Athletics show muscle as they hand White Sox their third loss of season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2000

The Athletics handed the league-leading White Sox their third loss of the season, 10-1, to remain in a tie for second place with the Yankees in the Dixie Boys League on Thursday.

The A's jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning as Josh Booker, Hollia Pitts and Digger Kimbro loaded the bases with two outs. Erick Hick came through with a clutch-hit double to score Booker and Pitts. The next batter, Jacob Conway, hit a single that allowed Kimbro and Hick to score and give the Athletics a 4-0 lead.

The White Sox scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning. Scott Corley hit a two-out single and then put himself in scoring position by stealing second base. Richard Cowles belted a single to bring Corley home and cut the lead to 4-1.

The score remained the same until the top of the fourth. Kelsas Savage and Burt Rice earned consecutive, two-out walks and Kevin Mitchell belted a double that allowed both runners to score and increase the Athletics' lead to 6-1.

Digger Kimbro added another run by hitting a homerun in the top of the fifth.

The White Sox were unable to score again during the game, but the A's scored another in the sixth as Kevin Mitchell hit an RBI single to score Savage. Kimbro and Hick scored to give the A's a 10-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Matthew Conway earned an RBI in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch.

Kimbro earned the win for the Athletics. He gave up only one run and struck out nine Sox.

White Sox 6, Yankees 4

The White Sox handed the Yankees a loss earlier in the week as they triumphed by a score of 6-4.

The White Sox scored most of the runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Corey Ausderay hit a single. Andrew Hartman also got aboard on a single and both players moved over on a double steal play. Scott Corley then nailed a single to drive in both runners.Richard Cowles and Dusty Coker kept the inning going with consecutive walks to load the bases. Daniel Hartley completed the scoring with a two-RBI double to left field. The White Sox held a 5-0 lead after the inning was complete.

The Yankees scored their first run in the top of the second. Jimmy Moody led off the inning with a walk and Leon Tetter belted a single later in the inning that allowed Moody to score and cut the lead to 5-1.

The Yanks went back to work in the top of the third. Down by four runs, Junior McGough earned a walk with one out. Moody followed with a double that scored McGough and cut the lead to 5-2. Joseph Duncan and Leon Tetter earned consecutive walks to load the bases. Levi James cashed in on the scoring opportunity with a single that brought Moody

and Duncan home to make it a one-run game at 5-4.

But, the White Sox defense settled down and the Yankees did not score during the rest of the game. The Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Dusty Long scored to give his team a 6-4 lead.

Rockies 10, Athletics 7

The Rockies entered the week on the bottom of the Dixie Boys League standings, then took a step in the right direction with a 10-7 victory over the Athletics.

The Rockies jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first. Devoski McMeans, Brian Wilson and Chuck Barrett all got aboard, allowing Tyler Beaugez to nail a single to drive in the first three runs of the game.

Rockies' pitcher Chuck Barrett breezed through the first two innings as his offense continued to add to their lead in the top of the second.

Adam Lockhart earned a walk with one out and he was followed by McMeans who hit a double. Another walk to Wilson loaded the bases. With two outs, back-to-back walks to Jimmy Phelps and Ty. Beaugez brought in two runners and lifted the Rocks to a 6-0 lead.

The score remained the same until the fourth inning when the Rockies' Ty. Beaugez added two more RBIs to his game totals, bringing in Barrett and Phelps and increasing the lead to 8-0.

But, the Athletics came storming back in the bottom of the fourth. With two men on and one out, Digger Kimbro lined a double, scoring Josh Booker. Erick Hicks followed with another double, this one scored two runs as Hollis Pitts and Kimbro scored. Kevin Methal got aboard with a walk and Burt Rice drove in the final two runs of the inning with a double, making it a game again at 8-6.

The Rockies came right back in the top of the fifth with two more runs to increase their lead to 10-6 as Wilson and Barrett scored.

The A's started to rally in the bottom of the sixth as Rice got his third RBI of the game with a single that scored Mithal. But, that was all they were able to score as they fell short, 10-7.

Barrett earned the win as pitcher for the Rockies, striking out seven batters.