The Optimist youth baseball program had two solid outings June 6. The first was between the Astros and the Angels with the second between the Yankees and the Red Sox.

The Yankees’ first three batters accounted for three quick outs as the Red Sox pitcher struck out the first two batters and his fielder’s stopped a single with a quick throw to first.

The Yankees’ Rylan Gilliland had his first start on the mound. After striking out the first two batters, the hurler yielded one single to Jakin Epp when he legged out a hit to the second baseman. Gilliland returned to form by striking out the next batter.

The Yankees’ bats heated up when the first batter up, Gilliland, tripled. Caleb Harwick then smashed a home run deep to left field that scored the runner on third. Nathan Newman and Corbin Scamehorn both singled. The next two batters struck out before the bats were heard again. Ayden Younger, the Yankees first baseman, singled and then three runs came in on a Blake Bush home run.

In the bottom of the second Gilliland yielded a triple to Layne Methe as the powerful hitter blasted a deep hit to the outfield. The Yankees’ pitcher battled back and struck out the next three hitters. At the plate in the third inning, Gilliland hit his second triple of the night driving home Caleb Erdkamp, who had singled just prior. Harwick also singled to score the man on third and was himself driven home when Scamehorn doubled. Kelan Stephens sacrificed an out as he moved Scamehorn home.

Austin Sipe came in as relief pitcher for the Yankees. Logan Dye singled but the Red Sox couldn’t capitalize as their bats went cold.

The fourth frame opened with a double by Bush. The youngster on second was batted home by a sacrifice single from Erdkamp. The Red Sox came up to bat facing the Yankees closer Harwick. The Sox mounted a quick rally when Epp singled and was driven home by a double from Methe. The Sox battled Harwick a bit more, but he was able to close out the game.

The Yankees team is comprised of Blake Bush, Jack Chavanu, Caleb Erdkamp, Rylan Gilliland, Caleb Harwick, Connor Krausnick, Nathan Newman, Corbin Scamehorn, Austin Sipe, Kelan Stephens and Ayden Younger.

The Red Sox team is Carter Schutt, Jordan Hufstetlear, Jakin Epp, Conlen Epp, Layne Methe, Kanyon Skaggs, Austin Dye, Marco Iniguez, Logan Dye, Kiyzlier Skaggs and Will Liston.

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