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Monday, May 28
White Sox Slip Past the Royals



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May 28: White Sox 7, Royals 3

The White Sox jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Memorial Day. Andrew DeStefano’s first-inning double drove in Gavin Brady with the White Sox’s first run, and he later came around to score on a wild pitch.

In the fourth inning, Steve Carriero smacked his fifth home run of the spring, a three-run, 211-foot blast over the center field fence. Tanner DuPriest also drove in a run.

Evan Panzini earned the victory on the mound, blanking the Royals and striking out six over two innings of work. DuPriest and Cameron Parrett closed out the game in relief. Highlights for the Royals included Will Battan going 2-for-3 and Finn Rodger going 1-for-3. Both players drove in runs.



Tuesday, May 15
Sox Easily Handle Woburn In Inter-town Clash



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May 14: White Sox 11, Woburn Tigers 1
 
The White Sox bats came alive early as they took down the tough Woburn Tigers, 11-1, under the lights at Benevento.
 
In the first inning, the White Sox set the tone, piling up five runs. Andrew DeStefano started the scoring blitz with a double, followed by singles from Derek Daley and Steve Carreiro. With those two runners on, Evan Panzini sent a blast into the night over the right-center fence.
 
A two-out rally in the second inning produced another five-spot for the Sox – sparked by singles off the bats of Gavin Brady, DeStefano, and Daley. Carreiro then drove in three runs on a triple to the gap in left-center field, and Tanner DuPriest added a run-scoring single to center.
 
The White Sox closed out the shortened game in the bottom of the fourth on a hard grounder by Dylan Oliveira that sent Brady across the plate.
 
Panzini also made a stand on the mound, holding the Tigers to one run, one hit, and one walk while striking out 10.


Tuesday, May 15
(White) Sox Sock It To the (Red) Sox
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May 11: White Sox 12, Lynnfield Red Sox 9

In another inter-town clash, the White Sox bested the Lynnfield Red Sox, 12-9.

With the game knotted, 2-2, in the second inning, the White Sox took control by striking for six runs. The rally included James Dillon bringing home the first run with a bases-loaded walk, Gavin Brady singling home two runs, Andrew DeStefano smashing a two-strike single for an RBI, and Derek Daley closing out the rally by roping a double that plated two more runs.

Steve Carreiro had a big day at the plate with a single, double, and triple while driving in three runs.



Sunday, May 13
Angels Walk-Off With Win



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May 11: Angels 11, Woburn Dodgers 8 
 
Friday Night Lights did not disappoint! Every player contributed as the North Reading Angels beat the Woburn Dodgers, 9-8, in an absolute nail biter. 
 
It was a tough first inning for the Angels, as the Dodgers put up three runs to start the game, led by a triple from Woburn's Ryan Lush and a missile of a home run from Woburn's Chris McDonald.
 
The Angels fought back in the bottom of the second when Ty Parsons reached base on an error, followed by a Jacob Ghaderi double, Ryan Labb's two-RBI triple, and an RBI single by Zach Emery.
 
Woburn didn't take the tie lightly as they came back to put up three runs across the next two innings. Heading into the fifth, the game looked to be in the hands of Woburn, but the Angels wouldn't go away.  Rocco Leo and Anthony Tammaro kept the Angels in the game, both with RBI singles.
 
Ahead by a run in the top of the sixth, Woburn added two runs on sloppy play, but the Angels answered and put their mistakes behind them. Hits by Liam Blanchette and Ghaderi, followed by an error off the bat of Emery scored Labb for the tying run. With one out, Drew Fitzgerald kept the inning going with his third walk of the game and Leo stepped up to the plate to seal the deal with the game winning, walk-off hit, scoring Emery.  
For the Angels, Ghaderi pitched four innings, striking out nine batters. Joe McLain stepped up in relief for two nnings to get the win.  


Monday, May 7
White Sox Strike Big in Inter-Town Play



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May 7: White Sox 16, Wilmington Angels 1

The start of inter-town play saw the White Sox bats came alive early against the Wilmington Angels as they rolled to a 16-1 triumph Monday night at Benevento Park. The Sox batted through their entire order in the top of the first inning, putting up eight runs, and finished the game with 14 hits.

Steve Carriero was an RBI machine for the victors, driving in four runs on two doubles – one in the second and one in the fourth – and is now hitting .714 on the season. Dylan Oliveira, Matthew Fagner, and Evan Panzini also had two RBI, with Panzini going deep in the first inning for his second home run of the spring.

Derek Daley earned the win and Oliveira held the Angels scoreless in the shortened game. Daley struck out four batters, raising his team-leading total to 23, while Oliveira fanned two in his first outing of the year. 



Saturday, April 21
White Sox Start of Red Hot!
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Derek Daley delivers a strike for the White Sox

April 20: White Sox 5, Royals 0

The White Sox opened the season by winning their first two games, an impressive 5-0 decision over the Royals before handling the A’s, 7-3.

Against the Royals, the game was scoreless until the White Sox bats came alive in the fourth inning when they erupted for three runs, highlighted by an RBI double from Evan Panzini. They then tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to account for the final.

Panzini also earned the win for the White Sox, throwing 4.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out nine. Tanner DuPriest closed out the victory with 1.1 innings of crisp pitching and was credited with the save.

Sparking the White Sox offense was catcher Derek Daley, who won the team’s "game ball" with hits in all three of his at-bats, including two doubles. He scored twice and had a pair of RBI.

Jack Cronin started on the mound for Royals. He kept the White Sox off the board by yielding just one hit over 2.2 innings of work while striking out eight and walking none. Joe Gattuso contributed a second-inning double in the defeat.

 

April 21: White Sox 7, A's 4

On Saturday morning, the White Sox added to their strong start with a hard-earned triumph over the A’s. Panzini singled to deep center field to plate Daley with the game’s first run, and the Sox pulled away by putting up a five-spot in the third frame. Andrew DeStefano, DuPriest, and Gavin Brady delivered RBI singles to spark the big inning. For Brady, the hit came as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

Daley earned the victory on the mound. He went four strong innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out 10. DeStefano came out of the pen to throw two innings of stellar relief and collect the save.

Conor Griffin paced the A’s with hits in his two at-bats, and Jason Curran stuck out six batters in 2.2 innings on the mound.



Friday, June 23
Diamondbacks Strike Last, Win Majors Crown



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The Diamondbacks rallied for a best-of-three series victory over the Orioles, taking two straight games on Championship Saturday, June 17, to come away with the Majors crown.
 
In Game 1 on Wednesday, great pitching by the Orioles' Craig Rubino produced an 11-2 O's victory. Rubino also did the trick at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a long home run. Aiden Driscoll and Vincent Pastore belted out two hits apiece, while the Diamondbacks could only muster two hits on the night – coming off the bats of Nick Jones and Theo Sfikas.
 

Game 2, played on Saturday morning, provided revenge for the Diamondbacks, who powered their way to a 19-3 triumph to even the series. Ryan McGuire handled duties on the hill, while the offense was sparked by Owen Delano, who swatted a grand slam homer to right-center field, Nick Jones, who went 3-for-3, and Ryan Baker, who smacked a pair of doubles.

 

Alex Chaisson added a pair of hits in the victory and Sfikas clubbed a triple. For the Orioles, Brandon Eng was 2-for-3 at the plate.

 

After a short rest, the teams lined it right back up for the deciding Game 3. The Diamondbacks built what seemed to be a commanding 8-0 lead, but the the Orioles rallied late and had the tying run at the plate in the final inning before falling, 8-6. Baker took to the hill and earned the victory, while also smashing a home run. Jones had three hits and was a wall behind the plate. Also starring were Giovanni Pagliuca, whose two hits included a triple, and Max Hampoian, who finished up the game on the mound and went 2-for-3.

 

Alex Carrucci was strong on the mound for the Orioles, and went 2-for-3 with a triple. Teammate Garrett Trentsch added a pair of base hits.



Thursday, June 15
Orioles Grab Game 1 of Championship Series



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NRLL Majors Final Game 1: Orioles 11, Diamondbacks 2
 
The North Reading Major League Championship series got under way on Flag Day, June 14, at Benevento Field. The series features the #1-seed Diamondbacks (14-6) and second-seeded Orioles (13-7) after both teams swept their semifinal series in two games.

The visiting Orioles got off to another hot start in the top of the first inning. Alex Carucci (1-1, 2BB, & 2 Runs Scored) led the game off with a solid base hit to the opposite field. He was followed up by a 2-run homer to deep centerfield by Craig Rubino (2-3, HR, 3RBI, 2 Runs Scored). With the score 2-0,  Aidan Driscoll (2-3, 2 RBI, 1 Run Scored) doubled to the opposite field. Sam Morelli's (2-2 1 RBI, 1 Run Scored) bat stayed hot and he laced a hard hit ball to the outfield for the fourth consecutive hit of the inning. Keeping the line moving, Garrett Trentsch drove a ball to the outfield for another base hit. Brandon Eng got the job done with another hard-hit ball that plated Morelli to push the O's lead to 4-0. Vincent Pastore (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run Scored) smoked a double to the opposite field to knock in another run for the Birds. After the first top half of the inning the score stood at 5-0.

Orioles ace right hander Craig Rubino once again took the mound and didn't disappoint. Rubino was masterful throwing four no-hit innings and striking out seven. 

The Orioles would add another run in the fourth to push the lead to 6-0. The fifth inning saw Jonathan Mangano get on base after a HBP, followed by a walk to Alex Carucci. Craig Rubino then knocked in Mangano to push the lead to 7-0. Aidan Driscoll plated Carucci and Rubino with his second hit of the game to see the Orioles extend their lead to 9-0. 

Sam Morelli pitched a solid inning of relief by inducing three ground ball outs. The Diamondbacks plate two unearned runs with Ryan Baker and Giovani Pagliuca scoring in the fifth to make it a 9-2 ball game.

The Orioles closed out the scoring in the top of the sixth with Vincent Pastore's second hit of the game, a walk by John Paloucci, and a big double off the bat of Zachary Demetri (1-2 BB, 2 RBI) that pushed the lead to 11-2.

Brandon Eng was summoned to close out the last three outs of the game. Theo Sfakis got the Diamondbacks first hit of the game with two outs in the inning. The always dangerous Nick Jones drove a ball to the outfield, and with the Diamondbacks trying to score Sfakis, the Orioles executed a textbook relay from Trentsch to Rubino, who threw a bullet to the plate that saw Driscoll apply the tag to end the game.

Game 2 of the Championship will be on Saturday at Benevento Field 1.



Wednesday, June 7
Orioles Get A Leg Up in Semifinals



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Orioles 10, White Sox 1 (Semifinals, Game 1)

The Orioles and White Sox met on Benevento Field 2 for Game 1 of the Major League Semifinals.

Once again, he Orioles and White Sox went to their ace pitchers, Craig Rubino and Nick Doucette, respectively. The Orioles bats were locked in right from the start. The first five batters reached base with Alex Carucci (2-2, 2 runs scored), Rubino (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored), Aidan Driscoll (2-2, 3 runs scored, 2 SB's), and Sam Morelli (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored) got the Orioles out to a commanding 4-0 lead after one inning of play.

In the third inning, the top of the Orioles order was at it again. After Carucci led off the with a walk, he was driven in on a 2-run home run off the bat of Rubino. The Orioles pushed across two more runs to increase the lead to 8-0 after 3. 

Rubino continued his dominance on the mound by striking out seven consecutive batters between the 2nd and 4th innings. He was efficient on the evening, needing only 49 pitches to get through 5 innings of work. His final stat line read 5 IP, 1H, 10k's – good for his second victory of the post season.

The Orioles also received some big plays in the field by Jonathan Mangano and Garrett Trentsch. Offensively, Anthony Corvino came through with two key hits and Brandon Eng hit his first career home run in the fifth to pad to the Orioles' lead. Eng also pitched an efficient sixth inning, striking out two batters to close out the game. 

The teams return to Benevento Field for Game 2 of the series on Friday night. 



Wednesday, June 7
Orioles Walk Off with a Win!



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June 2: Orioles 3, White Sox 1 (Playoff First Round)
 
On Friday night, the Orioles and White Sox  met in  a playoff game with a trip to the semi-finals on the line. The game featured the much anticipated pitching match-up between the Orioles' Craig Rubino  (6 IP, 1 hit, 13 K's) and the White Sox' Nick Doucette (5 IP, 3H, 11 K's). The two hard-throwing aces certainly lived up to the billing. 

In the first inning, the White Sox pushed across an unearned run to take the lead when Derek Daley scored on a passed balled and close play at the plate. Rubino was dominant and struck out seven consecutive batters between the 1st and 3rd innings. Doucette matched him pitch-for-pitch, striking out seven batters over his first three innings.
 
As the game moved to the later innings, the game remained 1-0 in favor of the White Sox. In the bottom of that 5th, the Orioles finally broke through after Sam Morelli led off with a blast off the center field fence for a stand-up double and advanced to 3rd base on a single off the bat of Garrett Trentsch. With the tying run 60 feet away, Brandon Eng hit a hard ground ball to the first base side to push across the tying run. Nick Doucette locked in and struck out the last two batters to strand the potential go ahead run.

In the 6th inning, Craig Rubino struck out two more batters to set the stage for a dramatic bottom of the inning. With two outs in the final frame, Jonathan Mangano worked a tough at-bat to get on base with the potential winning run. Alex Carucci then stepped up to the plate and delivered, driving a towering walk-off two-run home run to give the Orioles the victory.


Friday, June 2
A's Go On The Offense In Playoff Win



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May 31: A's 14, Angels 5
 
The A's upended the Angels in the first round of the Majors playoffs. It was a true team effort with clutch hitting, good defense, and excellent pitching by the fifth-seeded A's.

The victors were led offensively by Ryan McCullough and Conor Griffin. McCullough went 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and totaled 8 RBI. Griffin set the table at the top of the lineup, going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Rowan Oostman had two key hits and scored three times. Brady O'Connor also had two hits, while Jake Mikulski, Christian DaCosta, and Antonio Ricca chipped in with big hits of their own. Ryan Dobbyn connected with a triple in the first inning that helped set the tone for the game. Eliot Greenstein and Anthony Pino added three runs scored to contribute to the offense.

Mikulski played a stellar center field, making two superb catches on the run that prevented the Angels from getting going offensively. Griffin and Oostman combined to pitch a great game for the A's. Griffin hurled two innings with three K's, while Oostman went the final three innings with three strikeouts of his own.


Monday, May 29
A's Make the Grade Against the Royals



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A's 11, Royals 3 
 
The A's defeated the Royals, 11-3, under the lights in a rain-shortened game Friday night.  The A's were led by Ryan McCullough, who went 2-for-2, including his seventh home run of the season. It was his third round-tripper in the last two games.  

Conor Griffin set the table at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-2, withtwo2 runs scored.  Anthony Pino also had a strong game with two hits. Noah Pineo broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple in an eight-run third inning.  Jake Mikulski, Brady, O'Connor, Ryan Dobbyn, and Christian DaCosta each contributed to the offense with crucial hits.

Elliot Greenstein and Antonio Ricca also contributed to this win with strong defense. Additionally, Ryan Dobbyn pitched threestrong innings, with 4 K's, to earn the win for the A's.


Thursday, May 25
Orioles Stay on the Offensive
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Orioles 16, Royals 6
 
After two weeks of exciting "interleague" play, NRLL Majors action returned to the more familiar in-town matchups as the Orioles and Royals battled at Benevento. The pitching matchup showcased hard-throwing Craig Rubino and crafty left hander Liam Rodger. The first two innings would see the Orioles seize a 3-0 lead with some solid hits from the top of the order. Craig Rubino (3-4, 3 SB) , Garret Trentsch (3-3 RBI, 2 SB), Aidan Driscoll (3-3, HR, 4 RBI), Sam Morelli (1-3, 1 RBI), and Alex Carucci (2-3, 2 RBIs) continue to give opponents fits.

As the game moved into the middle innings, the Orioles added to their lead. Brandon Eng and Zachary Demetri got into the action with some nice at-bats for the visiting Birds. In the bottom of the fourth, the Royals pushed five runs across to make things interesting. Marty Pierce and Liam Rodger chipped in with some extra base hits to get the offense going for the Royals.

The top of the fifth saw the Orioles answer back with a huge inning. Aidan Driscoll led off with a solo HR, his seventh of the season, and John Paloucci joined in on the fun by knocking in Morelli for some additional breathing room.

A big shout out goes to Jonathan Mangano, who made his major league pitching debut for the Orioles. Royals speedster Will Batten put on a show in the sixth with his wheels, legging out an inside-the-park home run to close out the scoring on the evening.

The win moved the Orioles to 10-6 on the season.



Monday, May 22
Our Orioles Are Better Than Their Orioles!!!



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The North Reading Orioles hosted the Wilmington Orioles under the lights at Benevento Field on Friday night in their final game of "interleague" play. Capitalizing on a complete team effort, the hometown Orioles came away with a 5-2 victory. 

The pitching combination of Garrett Trentsch, Alex Carrucci, and Sam Morelli held the visitor's bats in check through the first four innings. Offensively, the Orioles were able to jump out to a 4-0 lead with some patient at-bats and timely hits from Craig Rubino (2-3, RBI, 2 SB), Aidan Driscoll (1-2, 3 RBI), Morelli, and Carrucci. 

As the game moved into the late innings, the Wilmington Orioles were able to breakt hrough and push across their first run to make it a 4-1 game. They would then load the bases with one down in the fourth. The home team summoned their ace, Rubino, and he would deliver. He struck out back-to-back batters on six pitches to snuff out the threat.
 
In the bottom of the inning, the NR Birds would plate a big insurance run on an opposite field double by Carrucci. Rubino came back out for the fifth and continued his dominance, striking out all three batters he faced, finishing with five K's on a tidy 17-pitch effort.
 
In the sixth, Brandon Eng came in for the save and delivered once again. He gave up a solo shot to the Orioles' cleanup hitter, but settled in and retired the next three batters to end the game.

The victory moved the Orioles to 9-6 on the season and 4-2 vs. out-of-town opponents.


Monday, May 15
Royals Roll To Victory



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Royals 7, Wilmington A's 2

The North Reading Royals came out of Monday night with their second victory of the season with a 7-2 fundamentally sound win over the Wilmington A's. Starting pitcher Jack Cronin threw a six-inning, 81-pitch gem, striking out nine and only walking three.

The Royals focused on defense and small ball. Defensively, the Royals were led by first baseman Noah Schifano. Also flashing the leather were Liam Rodger, Zack LeBlanc, and Kieran Gorgeyni. Not to be outdone, center fielder Rowan Dunbar made a key squeeze on a cannon shot and fellow outfielder Will Batten quickly fired to second on another big hit to hold the runners in place.

Offensively, the Royals were paced by catcher Sean Heins (2-for-2, 1 run, 1 BB), Cronin (2-for-3, 4 RBI), shortstop Mary Pierce (1-for-2, 1 run), and Dunbar (1for-2, 2 RBI). Additionally, the Royals had key baserunning out of Schifano in the fourth with a heads-up steal of home to notch an important run.  

The Royals return to action Wednesday night as they travel to Stoneham.


Saturday, May 13
A's Mark Up The Scoreboard, Win On Walk-Off



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A's 14, Orioles 13

The A’s captured a walk-off thriller from the Orioles, overcoming three home runs from Aiden Driscoll.

Driscoll slammed round-trippers in the first, third, and fourth innings and accounted for seven RBI in total. But the A’s used the long ball as well, with Ryan McCullough going yard in the first inning and Conor Griffin launching the first homer of his career in the fourth.

The Orioles owned a 13-11 lead after scoring five times in the fifth inning, the big hits being Alex Carucci’s double that brought two runners across the plate, a single by Brandon Eng, and an RBI hit off the bat of Sam Morelli.

But in the bottom of the sixth, the A’s staged a final rally. Rowan Oostman drove in one run with a hit, setting the table for Elliot Greenstein’s two-run single that produced the 14-13 victory.


Saturday, May 13
Soaring Orioles Add Another Win



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The Orioles defeated the Wilmington A's, 15 -10,  in a very entertaining ballgame Friday at Rotary Park. 

In the top of the 1st, the Orioles jumped out to a 6-0 lead off the hot hitting of Garrett Trentsch (2-3), Alex Carucci  (2-4 3 RBI), Craig Rubino (3-4 2 RBI), and a three-run home run by Aidan Driscoll (2-3, HR, 6 RBI).
 
The host A's would not go away quietly as they tied the game, 6-6, after three innings. As the game moved on to the fourth, some defensive miscues saw the hometown A's take a 10-6 lead. The resilient Birds responded to the challenge and sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth. They put up eight runs to push ahead, 14-10, after five. It was a complete team effort that saw some great at-bats by Zachary Demetri (2-3), Anthony Corvino, Justin Lee, Jonathan Mangano and Jonathan Paolucci. 

In the top of the sixth, Rubino added an important insurance run with a steal of home plate to push the lead to five. Driscoll came in to close the door on the A's to secure the victory.


Thursday, May 11
O's Score Out-of-Town Triumph



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The Orioles defeated the Lynnfield Astros, 5-3, Wednesday night at Benevento Field. The game featured a great pitching match up between Sam Morelli and the Astros' Devin DeLuties. Morelli went four innings, surrendering 4 hits and just one run while striking out five.
 
The game featured some superb defensive work from the catching tandem of Alex Carucci (2-for-3) and Aidan Driscoll (1-for-3, RBI), who combined to throw out three base runners on the evening. Vincent Pastore also chipped in with some nifty plays at second base.
 
Offensively, the Birds were led by Craig Rubino, who hit two deep home runs and drove in 3 RBI.  Rubino led off the bottom of the first with a longball to right field, and with the game tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the fifth, launched a two-run shot to put the Orioles ahead by what turned out to be final margin.

Brandon Eng earned the victory and was superb in setting down the Astros 1-2-3 to close out the game. Other key contributors for the Orioles included Anthony Corvino (1-for-2), who had a nice extra base hit, and John Paolucci (1-for-2, RBI).
 
The victory improved the Orioles to 6-4 on the season.


Monday, May 8
The Angels Update – Defending Champs Making A Run To Repeat



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Game 1: The Angels were hitting on all cylinders in their first win of the season over the Orioles, 12-2. Justin Bailey had his first dinger of the season. He went 3-for-4 and had 2 RBI. Zach Rosatone also went 3-for-4 with two triples. Adam Bakr’s bat was hot, going 4-for-4 with a trio of doubles. Jacob Ghaderi was outstanding catching behind the plate, while Bailey got the win on the mound by striking out seven Orioles. Relief pitchers Garrett Arden and Rosatone each had three strikeouts, and Bakr was the closing pitcher with four strikeouts on the day. Zach Demetri had a good outing as the starting pitcher for the Orioles, striking out five Angels. Demetri and Vincent Pastore each had nice singles.

Game 2: The Angels battled back after being down, 2-0, in the fourth to win their second game of the season, 8-3, versus the Diamondbacks. The Angels' bats remained hot with five home runs in the game. Justin Bailey was responsible for three line-drive homers, and Garrett Arden and Zach Rosatone each had their first career home runs in the Majors. Bailey was the starting pitcher for the Angels, recording 12 K’s and yielding only 2 walks and one hit (by D-backs slugger Max Hampoian). Arden earned the win with two solid innings of pitching, allowing one run with 3 K’s and no hits. Jacob Ghaderi went the distance as catcher, and Rosatone came in to close out the game, striking out the final D-back batter. For the Diamondbacks, Hampoian had a great night on the mound, striking out 10 Angels in four innings of work, allowing just four hits.

Game 3: The Angels won, 12-9, versus the A’s after being down 4-2 after the first inning of play. The game was tied, 6-6, after two. This game included an inside-the-park home run by Garrett Arden. Arden hit a line drive to the right field fence and just beat the throw home. Arden also started as pitcher, striking out five A’s batters. Jacob Ghaderi made his first appearance on the mound, posting 4 K’s in 2 innings of work. Ghaderi also had a single in the third, plating an Angels runner to break the 6-6 tie. Zach Rosatone came in as the closing pitcher, striking out the order. Justin Bailey went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double on the day. Dylan Folscroft made a nice catch in left field, keeping two runs from scoring in the fourth inning. For the A’s, Noah Pineo had six strikeouts over three innings of work and Rowan Oostman struck out four Angels.

Game 6: After suffering back-to-back losses, the Angels bounced back against the Royals for a 15-13 win. Kevin Doble, fresh off his first career homer in the loss to the White Sox, went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple. Cole B. was also 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Justin Bailey and Garrett Arden continued their hitting streaks, both going 2-for-3 with two singles each. Drew Fitzgerald went 2-for-2 with two singles. Adam Bakr had another monster home run that left Field 2 and landed in the right outfield of Field 3. Arden recorded his second win of the season, pitching two innings. The Angels' deep pitching staff completed the game, including appearances by Zack Rosatone, Dylan Folscroft, and Justin Bailey, who finished off the last two batters.

Game 7: The Angels won a close one, 4-0, over the A’s. Justin Bailey took the mound with another strong outing, striking out 10 A’s batters. Jacob Ghaderi was the closer, striking out six over two innings of work. The Angels' bats found openings in the A’s defense with Ty Parsons, Drew Fitzgerald, Kevin Doble, Bailey, and Garrett Arden each having nice singles. Zach Rosatone was 2-for-2 with a double and a single. Adam Bakr added two singles. A’s pitcher Rowan Oostman had a solid night on the mound, striking out seven Angels batters.

Game 8: The Angels won their sixth game of the spring, overpowering the Royals to pull back into a tie for first place in the league. Garrett Arden was the winning pitcher with six K’s in three innings of work, allowing just hit. Kevin Doble pitched one inning with a pair of strikeouts, and Dylan Folscroft made his second pitching appearance on the season with a solid strikeout to end an inning. Two Angels, Ty Parsons and Drew Fitzgerald, made their first pitching debut in the Majors. Both pitched in the last inning to close out the game. Angels Justin Bailey, Adam Bakr, and Cole B. each had homers. It was Justin’s sixth homer of the season, Adam’s second, and the first major league home run for Cole B. Dylan Folscroft, Drew Fitzgerald, and Jacob Ghaderi all were 2-for-2 on the day with two singles each. Ty Parson was ripped a line drive single and a deep fly ball to center field for a nice double. For the Royals, Noah Schifano was the starting pitcher and was solid at the hill with 6 strikeouts in two innings of work. Luke Beneke and Rowan Dunbar each had excellent catches in the outfield at the fence, preventing the Angels from advancing bases. Sean Heins had a heads-up delayed steal, scoring from third base.



Wednesday, May 3
Orioles Take One From the White Sox



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May 3: Orioles 8, White Sox 2

The Orioles defeated the White Sox, 8-2, on a cold Wednesday evening at Benevento Field. 

It was a game that featured a great pitching matchup between the Orioles' Sam Morelli (3 IP, 0 Hits, 7 K's) and the White Sox's Andrew Daley (5 IP, 3 Hits, 10 K's). The Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first three innings with Morelli (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI), Aidan Driscoll (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI)m and Zachary Demetri ( 2-for-3) supplying the offense. 

As the game moved into the fourth, the White Sox cut the lead to 3-2 with clutch two-out hit by Thomas DeAngelo. But in the top of the sixth, the Orioles bats came to life and pushed five runs across the plate to break the game wide open. Alex Carucci got things started with a base hit, followed by some great at-bats by Brandon Eng, Jonathan Mangano, and John Paolucci. Garret Trentsch (2-for-3, 3 RBI) came through with a huge two-out base hit to knock in some important insurance runs.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Orioles' Anthony Corvino made a huge catch in right field that led to a heads-up double play. Eng then finished the game by tossing a strikeout.

 



Monday, May 1
Orioles Are On A Major Roll



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A Monday night showdown saw the Orioles draw closer to the top of the Majors standings as they knocked off the league-leading Diamondbacks, 6-2, at Benevento Field.

Orioles starting pitcher Craig Rubino was locked in from the start. He struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced – and 12 in total – while carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning against a talented Diamondbacks lineup.

Defense helped the Orioles’ cause with stellar plays coming from Vincent Pastore and Aidan Driscoll, while the offense was jump-started by a three-run first inning, with Alex Carucci, Rubino, and Driscoll getting extra base hits. Brandon Eng had a big game as well, going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases, and cleanup hitter Sam Morelli contributed a hit and an RBI.

The Diamondbacks’ Giovanni Pagluica broke up Rubino’s no-hit bid with a nice hit up the middle, and the pitching tandem of Max Hampoian and Ryan McGuire kept the game in doubt.

With the win, the Orioles improved to 4-3 while the Diamondbacks slipped to 5-2.



Sunday, April 30
Orioles Prevail in Extras



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April 28: Orioles 4, Royals 3 

The Orioles defeated the Royals in extra innings on a beautiful Friday evening at Benevento field.  The game featured great pitching by both teams. Sam Morelli (3.2 innings, 2 ER, 6 K's) and Jack Cronin were locked in a great battle that saw the game deadlocked at 2-2 after three innings.

Brandon Eng and Marty Pierce made sure the game stayed tight through the fourth and fifth. The Royals pushed ahead, 3-2, in the top of the 5th with a great at-bat by Joe Sousa Sheehan, but the Orioles tied it up in the bottom of the frame.

The game remained tied after a well-played 6th inning – and it was on to extra frames. Craig Rubino came into pitch the seventh for the Orioles and was backed up by a great defensive play by Jonathan Mangano in center field to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the inning, Alex Carucci (2-for-3) and Rubino (1-for-2) got on base to start the inning. Aidan Driscoll (3-for-3) then came through with a walk-off base hit to the centerfield gap to win the game for the Orioles.



Monday, April 24
Duel Goes White Sox Way



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White Sox 8, Angels 2

The White Sox found the win column on Monday night, beating the Angels, 8-2. Nick Doucette and Justin Bailey engaged in a knock-out pitching duel early on, with the White Sox’s Doucette striking out 13 and the Angels’ Bailey fanning 11.

Offensively, the victors saw Derek Daley reach base four times and Brady Miller stroke an inside-the-park home run. The Angels’ offense came off the bat of Kevin Doble, who doubled and later launched a two-run homer.

There were several defensive stars as well. Matt Fagner of the White Sox made a spectacular outfield grab, while the Angels’ Zach Rosatone – who homered a week earlier in a win over the Diamondbacks – snared a flair back to the mound while he was pitching.


Monday, April 24
Orioles Win Second Game of Season!



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Orioles 11, A's 1

In Major League action Monday, the Orioles defeated the A's for their second win on the young season. The bats were hot all night against the Athletics with every batter contributing on the evening. Leading the way for the offense were Alex Carrucci (3-3, 3 RBI), Craig Rubino (2-3, 3 RBI), Sam Morelli (3-3, 3 RBI), Aidan Driscoll (3-3, HR, 5 RBI), Brandon Eng (2-2,, 2RBI), and Garrett Trenstch (3 runs scored). 

The Orioles also received solid pitching from Driscoll  (3 innings, 1 hit, 5 k's), Morelli, and Rubino, who struck out the side to end the game. 

The Athletics turned in some nice defensive plays by Jake Mikulksi, Ryan McCollaugh, and Conor Griffin. 

 



Thursday, April 20
A's Get High Marks In Victory



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A's 14, White Sox 4 
In Majors action on Monday, the A's scored a 14-4 win over the White Sox. Leading the way for the winners were Ryan McCollugh, who went 3-for-3 with a double;  Rowan Oostman, who had a double among his three hits; and Connor Griffin, who chipped in with a pair of base hits. Jake Mikulski, Christian DaCosta, and Brady O'Connor also added key hits for the A's.
 
DaCosta and O'Connor each pitched two innings. DaCosta struck out three and worked his way out of a second-inning jam to put the brakes on a White Sox rally. O'Connor fanned four in two scoreless innings on the mound.


Tuesday, April 18
Orioles Soar To Victory



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Orioles 8, Royals 2 
Riding the strong pitching of Craig Rubino, the Orioles scored an 8-2 win over the Royals in Majors action on Monday evening. Rubino nearly went the distance, yielding just one hit and striking out 13 in 5.2 innings of work.
 
The game was tied, 1-1, after four innings before the Orioles put up six runs in the fifth to pull away. The offense was paced by Sam Morelli (two doubles), Aidan Driscoll (3-for-4, 4 RBI), Zach Demetri, John Paloucci, Ryan Labb, and Max Foristall. 

For the Royals, Marty Pierce shined on the hill, surrending just one run across four innings. The Royals received nice defensive plays by Luke Benecke and Jack Cronin.


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Angels Stand Atop the Majors
  • The Angels were crowned 2016 NRLL Majors champions by posting a two-game sweep of the Royals, their second title in the past four seasons.
  • In Game 1, there were four lead changes until the Angels squeaked out a 5-4 win. The Angels pushed across two runs in both the third and fourth innings. In the third, the Angels scored on a two-run double by Jackson Dorrington, bringing home Cole B. and Dylan Folscroft. They added an insurance tally in the fifth, thanks to a line drive single by Justin Bailey that plated Frankie Trischitta. 
  • The Royals pulled close in the sixth on a two-run home run by Nick Ciardiello.
  • Jared MacDonald recorded the win, allowing one run over two innings and striking out four.
Game 2 was all Angels, as exceptional offense and lights out pitching lifted them to a 22-4 win to clinch the title. Trischitta hit for the cycle, singling in the first inning, tripling in the third, doubling in the fourth and fifth innings, and homering in the sixth. The homer was a bases-clearing slam that marked his 10th round-tripper of the season.
  • Every Angels batter had a hit. Standout performances included MacDonald with two home runs on the day – one in the first and the other in the fourth. Dorrington had three singles, Andrew Powell had two singles and two doubles, while Sam Elliott and Justin Bailey each had two singles and one double. 
  • For the Royals, Zach Micciche and James Brooks each had line drive solo home runs. 
  • Bailey recorded the win for the Angels. He allowed two runs over five innings of work and struck out 10.


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