After three weeks of play, last year’s little league championship-winning team, the Cubs, is again in first place. The team is undefeated after winning a doubleheader against the Cardinals last Saturday. Pitcher Aiden Aliberti struck out 11 of 12 batters while notching three RBIs in the first game to help the Cubs to an 11-0 win. In the second game, the Cardinals took an early 6-3 lead, with Benny Binder, Nick Bischoff, Otto Osmers and Auguste Pizzano having a hit apiece. Cubs pitcher Tabor Caron stepped in in the later innings to hold back the Cardinals offense, however, allowing his team to take an eventual 8-6 win.
The second-place Pirates defeated the A’s on Saturday in a 12-1 win, with Jack Sierputoski pitching a three-hitter and striking out eight. Jack also slammed a bases-loaded triple in the fourth to put his team up 6-1.
The Tigers picked up a close 4-3 win over the Red Sox Saturday, with Hunter Cleary singling to opposite field in the bottom of the sixth to drive John Morris home for the winning run. The Sox had an early 2-0 lead, but the Tigers were able to tie the game in the second and move ahead on standout pitching from Richie Barlett and Ricardo Andrade.
On Monday, the A’s picked up two wins in a doubleheader against the Tigers, with pitcher Jack Sayre no-hitting the Tigers for 5 2/3 innings in the first game, with Matteus Scheffer stepping in to preserve the win. Nick Fiore went 3 for 3 for the A’s in the 5-0 win. In the second game, Jack went 2 for 4 with a grand slam in the fifth to lead the team to its 10-2 win. Liam Weiland struck out nine for the A’s. Mitchell Chaves and Hunter Cleary each turned in hits for the Tigers.