Simcox fired a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters in leading the Haloes past the Braves.
Graham Reece was 1-2 and scored three times to lead the Angels at the plate. Simcox drove in four runs and had the other base hit.
The Angels took advantage of several walks that proved costly for the Braves who had only three players to reach base.