Pirates nip Cubs in playoff title contest

Contributed Story Posted 30 June 2018 at 12:10 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Vinny Gray started for the Cubs and Aleks Seefeldt for the Pirates during Thursday’s Minor Division playoff championship game at Somerset which was won by the Pirates.

The Medina Savings and Loan Pirates edged past the Woodroe Realty Cubs 7-6, with a walk-off single in extra innings to win the Medina Loyal Baseball, Minor Division Championship on Thursday evening at Somerset.

Timmy Vasquez singled in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Max Pilon for the winning run.  The Cubs had scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game and force extra innings.

Pirates starting pitcher Aleks Seefeldt threw three innings of one run baseball striking out eight.  Vasquez threw the next three giving up five runs but keeping the Pirates in the game striking out 7.  Sawyer Lilleby came in and pitched one inning, striking out three batters.

On the hitting side for the Pirates, Lathan McEwen-Miller’s lone hit was a timely double to score two runs.  Seefeldt had two hits and scored two runs.  Shane Fearby and Vasquez both had three hits a piece. Pilon put on a hitting clinic going 4-4 with a double and two triples.  He also scored four times.

“Every kid played their hearts out,” said Pirates  Cosch Matt Fearby including Jaden Luxon, Caleb Renko, Devin Fuller and TJ “Champy” Champney.

The Cubs were led by Briely Allen who had three hits, including two doubles and five RBI’s.  Vinny Gray contributed two hits, including a RBI double and scored twice.  Ethan Page also had two hits and he scored twice.  Camden Fike added a single and scored two runs.  Brennan Allen had a single.

Cubs coach, Mike Gray said, “As a coach, this was one of the best games I have been a part of.  Watching these kids play as hard as they did, fighting back, showing great sportsmanship, this is what youth sports should be about.  Just a great baseball game.  I want to thank all of my Cubs players, Cubs parents and Cubs supporters for a fantastic and successful 2018 season.”

Cubs 4, Somerset Yankees 1
The Woodroe Realty Cubs beat the Somerset Yankees 4-1 in the semifinals.

After giving up a lead-off home run to the Yankees, Gray and Fike shut down the Yankees bats, with help by great defensive plays in the field.

Fike led the offensive attack by having three hits, scoring twice and having a RBI. Allen had two hits and a RBI. Gray contributed a RBI single and scored once. Bradley Goyette had a RBI single. Levon Fuller reached base twice, including a single and he scored a run. Owen Sargent, Ethan Page, and River Jones all added singles.