Yankees clip Rockies, 8-6; Athletics return favor

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2000

The two teams bringing up the rear in the Dixie Boys League met last week with the Yankees edging out a two-run victory, 8-6, over the last-place Rockies.

The Rockies held the lead through most of the game, but the Yanks scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to earn the victory.

The Rockies took the lead in the top of the first inning. Devoski McMeans and Brian Wilson led off the game with consecutive singles and Chuck Barrett earned the first RBI with a double. The next batter, Jimmy Phelps, lined another double that brought Wilson and Barrett home. With two outs and Phelps on third, Rashad Knight nailed a clutch single to make the score 4-0.

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The Yankees were able to get one back in the bottom of the first as Leon Tetter earned a walk and scored later in the inning on a single by Brad Heartsill to make the score 4-1.

After shutting the Rockies down in the top of the second, the Yankees continued to close the gap as Victor Mack led off the bottom of the inning with a double. Joseph Duncan followed with a walk. With one out, T.J. Lawley hit a double to score Mack. Duncan also scored in the inning to make it a one-run game, 4-3.

Phelps helped put the Rockies on the board again in the third as he led off the inning with a double and scored on an error by the Yankees to increase the lead to 5-3.

But, the Yankees led off their half of the third with a double off the bat of Jimmy Moody and scored later in the inning on a double steal play to cut the lead to 5-4.

In the top of the fourth, Trevor Beaugez and Paul Norman earned consecutive walks. Beaugez scored on a basehit by Barrett, making the score 6-4.

But walks allowed the Yankees to come back in the bottom of the inning as Josh Senn, Josh Burt, Tetter and Moody all earned free passes. Each of the runners came around the bases to score to give the Yanks an 8-6 win.

Junior McGough earned the victory for the Yankees and struck out seven batters.

White Sox 11, Rockies 6

The Rockies had worse luck against the league-leading White Sox as they went down by a score of 11-6.

The Sox struck first as Ty Langston led off with a single. He scored later in the inning on a groundball by Andrew Hartman.

After shutting the Rocks down in the top of the second, the White Sox exploded in the bottom of the inning. A walk to Brad Anthony and consecutive singles by Dusty Coker and Braden Hinson loaded the bases for Langston who earned an RBI with a walk. Corey Ausderau lined a double that drove in Coker and Hinson. Another walk to Scott Corley loaded the bases again and Brandon Burnette lined an RBI single. Daniel Hartley rounded out the scoring with a two-run single that made the score 8-0.

The Rockies got back into the game in the top of the third as Devoski McMeans and Brian Wilson both got on base to lead off the inning. Chuck Barrett drove in McMeans with a double. After one out, a basehit by Beaugez brought Wilson and Barrett home, cutting the lead to 8-3.

The Rockies continued to get back in the game in the top of the fifth as Wilson, Barrett and Jimmy Phelps scored to make it a two-run game, 8-6.

The White Sox put the game away in the bottom of the sixth as Langston hit a two-run homer with Teddy Mauch on base. Corey Ausderau, who hit a single, also scored in the inning to give the Sox an 11-6 victory.

Scott Corley earned the victory for the Sox on the mound, striking out nine batters.

Athletics 16, Yankees 15

The Athletics and Yankees played an extra-inning barnburner with a lot of offense. But, it was the A's who left the field with a one-point victory, 16-15.

The Yankees took the first lead of the game as Junior McGough and Jimmy Moody scored to make the score 2-0.

But, in the top of the third, the Athletics' bats warmed up too. Christopher Sasley earned a walk and the bases filled up when Burt Rice and Kevin Mitchell were hit by pitches. Another walk to Clay Beverly brought in one run. But, the big hit was a double by Josh Booker that brought in three runs and gave the A's a 4-2 lead.

Heartsill made it a one-run game in the bottom of the third. After he hit a double, Moody came through with a hit that allowed Heartsill to score.

The A's continued to put runs on the board in the top of the fourth. Jacob Conway, Sasley, Rice, Mathew Mobley, Clay Beverly and Digger Kimbro scored in the inning. Booker and Beverly had the key hits of the inning as each hit two-run singles, helping to give the A's a 10-3 lead.

The Yanks came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth as Moody, Joseph Duncan scored on a double by Leon Tetter. Tetter also scored in the inning, cutting the lead to 10-6.

In the top of the fifth, the A's added to the lead as Conway, Sasley and Rice hit consecutive singles. Beverly, Booker and Eric Hick all earned RBIs in the inning to give their team a 15-6 lead.

But, the A's were unable to shut the Yankees down. They came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Duncan hit a double to bring home Moody and McGough to make the score 15-8.

The Yankees had a big sixth inning to tie the game. Matt Holley, Josh Burt, Heartsill, McGough, Moody and Jarret Smith all scored to knot the score at 15-15.

Both teams stiffened up on defense as neither offense was able to get anything going through the sixth and seventh innings.

The A's finally brought a run across in the top of the eighth. Kimbro hit a single to lead off the inning and then stole second and third base. With one out, Hollis Pitts broke the tie with a base hit that gave the A's a 16-15 lead.

The Yankees were not able to get anyone aboard in the bottom of the inning as the game ended.

White Sox 17, Athletics 7

The White Sox confirmed their dominance in the league with a 17-7 victory over the second place Athletics.

After each team scored two runs in the first inning, the Sox ran away in the top of the second as nine runners scored. Brandon Hinson led the Sox with a homerun in the inning that helped give the Sox an 11-2 lead.

The A's scored one run in the bottom of the inning, one in the bottom of the third and two in the fifth. But, it was too little, too late as the Sox continued to pull away.