Coaches in the various Marco Island Cal Ripken baseball divisions turned in game reports. Here are their reports.
Howard Jordan, Marco Braves coach
Marco Braves 20, Estero Red Sox, 9
The Marco Braves lit up the board, scoring 20 runs in their first game off-island. The Braves were scoreless in the first inning, then registered five runs in each of the next four. Oliver Wasem added a home run, his league leading seventh of the season. Josh Jordan went a perfect 5-5 with four runs scored. Logan Fischer connected on his first four plate appearances, to run his hitting streak to nine consecutive at bats. Cameron Foss, Maxito Ruffat and Michael LaCava added three hits each.
Marco Braves 10, Marco Marlins 9
The lead changed hands five times in one of the best played games of the season.
The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead when third baseman Bryce Ehlen doubled home Mark Lopez and Hunter Krohn. The Marlins took the lead 4-2 as Billy McMann and Avorie Anderson led offensively. In the top of the fifth, the Braves Cole Anders belted a home run, his third hit of the day, scoring Cameron Foss and Oliver Wasem. The Braves held off the Marlins who scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to win by a run. Zach Hurdis added a home run and Richard Reisinger punched out three hits for the Marlins.
The Yankees won over the Royals, 7-1, but due to news deadline were not able to give a complete report.
Johnny Angel, Red Sox coach
Red Sox, 13, Cardinals, 6
Saturday’s action in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League pitted the Red Sox against the Cardinals. The Red Sox wasted no time getting on base and Bryson Paul hit a three-run homer to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. The Cardinals answered with two runs. In the second inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases again and scored two more runs to pad their lead, 6-2.
The third inning saw Nico Santimauro slap out a single, followed by Bryson Paul’s double and Marcus Martinez and Harrison Cross both hitting singles as the Red Sox increased their lead to 9-3. The Cardinals staged a rally and scored three runs to tighten the game at 9-6.
In the fourth and final inning, the Red Sox bats were hot again, with Nico Santimauro, Bryson Paul and Hector Martinez all hitting singles as the Red Sox tallied four more runs to make the score 13-6. Congratulations to “player of the game” Bryson Paul, who had four RBIs and scored two more times to lead his team. Thanks to Shane Elliott for running the scoreboard and Linda Henell for submitting photos. Also, thanks to the Martinez family for providing cold team refreshments on a blistering hot day.