Pirates overcome Atherton's big night

Posted by: David Forshey
April 16, 2017 8:36 pm
The first Major Division game of the 2017 season lived up to the expectations.

Cainen Atherton was the do it all kid for the Mets (0-1), smacking a pair of homeruns and throwing a solid game in relief. Unfortunately his efforts were not enough as the Pirates (1-0) came from behind to take a 6-4 win on opening night.

Atherton lead off the game in spectacular fashion with a frozen rope line drive homerun. The early lead would disappear in the bottom of the 1st, but Atherton would put the game back in the Mets favor again in the 3rd. Atherton hit a no-doubter to left-centerfield to put the Mets back on top 3-2.

Atherton was called on to pitch after the starting pitcher for the Mets was ineffective early in the game. Atherton struckout 12 Pirate batters.

The Pirates took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when Cameron Donaldson laced a 3-run triple off the right field fence.

Atherton finished 2-2 with the pair of homeruns, and Caleb Wible was 2-3 with a double for the Mets.

Matthew Smith was 2-3 for the Pirates.

Bryce Danish was the winning pitcher for the Pirates. Danish struck out 6 in relief. Atherton suffered the loss for the Mets.

The Mets are back in action on Tuesday 4/18 at 6 PM in Three Springs. The Pirates are back in action on Thursday 4/20 at 6 PM in Orbisonia.

Phillies topple Yankees in opener

Posted by: David Forshey
April 16, 2017 8:26 pm
The Phillies (1-0) took advantage of 13 free passes and 4 early Yankee errors on their way to a 15-7 opening night victory.

The inexperience of the Yankees (0-1), a team starting 7 9-year olds, was on display early in the game. The Phillies got a hot start scoring 6 first inning runs to build a sizeable lead they would not give up.

The Yankees settled in in the middle innings of the game and played a solid game after a rocky first.

The game saw big performances from the "rookies" on both sides.

Micah Atherton went 3-3 with a double and a triple and 3 runs at the top of the Yankee lineup. Jamon Ranck had a rough first game on the mound, but had a 2-run inside-the-park homerun for the Yankees. Haiden Lake also had a hit in his first Little League at-bat.

On the other side, Abraham Weirich was 2-3 with a double and and inside-the-park homerun of his own in his debut.

Also chipping in for the Phillies was Abe's brother Julian, who went 2-2 with a triple and 4 runs scored, and Aydin Grove who was also 2-2 with a triple and 3 runs scored. Izik Copenhaver went 2-3 for the Phillies as well.

Eric Boozel was the winning pitcher, while Jamon Ranck suffered the loss. Boozel struck out 8 Yankee hitters.

The Phillies are back in action next Friday 4/21 at 6 PM and the Yankees are back in action on Saturday 4/22 at 7 PM. Both games are in Mount Union.

2017 Schedule Released

Posted by: David Forshey
April 12, 2017 9:04 am
The 2017 Greater Mount Union Little League schedule has been released. There are a few changes from the original schedule if you received a copy prior to April 12th, please check to make sure any dates/times have not changed.

Here are the changes made:
- 4/22 Cubs (Rookie) @ Orioles changed to 1 PM [Originally scheduled at 5 PM on the same date]
- 4/22 Expos @ Phillies (Rookie) changed to 5 PM [Originally scheduled at 1 PM on the same date]
- 5/8 Cubs @ Brewers [Originally scheduled as Brewers @ Cubs on 5/9]
- 5/22 Indians @ Orioles [Originally scheduled on 5/26]
- 5/27 Orby #2 @ Orby #1 at 9 AM [Originally scheduled on 5/22]
- 5/27 Red Sox (Rookie) @ Orioles at 11 AM [Originally scheduled at 3 PM on the same date]
- 5/27 Cubs @ Twins at 1 PM [Originally scheduled at 11 AM on the same date]
- 5/27 White Sox @ Phillies (Rookie) at 3 PM [Originally scheduled at 1 PM on the same date]
- 5/31 Tigers @ White Sox [Originally scheduled on 5/30]
- 5/31 Orby #1 @ Orby #2 [Originally scheduled on 5/30]
- 6/1 Phillies (Rookie) @ Orioles [Originally scheduled on ]
- 6/14 Brewers @ Rockies [Originally scheduled on 6/15]
- 6/21 Brewers @ Cubs [Originally scheduled as Cubs @ Brewers on 6/20]

The 2017 scheduled opens on Saturday, April 15th with a pair of games in Mount Union. The Yankees at Phillies game opens the season at 6 PM. The Mets at Pirates will follow at 7:30 PM.

VIP Status Upgrade

Posted by: David Forshey
April 12, 2017 9:00 am
Starting this season, you must register for our website and be validated as a VIP to view current season stats. All past season stats and current season scores and standings will still be available to the general public.

You can register at the link on the top right of the page. Once registered please either message me on Facebook or catch me at the Mount Union field and I'll validate you as a VIP.