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Thursday, June 29
Reds All-Stars Bennett, C Skraba, Linder and Z Skraba
Four Reds Tabbed for Post Season Play
Skraba's, Bennett selected for 11's, Linder to play for 12's

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds will be well represented in the 2006 post season as four players were selected to represent Tallmadge in All-Star action.
     Cordt Skraba, Zach Skraba, and Brennan Bennett will participate on the eleven year old squad and Tucker Linder will make his second appearence on the twelve year old roster. 
     Cordt Skraba compiled a 4-4 record on the mound with an ERA of 2.79 and played a solid first base during the season.  Cordt had 11 RBI's to go along with 3 triples and 1 homerun.  Zach Skraba was the anchor for the Reds behind the plate and batted a solid .315 with 15 RBI's.  Brennan Bennett was a very good middle infielder for the Reds and scored 20 runs in 24 games.  Bennett knocked in 14 RBI's from the front of the Reds batting order.
     Tucker Linder was selected to the 12 year old team for the second consecutive season thanks to a .554 batting average that included a league high 11 HR's.  Linder was 5-1 on the mound with an ERA of 1.08 striking out 80 batters in 39 innings.
     "I am very proud of our All-Star selections.  All four are very worthy of the honor.  They have been a big part of our success this season and I wish them the best of luck in post season play," said Reds manager Tom Linder. 

Thursday, June 29
Steven Pannell (middle) is mobbed after first career HR
Reds Whup Yanks 10-1 in Final Game
Skraba gets Win with Three Hitter, Pannell Crushes First Career HR

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (10-15) finished the 2006 season on a high note with a convincing 10-1 victory over the Yankees.  After starting the season at 1-6 the Reds went 9-9 over the final 18 games including 4-1 down the stretch.  "The first time I met with the players and parents I told them our goal was to be a better team and better players at the end of the season than we were when we started, I believe we did just that," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
     Like his team, Steven Pannell saved his best for the end of the season and in fact for his final game.  Pannell stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first and sent a 1-2 pitch over the center field fence for his first career Major home run.  "Steven has done a great job all season and it was nice to see him get the home run today."  Scoring four runs in the bottom of the first was all the Reds would need behind an outstanding pitching performance by Cordt Skraba who held the Yankees to three hits and one run over six innings.  Skraba struck out 8 batters on the day.
     Four of the Reds five 12 year olds played in their final Little League regular season game.  Cormac Kelly was sick and couldn't make it to the game.  Steven Pannell, Sean Ryan, Garrett Chonko, and Tucker Linder wrapped up their Little League careers with the win.  "I'm very proud of our older guys.  They did a great job all season and I know they had a lot of fun this year."

Reds 12's Pannell, Chonko, Ryan and Linder after final game, Kelly (missing)

Sunday, June 25
Third baseman Steven Pannell went 3 for 3 in Tribe loss

Indians Scalp Reds 9-5, Snap Win Streak
Four Run Sixth by Tribe Sends Reds to Defeat

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (9-15) had a three game winning streak stopped by the Indians Saturday evening at the Hole 9-5.  A four run sixth inning by the Indians was the difference after the Reds had battled back from an early 5-0 deficit.  "We really didn't have a lot of enthusiasm tonite for some reason.  We got down early and battled back with a big inning to tie the game and our level of intensity just never changed.  The difference tonite was their six through nine hitters....those guys scored seven of their nine runs.  Four walks to the bottom of the order and that's nothing but trouble," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
     Tucker Linder started the game for the Reds and went three innings without giving up a hit.  However, a walk to Chris Gray leading off the top of the third would lead to a run.  Linder struck out the side but three passed balls in the inning allowed Gray to score.  The Indians would add four unearned runs to the ledger off reliever Cordt Skraba in the top of the fourth for a 5-0 lead.  The Reds were undaunted by the deficit and responded with four runs on four hits and five Indian miscues in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the score to 5-4.  Singles by Cordt Skraba and Steven Panell set up an RBI opportunity for Logan Banks who drove in the tying run in the bottom of the fifth with a ground out to the right side of the infield.  Cormac Kelly came on in relief in the top of the sixth and was roughed up for four runs on two hits and a couple of walks.  All the Reds could muster in the bottom of the sixth was a double by Tucker Linder and Kody Edwards picked up the win for the Indians in relief  9-5.
      The Reds were led by Steven Pannell who is the hottest hitter in the majors right now.  Pannell was 3 for 3 with three singles ,including a line drive that banged off the top of the fence in the left center field gap.  "Steven is really on fire right now, he is about 12 for his last 14 at bats and he just missed his first majors home run by about six inches."  Logan Banks had a single and two RBI's and Daniel Simpson added an RBI with a SAC fly.  Chad Nicholson, Kelly, Linder and Cordt Skraba each added a hit to the Reds nine hit attack.
     The Reds will rap up the season on Monday night on "B" field as they take on the Yankees in a rain make-up contest, first pitch 6pm.

Logan Banks continues second half success with another RBI
Friday, June 23
Brennan Bennett picks up first career Majors win
Red Hot Reds Win Third in a Row
Bennett Picks up First Career Major Win 6-4 Over D-Backs

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (9-14) have put together a modest three game win streak as the 2006 regular season comes to a close.  Brennan Bennett pitched a complete game victory, the first of his major career, as the Reds defeated the D-Backs 6-4 on Wednesday night.  The win completed a two game sweep of the snakes.  "I thought Brennan did a great job on the mound and his teammates backed him up with some pretty good defense," said Reds manager Tom Linder. 
     The D-Backs broke out of the gate early scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.  Nick Gregg led off with the first of his three singles on the day and Kyle Johnson followed with a single of his own.  Matt Shomo picked up an RBI with a double to the gap and the D-Backs got two more unearned runs on an error by the Reds shortstop.  The Reds battled back scoring a single run in the bottom of the first.  Tucker Linder was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored from third on a double steal attempt when Cordt Skraba was thrown out at second base.  After giving up three hits in the first inning Bennett settled in and scattered four hits over the next five innings.
     Tucker Linder led off the top of the third with a solo home run, his league leading 11th of the year.  A walk and singles by Steven Pannell and Logan Banks plated another run and the Reds were within one run at 3-2.  With one out in the fourth Sean Ryan drew a walk and Tucker Linder pushed him to third with a double to the fence.  Bennett loaded the bases with an infield single.  Cordt Skraba grounded to second base for an RBI.  Zach Skraba singled for another RBI and Steven Pannell picked up the final RBI of the inning with his third single of the day.  The D-Backs picked up a single run in the top of the fifth but could get no closer as Bennett retired the side in order in the sixth for the win.
     Sean Ryan turned in an outstanding defensive performance in the outfield and Steven Pannell made some tough plays at the hot corner on a couple of hard hit balls.  "We've won three in a row because we have been playing solid baseball in every aspect of the game.  I'm very proud of how far these guys have come since the beginning of the year."
     The Reds have just two games remaining on the regular season schedule.  Friday night at 530pm against the Indians and a make up game on Monday at 6pm versus the Yankees.  Weather permitting!!

Tucker Linder and teammates celebrate HR #11

Tuesday, June 20
Daniel Simpson "squeezes" the runner from third with a perfect bunt
Reds Manufacture Extra Inning Win 4-3
Sacrifice RBI's Lead Reds to Victory Over D-Backs

     It took awhile but the Reds (8-14) were finally able to get by the Diamondbacks two headed menace.  The pitching duo of Michael Strand and Matt Shomo have been a problem for the Reds all season.  "It seems that those two have beaten us every time we've faced them this year.  We were able to outlast them and get the win in the seventh," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
     Tucker Linder got the start for the Big Red Machine and fired a no hitter over the first three innings retiring the last seven D-Backs on strike outs.  "Tuck could have gone the whole game but I am trying to taper his pitches per outing so he can be fresh for the upcoming district tournament," explained the Reds skipper.  Cordt Skraba pitched the final four innings and picked up the win.
     The Reds took an early lead scoring a single tally in the top of the first.  Linder led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball.  Brennan Bennett fought off a two strike pitch with a flare that landed beyond the pitcher and in front of the shortstop.  "That hit was like a swinging bunt or a sand wedge that just dropped and spun in the dirt right where it landed.  It had a little English on it and when it spun through the fielder Tucker was able to score."  The D-Backs would tie the game in the bottom of the fourth when Matt Shomo scored on a RBI double by Dylan Getz.  The Reds regained the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs.  An RBI ground out by Steven Pannell scored Cordt Skraba and Daniel Simpson laid down a perfect squeeze bunt scoring Zach Skraba from third on the very next pitch.
     The D-Backs would stir up trouble in their last at bat in regulation scoring two runs.  Joey Testa drove a sacrifice fly to center field tying the game.  The Reds would score the final run of the game after Zach Skraba reached on a fielder's choice then advanced to second when a pick off attempt got past the first baseman.  Skraba went to third on a wild pitch and scored the game winner on a sacrifice fly to right field by Steven Pannell.  "Steven went 0-3 but had two very big RBI's.  Tonight we really worked hard to score and I'm proud of the way we played fundamental baseball to win.  Cordt pitched a great four innings without a walk and we played defense behind him."
     Zach Skraba was 2 for 3 and scored twice, Logan Banks, Cormac Kelly and Cordt Skraba also added singles to the Reds offense.  The same two teams will face off again tonight on "B" field for the second game of the two game set.

Monday, June 19
Reds take a break in the dugout during 7-2 win over Sox
Reds Clean Sox!  Win 7-2 Avoid Sweep
Skraba, Linder Combine for Three Hitter.  Linder Hits 10th HR.

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (7-14) avoided a three game sweep at the hands of the White Sox with a well played 7-2 victory under the lights on "A" field Friday night.  The game featured the pitching duel of Thomas Hobson and Tucker Linder for the second time in the week.  Earlier both pitchers locked horns for three shut out innings each.  Hobson had only two innings of work available and Linder was down to just three innings.
     The Reds plated a single unearned run in the top of the first when Linder started the game with a walk.  With two outs Skraba grounded hard to second and reached on an error.  Steven Pannell picked up the RBI with a single and the Reds had a lead that they would never relinquish.  Logan Banks continued his impressive hitting with a single to start the top of the second.  Daniel Simpson followed with a walk and Chilimac Kelly laid down a bunt that sat spinning like a top in the middle of the first base chalk line for a hit.  Linder drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI before Hobson could wriggle out of the jam.  The White Sox used a walk, an error and a single by Jacob Wood to plate a run in the bottom of the third.  The Reds led 2-1 heading into the top of the fourth.
     Simpson led off the fourth with a single, a batter later Linder deposited an Aaron Gassaway pitch deep over the left center field fence for his 10th home run of the season.  Brennan Bennett walked and sprinted home on a triple by Zach Skraba.  Skraba would make the score 6-2 with a steal of home on a heads up play following a wild pitch.  The Reds would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Zach Skraba.  Linder left the game after the third allowing one unearned run on one hit while striking out six.  Cordt Skraba would earn the save with three solid innings of relief.  The lefty allowed one unearned run on two hits over the final three innings.
     The Reds collected eight hits in the game.  Zach Skraba was 2-3 with 2 RBI's, Bennett was 0-2 but scored two runs, while Banks, Simpson, Kelly and Pannell all added singles.  Cordt Skraba had a double and Linder was 1-1 with a two run home run and three walks.  After a slow start Banks (.312), Pannell (.333) and Zach Skraba (.317) have put up big numbers over the last two weeks. 
     Just four games remain on the Reds schedule as they will square off with the D-Backs in a two game set Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Chad Nicholson jumps back from a Thomas Hobson fastball.
Wednesday, June 14
"Chilimac" Kelly led Reds comeback with 2 RBI single.
That's a Nice Pair of Sox.............Wins!
Reds Swept in Two Game Set With White Sox

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (6-14) were swept in a two game set with the front running White Sox on Monday and Tuesday at the Hole.  The Pale Hose won game one 9-2 behind the strong pitching of Nathan Jackson and won 9-7 on Tuesday scoring nine runs in the final three innings for the victory.  "That's a pretty good team when you consider their first six batters are more than likely going to be All-Stars again this year," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
    Cordt Skraba got the start on Monday and pitched well over three innings giving up just three runs to the White Sox powerful lineup.  The Reds trailed 5-0 after four innings and only had a Steven Pannell double and a Chad Nicholson single on the offensive ledger.  Cormac Kelly led off the fifth with a walk and with one out Tucker Linder hit his ninth home run of the season and the Reds trailed 5-2.  The Sox would put the game out of reach with a four run fifth winning 9-2.  Brennan Bennett had the only other hit for the Reds.
     Tuesday night's match up featured two of last years 12 year old All-Stars starting pitchers in Thomas Hobson of the White Sox and Tucker Linder of the Reds.  Fans were not disappointed as the two dueled to a scoreless tie after three innings.  Linder faced nine batters striking out five, while Hobson faced ten batters giving up a lone single to Chad Nicholson while striking out five.  "I would say that is a pretty good preview of what could be the heart of our All-Star pitching staff."  The White Sox wasted little time getting to reliever Logan Banks scoring four times in the top of the fourth including back to back home runs from Hobson and Jackson.  The Reds battled back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI triple off the bat of Cordt Skraba followed by an RBI ground out by Zach Skraba.  The White Sox added a single run in the fifth to extend their lead to 5-2.  The real damage was done in the top of the sixth when with the bases loaded Banks left a fast ball up in the zone and Nathan Jackson crushed his second home run of the day deep into the trees beyond the left field fence.
     Trailing 9-2 the Reds came to bat in the bottom of the sixth and scored five runs on three hits to make it a 9-7 ball game.  Tucker Linder was at the plate representing the tying run when Danny Blake was brought on in relief.  Following a walk to Linder, Bennett grounded out to the right side for an RBI. With runners at second and third down two runs Cordt Skraba lined a screamer to left that looked like it might tie the game but it was right at the White Sox outfielder who caught the ball and ended the Reds last inning rally.  "I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of the way these guys played tonight.  We had a lot of guys come through in the late innings at the plate and we played errorless baseball.  It was a great baseball game that had a little bit of everything and our boys never quit," praised Linder.
     Logan Banks was 2 for 2 with an RBI.  Chilimac Kelly had a single and two RBI's in the five run sixth.  Chad Nicholson had a single,  Zach Skraba had a single and two RBI's, while Linder added a double and Cordt Skraba had a triple.
     The same two teams will face off under the lights on "A" field Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 730pm.

Tucker Linder and Coach Chonko talk strategy in the sixth inning

Monday, June 12
Logan Banks slides in safe at third against the Indians
Indian Uprising! Tribe Beats Reds 8-3
Wagner Home Run Ambushes Reds Early

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (6-12) scored first, but the Indians scored more often in an 8-3 win on Saturday afternoon at the Hole. 
     The visiting Reds scored in the top of the first when Tucker Linder started the game with a fly ball that fooled the Indians right fielder and resulted in a triple.  Linder came home on a fielders choice by Zach Skraba for a 1-0 Reds lead.  That would be the last time the Reds would lead in the game.  After two outs in the bottom of the first Cody Edwards singled and then rode home on Zach Wagner's 215 foot shot to dead center field.  Bryce Fuller picked up an RBI single before the third out and the Indians completed the first inning with a 3-1 advantage.  The Reds would answer with a solo tally in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Linder but that would be as close as they would get.  The Indians put the game away with a three run third and added two more insurance runs in the fourth.
     Joey Harr picked up the win for the Indians with relief help from Zach Wagner.  "We just didn't get a big hit when we needed it.  For whatever reason there just wasn't a whole lot of energy in our dugout.  Even when we scored first it didn't seem to get the gang going.  Coming off a game where we scored 11 runs on 10 hits I wasn't real happy with our performance at the plate," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
     The Reds managed just five hits in the game.  Tucker Linder was 2-3 with a double, triple and two RBI's.  Logan Banks, Steven Pannell and Zach Skraba all had singles for the Reds.  "We have a three game set with the White Sox this week and they're battling for first place so we need to be prepared to play some of our best baseball."
     The Reds will play the Sox Monday, Tuesday and Friday as the season winds down through the final two weeks of play.

Reds third baseman Steven Pannell

GOODBYE BASEBALL! Cordt Skraba's first career HR
Friday, June 9
Sean Ryan tripled in 11-0 win
Skraba Dabba Doo!! Reds Win 11-0
Twins Combine for Six RBI's, Pannell Adds Three, Linder Fans 10 in Four Inning Victory

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Reds (6-11) are definitely saving their best for last.  With just eight games remaining on the schedule the Big Red Machine has been putting up big offensive numbers.  For the second time this week the Reds scored 11 runs in a game downing the Indians 11-0 on "B" field.  "We saw a lot of the best pitchers in the league early in the year and we just weren't ready.  Now we are having good at bats and the schedule is starting to tilt in our advantage as far as who we see on the mound game in and game out," said a happy Reds manager Tom Linder.
     The offense got busy early and often.  The 3-4-5 batters (C Skraba, Z Skraba, and S Pannell) combined for nine RBI's hitting six for nine on the night.  Eleven year old first baseman Cordt Skraba hit his first career Majors home run as part of a five run second inning.  "Those three guys are a perfect example of what I've been preaching all year.  Keep working, don't get down and good things will happen and they have.  All three really struggled early and I'm very proud of their late season success."  Daniel Simpson had one of the Reds ten hits and Sean Ryan smashed a triple to center field.  Tucker Linder was 2-3 with a double off the fence and Brennan Bennett continues to hit well chipping in a single to the Reds attack.
     While the offense was busy lighting up the score board Tucker Linder was taking care of business on the mound.  Indians lead off batter Ryan Gaffney showed why he was a member of the Major All-Stars in 2005 slapping a Linder curve ball down the right field line for a triple.  Just when it looked like the Indians might be in business,  following a strikeout, Gaffney was out at the plate trying to score on a passed ball for the second out of the inning.  Linder would strike out nine of the next eleven batters for the win.  Cody Edwards picked up a solid single in the fourth for the only other hit by the Indians.  The Reds ace is now 4-1 with an ERA of 1.33 including 56 K's in 27 innings pitched.
     The same two teams will square off again in less than 24 hours in a rained out make up contest scheduled for 1pm at the Hole on Saturday.

Zach Skraba 2-3 with 3 RBI's

Reds hoping for a come from behind win vs Yankees
Tuesday, June 6
Reds catcher Zach Skraba goes 2-3 in loss
"Bridge" Over Troubled Water, Yanks Win 11-7
Stadelman, Yankees Defense Quiet Reds Bats, Bridge Goes Yard

     The Yankees wasted little time turning the table on the Reds (5-11) scoring five times in the bottom of the first and cruising to a 11-7 victory Tuesday night at the Hole.  Drew Stadelman kept the Reds at bay through four innings, while teammate Pat "Brooklyn" Bridge continues to swing a hot bat smashing a three run home run over the "B" field backstop and picking up five RBI's on the night.  "We didn't pitch very well tonight.  Seven walks and four of those scored, three in the five run first, on top of two walks with the bases loaded.  All we can do is regroup and get ready for Friday (Indians)," said Tom Linder following the split with the Yankees.
     The Yankees flashed the leather early and often.  Leftfielder Davis Moore set the defensive tone for the Yankees when he went back to the warning track and made a leaping catch on a long drive by Tucker Linder.  "Davis did a great job and you'll have to ask him but from where I was it looked like he brought it back over the fence."  The Yankees made all the plays and shut out the Reds through four innings.  Nathan Gorrell turned in a defensive gem on a bullet down the third base line cutting a rally in half by getting a force at second base.  "It doesn't matter who makes it, but when these kids make a good play you can't help but feel good for them.  It's fun to see good baseball."
     Trailing 8-0 the Reds finally broke through in the fifth after Chilimac Kelly walked and scored on a double into the left field corner by Linder.  Linder scored on the play when the ball kicked loose on the play at the plate on Kelly.  Brennan Bennett walked and back to back singles by the Skraba twins plated a run and another score on a wild pitch.  After the smoke had cleared the Reds were within reach trailing 8-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth.  Pat "Brooklyn" Bridge would seal the win for the Yankees with a majestic drive over the "B" field backstop.  The Reds would pick up a run in the top of the sixth off reliever Zack Price but it wasn't enough.
     Logan Banks was 2-3 with a single and a double. Zach Skraba was 2-3. Linder was 2-4 with a single and a double.   Steven Pannell and Cordt Skraba each added a single to the Reds offense.
     The Reds will play Friday night at 6pm on "B" field at the Hole against the Indians and then turn around Saturday afternoon facing the Indians in a makeup game at 130pm.

Cordt Skraba leans back from a little chin music

Tuesday, June 6
Yankees Doodle, Reds Win is Dandy!
Defense, Pitching, and Hitting Lead Reds to 14-2 Victory

     The Reds (5-10) stumbled out of the gate against the Yankees, but recovered quite nicely reminding fans, it's not how you start but how you finish that counts.  The Yankees scored a couple of unearned runs against starter Cordt Skraba in the top of the first inning as the Reds struggled defensively.  "I have to admit after eight errors in the game on Saturday I started to think 'here we go again'," said Reds manager Tom Linder.  "We settled down after scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and Cordt did an awesome job of not getting shook up by a couple of errors."  The Big Red Machine cranked out nine hits in three at bats and Skraba retired 10 of 11 Yankees after the two unearned runs, as the Reds won 14-2 in four innings.
     Tucker Linder got things rolling in the first with a single from the leadoff spot and scored on a double by Cordt Skraba.  Brennan Bennett who had reached on an error scored on a Zach Skraba ground out to the right side of the infield.  Cordt Skraba would give the Reds the lead for good, scoring on a wild pitch to the screen.  The Reds would extend their lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI single by Linder, a two RBI triple by Bennett, and a ground out RBI by Cordt Skraba.  The Reds would put the game away in the third scoring seven times.  Linder picked up two more RBI's with a bases loaded double, while Cordt Skraba picked up his third RBI of the day with his second double of the game.  Zach Skraba, Steven Pannell, Logan Banks, and Garret Chonko all picked up RBI's in the inning.  Daniel Simpson had a single and scored as the Reds sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
     The same two teams will face off again on Tuesday night on "A" field with the first pitch scheduled for 6pm.

Sunday, June 4
Zach Skraba on the mound versus the D-Backs
Snake Bitten! Reds lose 7-6 to Diamondbacks
Eight Reds Errors Costly in Extra Inning Loss

Tallmadge, Ohio
     With more errors than hits or runs the Reds (4-10) made it tough on themselves in an extra inning loss 7-6 to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night under the lights at the Hole.  "We had eight errors and it seemed everyone came back to haunt us in one way or another," said a frustrated Reds manager Tom Linder.  "It's disappointing for a couple of different reasons.  First, we got great pitching efforts from a couple of rookie pitchers (Zach Skraba and Brennan Bennett). Second, I was proud of the way we battled back after every tough inning.  Third, we had a chance for a win against the best pitchers that the D-Backs had to offer and just couldn't seal the deal."
     The D-Backs took the lead in the top of the first when Nick Gregg scored on an RBI single by Michael Strand.  The Reds would tie the score in the bottom of the first when Brennan Bennett reached on a one out walk and scored on a Zach Skraba single.  Tucker Linder gave the Reds a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the second with his eighth home run of the season off starter Matt Shomo, a three run shot that just did clear the 200 foot fence in right center.  The see-saw battle continued as the D-backs loaded the bases in the top of the third, after scoring a run and picked up two more on a two out error by the Reds.  The Reds regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with Cordt Skraba scoring on a perfect bunt by Daniel Simpson.  "Daniel is by far the best bunter on the team and he got the job done again tonight." The D-Backs threw the ball over the first basemans head and it looked as though two runs had scored, however one of the Reds runners was called back for leaving early and the rally resulted in just a single run.  The D-Backs tied the game in the fifth 5-5 and took a one run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.  Bennett would send the game into extra innings when he scored from second on a grounder up the middle by Zach Skraba.  The D-Backs scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh, one of four on the night, and the Reds were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.
     "It was not our best defensive performance of the year, on top of the eight errors we also had quite a few mental lapses that cost us tonight," explained Linder.
     A revamped batting lineup produced some better scoring opportunities and it looks like the Reds will keep the changes for the remainder of the season.  "I moved Tucker to the lead off spot.  He has 15 walks in 41 at bats so by moving him up he'll get more at bats the rest of the season and they'll have to pitch to the whole team now if they pitch around him," said the Reds manager.  Linder has 22 RBI's and a league high eight home runs in 13 games.  Zach Skraba was 3-4 on the night.  Steven Pannell, Logan Banks, and Brennan Bennett all chipped in with singles.
     The Reds will take on the Yankees in back to back games Monday and Tuesday night, first pitch 6pm both nights.

Second baseman Daniel Simpson heads for first on a bunt

Friday, June 2
The Chonko's team up at first base
Extra! Extra! Cubs Win in Eight!
Kozlowski Walk Off HR Snaps Reds Win Streak

Tallmadge, Ohio
     Ryan Kozlowski sent Cubs fans home happy with a walk off home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning snapping the Reds (4-9) two game winning streak.  The two teams played to a 1-1 tie after six innings and after a scoreless seventh Kozlowski gave the Cubs a dramatic 2-1 victory.  Logan Banks took the loss in relief and Parker Battista got the win with two innings of shut out relief.
     The Reds took the lead in the top of the second inning with a bases loaded RBI walk by Cormac Kelly.  The Cubs would tie the game in the bottom of the second with a triple to the right center field gap by Brandon Carr.  Carr would score on a wild pitch by Reds starter Tucker Linder.  "We had our opportunities early in the game and just couldn't come through with that one hit to open things up.  Our pitchers only gave up three hits, that should be enough to win, but we didn't hit the ball well enough to get the victory," said Reds manager Tom Linder.  The Reds collected four hits in the game, three by Steven Pannell.  "Steven is seven for his last eight at bats.  It's taken him awhile but his work is starting to pay off."  Zach Skraba picked up the other Reds hit, while Tucker Linder was walked three times.  Linder got a no decision striking out 13.  "I think Tuck would trade all the K's for the one pitch that sailed high on him allowing the run."
     The Reds will remain busy, now in the middle of a five game in six day stretch.  The Reds will take on the Yankees in a rain make-up contest Friday on "B" field at 6pm.

Steven Pannell rips a double to left field
Wednesday, May 31
Lefty Cordt Skraba stands tall in victory over Yankees
Abbra Ca Skraba!! Reds Win is Magic
Lefty Cordt Skraba picks up win, bats boom in 10-2 rout of Yankees

Tallmadge, Ohio
      Lefty Cordt Skraba put together one of his finest pitching performances of his two year major career as he beat the Yankees on three hits through five innings.  Lefty Logan Banks came on in the sixth for a 1-2-3 inning as the Reds (4-7) won back to back games for the first time this season.  The big Red Machine pounded out 11 hits in the 10-2 victory over the visiting Yankees.
     Cordt Skraba got things going offensively for the Reds in the bottom of the first with a deep shot down the right field line that sent Yankees outfielder Stone Helmling to the fence.  Helmling made a big league diving attempt at a catch but had the ball tip off the end of his glove and Skraba legged out a triple.  Tucker Linder picked up his first of five RBI's on the day with a hard hit ball to shortstop that scored Skraba.  The Yankees briefly took the lead in the top of the second when Patrick "Brooklyn" Bridge hit a towering drive over the centerfield fence for a 2-1 pinstripe advantage.
     The Reds would put the game away in the third inning scoring eight runs, including six that came after two outs.  Brennan Bennett and Steven Pannell had clutch two out, two run doubles in the inning.  Tucker Linder started the inning with a single and ended the scoring with a Grand Slam home run as the Reds sent twelve batters to the plate.  "We really had great at bats in the third inning.  Every hit was a solid shot and the Yankees didn't give anything away we earned the runs.  Bennett and Pannell came through with big hits and Tucker...well he was just Tucker," explained Linder.  Zach Skraba was 2-3 and did a solid job behind the plate.  Chilimac Kelly added a single and an RBI to the Reds cause.
     It's a busy week for the Reds as they play the Cubs on Thursday and will face the Yankees on Friday night in a make-up of a rained out game, while finishing the week on Saturday night against the D-Backs. 

Tucker Linder's 7th home run is a grand slam

Monday, May 29
Cormac "ChiliMac" Kelly and Tucker Linder flashing the hardware
Pair of Reds Have Memorable Memorial Day Weekend
Linder, Kelly enjoy North Canton Tournament Title

North Canton, Ohio
     Two of the Reds had a busy holiday weekend, a busman's holiday if you will.  While TLL Majors play took the weekend off Cormac Kelly and Tucker Linder teamed up with some classmates and took part in the North Canton Memorial Day Weekend Tournament.  The Blue and Gold boys from Tallmadge ran the table going 5-0 through the 16 team, two day event, claiming the team title with an 8-1 win over the Mighty Mite Royals.
     Linder went 11 for 14 in the tournament with five home runs (one in each game) including a grand slam.  Kelly showed his versatility playing 1B, 2B and all three of the outfield positions.  Linder got the win in the championship game tossing a one hitter while striking out 15 in the Tallmadge victory.
     The Reds will resume Majors play Tuesday night on "B" field when they take on the red hot Yankees.

2006 North Canton Memorial Day Tournament Champs

Thursday, May 25
Brennan Bennett is hitting .357 after a 2 RBI single
Reds "Storm" to 6-0 Win Over White Sox
Bennett and Linder Provide Thunder and Lightning in Reds Victory

Tallmadge, Ohio
     Thursday nights game began and ended under the threat of an oncoming storm.  The Reds (3-7) provided some early thunder with a two out six run second inning and Tucker Linder was quick as lightning allowing just one hit while striking out six in the four inning weather shortened game.  "We knew the storm was coming and we did everything we could to move the game along.  We got it to the point of being an official game and got the kids to the cars as the lightning started bearing down on the Hole," said Linder.
     The Reds made the most of just three hits, two of which came in the six run second.  "We did a much better job tonight of laying off pitches up and out of the strike zone.  It paid off with four walks in four innings and three of those came in the second," explained Reds skipper Tom Linder.
     The second inning started with back to back walks to Mitchell Franks and Sean Ryan.  After a fielders choice and a pop out to first base another walk loaded the bases for leadoff hitter Brennan Bennett.  Bennett hit a sharp single to center scoring two runs and the Reds took the lead 2-0.  A sharp ground ball off the first basemans glove by Cordt Skraba plated another run and the Reds lead was 3-0 as Tucker Linder came to the plate with two on and two out.  Linder sent a towering drive down the third base line that cleared the new backstop and landed uninvited right in the center of the D-Backs homerun celebration at home plate on "B" field.  "It was really strange because the D-Backs were waiting at home plate for Dylan Getz who had just put a shot deep into the trees well beyond the left field fence and here comes this ball plopping down on the unsuspecting crowd."  The three run home run was the sixth round tripper of the year for Linder.
     Linder gave up a leadoff double to Thomas Hobson in the second but silenced the threat with back to back K's to end the inning.  The Reds played good defense behind their starter and as the storm clouds rolled in the Reds rolled out with the win.
     The Reds will take the holiday weekend off and return to play Tuesday night on "B" field as they take on the Yankees at 6pm.

Tucker Linder turns in back to back one hit shut outs

Thursday, May 25
Mitchell Franks is all smiles after an RBI single against the Cubs
Short Handed Reds Get Double Dipped
Back to back losses to D-backs and Cubs

     It has been a tough week for the Reds (2-7) who played their last two games with less than a full line-up.  On Saturday Tucker Linder and Manager Tom Linder were missing in action as they were in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the 2006 NCAA Softball Tournament with assistant coach Karen Linder and the Kent State Golden Flashes.  The Reds played a hard fought contest under the lights with the D-Backs falling 7-3.  On Wednesday the Reds were without the services of Cordt and Zach Skraba who were attending the funeral services of their grandmother.  "We've had to play with less than a full squad on several occaisions and it isn't easy.  Our guys are really settling in on positions and when you take a couple of pieces out of the puzzle it just becomes a real scramble on where kids can play.  I'm very proud of these guys and they have the right attitude.  This is just baseball and sometimes there are a lot more important things in this life," explained Linder.
     The D-Backs took advantage of a three run first inning against starter Cordt Skraba and led 4-0 after two innings.  The Reds battled back with three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two run double by Brennan Bennett.  The D-Backs would put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Zach Skraba and Brennan Bennett led the Reds attack each going 2 for 3 in the game.  "Our coaches (Mark Chonko and Steve Pannell) did a great job running the team and I think the guys played a very good game from everything I've heard," said Linder.
     Playing without starters Cordt and Zach Skraba the Reds were beaten by the Cubs 10-3 Wednesday night at the Hole.  "It was not our best defensive effort.  We had more errors than hits and runs combined.  We had some guys playing out of position and it showed," said Linder.  The Reds committed six errors and seven of the Cubs ten runs were unearned.  "Logan Banks did a nice job pitching and he deserved a better fate.  We just didn't have our best defensive lineup on the field."  While things were difficult for the Reds in the field, Cubs pitcher Parker Battista made things difficult on the Reds batters giving up just two hits in four innings.  Kyle "Knucksie" Boll came on and pitched the final two innings for the Cubs giving up one unearned run.  "I was disappointed in our approach at the plate, we swung at a lot of pitches out of the strike zone and that is something we will have to work on before we play the White Sox on Thursday," said Linder.
     The Reds will hope to be back at full strength on Thursday night as they take on the White Sox at 6pm on "A" field.

Lefty Logan Banks in action against the Cubs

Tucker Linder flirts with a perfect game striking out 11 including 10 straight.
Thursday, May 18
Rookie Chad Nicholson who went 2-2 at first with Coach Chonko
Almost Perfect !!
Edwards two out Single Spoils Perfect Game Bid as Reds bats "Rain" hits in 10-0 Win over the Indians

Tallmadge, Ohio
     A little time off seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for the Reds (2-6) who put it all together in a 10-0 win over the Indians Wednesday night.  "It was nice just to be able to be playing again after all this rain.  I always believed this team could hit and tonight they proved it to themselves," said Reds manager Tom Linder after the win.
     Following more than a week and a half lay off Tucker Linder took to the mound and it was quickly obvious the rest had been good for the big right hander.  Leadoff batter Ryan Gaffney grounded out to second to start the game and Linder settled in striking out the next ten batters he faced.  "I might have to say that's about as hard as I have seen him throw.  His fast ball was alive and that's all he threw."
     While Linder was taking care of things on the defensive side, the Big Red Machine brought out the lumber banging out eight hits in four innings.  A five run second inning would be more than enough for Linder but the Reds added five more runs in the third to end the game after four innings.  Sean Ryan started the second when he reached after being hit by a pitch.  Rookie Chad Nicholson picked up his first career hit in the majors with a single just inside the third base bag.  A throwing error and back to back fielders choices netted the Reds a couple of runs.  With two on and two out Tucker Linder crushed the first offering he saw sending it halfway up the hill beyond the left field fence.  It's the fifth home run of the season for the Reds pitcher.
     Singles by Ryan, Nicholson and an RBI double by Steven Pannell greeted the Tribe in the top of the third.  "Chilimac" Kelly picked up his second RBI of the night with a ground out to third and the lead was 7-0.  A double by Brennan Bennett and a single by Cordt Skraba put the Reds up 10-0 and that left the Indians just six outs to score or the game would be ended.  Linder struck out the next five batters and was down to the final out of a perfect game (four innings) when the Indians second baseman Cody Edwards came to the plate.  "Cody struck out his first at bat and I think he came to the plate with a more aggressive game plan in his second at bat," said the Reds manager.  Edwards wasted no time in spoiling the perfect game bid as he smacked a line drive to right field on the first pitch he saw.  Linder struck out the next batter for the Reds win.  "Tuck got ahead in the count tonight and that's not good news for opposing hitters.  He threw 47 pitches and had eleven strikeouts in four innings so he was around the plate all night.  While the pitching was very good I'm more proud of the way we swung the bat tonight.  Nicholson had two hits and Steven Pannell crushed a double.  Baby Belliard (Brennan Bennett) since moving from ninth to first in the order has been outstanding, he had two more hits tonight.  The Skraba's are starting to hit the ball on the nose and that's another good sign for this team," praised Linder.  The Reds collected eight hits in the four inning game.
     The Reds will take on the Diamondbacks this Saturday at 730pm on "A" field.

"Baby Belliard" Brennan Bennett is hitting .350 since moving to the leadoff spot

Thursday, May 18
For MAC Champs it's "Sooners" than later
Linder leads Golden Flashes into NCAA Tournament vs. Oklahoma

Ann Arbor, MI
     Head coach Karen Linder and the Kent State softball team is heading to the NCAA tournament following a 4-0 run through the MAC Championships last week.  Kent State defeated Western Michigan in the final 2-1 to gain the automatic nod to the NCAA tournament.  Linder will take leave off her coaching duties with the TLL Reds while participating in the four team regional hosted by the Wolverines of Michigan, the defending National Champions.
     Linder doesn't think her squad will be intimidated.  "We've played and beaten some of the big teams in this tournament so we believe we belong and should be ready to play anyone."  The Golden Flashes have wins over Florida State, and Indiana (twice), while suffering a hard fought loss to Nebraska 1-0 earlier in the season.
     Kent State faces #20 Oklahoma at 430pm on Friday in the first game of the double elimination four team regional.  Youngstown State faces the host Wolverines in the other first round matchup.

Wednesday, May 10
Left fielder Chad Nicholson awaits the pitch against the Cubs
King Koz Blast Leads Cubs to Win
Late Inning Home Run Powers Cubs Past Reds 8-5

Tallmadge, Ohio
     The Cubs and Reds (1-6) battled through four innings of yesterdays game to a 2-2 tie.  The contest featured outstanding starting pitching and excellent defense from both teams.  The Cubs broke the game open in the fifth inning scoring five times, highlighted by a Ryan Kozlowski three run homer, the first of his career.  The Reds would answer with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth but fell 8-5 in the second game of a two game set with the Cubs.  "It was a very entertaining baseball game.   All season long it's felt like we are walking a tight rope a mile in the air with a bottle of nitroglycerin balancing on our head and a couple of sticks of dynamite in our back pockets and once we make a single mistake we just explode.  It seems to happen at least one inning every game.  Outside of the fifth inning,  I thought we played very well and inspite of the 11 strikeouts we actually hit the ball a little better today," said Reds manager Tom Linder.
     Lefty Cordt Skraba got the start for the Reds and gave up two runs in the top of the first before an inning ending double play helped avoid any more damage.  Skraba settled in and didn't allow a run over the next two innings before being replaced in the fourth.  Skraba helped his own cause with a one out triple that banged off the base of the wall in right field in the bottom of the first, he would later score on a wild pitch.  The Reds would tie the game in the third when Cormac Kelly laced a single to left with one out.  Cordt Skraba came through with a two out double over the top of the bag at first and Kelly was able to score from first after an errant relay throw by the second baseman.
     After the five run fifth by the Cubbies, the Reds Steven Pannell led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, advancing to third on a wild pitch and an infield out.  Brennan Bennett picked up the RBI with a double to right field.  Tucker Linder came to the plate with two out and hit the second pitch of the at bat over the left field fence to make it a 7-5 ball game.  "That was a pretty good at bat for Tucker.  I have no problem with teams pitching around a good hitter in crucial situations, but when teams pitch around guys the entire game I think that's a little much.  Tucker has nine walks in 21 plate appearances.  Part of what we are supposed to be doing as managers in this league is to recognize, assess, and develop potential All-Star players for post season teams.  Good pitchers not throwing to good hitters doesn't do the pitcher or the hitter any good.  I will tell you this, when it comes time to vote for All-Star pitchers, I will not vote for any one who doesn't pitch to the quality hitters in this league.  If they can't be expected to get our guys out why would I vote for them to try and get other All-Stars out.  When I cast my vote I'll cast it for the kids who have done the best against the best, both pitching and hitting, it's really that simple," explained the Reds skipper.
     Cordt Skraba led the Reds offense which showed signs of awakening from a season long coma as he went 2-3 with a double and a triple.  Linder notched his fourth home run of the season to go along with two walks, while Brennan Bennett added an RBI double.
     The Reds will return to the practice field for a few days preparing to take on the red hot Yankees.  "The Yankees are the hottest team in the Majors right now following a two game sweep of the highly talented White Sox.  Coach Stadelman and his staff have their guys playing some pretty good ball right now," praised Linder.  First pitch for the Saturday matinee against the Pinstripes is 1pm. at the Hole.

Sean Ryan with a hefty cut versus the Cubbies

Tuesday, May 9
2006 MAC East Champions
Reds Coach Leads "Other" Team to Division Crown

Kent, Ohio
     When Reds assistant Coach Karen Linder isn't helping young hitters and fielders hone their skills in Tallmadge Little League she is busy at her other job........as Head Softball coach for the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference.  This past weekend the Golden Flashes swept Miami and Ball State going 4-0 while claiming the title in the East Division of the MAC.  It is the second Division title in three years for the Blue and Gold.  Kent State set a Conference record with 49 home runs (to date) this season.  "What's amazing is they had seven home runs in a game against Toledo that was called because of darkness and those were wiped off the books," said husband Tom Linder. 
     The Golden Flashes will be the number two seed in the upcoming MAC tournament held in Midland, Michigan.  Kent State swept the number one seed Western Michigan two games to none earlier in the season at Kalamazoo. With one of the nations top pitchers in Brittney Robinson (373 K's MAC record and 25 wins) to go along with the long ball hitting Flashes line-up, Kent State is hoping for a productive tournament run. The champion of the four day, eight team tournament receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Regionals.

Coach Karen Linder and Assistant AD Bob Heller discuss Flashes victory

Monday, May 8
Reds Simpson and Bennett ready for action against the Cubs
Alexander the Great Conquers the Reds
Lumber Slumber continues as Reds are one hit by Alexander

Tallmadge, Ohio
     In a rematch of last weeks Parade day contest won by the Reds, the Cubs gained a slice of revenge winning 5-2 behind a one hit pitching performance by Jake Alexander.  "Jake lost a tough game a week ago when his four hitter wasn't enough.  Tonight he did a little better.  He doesn't throw all that hard but we just never seem to hit the middle of the ball and that's all it takes," said Reds manager Tom Linder following the game.
     Tucker Linder could not repeat his no hit performance against the Cubs giving up four runs on four hits all in the second inning.  In the first, Linder walked the lead off hitter before retiring the side on strikeouts.  In the second, following a hit batsman and a strikeout, Matt Boyer picked up a base hit on a swinging bunt that allowed a runner to score when the Reds failed to cover home plate.  Three ground ball singles found their way through the Reds infield and the Cubs sent nine batters to the plate and had all the runs they would need for the win.  "The grounders just seemed to find the holes and we had some real mental errors in the inning that were kind of frustrating.  I know these guys are capable of playing better baseball than what we have shown.  We'll just keep working to get them to realize their true potential," assured Linder.
     Alexander carried the no hitter into the top of the sixth when an error opened the door for a couple of unearned runs for the Reds.  Tucker Linder reached on an error to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Garret Chonko spoiled the no hit attempt with a two out  RBI single.  The game ended with the tying run at the plate as Alexander closed the door on the one hitter.  "We are really struggling right now at the plate.  Not just one or two players it's the whole team.  We just have to keep coming back and try to hit our way out of this funk."
     The Reds will finish up the two game series with the Cubs tonight at 6pm.

Monday, May 8
Steven Pannell during debut versus the D-Backs

Veterans Lead D-Backs to Victory
Shomo and Strand duo stop Reds 9-5

     The Diamondbacks combined their top two pitchers to quiet the Reds bats in a 9-5 win. Michael Strand and Matt Shomo combined for 11 strikeouts and the Reds (1-4) were unable to overcome six errors.  The D-Backs pounded out 13 hits.  "Hits, walks and errors.  You can't keep putting people on the bases and not make the outs when you have the chance to, sooner or later they're going to come home and score," explained Reds manager Tom Linder.
     Steven Pannell made his Majors debut and gave up a single run in the top of the first.  Pannell got some defensive help when the Reds threw two runners out trying to steal on the same play.  The D-Backs turned an error and back to back doubles into three more runs and led 4-0 after two innings.  Six batters came to the plate in the top of the third with three reaching on walks for the Diamondbacks.  Pannell was able to get out of the inning without giving up any runs getting a called strike three for the final out.  Brennan Bennett led off the bottom of the third with a base hit and rode home two batters later when Tucker Linder drilled a knee high fast ball over the center field fence for his third home run of the season.  
     The score remained 4-2 heading to the top of the fifth when Bennett on in relief was tagged for five runs, four unearned, on four Red stocking errors.  "We have had that one bad inning in every one of our losses this year.  It's that one inning where we just can't do anything right and our opponents take advantage of it," said Linder.
     The Reds will take on the Cubs Monday and Tuesday night at the Hole, first pitch 6pm both nights. 

Logan Banks goes 2-2 with three RBI's
Thursday, May 4
Reds celebrate Tucker Linder's fourth inning HR
Big Red Machine Blows Gasket, Yankees Win
Errors and Walks Open Door for Yankees Extra Inning 10-9 Victory

     The Reds (1-3) let a fourth inning 8-2 lead slip away and lost in extra innings to the Yankees 10-9 on "B" field Wednesday night.  Eight walks and seven errors spoiled a night when the Reds finally got their bats going collecting a season high eight hits.  "I would say we gift wrapped this one.  We flat out gave this away," said Reds skipper Tom Linder following the game.
     The Reds, playing their fourth straight game as the visiting team, took the lead in the top of the first when Tucker Linder reached on a two out walk followed by a Zach Skraba single.  Linder scored on a wild pitch and Logan Banks picked up an RBI with a single up the middle.  The Yankees (1-3) would answer with a single tally in the bottom of the first.  The Big Red Machine would get busy in the top of the third scoring five runs.  Cormac Kelly drew a walk and was brought home on a double by Linder.  Back to back walks to Skraba and Steven Pannell loaded the bases and Logan Banks singled back up the middle again for two more RBI's.  Second baseman Brennan Bennett ripped a single to center field scoring two and the Reds led 7-1 heading to the bottom of the third.  A walk and an error led to a Yankee run in their half of the third.  Tucker Linder led off the fourth inning with a blast that landed in the road well beyond the left field fence extending the lead to 8-2.  It was the first of the year but not the last of the day for Linder.
     Walks and errors spelled trouble for the Reds in the bottom of the fourth and when the smoke had cleared the lead was gone and so was starter Cordt Skraba.  "Cordt deserved a better fate.  He started to get tired but we didn't play very good defense behind him.  The walks and errors started the trouble and we just couldn't get out of the inning before the Yanks were able to tie the game," explained Linder.  The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, again picking up an unearned run without the benefit of a hit.  The Reds were down to their final out in the top of the sixth when Tucker Linder came to the plate.  "I thought for sure coach Stadelman would walk him.  I know I would have.  But I also respect Andy for trying to teach his players to fight through tough situations.  He wanted his pitcher to throw hard and win the game.  If this was high school, college or a championship game of some kind he would have walked him in a heartbeat.  I have a lot of respect for Andy (Stadelman) and I like the way he teaches the game of baseball," said Linder.  On the second pitch of the at bat, Linder sent the ball 207 feet from home plate over the right field fence to tie the game.  Brennan Bennett came on in relief of Kelly and set down the Yankees in order sending the game into extra innings.  After a scoreless top of the inning two errors on the Reds in the bottom of the seventh gave the Yankees a run and their first win of the season. 
     The Reds will be off until Saturday when they host the Diamondbacks on "A" field, game time 5:30pm.

Brennan Bennett makes his Majors pitching debut

Little leaguers as far as the eye can see!!
Sunday, April 30
Tucker Linder fires seasons first no hitter.
A Game Worthy of a Parade
Reds "steal" a Win Behind Linder No-Hitter

Tallmadge, Ohio
     It was indeed a game worthy of a parade as the Reds (1-2) used a double steal to take the lead in the top of the fifth 2-1 and held on for the win before a large TLL Parade Day crowd.  It was an old fashioned pitchers dual as Jake Alexander of the Cubs pitched well enough for the win allowing just four hits.  It took a no-hitter from Reds pitcher Tucker Linder and a little thievery on the base paths for the Big Red Machine to pull off their first win of the season.  "You couldn't ask for a more well played game of baseball for all the fans who stuck around," said Reds manager Tom Linder.  "Jake pitched a heck of a ballgame and the Cubs backed him up with some outstanding defense.  I thought Anthony Gotto did a great job at shortstop.  We put the ball in play and they made most of the plays."
     The Cubs (1-3) started the bottom of the first with back to back walks by lead off hitter Brandon Carr and two hole hitter Anthony Gotto.  Carr advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third and came home on a wild pitch.  Linder would settle down striking out the next three batters to get out of the inning.  Following the two first inning walks Linder retired the next 18 batters in order, 10 by strikeout, for the first no-hitter of the Tallmadge Little League season.  Linder did not allow a ball out of the infield.  "I thought Tuck did a nice job of moving the ball in and out.  He had great location and a pretty good fast ball today, I think he only threw two breaking balls," said Linder.
     The Reds would tie the game in the top of the fourth after a Logan Banks walk, a wild pitch and a Garrett Chonko single to center put runners on the corners.  Brennan Bennett would pick up the RBI with a ground ball to second base.  The Reds would take the lead in the fifth, after an intentional walk to Linder, Zach Skraba was safe on a fielder's choice.  Daniel Simpson picked up his first hit of the season with a perfect push bunt past the Cubs third baseman.  Skraba stole third setting up the games winning play.  On the next pitch Simpson broke for second, pitcher Jake Alexander turned and fired the ball to second base.  Simpson was safe at second and Skraba scored from third standing up and that would be all Reds would need for the win.  "There was a close play at third on the Skraba steal, in fact he was called out by the base umpire who had his vision blocked by the play.  Upon appeal the home plate umpire reversed the call.  I thought they made the right call and I think it took a lot of courage for the base ump to ask for help.  They got it right because they worked together," explained Linder.
     The Reds will return to "A" field Wednesday night to take on the Yankees at 6pm.  This is a game that was to be played Friday night but a Middle School conflict necessitated the change to Wednesday.

Peanuts Theme

Saturday, April 29
Reds right hander Zach Skraba stands and delivers
Indians Ambush Reds 13-1
Early Hitting Slump Continues as Locals Fall to 0-2

Tallmadge, Ohio
     Silent bats and poor defense haunted the Reds (0-2) on Friday night as they were soundly beaten by the Indians 13-1.  For the second straight game the Reds offense faced the opponents number one starter and as in game one they struggled at the plate.  "We've seen some of the league's best pitching in our first two games.  Both were All-Stars last season, so at some point it has to get easier.....right?" asked Reds skipper Tom Linder.  "After two games and facing the two guys we've faced it's not time to panic.  I'm still confident these guys will hit.  We had some good at bats, but we didn't have enough quality at bats."
     Quality at bats were not a problem for the Indians (3-0) who pounded out 10 hits including Scotty Noels three run round tripper in the first.  "We turn a nice double play and then commit back to back errors leaving the door open and they walked through it," said Linder explaining the Indians three run first.  The Reds battled back in the top of the second when Steven Pannell led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a couple of wild pitches.  Logan Banks hit a ground ball in the hole at short that was mishandled and Pannell scored from third, but that's as close as the Reds would get.  The Indians broke the game open with three straight doubles in the second scoring three more times to lead 6-1 after two innings.
     The Indian uprising continued with seven runs in the third when the Tribe sent 11 batters to the plate.  Cormac Kelly came on in relief of starter Zach Zkraba and closed the door.  "Zach could have used some defense behind him.  He is pitching for the first time this season and he will only get better."
     Mitchell Franks picked up his first career hit in the Majors when he doubled off Noel in the fourth.  Noel was in relief of the starter and winner Ryan Gaffney.  "ChiliMac" Kelly picked up the other hit for the Reds who now will try to snap a two game skid when they play the Cubs on Sunday afternoon on "A" field as part of the Little League Parade Day festivities.

Reds Steven Pannell at third base

"Trying to get a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to get the sun past a rooster."- Curt Simmons

Sunday, April 16
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Cordt Skraba opens season with seven K's
Thursday, April 27
Reds "Baby Belliard" Brennan Bennett awaits action
White Sox "Hobbit" Cast Spell Over Reds
Hobson's 11 K's and Sox Long Balls Spoil Red Machine Opener

Tallmadge, Ohio
     An outstanding pitching performance by the White Sox Thomas Hobson, along with three home runs from his teammates was too much for the Reds (0-1) as they fell 7-2 in the season opener.  Hobson got the complete game win allowing two runs on only one hit while striking out 11 Reds batters.  "We got to Thomas in the first inning for a couple of runs.  In the past the "old" Thomas might not have dealt with that.  He showed me some maturity in this game and that was the difference," said Reds manager Tom Linder, who coached Hobson as a Tallmadge All-Star last season.
     The Reds got busy in the first inning as Cordt Skraba and "ChiliMac" Kelly led off the game with back to back walks.  Tucker Linder banged the first pitch he saw back up the middle for an RBI single, an outfield error allowed the runners to move to second and third on the play.  Clean up hitter Zach Skraba hit a chopper down the third base line that scored Kelly.  Skraba was out at first on a questionable call.  Hobson settled in retiring 11 of the next twenty batters on strikeouts without giving up a hit the rest of the way.
     Southpaw Cordt Skraba went four innings scattering seven hits while striking out a career high seven batters.  Skraba fell victim to the long ball as Hobson, Jacob Wood and Nathan Jackson all went deep on the Reds lefty.  "Cordt did a very nice job tonight.  Give him three of those pitches back and we are in the game.  I would say two of the pitches were where we wanted them and the hitters just went and got them.  Sometimes you have to tip your hat to a hitter and go back at them," explained Linder.  Logan Banks made his Major debut in the fifth and gave up three runs.  "I thought Logan did all right.  Not many of the hits were all that hard, they just found their way through the infield." 
     The Reds will be back in action tomorrow night at the Hole when they take on the 2005 defending champion Indians who are off to a 2-0 start.  "We were aggressive at the plate and not intimidated.  Our defense was pretty good as well.  This team is gonna be all right," said a confident Linder

Logan Banks lets it fly during the season opener

Tuesday, April 25
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Reds Manager Looks at Upcoming Season
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Tallmadge, Ohio
Following a recent spring training session, Reds manager Tom Linder sat down with the local media and talked about the upcoming season and this years edition of the Major Reds.

Q:What is different about this years squad?
A:I think this team is a little more versatile than last seasons.  We have more guys that can play any number of positions and that is always a help.

Q:Why no ten year olds on this squad?
A:There were only three available in the draft and they were gone when I got to them.  I had to fill some holes on the team left when the twelves went to the next level.  We have a nice mix of rookies and veterans, six twelves and six elevens.

Q:Pitching and pitching depth are always important.  How do you feel about this years staff?
A:We lost a couple of our top guys in Clarkston and Hagerty from a year ago.  We have Linder and Cordt Skraba back from last year and I think we can build around them.  Nobody has enough pitching when you play three or four games in a week.  I'm looking to get some innings out of Kelly, Banks, Bennett, Zach Skraba and anybody else who shows me they can throw strikes.  We just need to play solid defense behind whoever is pitching.

Q:Can this team hit?
A:Because of the decent spring we've had I think we are ahead of last season.  We hit a lot better at the end of the season a year ago.  The guys who have returned look good and the new guys are coming along well.  Just remember it's only practice and they will have to show that they can translate practice success into game success.

Q:What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
A:I expect us to play hard, I expect us to play with enthusiasm, and I expect us to be a better group of players by the end of the year.  It's really that simple.  Think about it.....throw the ball, catch the ball, and hit the ball.  Do those things and do them well and you'll be fine.

Q:How is the league race shaping up?
A:I think it will be a real dogfight this year.  I don't see a real dominate team like last year's Indians.  Nobody has nine All-Stars like that team did.  Everybody will be scratching and clawing for each win.  It's a very balanced league.

The Reds open the season on Thursday April 27th on "B" field vs. the White Sox.

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