A Round up of all the action from Week 14 at Dubai Little League.
Aggies 14 – 6 Gators
The Aggies weathered a scare by the Gators in the third inning when the Aggies coughed up five runs, but they still won 14-6 on Friday. The Gators' big inning was driven by a single by Marcela, an error on a ball put in play by Audrey, and a double by Baila. Both offenses were strong at the plate as Aggies collected four hits and Gators two in the high-scoring affair. The Aggies tallied five runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught by the Aggies was led by Ilze, Abigail, and Ariana, all driving in runs in the frame. Ariana and Abigail shared the mound and collectively had zero hits and a combined six strikeouts on the day. Marcela was in the pitcher's circle for Gators. Marcela allowed zero hits on the day and in for relief, Anna pitched five strikeouts for the team. Marcela and Baila each collected two RBIs.
Gators 12 – 11 Ducks
The Gators took their game in dramatic walk-off fashion, thanks to a walk-off single by Siri at the end of the game for the win over the Ducks. The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game. The Gators collected ten hits and the Ducks had seven. The Ducks got things started in the first inning when Sasha singled on a 3-0 count, scoring one run. The Gators tallied five runs in the second inning. Anna, Marcela and Berrak all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. The Ducks scored five runs in the third inning. The Ducks' big bats were led by Hanna, Nida, Tasia, and Joelle all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. The Gatto duo, Audrey and Anna, collectively pitched 3 strikeouts with 4 hits. Tasia and Norah combined forces and pitched for the Ducks allowing nine hits and three strikeouts in the game. Siri and Baila all collected multiple hits for Gators. Siri went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Gators in hits.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Baila Healey for winning the Subway Player of the week for Junior Softball! Baila Healey has lived in Dubai for 3 years and is from Lindale, Texas. She attends the Dubai American Academy and is in her second year participating at DLL. She is an avid reader who loves animals and drawing. When possible she really enjoys fishing and water sports, but can easily get lost in the world of Minecraft. This week during her double header Baila was outstanding at first base, reeling in throws and ground balls. From the plate her bat was sending line drives to the fence and she displayed aggressive base running skills that lead the Gators to a come from behind win against the Ducks. She has been such a positive influence on the younger players and her quiet leadership is truly appreciated. Great job, Baila for being named Junior Softball's Subway Slugger of the Week!
Tigers 17 - 7 Crimson 4
The Auburn Tigers’ bats were hot on Friday as they defeated the Harvard Crimson 17-4.
The Tigers saw the ball well, racking up 12 hits in the game. Youna Lucquin, Anaka Brawn, Kinza Bokhari, and Keila Reque all had multiple hits for the Tigers - including a triple by Reque. Bella Boson, Janna Nasr, Charlotte Whitnell and Ruba Nasr also contributed hits. Boson was impressive on the basepaths with 4 stolen bases. The Tigers pitching staff combined for an impressive outing. Reque, Emma Sadeghi, Brawn and Bokhari collectively allowed just 4 hits and three earned runs while striking out seven.
Natalie Chamwada went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Crimson in hits. Clara Rice and Ishanika Babhania also contributed singles. The Crimson stole 11 bases during the game with Rice and Chamwada stealing three each.
Huskies 4 - 3 Crimson
Friday's game between the Crimson and the Huskies was an impressive defensive showdown as the Crimson edged out the Huskies late in the game. Just one error was committed in the game.
Crimson hits came from Emily Rice, Grace Hofmann, Quilia Ho and Ainsley Whitehead. Leili Vessali and Natalie Chamwada toed the rubber for the Crimson - combining for six innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four. Mila Looten was a standout defensively for the Crimson at third base with key plays (including an inning-ending unassisted double play) that helped secure the Crimson victory.
The Huskies lost despite out-hitting the Crimson six to four. Clara Rice led the Huskies offense with two hits including a double. Bethlyn Whitehead also contributed a double while Mia Mroueh belted a triple. Other hits came from Aalia Gulamhusein and Mackenzie Render. Whitehead and Gulamhusein took the circle for the Huskies - combining for five innings and allowing four runs on four hits while striking out six.
Defensive Player of the Week: Congratulations to Clara Rice (Crimson) on being named the Defensive Player of the Week. Clara’s effectiveness behind the plate has been evident all season and Friday was no exception. The catcher was particularly impressive in the second game when she allowed zero passed balls and had seven putouts.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Youna Lucquin (Tigers) on being named the Senior Softball Subway Player for Week 14. Youna went 2-for-4 with 1R. Youna is a ninth grader at Dubai American Academy and has been playing softball at DLL for the past 2 years.
Astros 0 - 1 Men's Dodgers
Men's Dodger defeated Astros 1-0 to finish the season in first place. In a defensive showdown, the experienced man’s team managed to grind another victory. Uli Henderson is the Player of the Week. In his starting debut as a pitcher with the Astros vs. the Men’s Dodgers, Uli threw 4 shutout innings giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk in his outing.
Giants 5 - 4 Dodgers
The Giants finished the regular season with a 5-4 win over the Dodgers. A balanced pitching rotation of Noah McFadzean, Trevor Cheh, Jibran Murtaza and Ben Anderson led the way for the Giants. The Dodgers took the early lead and the Giants responded on RBI singles from Bjoern Brake and Mazen Mroueh to take the lead and never look back. The Giants also received key hits from Noah McFadzean, Matthew Vermette, Trevor Cheh, Jibran Murtaza and Ben Anderson. Leading the way for the Dodgers with multiple hits were Jacob Essick and Josh Jamal.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Uli Henderson on being named the Subway Player of the Week.
Braves 12 - 10 Dodgers
Braves Nearly Erase 6-Run Deficit In Loss To Dodgers
The Dodgers got out to a six-run lead in the fifth inning and held on for a 12-10 victory over the Braves in Saturday's early tilt. The Braves scored four runs in the failed comeback on a double by Zach Swartz and a double by Corbin. The Dodgers collected 14 hits and the Braves had 14 in the high-scoring affair. The Braves got on the board in the first inning when Chanhong Min doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. The Dodgers scored four runs in the fourth inning. led by Nathaniel Anderson and Santiago Fatas, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
The Braves scored four runs in the sixth inning. The big inning for the Braves came thanks to doubles by Swartz and Corbin. Nathaniel Anderson toed the rubber for the Dodgers . The fireballer went three innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out three. Swartz was on the pitcher's mound for DLL Intermediate Braves. Swartz lasted one inning, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out two and walking none. Sulaiman Kwajah and Yared Davis entered the game as relief, throwing three innings and one inning respectively. The Dodgers tallied one home run on the day. Nathaniel Anderson had a homer in the first inning.
The Dodgers scattered 14 hits in the game. Santiago, Zach Durben, Albie, Billy Fordyce, and Nathaniel Anderson all collected multiple hits. Santiago went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Dodgers in hits. The Dodgers didn't commit a single error in the field. Billy Fordyce had the most chances in the field with eight. Santiago led the Dodgers with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases. The Braves totaled 14 hits in the game. Davis, Swartz, Ayden Stefaniuk, and Min each managed multiple hits for the Braves. Swartz once again hit a big fly home run and now leads the league with three homers on the season. Davis led the Braves with four hits in four at bats. DLL Intermediate Braves tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Stefaniuk led the way with three.
A's 1 - 4 Red Sox
Red Sox Grab Lead In Fourth Inning For Victory Over Athletics
The Red Sox stole the lead late in the game in a 4-1 victory over the Athletics in the late game on Saturday. The game was tied at one with the Red Sox batting in the bottom of the fourth when William Brawn threw a wild pitch allowing Sam Claver to score the go ahead run. In the bottom of the third inning, the Red Sox tied things up at one. The Red Sox scored one run when Dorian Fredrick singled, scoring Connor Hall. Dorian led things off on the mound for the Red Sox. The righthander allowed five hits and one run over three innings, striking out five and walking zero.
Kima Sepic started the game for the Athletics. The righty went two innings, allowing zero runs on three hits and striking out four. Will Brawn threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. The Red Sox scored an inside the park home run when Jacob Claver lined a shot to right centerfield in the fifth inning. Milad Mroeuh led the Red Sox with two hits in two at bats. The Red Sox were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Mahdi Mroueh made the most plays with 12.
The Athletics racked up eight hits in the game. Cohen Miller and Nyle Chaudhry all had multiple hits for the Athletics. Cohen went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Athletics in hits. The Athletics didn't commit a single error in the field.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Nathaniel Anderson on being named the Subway Player of the Week. Nathaniel Anderson 2 for 3 2 runs, 3 RBI's, Home Run and Triple
Pitched 3 innings giving up 3 runs and only hit one kid.
Dodgers 10 – 8 Royals
Dodgers defeat Royals despite their resilience in the final inning and remain at the top of the standings. Dodgers started off with a 5 run inning starting with 5 hits and a walk from Royals debut pitcher Esteban Olivier. While this started to look like a one-sided game, Royals came back scoring 4 runs starting with a second consecutive first batter homerun by Kakeru Enkaku, 3 singles and a walk. Dodgers continued to effectively add 5 runs in 2nd-4th innings to expand the lead to 5 runs again. But the Royals came back in the final inning with 3 hits and a walk from Dodgers closer Owen Greene, but missed the opportunity to catch up.
Braves 7– 6 Yankees
Braves started smoothly scoring 4 runs starting from 3 singles, a walk, an error and fielder’s choice. Yankees batters struggled to score from pitcher Neelan Sharma who struck out 6 in 2 innings. But Yankees blasted a 5 run inning in the 3rd, from 4 singles and a double to take the lead. Braves tied the game in the 4th from a walk and a double hit by Joud Nasser. Yankees again took the lead at the top of the 5th with a walk and a single by Ben Audi. In the final inning, Braves took victory from 2 walks and a 2 RBI single by Noah Bahar to remain right behind the Dodgers in the standings. Dodgers Diego Ghosh sliding in to home to secure a run. Royals Catcher Jacob Marahay.
Royals Esteban Olivier securing a big flyball hit in to center field to save Royals allowing further runs. Yankees Saam Sadeghi hustling to 2nd to steal a base. He ended up remarkably stealing 4 bases in the game.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Nabil Kronfol on being named the Subway Player of the Week. Hit 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run. Despite getting injured the catcher showed a strong fighting spirit to continue playing the game. Best game for Nabil in his first year playing in the minors.