Photo by Toby Gullion
SALEM - The Little League season opened last night.
In Minors play, the Marion County Savings Bank A's earned a 5-1 win over the Americana Tigers. Mason Jones allowed 0 hits and struck out 11 in 3.2 to earn the win, Luke Young struck out 3 in the final 1.1 for the save. At the plate, the A's got a 2 run single from Young, Keaton Gullion added a single, walk, stolen base and run. Trent Dempsey, Ethan Crouse and Noah Slater drove in runs for the A's. The Tigers got a walk and run from Kaden James. Josh Powless drove in their lone run and Rhett Runge had the other Tigers hit.
The Elks Rockies came back to beat the Hunter Law Yankees 5-4. Down 4-0 early, the Rockies scored 5 times in the fourth. Deytn Parker and Kameron Wilkens each had 2 run hits and Aaron Ritchey and Heydin Purcell drove home runs while Gavin Decker singled and scored as well as earning the win in relief. The Yankees got RBI's from Gavin Zimmerman, Rhett Detering, Silas Moats and Zack Tyler. Gavin Zimmerman threw very well in the no decision for the Yankees.
The Squibb Tank Royals routed the Kert Martin Cardinals 15-3. Wade Voeklel was the winning pitcher. At the plate for the Royals, Coen West, Austin See and Wade Voelkel each had RBI's, Brenan Lux added 2 RBI on 2 hits and Colby Bursott also singled. Kyle Malone scored along with Braden Rector, Cody Beard and Shaun East. Jon Bursott scored 3 times. In the loss, Jairen Stroud had an RBI triple, Kaiden Byars singled and Nathan Pualson scored along with Caleb Smith and Chandler Sills.
The Modern Woodman Marlins nipped the Edward Jones Reds 10-8. Aden Bass earned the win and had 3 hits, Noah Nix, Wes Spenner and Athony Wilburn each added 2. For the Reds, Max McIntosh had 2 hits, Owen Landreth and Carter Moore also had a hit.
In Junior play, Wayne Stevens Construction nipped Chico's 5-3. Bryson Landreth tossed 6 strong innings allowing just 1 hit and struck out 12 to get the win. Andrew Lybarger worked the final inning for the save. Sebatsian Cougar, Lybarger, Brennon Nix, Landreth and Cotter Hiestand all had a hit. Chase Dodson worked 3 innings for Chico's. Isaac Adams and Brighton Lucas combined to pitch the other 3 innings.
In coach pitch play, the Shamrock A's knocked off the Salem Bowl Marlins 10-7 scoring 7 times in the fourth inning to help them to the win. Lucas Hodge, Reece Boyd and Jeremiah Haynes each had 3 hits for the A's. Silas Lux had 3 hits for the Marlins.
The Salem IGA Yankees defeated the Boulder Giants 8-0. Payton and Avery Gullion combined for 6 hits and scored 4 runs.