East Carolina Amateur Baseball League

Game Summaries

Summaries of all ECABL games will be posted each week following the games. Managers are encouraged to submit information in great detail, along with photos, so that more extensive summaries can be posted.

Week 15

Pirates slug Yankees, finish third in regular-season standings

Alex Vizcarrondo pitched a complete game and Dom Totten hit a two-run homer to lead the Pirates to a 9-6 win over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

Vizcarrondo struck out two over seven innings. Neil Coeffield also hit a two-run homer for the Pirates.

Micah Caroon and Ryan Foreman each hit home runs for the Yankees. Caroon was 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. Foreman was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Teddy Cardenas was 2-for-3 and Alex Bogdanoff was 2-for-4.

Noah Caroon took the loss for the Yankees. He pitched four innings, gave up six hits, four walks and seven runs, but only three of them were earned. Cardenas pitched three innings, gave up four hits and two runs.

The Pirates finish the season at 9-6 and take third place in the regular-season standings. They will host the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the post-season tournament at Kafer Park. The Yankees finish at 8-7 and take fourth place in the standings. They will host the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros shutout Cubs, take first place in ECABL standings

Three Red Stros pitchers combined to shutout the Cubs, 5-0, Sunday, helping the Red Stros take first place in the regular-season standings.

The Red Stros took a 1-0 lead in the first. The Cubs put runners on base in the first three innings, but two rally-killing double-plays ended the threats.

The Red Stros make it 3-0 in the third when Jacob Fink walked and Michael Pacacha hit a two-run homer.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth but left all three on base to end the inning.

Chris Perry led off the seventh with a single to right-center. Dan Ventry reached on an infield single before Alarie Elks hit a line drive to right field to score Perry. Elks scored on a fielder's choice by Fink to make it 5-0.

Joe Edreira started and pitched three innings, and Pacacha and Gabriel Brown each pitched two in relief.

Pacacha led the Red Stros offense going 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and three RBI. Mike Zier was 2-for-4, Jacob Fink was 1-for-3, Chris Perry was 3-for-3 and Elks was 1-for-3.

Sam Ward pitched a complete game for the Cubs.

The Red Stros finish the regular season at 12-3 and have a first-round bye in the post-season tournament, which begins Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Cubs finish the season 1-14 and will play the Pirates at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park in the first round of the tournament.

3 Orioles hit 2 run bombs, finish second in standings

Brock Rouse, Sam Lee and Parker Mills each hit two-run homers to power the Orioles to a 14-9 win over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

Kevin Vanzandt started for the Orioles. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs and striking out three. J.P. Whitford pitched the fifth inning, Randy Mason pitched one-third of the sixth inning before being relieved by Whitford, who pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.

Rouse and Lee each went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI. Mills was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, and Anthony Sireci was 3-for-4. Randy Mason and Whitford were 2-for-4, and Brandon Cherry was 2-for-3,

Kevin Vanzandt started on the mound for the Orioles. He pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 3. J.P. Whitford pitched the 5th inning. Randy Mason pitched 1/3 of the 6th inning giving up 5 runs before being relieved by J.P. Whitford who finished the game.

Kyle Dupas and Sean Garbarino each went 2-for-4 with a double and a single to lead the Braves' offense. Michael Gleason 1-for-2, Gage Spires went 1-for-3 with a double. Adam Amerson hit a double. John Peterson drove in two runs with a single.

Gleason started for the Braves and gave up six runs in two innings. Alberto Sosa pitched two innings and gave up four runs and Patrick Pipkin pitched three innings and gave up five runs.

The Orioles finish the regular season at 11-4, one game behind the Red Stros in the standings. The Orioles have a first-round bye in the post-season tournament. The Braves finish 4-11 and take fifth place. They will play the Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the post-season tournament.

Week 14

Orioles run past Pirates, keep pace with Red Stros

The Orioles used 11 stolen bases and stole home twice when the Pirates were distracted, running to an 11-2 win Sunday at Kafer Park.

Parker Milled pitched a complete game for the Orioles, striking out seven and giving up the Pirates' only two runs in the seventh inning.

Mills was 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and four stolen bases. Anthony Sireci was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one stolen base. J.P. Whitford was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Randy Mason, Brandon Cherry, Josh Edwards and Brock Rouse were each 1-for-3. Sam Lee was 1-for-4. Both Rouse and Lee stole home.

Ben Meinjohans started for the Pirates and took the loss. He gave up seven runs, striking out eight and walking four in four innings.

Dan Thompson pitched three innings, striking out three. Alex Vizcarrondo drive in the Pirates two runs with a single in the seventh.

The Orioles, 10-4, host the Braves at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Pirates, 8-6, visit the Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The win assures the Orioles of at least second place in the regular season standings. They are one game behind the Red Stros with one game remaining in the season.

The Pirates are tied with the Yankees for third place. They are two games behind the second-place Orioles.

Holy cow, Cubs win

Bill Little pitched a complete game and the Cubs feasted on Braves pitching, giving the Cubs their first win of the season, 19-6, over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

Little gave up only seven hits and struck out nine Braves.

The Cubs scored two runs in the first inning off starter Doug Amerson. They chased Amerson in the second, scoring five quick runs with no outs. Patrick Pipkin relieved Amerson and the Cubs scored five more runs in the inning, taking an 12-1 lead.

Pipkin pitched three more innings and gave up another four runs. He was relieved by John Peterson, who gave up three runs. Mike Gleason pitched the final inning and gave up one run.

The Braves scored one in the first inning. one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Gage Spires went 2-for-4 with a double and a single, and Sean Garbarino went 2-for-3 with a double, a single and a walk.

Geoffrey Weston went 3-for-4, William Scott went 2-for-5, Tyrone Robertson went 2-for-4. Sam Ward was 3-for-5, Steve Billings went 3-for-3 with three singles and three runs scored, and Bruce VanApeldoorn went 2-for-4 with a double, a single, two walks and a run scored.

The Cubs, 1-13, host the Red Stros at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves 4-10, visit the Orioles at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pacacha helps Red Stros stay in first with win over Yankees

Red Stros hold one game lead on Orioles with one game left on schedule

Michael Pacacha drove in four runs and the Red Stros overcame a three-run homer by Ryan Foreman as the Red Stros beat the Yankees, 10-6, Sunday to remain in first place.

The Red Stros scored three runs in the first inning on Pacacha's solo homer, singles by Mike Zier and Chris Perry, a walk by Jayson Melendez and a fielder's choice by Dom Byrne.

The Yankees tied the score at 3 in the bottom of the first inning on Foreman's three-run homer.

The Yankees took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning and held the lead until the sixth inning when Pacacha drove in Neil Coffield and Jacob Fink with a double.

The Red Stros padded the lead in the seventh. Melendez lead off with a single, Byrnes walked and Dan Gentry, Coffield, Alarie Elks and Fink hit consecutive singles.

The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't mount the comeback.

Fink was 2-for-4 with two singles. Coffield and Elks was 1-for-3. Pacacha was 2-for-5, Zier was 3-for-4, Melendez was 1-for-3, Perry was 1-for-4 and Ventry was 1-for-4.

Pacacha started and pitched two innings. Zier pitched two innings and Elks pitch 2 2/3 innings. Melendez got the final out.

Teddy Cardenas a complete game for the Yankees.

The Yankees, 8-6, host the Pirates at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Red Stros, 11-3, visit the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Red Stros remain one game ahead of the Orioles with one game remaining in the regular season.

The Yankees are tied with the Pirates for third place. They are two games behind the second-place Orioles with one game remaining.

Week 13

Whitford's slam, 7 RBI leads Orioles over Cubs

J.P. Whitford hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs to lead the Orioles past the Cubs, 24-6 Sunday at Kafer Park.

Josh Edwards started on the mound for the Orioles and picked up the win. He tossed four innings, giving up four runs while striking out six. Ricky Henries pitched the fifth inning in relief.

Starting pitcher Will Scott took the loss for the Cubs. He pitched three innings before being relieved by Geoffrey Weston and then Sam Ward, each tossing an inning.

Whitford went 3-for-3 with a grand slam, a walk and seven RBI to lead the Orioles offense. Parker Mills went 4-for-5 with a double, three singles a stolen base and six RBI. Anthony Sireci went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double and three singles. He drove in three runs and had three stolen bases. Keven Vanzandt went 3-for-3, Brock Rouse and Sam Lee each went 3-for-4, and Matt Weaver went 1-for-1 with a double, four walks and two stolen bases.

Bill Little led the Cubs offense, going 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double and a single. Ward went 1-for-1 with a walk. Will Scott went 1-for-3, Steve Billings went 2-for-3 with a double, Tyrone Robinson went 1-for-1 with a walk. Weston David Hackney and Bruce Van Apeldoorn each went 1-for-3.

The Orioles, 9-4, visit the Pirates at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Cubs, 0-13, visit the Braves at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Byrnes homers, Melendez pitches Red Stros to win

Dom Byrnes hit a homer for the second consecutive game to lead the Red Stros to a 5-3 win over the Pirates Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Pirates threatened in the first but left three runners on base.

The Red Stros took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, with Michael Pacacha driving in a run with a double and Gabriel Brown driving in Pacacha with a single.

The Pirates answer with a run in the bottom of the third inning on singles by Michael Valentin and Dom Totten.

The Red Stros added two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 4-1. Byrnes his a solo home run and Kade Ciraulo had an RBI-double.

After the Red Stros added a run in the fifth, the Pirates mounted a comeback. Three Pirates were hit by pitches to load the bases and Alex Vizcarrondo drove in two runs with a single to bring the Pirates to within two, 5-3.

Pacacha was 2-for-3 with a double, single, a walk and two runs. Jayson Melendez was 1-for-2 with a single and two walks. Chris Perry was 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs scored. Jacob Fin was 1-for-4 with a single.

Melendez picked up the win, pitching six innings and giving up three runs. Brown pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

The Red Stros, 10-3, remain in first place. They will visit the Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Pirates, 8-5, fall to third place. They host the Orioles at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Braves hold off Yankees' comeback

Adam Amerson hit a home run, and the Braves held off a late rally to win, 11-8, over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Yankees scored a run in each of the first two innings off Braves starter Doug Amerson.

The Braves' offense did most of its damage in the fourth inning, scoring four runs -- three with two outs -- to take a 6-4 lead.

The Braves took an 11-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Yankees scored three runs and had runners on base before the Braves ended the rally by throwing a runner out at third.

Ryan Foreman took the loss for the Yankees. He pitched five innings, gave up 10 hits, walked five and gave up all 11 runs. Teddy Cardenas pitched two shutout innings in relief.

Adam Amerson went 2-for-2 with a home run and a double. Sean Garbarino and Kyle Dupas each went 2-for-3. Brandon Bowden went 1-for-2 with a bases-loaded double. Doug Amerson, Alberto Sosa and Gage Spires each had singles.

Patrick Pipkin pitched five innings of relief and picked up the win.

Curtis Hall went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Micah Caroon went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Foreman and Rusty Nobles each went 1-for-2. Alex Bogdanoff, Cardenas, Noah Caroon and Mason Head each went 1-for-3. Chris Griffin went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

The Yankees, 8-5 fall into a third-place tie with the Pirates. They host the Red Stros at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves, 4-9, host the Cubs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 12

Mills, Cherry and Mason use long ball to beat first-place Red Stros, 12-8, at Kafer

Parker Mills, Brandon Cherry and Randy Mason each hit solo home runs to lead the Orioles over the first-place Red Stros, 12-8.

The Red Stros went up early and held a 7-2 lead going into the third inning, but the Orioles gnawed away at the lead and made it 7-5 going into the fifth inning.

The Orioles lead 10-8 after six innings and added two more runs in the seventh.

Mills pitched a complete game, giving up eight runs while striking out 10 for the Orioles.

For the Red Stros, Dom Burnes was 1-for-3 with a first-inning, three-run homer. Jacob Fink went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored. Mike Zier was 1-for-2 with an RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Jayson Melendez was 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs scored. Michael Pacacha was 1-for-2 with a single, a run scored and a hit by pitch.

Austin Benson pitched four innings, giving up five while striking out two. Melendez pitched two innings, giving up five runs while striking out four. Kirk Williams pitched the final inning and surrendered two runs.

The Orioles beat the first-place Red Stros, 12-8, using three home runs to power the offense.

Mason was 4-for-4 with the home run and two RBI. Mills went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Cherry was 1-for-3. Brock Rouse was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a hit by pitch. Sam Lee was 2-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI. J.P. Whitford was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Austin Zehr was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

The Orioles, 8-4, host the Cubs at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. The Red Stros, 9-3, remain in first place despite the loss. They will visit the Pirates at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. There are no games on the schedule next week in observance of Labor Day.

The Pirates defeated the Braves for the third time this season.

Scott, Totten each hit three-run homers in Pirates' 13-10 win over Braves

Bill Scott and Dom Totten each hit three-run homers and Jaren Vizcarrondo went 3-for-4 and drove in a run to lead the Pirates to a 13-10 win over the Braves.

Scott and Totten both went 3-for-3 with a homer, double, single and a walk.

The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first on three walks and three hits, but the Pirates answered with six runs int he bottom of the first on three walks and four hits -- capped off by Scott's three-run homer.

The Braves added four in the third inning, taking a 9-7 lead, but the Pirates added six runs in their half of the inning, taking the lead 13-9. The Braves added a run in the sixth inning to make it 13-10.

Lawrence Davidson was the starting pitcher for the Pirates, giving up five runs while striking out one. Totten came on in relief, and kept the Braves from mounting a comeback.

Roberto Sosa went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk and a stolen base.

The Pirates are 3-0 against the Braves this season. The first two meetings were walk-off, come-from-behind wins by the Pirates.

The Pirates, 8-4, host the Red Stros at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. The Braves, 3-9, visit the Yankees at 7 p.m. on Sept 13. There are no games on the schedule next week in observance of Labor Day.

Cubs fall short with seventh-inning rally, Yankees win, 11-8

A big first inning and Cubs' rally falling short helped the Yankees to an 11-8 win over the Cubs Sunday at Kafer Park.

Teddy Cardenas pitched a complete game, giving up seven earned runs on 13 hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

The Cubs scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came up just short with a soft line out to end the game with the tying run on first base.

Ryan Foreman went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Cardenas went 1-for-3 with two RBI.


For the Cubs, Dalton O'Neal went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Malyck Dukes went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Victor Melendez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. David Hackney went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

The Yankees, 8-4, host the Braves at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. The Cubs, 0-12, visit the Orioles at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. There are no games on the schedule next week in observance of Labor Day.

Week 11

Pitching, defense lead Orioles to 6-0 shutout over Yankees

Three Orioles pitchers held the Yankees to two hits, and two diving defensive stops helped the Orioles to a 6-0 win over the Yankees Sunday at Kafer Park.

Randy Mason got his first start for the Orioles but ran into trouble in the second inning, loading the bases with one out. J.P Whitford relieved Mason and got out the jam unscathed. Whitford went on to pitch four more scoreless innings before giving way in the seventh inning to Parker Mills.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Matt Weaver doubled to open the inning and scored on an error. The Orioles added five more runs in the sixth inning on four walks, two errors and a single by Brandon Cherry.

Weaver and Sam Lee each recorded diving catches in the outfield that prevented the Yankees from scoring.

Weaver went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk, Mills went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Lee went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Cherry and Ricky Henries each went 1-for-3.

Rusty Nobles went 2-for-3 with two singles to lead the Yankees offense. Ryan Foreman went 0-for-1 with two walks. The Yankees reached base six times on walks and once with a hit by pitch, but they weren't able to put any runs on the scoreboard.

Randy Mason started on the mound for the Orioles in his first career start. Randy came out in the 2nd inning with bases loaded and 1 out. Pitcher J.P. Whitford got the Orioles of the jam unscathed and pitched an additional 4 shut out innings. Parker Mills finished the last inning in relief. The Orioles were led by 2 defensive diving catches from Matt Weaver and Sam Lee that would have scored runs for the Yankees.

The Orioles ended a two-game losing streak and improve to 7-4 on the season. They will visit the Red Stros at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Yankees are in the midst of a three- game losing streak and have fallen to 7-4. They will visit the Cubs at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Brown's two homers, Melendez's slam power Red Stros to 22-9 win over Braves

Gabriel Brown drove in six runs with two, three-run homers and Jayson Melendez hit a grand slam as the Red Stros won a high-scoring game, 22-9, over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top. Alberto Sosa reached on and error and Brandon Bowden and Sean Garbarino each singled.

The Red Stros made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back, two-out singles by Brown and Melendez.

The Red Stros tied the score in the second on singles by Michael Paccaha and Mike Zier.

The Braves took a 4-2 lead in the third. Gage Spires reached on an error and stole two bases. Sosa singled to score Spires. Garbarino walked and Sosa scored on a single by Kyle Dupas.

The Red Stros bats took over, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the third, four runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and six in the sixth inning.

Brown was 4-for-4 with two home runs and two singles. Melendez was 2-for-2 with a homer run, a single and two walks. Paccaha was 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and three runs scored, and Jacob Fink was 2-for-3 with two singles and three runs scored. Kirk Williams was 1-for-2 and Chris Perry and Kade Ciraulo each were 1-for-3.

For the Braves, Soas was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Garbarino and Bowden were 1-for-2 with a walk, and Dupas was 2-for-3 with two singles.

Melendez pitched five innings, giving up seven runs while striking out six. Brown pitched one inning in relief, giving up to runs.

Jeffrey Small, Patrick Pipkin, and Doug Amerson pitched for the Braves.

The Red Stros maintain their hold on first place and are now 9-2. They host the Orioles at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves, 3-8, visit the Pirates at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates win, 4-3, with walk-off, bases-loaded walk over Cubs

The Pirates scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and beat the Cubs, 4-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Cubs, winless on the season, took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning. The Pirates scored one in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Pirates tied the game before winning on a bases loaded walk to end the game.

The Pirates, 7-4, remain tied with the Yankees and Orioles for second place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings. They will host the Braves at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-11, will host the Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 10

Doug Amerson dropped down a bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the winning run as the Braves beat the Orioles, 4-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Amerson's sacrifice leads to Braves win over Orioles

A sacrifice bunt by Doug Amerson in the bottom of the seventh helped the Braves top the Orioles, 4-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Sean Garbarino paced the Braves offense, going 2-for-3. Amerson went 1-for-2 on the day. Jeffery Small pitched five innings and gave up three runs before giving way to Patrick Pipkin, who picked up the win for the Braves with two shutout innings of relief.

Josh Edwards, who got his first start for the Orioles, pitched six innings before being relieved by Parker Mills, who finished the game.

Randy Mason went 3-for-3, J.P. Whitford went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, Park Mills went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and an RBI, Brandon Cherry went 2-for3 with a stolen base, Sahlton O'Neal went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, Jarrett O'Neal went 2-for-3 with a double, Sam Lee went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases, Ricky Henries went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The Orioles out hit the Braves but stranded nine runners.

The Braves, 3-7, will visit the Red Stros at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Orioles, after climbing back up the standings, fall to 6-4 on the season. They host the Yankees at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros break out bats in the fifth inning on way to 19-3 win over Cubs

Jason Melendez hit two home runs and drove in six runs to lead the Red Stros over the Cubs, 19-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Red Stros got off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning powered by Jayson Melendez's three-run double.

The Cubs fought back and added a run in the third inning and two more in the fourth on a two-run homer by William Little to help the Cubs to within four, 7-3.

The Red Stros added two more in the bottom of the fourth before the bats came to live in the fifth. Joe Edreira was hit by a pitch before Neil Coffield drove him in off a hard line drive to left-center. Chris Perry followed with a single before Kirk Williams' sac fly to score Coffield. Kade Ciraulo and Jacob Fink walked before Gabriel Brown hit a three-run homer to left field. Mike Zier hit a double to deep right center before Melendez hit his second homer of the day. Michael Pacacha hit the fence in deep left center for a double and Austin Benson followed with a home run to left-center.

Pacacha started for the Red Stros and pitched two innings before giving way to Benson, who pitched three innings. Edreira pitched the final two innings.

Melendez was 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and six RBI. Trey Elks was 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored.

The win keeps the Red Stros, 8-2, in first place. They will host the Braves at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-10, will visit the Pirates at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Ireland's 5-for-5 day leads Pirates past Yankees, 19 -11

Tom Ireland went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs to lead the Pirates over the Yankees, 19-11, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Lawrence Davidson started and pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out one. Ireland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.

Derek Jason went 4-for-5 with a stolen base for the Pirates.

The Yankees had at least one pitcher. He likely had a strikeout or two and maybe a few walks. Leading the offense was someone with a couple of hits. Someone else also had a couple of hits. And yet someone else probably struck out in a crucial time of the game.

The Yankees, 7-3, fall to second place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings. They visit the Orioles at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Pirates, 6-4 and in a second place tie with the Orioles, host the Cubs at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 9

Zier's walk-off grand slam helps Red Stros move into first-place tie

Melendez clubs two homers to keep Red Stros within striking distance

Mike Zier hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to power the Red Stros past the Yankees, 7-3, Sunday.

With the scored tied, 3-3, Trey Elks and Jacob Fink led off the bottom of the eighth inning with walks. Gabriel brown was intentionally walked to load the bases before Zier ended the game with a grand slam.

Jayson Melendez lead the Red Stros offense, going 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo homer in the fourth.

Melendez started the game and pitched four innings, giving up three runs. Alarie Elks and Gabriel Brown each tossed two innings of relief. Brown picked up the win.

The win moves the Red Stros into a first-place tie with the Yankees.

Mike Zier hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Red Stros a 7-3 win over the Yankees.

Fink had a single, a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Michael Pacacha, Dom Byrnes, Austin Benson, and Dan Ventry each singled.

The Red Stros, 7-2 host the Cubs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Yankees, 7-2, host the Pirates at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Mills tosses complete game, defense holds Pirates at bay in Orioles win

Orioles stop skid, move back into second place with win as Pirates drop second game of the weekend and fall into third

Parker Mills pitched a complete game and the Orioles's defense threw out two runners at the plate on their way to a 9-3 win over the Pirates Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Orioles capitalized on walks and timely base hits to take a 7-0 lead in the first inning.

The Pirates score all three of their runs in the second inning on a couple of walks and four singles by Dom Totten, Danny Thompson, Tomas Hernandez and Nick Hunter.

The Orioles' defense stopped a fourth-inning comeback when left fielder Sam Lee and right fielder Randy Mason each threw out runners at the plate trying to score. Catcher Brock Rouse also gunned down a runner trying to advance to third.

The Orioles' offense was led by Austin Zehr who went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, a stolen base and an RBI. J.P. Whitford went 2-for-3 with a single, a double and an RBI.

For the Orioles, Matt Weaver went 1-for-3 with a walk, Brandon Cherry went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Rouse went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Sam Lee went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Sam Lee, left, and Randy Mason, right, threw out runners at the plate in the Orioles win.

Randy Mason went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Jaren Vizcarrondo went 1-for-3 with a double, and Derek Jason went 1-for1 with a double for the Pirates.



The Orioles, 6-3 after two weekend wins, visit the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Pirates, 5-4, visit the Yankees at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Peterson, Small combine to defeat Cubs, 5-3

John Peterson and Jeffrey Small combined to hold the Cubs to three runs as the Braves topped the Cubs, 5-3, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Braves, 2-7, host the Orioles at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-9, visit the Red Stros at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Week 8: 8.8.2020

Caroon's sixth-inning smash keeps Yankees in first place in ECABL

Micah Caroon hit a three-run homer and Teddy Cardenas tossed a complete game to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Braves Saturday at Kafer Park.

The game turned on the first 15 pitches of the sixth inning. Zach Bennett worked a 10-pitch at-bat before lining a single to right field, and Curtis Hall walked on four pitches. Caroon then jumped on the first pitch he saw, bouncing it off the police station to put the Yankees up 4-1.

Bennett who went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and three runs scored. Caroon went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI.

Quentin Montemanano made three great plays in left field, sliding catches to make two outs and throwing a runner out from the fence on what would've been a double.

Cardenas earned the win, pitching a complete game on 69 pitches. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs.

For the Braves, Sean Garbarino went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Doug Amerson went 1-for-3 with a single, a sacrifice fly and two RBI.

Amerson started the game and gave up a run on three hits in two innings. He struck out one. Jeffrey Small pitched four innings and gave up five runs. He struck out four and walked three. Patrick Pipkin pitched the final inning, giving up one run.

The Yankees, 7-1, visit the Red Stros at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves, 1-7, host the Cubs at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

O'Neal's first-inning grand slam powers Orioles to win over Cubs

J.P. Whitford had a shutout going into the final inning and Dahlton O'Neal hit a grand slam in the first inning to power the Orioles to an 11-2 win over the Cubs Saturday at Kafer Park.

The Orioles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on O'Neal's grand slam. They added runs in each of the next five innings.

Whitford gave up two runs and two walks while striking out eight.

O'Neal went 1-for-3 with a walk, a homer and four RBI. Anthony Sireci went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Randy Mason went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. Josh Edwards went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Kevin Vanzandt went 1-for-2 with two walks, Glen Weatherly went 1-for-3 with a walk. Jarrett O'Neal drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies.

The Orioles, 5-3, host the Pirates at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-8, visit the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Big first inning puts Red Stros in second place

The Red Stros capitalized on walks and a three- run homer by Chris Perry to score all eight of their runs in the first inning on their way to beating the Pirates 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Kafer Park.

The Pirates came back with three runs in the fourth inning, but could not catch Red Stros, which now hold second place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings.

Joe Edreira started and pitched four innings while picking up the win for the Red Stros. Neil Coffield, Jayson Melendez and Gabriel Brown all pitched in relief.

Mike Zier went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Michael Pacacha went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Coffield went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

Jaren Vizcarrondo went 2-for-4 with a double. Zander Vizcarrondo went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and a walk. Tomas Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored.

The Red Stros, 6-2, host the Yankees at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Pirates, 5-3, visit the Orioles at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Week 7: 7.26.2020

The Red Stros used the long ball and consistent pitching to top the Orioles, 12-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Zier, Brown, Melendez homer to help Red Stros crush Orioles, 12-1

Mike Zier, Gabriel Brown and Jayson Melendez each homered to lead the Red Stros past the Orioles, 12-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Red Stros jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, capped by Melendez' three-run homer. The Red Stros scored five in the second inning. one in the fourth on Brown's solo home run, one in the sixth on Zier's solo homer and one in the seventh.

Jacob fink was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, Michael Pacacha was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Dom Byrnes was 2-for-4 with two singles, Kirk Williams was 2-for-4 with two singles and Kade Ciraulo was 1-for-4 with a double.

Brown pitched three innings,Williams pitched two innings, and Melendez and Dom Byrnes each tossed an inning for the Red Stros.

Kevin Vanzandt started and pitched four innings for the Orioles. Josh Edwards pitched the final three innings.

Austin Zehr led the Orioles offense, going 3-for-3. J.P. Whitford had the lone RBI for the Orioles.

The Red Stros, 5-2, visit the Pirates at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Orioles, 4-3, visit the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Big third inning propels Yankees to 10-7 win over Cubs

Ryan Foreman drove in four runs and pitched a complete game to lead the Yankees to a 10-7 win over the Cubs Sunday at Kafer Park.

With the win, the Yankees remain in first place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings.

The Cubs made a game of it in the sixth inning by scoring four runs to close the gap to one run at 8-7, but the Yankees got two insurance runs in the seventh to win their sixth game in row.

Foreman went 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored. Noah Caroon set the table for the Yankees, getting on base five times. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch while scoring three runs.

Foreman pitched a complete game, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking one.

For the Cubs, Matt Wilson went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Malyck Dukes went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The Yankees, 6-1, visit the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-7, host the Orioles at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Pirates beat Braves again with comeback in final inning

The Pirates scored two in the seventh to edge the Braves, 8-7 for their second come-from-behind win over the Braves this season.

Ben Meinjohans pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two, to pick up the win. Tom Ireland pitched 4 2/3 innings to start the game, striking out five. He was relieved by Alex Vizcarrondo, who pitched 1 1/3 innings and struck out two.

Meinjohans led the offence, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Patrick Pipkin pitched a complete game for the Braves.

The Pirates came from behind again against the Braves to win by the exact same score as the first meeting on June 27. In that game, Lemuel Vizcarrondo's gap hit capped off a three-run rally for the walk-off win.

"Darn Pirates did it to us again," Braves Manager Doug Amerson said in a text probably not meant for publication. "Beat us in the seventh down by two runs and got three quick hits to win, 8-7."

The Pirates, 5-2, are now in a second place tie with the Red Stros. That tie will last only a week as the Pirates host the Red Stros at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves host the first-place Yankees at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 6: 7.19.2020

Yankees move into first place with 4-3 comeback win over Orioles

The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat the Orioles, 4-3, Sunday and complete their third consecutive come-from-behind win and move into sole possession of first place.

Ryan Foreman went 3-for-3 with a double, two singles and two RBI to lead the Yankees offense. Jack Wu, Quentin Montemanano, Teddy Cardenas and Chris Griffin each went 1-for-2.

Cardenas picked up the win, tossing all seven innings while giving up five hits and three earned runs. He struck out two and walked one.

Parker Mills pitched six five scoreless innings before giving up four runs in the sixth on a couple of walks, a hit by pitch, a bunt, and a gap hit.

With the win, the Yankees, 5-1, take over first place, a game ahead of the Orioles, Red Stros and Pirates, which are in a three-way tie for second place. The Yankees visit the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Orioles, 4-2, host the Red Stros at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Vizcarrondo clubs two homers to lead Pirates over Cubs

Xander Vizcarrondo clubbed two home runs and Dom Totten pitched three innings as the Pirates stayed in second place with an 8-2 win over the Cubs.

Tom Ireland drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, which moved into a second place tie with the Red Stros and the loser of the nightcap game between the Yankees and the Orioles.

Lawrence Davidson pitched the final three one-third innings to pick up the save.

The Pirates, 4-2, visit the Braves at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-6, host the Yankees at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros quite Braves bats, win 6-1

Red Stros pitching held the Braves offense to one run and Jayson Melendez went 2-for-3 to lead the Red Stros over the Braves, 6-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Melendez had a double and a single and pitched three innings, giving up one run. Kirk Williams and Austin Benson each pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Jacob Fink went 0-for-1 but reached base three times on two walks and a hit by pitch. Michael Pacacha went 1-for-4 with a single, Mike Zier went 1-for-2 with a single and a hit by pitch and a run scored. Neil Coffield went 1-for-3 with a single. Williams went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored. Benson went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.

Alberto Sosa went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk for the Braves. Sosa scored the Braves only run. John Peterson went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk. Jesse Small went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.

The Red Stros, 4-2, visit the Orioles at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Braves, 1-5, host the Pirates at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 5: 7.12.2020

Whitford, Mills lead Orioles over Braves, 7-2

J.P. Whitford gave up one run in four innings and Parker Mills went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Orioles to a 7-2 win over the Braves Sunday at Kafer Park.

Mills pitched three innings of relief, giving up one run.

Sam Lee, Brock Rouse and Randy Mason also went 2-for-4 on the day. Brandon Cherry had two RBIs.

The Orioles, 4-1, visit the Yankees at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park The winner of the game will have sole possession of first place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings. The Braves, 1-4, visit the Red Stros at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Red Stros pitching stifle Cubs offense in 11-1 win

Kirk Williams held the Cubs to one run over three innings, and two relievers tossed scoreless innings as the Red Stros topped the Cubs, 11-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

Neil Coffield went 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored to lead the Red Stros offense. Jacob Fink went 2-for-4 with a double and a single. Michael Paccacha, Dan Ventry, Trey Elks, Joe Edreira, Joshua Welbacher, Alarie Elks, Kade Ciraulo and Williams each had singles.

Williams picked up the win. Edreira and Alarie Elks pitched two shutout innings each to close the game.

Tyrone Robertson went 1-for-3 for the Cubs. Geoffrey Weston scored the Cubs only run.

The Red Stros, 3-2, host the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-5, host the Pirates at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Yankees top Pirates, 3-2

Ben Meinjohans struck out 10 Yankees, but costly errors hurt the Pirates as they fell to the Yankees, 3-2, Sunday at Kafer Park

The Yankees, 4-1, host the Orioles at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The winner of the game will have sole possession of first place in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings. The Pirates 3-2, visit the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park.

Week 4: 6.28.2020

Pirates slug Orioles, 13-4, to pull into first-place tie

Ben Meinjohans struck out 10 in five innings and Xander Vizcarrondo hit a grand slam to lead the Pirates to a 13-4 win over the Orioles to move into a first-place tie in the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League standings.

Alex Vizcarrondo came on in relief and struck out twp as the game was called due to time.

Austin Zehr started on the mound for the Orioles and gave up a first-inning grand slam to Xander Vizcarrondo. J.P. Whitford relieved Zehr in the third inning and limited the damage. Josh Edwards went the rest of the way, giving up one run.

The Pirates scored four in the first inning, one in the second, seven in the third and one in the sixth.

Jaren Vizcarrondo went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, three stolen bases and a run scored. Lemuel Vizcarrondo went 1-for-1 with a single, two walks and three stolen bases.

Zehr, Anthony Sireci, Brandon Cherry and Glenn Weatherly all went 2-for-3. Randy Mason went 2 for 3 with a solo homerun.

The Orioles, 3-1, will host the Braves at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. There are no games next week as the league observes the July 4th holiday. The Pirates, 3-1, will visit the Yankees at 7 p.m. July 12.

Foreman delivers drive in Yankees walk-off win over Red Stros in extra innings

Ryan Foreman's smash off the center field fence scored Jack Wu as the Yankees beat the Red Stros, 3-2 in extra innings Sunday at Kafer Park.

Teddy "rubber arm" Cardenas pitched six innings of relief a day after pitching a complete game, picking up his second win of the weekend. Cardenas, who tossed 119 pitches on Saturday and 69 on Sunday, gave up one earned run on six hits while striking out two and allowing an intentional walk

With runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth , Red Stros pitcher Jayson Melendez intentionally walked Micah Caroon to load the bases and face Foreman. Foreman drilled a pitch off the centerfield fence for the walk-off win.

Melendez went the distance for the Red Stos, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking three.

Noah Caroon went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored to lead the Yankees offense. Zach Bennett went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

The Red Stos were paced by Jacob Fink, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Dan Ventry went 2-for-3 with two singles.

The Red Stros, 2-2, visit the Cubs, 0-4, on at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12. There are no games next week as the league observes the July 4th holiday. The Yankees, 3-1, host the Pirates, 3-1, at 7 p.m. July 12.

Father and son pitch, hit Braves past Cubs, 17-5

Jeffrey Small pitched a complete game and held the Cubs to five runs as the Braves picked up their first win of the season, 17-5 over the Cubs.

Jesse Small went 3-for-3 with a home run to pace the Braves offense. Kyle Dupas went 2-for-4 and Scott Cayton had a double, as the Braves offense put runners across the plate in every inning.

The Braves, 1-3, visit the Orioles at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. There are no games next week as the league observes the July 4th holiday. The Cubs, 0-4, host the Red Stros at 1 p.m. July 12.

Week 3: 6.27.2020

Hunter's diving catch, Vizcarrondo's timely hit leads Pirates to come-from-behind-win over Braves, 8-7

Nick Hunter saved a couple of run with a diving catch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Braves, 8-7, Saturday at Kafer Park.

Down by three going into the final inning, Ben MeinJohans and Xander Vizcarrondo singled and Dom Totten reached on an error. Lemuel Vizcarrondo's gap hit capped off the rally and gave relief pitcher Lawrence Davidson his first win of the season.

The Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Pirates answered with three in the bottom half of the inning. The Braves added two in the fourth and two in the fifth, chasing Totten. Davidson pitched the final two scoreless innings.

Totten started the game for the Pirates, going four innings and striking out two. Michael Valentin and Tomas Hernandez each went 2-for-3 with two singles.

The Pirates improve to 2-1 on the season. They host the Orioles at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Braves fall to 0-3 and host the Cubs at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Vanzandt, defense lead Orioles past Red Stros, 6-1

Kevin Vanzandt pitched a complete game to lead the Orioles to a 6-1 win in the battle of the unbeatens Saturday at Kafer Park.

The Orioles turned 16 walks from Red Stros pitchers into six runs to lead the offense. The Orioles also had six stolen bases in the game, two by Josh Edwards.

Three double plays helped the Orioles hold the Red Stros offence to one run.

The Orioles held a 2-1 lead until the sixth inning when they scored four insurance runs, highlighted by a Parker Mills hit, to help Vanzandt earn the win.

Alarie Elks pitched six innings for the Red Stros, limiting the Orioles to three hits but walking 10. Elks was relieved part of the way into the seventh inning by Kirk Williams.

Dan Ventry had two hits for the Red Stros. Austin Zehr, Joe Edreira, Elks and Wally Welbacher each had hits.

The Orioles improved to 3-0 and are the only remaining undefeated team. They visit the Pirates at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park The Red Stos fall to 2-1 on the season and visit the Yankees at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cardenas, Foreman lead over Cubs, 19-4

Yankees 19, Cubs 4: Teddy Cardenas pitched a complete game and Ryan Foreman went 3-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI to lead the Yankees to a 19-4 win over the Cubs.

Cardenas tossed 119 pitches while allowing 12 hits and four runs.

Micah Caroon went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Chris Griffin went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Every Yankee hitter reached base safely at least once in the game.

The Yankees, 2-1 on the season, host the Red Stros at 7 p.m. tonight at Kafer Park. The Cubs, now 0-3, visit the Braves at 4 p.m.

Week 2: 6.21.2020

Foreman pitches complete game, homers in Yankees 5-1 win over Braves

Ryan Foreman pitched a four-hit complete game and homered to lead the Yankees over the Braves, 5-1, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The game turned in the bottom of the second when Foreman led off with a home run and Chris Griffin followed with a single. After a walk to Quentin Montemaro and a passed ball to Alex Bogdanoff, what should’ve been a double play was and thrown around the infield, allowing Griffin and Montemaro to score. The Braves got their sole run in the top of the seventh inning on singles by Jesse Small and Gage Spires.

Foreman gave up three hits while striking out seven and walking two. He went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI. Micah Caroon went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Jeffrey Small pitched a complete game for the Braves, giving up five hits while striking out seven.

The Yankees improve to 1-1 on the season. The Braves fall to 0-2.

Byrnes, Melendez power Red Stros past Pirates

Dom Byrnes went 2-for-2 and scored two runs and Jayson Melendez hit two 2-run homers to lead the Red Stros to a 6-4 win over the Pirates Sunday at Kafer Park.

Bynes had two singles and reached base on a HBP. Melendez, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, hit a two-run homer in the first inning and another in the sixth inning. Dan Ventry and Chris Perry both had singles.

Defense kept the Pirates close. A diving two-out catch in the fourth inning by left fielder Dom Totten saved several runs.

Michael Pacacha picked up the win for the Red Stros. Melendez pitched four innings of relief and struck out six.

Tom Ireland started for the Pirates and was relieved by Ben Meijohans, who struck out seven. Alex Vicarrondo pitched the final two innings and recorded three strikeouts.

Alex Vicarrondo went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs. Lee Ashburn reach base three times on a single and two walks. Tomas Hernandez drove in a run.

The Red Stros are now 2-0 on the season. The Pirates drop to 1-1.

Solid defense backs up Whitford's five shutout innings as Orioles top Cubs, 5-0

J.P. Whitford pitched five shutout innings and the Orioles defense turned two double plays as the Orioles improved to 2-0 with a 5-0 win over the Cubs.

Whitford gave up four hits and two walks while picking up the win. Randy Mason and Josh Edwards each pitched an inning of relief.

Outfielder Ricky Henries saved a run with a two-out diving catch with a running on third.

Cubs starter Conn Blakley pitched four innings. Dave Schifano pitched two innings and Nick Cannon pitched the final frame.

The Orioles improve to 2-0 on the season. The Cubs fall to 0-2.

Week 1: 6.7.2020

Cherry's bomb leads Orioles over Yankees, 12-4

Orioles 12, Yankees 4 | Brandon Cherry hit a 2-run homer and Kevin Vanzandt kept Yankees hitters off balance as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 12-4, Sunday in a rematch of last season's championship game.

The Orioles jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning, capped off by Cherry's 2-run homer. The Yankees tied the score in the top of the second, scoring all four of their runs on five consecutive singles.

But the Orioles took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, and the padded the lead with six runs in the fifth inning.

Cherry went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double to pace the Orioles. Austin Zehr went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk and three runs scored. Vanzandt went 2-for-3 with a double, a single and a run scored.

Chris Griffin lead the offense for the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Zach Bennett went 1-for-1 with a walk.

The Orioles, last season's ECABL champions, start the season 1-0 and will visit the Red Stros at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Yankees, 0-1, will visit the Cubs at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Melendez leads Red Stros over Braves

Jayson Melendez hit a 3-run homer and held the Braves to two runs as the Red Stros topped the Braves, 6-2, Sunday at Kafer Park.

The Red Stros started off slow, trailing 2-0 early on, but shook off the rust in both team's first game of the season.

The Red Stros responded in the second inning with a Joe Edreira single and RBI double by Kade Ciraulo to cut the Braves lead in half.

Mike Zier, Gabriel Brown and Dan Ventry all recorded singles on the afternoon. Melendez struck out seven through four innings while picking up the win. Zier pitched in relief and Brown recorded the save.

Patrick Pipkin took the loss for the Braves.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Red Sox and Astros merged to give the league its sixth team, and they adopted the "Red Stros" name.

The Red Stros, 1-0, host Orioles next Sunday at 4 p.m. The Braves, 0-1, visit the Pirates at 1 p.m. next Sunday.

Ashburn leads Pirates over Cubs, 10-3, in shortened game

Lee Ashburn went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI to lead the Pirates over the Cubs, 10-3, in a darkness-shortened game Sunday night.

The nightcap lasted only five innings before one of the new lights at Kafer Park blew out, forcing the game to be shortened. All Pirates hitters reached base in the game.

The Pirates, 1-0, will host the Braves at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kafer Park. The Cubs, 0-1, will host the Yankees at 7 p.m. Sunday.