Ford Motors Scoreboard and News (Week 1)
Updated: Nov 10, 2020
The Dubai Little League season is underway!
Aggies 13 - 4 Ducks
In the Junior Softball Division, Game 1 Aggies vs Ducks, the Aggies defeated the Ducks 13-4. Aggies got things moving in the first inning when Becca singled and scored a run. Ariana led things off in the pitcher’s circle for Aggies. She pitched two innings allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out five and walking zero. Aggies scattered 12 hits in the game. Quilia led Aggies with three hits in three at bats. Ducks’ Nora H and Joaquinne brought in 1 RBI each in the 2nd inning. Ducks had the best play of the day when first baseman Zeynep caught a pop up by an Aggie also picking off the runner on 1st resulting in a double play.
Ducks 14 - 12 Gators
Game 2 Scorekeepers were kept busy today during a high-scoring contest between the Ducks and Gators, where Ducks prevailed 14-12. Ducks’ fired up the offense in the first inning when Tasia, Zeynep and Hanna brought in 5 runs total and Zeynep’s triple gave the Ducks the lead early in the first inning. 4 runners scored in the 4th inning keeping the Ducks’ lead. Gators followed and tallied five runs in the 2nd inning with RBIs from Anna, Marcela, Laila and Audrey. Gators’ Malak brought in RBIs from two big hits that evening but not enough for Gators to take the lead.
Subway Player of the Week: Zeynep Al-Omari (Ducks) - In Game 2, Zeynep hit a triple that gave the Ducks the early lead. Zeynep is 11 years old from from Kuwait. She calls Turkey and Kuwait home. Zeynep is in her second year of Jr Softball and has been playing at Dubai Little League for 3 years.
Tigers 15 - 4 Huskies
The Tigers combined for 15 runs on 9 hits including a triple by Keila Reque Cruz who went 3-for-3 on the day. Reque Cruz also pitched 3 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts. Kima Sepic had two hits for the Tigers while Kinza Bokhari, Bella Boson, Janna Nasr and Emma Sadeghi each contributed one. The Huskies managed just 3 hits on the day led by Katie Claver with two; Aaliyah Haider singled.
Huskies 12 - 10 Crimson
Pitcher Bethlyn Whitehead earned the win for the Huskies throwing 2 and 2/3 innings with no earned runs and 4 strikeouts. Ainsley Whitehead, Mackenzie Render and Zoya Merchant had multiple hits for the Huskies including a trip le by A. Whitehead and a double by Merchant. Aalia Gulamhusein stood out defensively for the Huskies with three big outfield catches. The Crimson battled hard led by Grace Hofmann, Mikoto Kumano and Clara Rice who each had two hits.
Subway Player of the Week: Keila Reque Cruz (Tigers) - Keila led her team at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple, 2 RBI, 1 run scored and 3 stolen bases. Keila is a junior at Dubai American Academy and has been a part of the DLL softball program for an impressive 7 years.
Senior Dodgers 8 - 5 Men's Dodgers
In the Seniors Division the Senior Dodgers defeated the more experienced offensive powerhouse Men's Dodgers 8-5. Collin Bianchi started for the Dodgers on the mound and tossed three great innings. He gave up no earned runs and was a force at the plate going 2-3 with an RBI. Jacob Essick made two key hits and was solid in the infield. Essick was 2-3 at the plate with 3 RBIs. Both his hits came in key moments and Essick and Bianchi were the offensive stars of the game. Gabbri Reque had a stellar game as well in his season debut with the big boys. Despite not having his top stuff, Veteran Ollie Duthie grinded hard for four innings and struck out 7 including the the final three outs to secure the victory.
Astros 12 - 3 Giants
The upstart youthful Astros defeated the Giants in the morning game 12-3. With 4 defensive errors in the top of the 1st inning Giants couldn’t recover. Ben Anderson and Jibran Murtaza pitched well for the Astros. Anderson picked up 7 strikeouts and Murtaza 5, over 3 full innings for each. Jack Chapleski went 4 innings for the Astros and recorded 9 strikeouts, while giving up 1 hit.
Subway Player of the Week: Jacob Essick (Senior Dodgers)
Dodgers 6 - 3 Braves
In Game 1 of the Minors, the Dodgers took a 6-3 victory over the Braves. In the very first inning of this opening game, Owen Greene of the Dodgers hit a 2 run HR, what a way to start the season! Ewan Moon, starting pitcher for the Dodgers allowed 2 hits and 1 run over 2 innings, striking out six. Braves scored with an effective squeeze bunt and added 2 runs in the final inning with aggressive base running but was not able to close the deficit.
Yankees 0 - 0 Royals
No runs scored, but the game was nerve-racking with both teams presenting excellent pitching and defense. 3 hits from the Yankees and 2 hits from the Royals with no walks and 2 HBP in total after 5 full innings. Well done to the pitching staff! Ben Audi of the Yankees pitched 3 innings striking out 9 batters, Hide Katsuda of the Royals pitched 2 innings striking out 6 batters. Coaches of both teams admitted they put too much time for practicing defense and pitching, they are now determined to put more time for batting practice!
Subway Player of the Week: Owen Greene (Dodgers) - first inside the par HR this season.
Red Sox 8 - 3 Braves
In opening week action in the DLL Intermediate Division the Red Sox took home an 8-3 victory over the Braves on Saturday. In the first inning, the Red Sox got their offense started when Connor Hall doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Dorian Frederik and Jacob Claver led the way in pitching for the Red Sox. Dorian went three innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out four and walking zero. Jacob also threw three innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Zach Swartz started the game for the Braves. Zach surrendered six runs on three hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out eight. Matthew Yeh threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. The Red Sox racked up six hits in the game. Jacob Claver and Alex Zabst had multiple hits for the Red Sox. DLL Intermediate Braves totalled five hits in the game. Sulaiman Khawja and Swartz all managed multiple hits for DLL Intermediate Braves.
Dodgers 15 - 7 Athletics
The Dodgers nabbed the lead late in the game in a 15-7 victory over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon at DLL. The game was tied at five with Dodgers batting in the top of the fourth when Noah Trudeau singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. The Dodgers were boosted by Aiden Zoretic who went 4-for-4 at the plate. In the first inning, the Dodgers got their offense started when Zach Durben doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. In the bottom of the third inning, the Athletics tied things up at five. Will Brawn drew a walk, scoring one run. Nathaniel Anderson got the start for the Dodgers.
Anderson allowed two hits and four runs over two innings, striking out two. Kima Sepic was on the hill for the Athletics. She went three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out five. Cohen Miller and Will Brawn entered the game as relief, throwing two and a third innings and one-third of an inning respectively.
Subway Player of the Week: Noah Trudeau (Dodgers)