Ten-year old baseball players in the Mineral Area Baseball Association have the luxury of playing on two teams at the same time. They can play on a Cal Ripken team which is for 10-12 year olds, and they can also play on a Cal Ripken Minor League team which is just for 10 year olds. To accommodate the two leagues, the Minors play doubleheaders on Saturday.
Stingers 9, Rangers 3
Stingers 16, Rangers 1
POTOSI – The Potosi Stingers were able to sweep a doubleheader from the Bonne Terre Rangers on Saturday, 9-3 and 16-1.
Devin Hampton pitched the first game for the win as he went six innings and allowed only six hits while striking out 11 batters. Dustin Coleman went 3-4 at the plate with a double and a triple. Robert King was 2-2 with a triple, Kyle Turntine was 3-4 with four RBI’s, D.J. Eckhoff was 2-4, and Dylan Eye had one single.
In game two it was Stingers’ pitcher Matt Marler that kept the Rangers off-balance at the plate. Marler got the win by allowing only three hits in his four innings on the mound, while striking out six batters. Marler also had three hits as he went 3-3 with three RBI’s. Eckhoff was 3-4, Eye was 1-2 with a triple, Kyle Hampton was 2-3 with a double, and Caleb Marler was 1-1 with a double.
The Stingers do not play again until May 31 when they will be at the Farmington Lancers.
Devil Rays 17, Expos 16
In a down to the wire finish for their first game of the evening, Matt Adams was able to steal home and score the winning run as the Doe Run Devil Rays defeated the Park Hills Expos, 17-16. Christian Speers was the winning pitcher.
Todd Brackett, Colton Wooldridge, Dustin Newhouse, and Speers each had one single in the game for the Devil Rays. Zac Hitchcock hit a double and a single, and Adams had a home run and a double.
Hitting well for the Expos were Aaron Tyree with two doubles and a single, and Preston Harlow, Nicholas Daugherty, Josh Gidden, and Luke Baker had one single each.
The second game between the two teams was rained out with the Devil Rays ahead 13-4 in the second inning, but it doesn’t count. The Devil Rays will be at the Potosi Stingers this Saturday.
Bulldogs 17, Steamers 0
In a game played Saturday which was a make-up from an earlier rain-out, the Leadwood Bulldogs walloped the Valley Steamers 17-0. The Bulldogs scored nine runs in the first inning, five runs in the second and three more in the third.
Cody Watson, Tyler Stacy and Trevor Kean combined for the win and for nine strike-outs in the Cal Ripken game.
Dustyn Dowd led the Bulldogs in hitting with two doubles and a single and driving in seven of the teams’ runs. Caleb Davis had two singles, Watson was 3-3 with two singles and a double, Stacy and Dustin Brewer had two singles each. Torey Watson, Kyle Ross and Robert King all had one single in the game.
Matt Owens hit a triple for the Steamers and A.J. Pierce had a single
The Bulldogs are now 4-0 and will travel to the Potosi Hornets on Monday. The Steamers will host Arcadia Valley Cougars on Monday.