Coastal Plain League:
Make it a five-game winning streak for the Peninsula Pilots, who so far have been the best second-half team in the league.
Playing at Morehead City for the second time in three nights, the Pilots held on for a 10-7 victory Saturday over the Marlins to improve to 16-4 in the second half, 30-17 for the season.
VCU's Bill Cullen hit yet another home run for Peninsula, a two-run shot to left field in the second inning. The Pilots led 7-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, but Morehead City bounced back.
CPL All-Star Ryan Cook, who pitches for the Richmond Spiders, closed the door in the ninth for a save.
As the Pilots cruise toward a berth in the eight-team playoffs and try to prepare to take their first Petitt Cup championship, their next home game is Monday at War Memorial Stadium against Morehead City, a night touted as “Christmas in July.”
Rochester beat Norfolk 4-2, the host Red Wings' second victory in two nights against the Tides in western New York.
The Red Wings moved two games ahead of the Tides for the league’s wild-card playoff berth, though Chris Snyder was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the sixth and Danny Valencia drove in a first-inning run.
Kevin Gausman, one of Baltimore's top pitching prospects, fell to 0-2 with the loss. He also has a 1-3 record with a 6.21 ERA in nine games, including five starts, as a rookie with the Baltimore Orioles.
Logan Darnell pitched seven innings for the win, striking out eight and limiting the Tides to four hits.
Former Tide Antoan Richardson scored twice and stole a base for Rochester, and teammates Eduardo Escobar, Deibinson Romero and James Beresford had two hits apiece.
Norfolk plans to start left-hander Zach Britton (3-3, 4.41) Sunday against the Red Wings, the Minnesota Twins' top farm club.
The box score is here:
Host Akron beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-4 Saturday, and a couple of Richmond-area natives played key roles in the Aeros' triumph.
Starting pitcher Will Roberts (7-7), who played for St. Christopher's School and the Virginia Cavaliers, got the win by working 7 1/3 innings. He yielded five hits, two earned runs and a walk but struck out four.
Aeros catcher Jake Lowery, who was drafted by Cleveland after shining for Cosby High and James Madison, was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBI.
Trailing 7-0, the Squirrels rallied for four runs in the eighth.
The Squirrels return home Tuesday to face Boston’s Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, at The Diamond. Richmond's starting pitcher that night is scheduled to be the rehabbing Ryan Vogelsong, an integral part of parent San Francisco's 2012 World Series championship.
The box score is here:
Babe Ruth Leagues:
Williamsburg Youth Baseball League’s 10-year old all-stars advanced to the semifinals of the Babe Ruth Leagues Southeastern Regional with a 4-1 victory over Fort Caroline, Fla.
Evan Smith had two hits, an RBI and a run to lead the Revolution (4-1). Lincoln Lubsen tallied two hits, and Bobby Dudeck added a hit and scored two runs in the win.
The Revolution will face West Raleigh, the only team to beat them in this tournament, in Sunday’s semifinals at 10 a.m.
More on this game is here, thanks to The Virginia Gazette's John Harvey:
In the Denbigh Youth Baseball League tournament, the Williamsburg 12's won the 12U crown, defeating Aberdeen 14-4.
In the 10U bracket, the Warwick Warriors outslugged Gloucester 19-15 in the final.
In the 8U machine-pitch championship round, York swept previously unbeaten Williamsburg 13-4 and 12-8.
The 13-15 baseball title could be decided Sunday, weather permitting.
Girls competed in 12U softball, with the James River Rage Red beating Denbigh 4-1 for the crown.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun