Pearson strikes out 15 as Moose tops Tetrick

By Marvin Birchfield

   It was defense that helped the Moose Twins dispose of the Tetrick Yankees in a 7-2 final on Monday, as hits were few and far between for the opposition.
   Cory Pearson headed the mound for the Twins, and was superb to start the game by connecting on three straight strikeouts in the top of the first.
   "Cory Pearson was just awesome. He threw a great game and was as strong in the seventh inning as he was in the first," said Twins manager C.Y. Peters.
   Pearson allowed just two hits and struck out 15 batters on the evening, while the two runs which scored were unearned.
   The Twins grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, with the first run scoring off a grounder by Pearson that brought home Mathias Maines.
   A ground-out to the pitcher produced the next score, as Jeff Peters managed to make the slide into home, barely beating the throw from first base.
   It was a 3-0 advantage for the Twins after the third frame, when an error at shortstop enabled Michael Price to score.
   The Yankees were able to capture a run in the top of the fourth, when a bad throw from third base to first allowed Chris Wagner to round the bases.
   Another throw from the first baseman to third enabled Wagner to make his way home to cut the lead to a 3-1 advantage for the Twins.
   An infield hit from Maines drove home Price in the fifth frame for the Twins, but the Yankees were able to respond in the top of the sixth, with a run from Cody Scalf off an error.
   The Yankees attempted to add another score off a wild pitch, but a good recovery and tag from the catcher, Peters, denied Justin Conway from scoring.
   The Twins added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, as the last one crossed from Terry Campbell off a bunt by Price.
   "We have a great team," C.Y. Peters said. "There were five player that didn't show up tonight, so we had to beat them with a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds out tonight."
   Diamondbacks 13
   Cubs 4
   After falling behind in the top of the first, the Expert Express Diamondbacks came back strong to capture a 13-4 victory over the Elks Cubs.
   The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Diamondbacks answered to score seven runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.
   "We don't get rattled much. We got down a few runs in the first inning, but we kept our composure and battled back," said Diamondbacks manager Norman Markland.
   A ground single from Jacob Thomas in the top of the first produced the first score of the game with Andrew Church coming home.
   A fielder's choice by Josh Sorah scored Michael Carpenter, and an error at shortstop enabled Sorah to cross the plate.
   The Twins' first run came in the bottom of the inning, when Kevin Jessee scored off a wild pitch.
   Bo Carter connected on a bunt to drive in the next run for the Twins, as Nick McNeal scored.
   A hard shot to center field from Brandon Montgomery drove home two runs, with Travis Bishop and Nick Papantoniou crossing the plate.
   The Cubs had trouble from the mound in the first inning as they gave up seven runs, which brought a replacement -- with Thomas taking over the pitching duty.
   A run was added by Corey Nave in the bottom of the second for the Diamondbacks, but the Cubs answered with a score in the top of the third, with Carpenter coming home after Jessee gunned down a runner trying to steal second.
   The Diamonbacks had a 9-4 advantage heading into the bottom of the fifth, and added four runs after a couple of hits by McNeal and Nave drove home the runs.
   "When we did connect with the ball. It seemed like we hit it really hard, but we need to just be a little more patient in the batter's box and wait to pick our pitches to hit," said Markland.