Yankees increase lead in Dixie Majors; Red Sox lose to White Sox

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2000

The Yankees pulled away from the second place Red Sox last week as they earned a 10-5 victory over the Rockies, allowing them to take advantage of an 8-6 loss by the Red Sox to the White Sox in Dixie Majors.

The Rockies came out strong as they took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Hunter Winters led off the game with a basehit. With one out, Steven Sorrells and Todd Nicholas hit consecutive singles. Winters scored on an error and a basehit by Jason Shaw scored Sorrells and Nicholas to put the Rockies ahead 3-0.

But, the lead was short-lived as the Yankees brought five runners across home plate

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in the top of the second inning. All of the damage came with two outs. A walk to Michael Bozeman and consecutive singles by T.J. Gerrard and Daniel Branum loaded the bases. Three consecutive walks allowed the Yanks to tie the score. By the end of the inning, the Yankees held a 5-3 lead.

The Rockies got one run back in the bottom of the third as Nicholas scored on a base hit by Michael Holleyfield to cut the lead to 5-4.

The Yankees put another run on the board in the top of the fourth when Jerome Viers scored on a double by Justin Kimbro to increase their lead to 6-4.

They struck again in the top of the sixth with another run as Hickman walked and later scored on a groundball to make it a three-run lead at 7-4.

The Yanks added some insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Josh Beverly, David Albert and Ed Phelps scored to make the score 10-4.

The Rockies added one in their final at-bat, but were unable to keep the inning going as they fell by a final score of 10-5.

Kimbro earned the victory as pitcher for the Yanks. Josh Beverly also pitched three innings of the game.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 6

The race for second place tightened as the third-place White Sox earned a victory over the second place Red Sox, 8-6.

The Red Sox took the lead in the top of the first inning. Adam Moore led off the game with a single and Jon Wright followed with another one out later. Consecutive singles by Chris Moses and Bryan Little scored the two base runners to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

They added two more in the top of the second as Joseph Ryan

and Moore hit back-to-back basehits. Both scored on a double by Ashley Lakes to increase their lead to 4-0.

But, the White Sox came back in the bottom of the second. Dustin Holt led off the inning with a walk and then scored on a double by Mal Winters. Winters scored on a single by Evan Brock who later came across on a basehit by Elijah Freeman to make it a one-run game, 4-3.

The Red Sox added another run to their total in the top of the third as Jeffrey Burt scored.

The White Sox would not go away and made it a one-run game again in the bottom of the inning as Holt scored on a basehit by Brandon Pope to make the score 5-4.

After holding the Red Sox in the top of the fourth, the White Sox brought four runners across home plate in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-5 lead. Three straight doubles by Ben Mixon, A.J. Barganier and Greg Gallander set up the big inning.

The Red Sox only scored one more run which came in the top of the sixth inning.

Holt earned the victory as he pitched a complete game, earning five strikeouts.