A Round up of all the action from Week 8 at Dubai Little League.
Aggies 16 – 9 Ducks
Misha was an RBI machine on Friday, driving in four on three hits to lead Aggies past Gators 16-9. Misha drove in runs on a single in the first, a single in the second and a single in the fourth. Gators scored five runs in the third inning, but Aggies still managed to pull out the victory. Berrak, Baila, Beliz and Laila all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Aggies scored five runs in the fourth inning. Aggies big bats were led by Misha, Farrah, Ida and Alex who each had RBIs in the inning. Ariana was on the rubber for the Aggies. The righty lasted two innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out five and walking one. Aggies racked up 13 hits in the game. Misha, Abigail, and Rebecca all managed multiple hits for the Aggies. Gators tallied nine hits. Lots of key defensive plays today contributed by both team’s third basemen, Laila and Ilze, both getting key outs at third with runners advancing. Gators tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Malak led the way with three steals for her team. Berrak and Malak all had multiple hits for the Gators.
Gators 18 – 17 Ducks
Friday’s first game saw many hot bats with the Ducks and Gators trading 2 five run innings to start the game with big hits by Sasha and a triple from Aliza. As the game progressed the Ducks jumped into the lead and fought hard to hold it. However, in the bottom of the 4th inning, Anna and Berrak helped lead the way with big hits and great base running to squeak out a win. Well played by both teams.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Audrey Gatto. At only 8 years old, she is one of the youngest players in the Junior Softball League. This week during her double header she debuted in her pitching career. She posted her first strike out against the Ducks and gave many hittable pitches. She also had a last minute start in the second game of the day against the Aggies in replacement of an injured player. She showed excellent confidence and presence after giving up three walks and played great defence. Not only did Audrey do very well pitching, she has emerged as a cornerstone at third base. Over the last three games she has been directly involved in five out at third, two of those being tags on steal attempts. Her great catching and softball knowledge were in full display. Audrey hails from Ontario, Canada. She is an active athlete swimming four times a week with Hamilton Swim Club and finding time for a Ballet class as well. She has a love of drawing and painting, as well as researching everything there is to know about Pandas. She has lived in Dubai for eight years and has participated at DLL for 3 years. Great work, Audrey!!
Crimson 15 - 5 Huskies
Harvard Crimson bats were strong versus the Huskies on Friday - tallying ten hits. Clara Rice, Emily Rice and Natalie Chamwada all managed multiple hits. Mikoto Kumano, Grace Hofmann, and Mila Looten also contributed singles. C. Rice went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the offense with an impressive 7 RBI. Crimson pitching was also solid with Chamwada and Leili Vessali combining to give up just one earned run in six innings and striking out four. The Huskies managed just six hits on the day. Ainsley Whitehead and Bethlyn Whitehead each collected multiple hits for the Huskies and Mia Mroueh contributed one.
Crimson 8 - 6 Tigers
The Harvard Crimson defeated the Auburn Tigers on Friday despite being out-hit eight to four thanks to strong defense and pitching. Natalie Chamwada and Leili Vessali toed the rubber for the Crimson - allowing 6 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings with 2 strikeouts. Clara Rice went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Crimson in hits. Emily Rice and Haruka Katsuda also contributed singles. The Tigers racked up eight hits. Anaka Brawn and Kima Sepic each went 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers offense. Keila Reque, Bella Boson, Youna Lucquin, and Emma Sadeghi provided singles as well.
Defensive Player of the Week: Congratulations to Natalie Chamwada (Crimson) on being named the Defensive Player of the Week. Natalie’s strong pitching in both games of the double header led her team to 2 wins. Natalie gave up just one earned run over six innings pitched.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Anaka Brawn (Tigers). Anaka went 2-for-3 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Anaka is a 10th grader at American School of Dubai and has played at DLL for the past 3 years.
Senior Dodgers 5 - 6 Giants
The Giants jumped out to an early lead against the 1st place Dodgers and were able to hold on for the victory after a hard fought and competitive game. Trevor Cheh got the Giants on the scoreboard early with a double in the 1st and finished the game going 2-4 at the plate to lead the Giants in hits. The game was tied at two in the bottom of the fourth when the Giants scored 3 runs, capitalizing on a tough play in the outfield. The Dodgers battled back in the 5th scoring 2 runs and again in the 6th loading the bases with no outs, but Jibran Murtaza was able strikeout 2 batters and secure the final out with a groundball to shortstop.
Ben Anderson led the way on the mound for the Giants. The righty pitched 5 strong innings giving up four runs on three hits, striking out seven against a tough Dodgers line-up. Collin Bianchi led things off on the pitcher's mound for the Dodgers. The righthander went four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out four. Gabri Reque and Ollie Duthie entered the game as relief, throwing two-thirds of an inning and one-third of an inning respectively.
Men's Dodgers 3 - 2 Astros
A walk-off left DLL- Astros Seniors on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat to DLL- Mens Dodgers on Saturday. Scoreless until the final inning, the Men’s team took advantage of a walk and an error and finally strung together back-to-back hits to steal the victory from the Astros. The Astros pitched a great game holding the Men’s team scoreless for 6 innings. Chapleski led things off on the hill for the Astros. The lefty surrendered only 1 hit over 4 innings, striking out six and walking none. Mattia Sparacino threw two and a third innings strong innings in relief.
The Astros opened up scoring in the first inning when Jack Chapleski doubled in Uli Henderson who led the game off with a walk. They added a 2nd run in the 6th after back to back singles from Mattia and Jack. Clara Rice drove in Mattia on a groundball to Shortstop.. Jack led the Astros at the plate going 3 for 3
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Ben Anderson for being awarded the Subway Player of the Week
Red Sox 9 - 3 Athletics
The Red Sox won big over Athletics Intermediate 9-3 in Saturday's early game.
Red Sox opened up scoring in the first inning scoring one run when Connor Hall singled, driving in Mahdi Mroueh. The Red Sox notched four runs in the fourth inning. The offense in the inning was led by Eric Kharschies, Mahdi Mroueh, and Jacob Claver, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Jacob Claver led things off on the hill for the Red Sox. The southpaw lasted three innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out four.
Cohen Miller led things off on the pitcher's mound for the Athletics, lasting three innings, allowing two hits and four runs while striking out six. Kima Sepic and Will "The Thrill" Brawn entered the game as relief, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one and one-third innings respectively. Dorian Fredrick had a long ball in the fifth inning, booming the ball out of dead centerfield. The Red Sox had seven hits in the game. Hall and Mroueh each had multiple hits for the Red Sox. Jacob Claver led the Red Sox with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. Miller went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Athletics in hits.
Dodgers 8 - 5 Braves
The Dodgers weathered a scare by the Braves in the sixth inning where the Dodgers coughed up four runs, but held on to win 8-5 in Saturday's late afternoon game. DLL The Braves offense in the inning was led by Zach Swartz and Chanhong Min, who each had RBIs.
The Dodgers got on the board in the first inning when Zach Durben (the Intermediate Subway Player of the Week) drove in one on a triple.
The Dodgers scored three more runs in the second inning. Billy Fordyce, Nathaniel Anderson and Santiago Fatas contributed to the big inning, all driving in runs.
Zach Durben was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers. He lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out eight and walking zero. Fatas, Fordyce and Anderson all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Matthew Yeh was on the mound for the Braves. Yeh went three innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out five. Swartz threw two innings out of the bullpen.
The Dodgers totaled nine hits. Durben and Anderson each had multiple hits for the Dodgers. Durben went 3-for-3 at the plate. The Dodgers stole seven bases during the game. Fordyce led the way with three. Jordan Bahar led the Braves with two hits in three at bats. Yeh led the Braves with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with five stolen bases. The Braves didn't commit a single error in the field.
Subway Player of the Week: Congratulations to Zach Durben for being awarded the Subway Player of the Week.
Braves 6 - 5 Yankees
Braves seals the deal over the Yankess in a dramatic walk off. The game was tied at five in the fifth inning and Jehyun Moon singled on a 1-0 count scoring the winning run. Yankees started off well in the first inning, scoring 5 runs through 6 walks/HBP and a triple by Diego Ghosh. Braves came back in the following inning with 4 runs, with 3 walks, a single and a double. Both teams’ pitchers managed to hold additional runs but the Braves in the 4th and 5th innings a run each to catch up and lead the game.
Royals 6 - 5 Dodgers
Royals hold off top of the standings Dodgers in a tight game. In the first 2 innings, Royals effectively scored 4 runs through 3 hits, with 2 coming from Taiga Hayashi, 3 walks and a HBP. Then Dodgers came back in the 3rd inning with 3 runs scoring from a walk, single, and a double hit by Ewan Moon. Royals added 2 more runs in the 4th through 2 ground ball hits in the infield. Closer for the Royals, Kakeru Enkaku conceded a run through 2 walks and 2 hits but managed to hold off the Dodgers to secure the win over their 1 run lead.
Subway Player of the Week: Jehyun Moon (Braves)- Jehyun pitched 3 innings, not giving up a single run and allowing only one hit. He also had 8 strikeouts. At the plate, he had two solid line drive hits driving in three runs. His final hit was the game winning single in the bottom of the fifth.