LL Majors games feature good hitting

Come-from-behind victories, the long ball and a few good pitching performances were all factors in Little League Majors action over the past week.

The Seligman Indians continued their good play this season by defeating two more opponents to up their record to 5-0.

Vince Alvarado turned heads in the Indians’ 25-3 victory over the Ash Fork Devil Rays on Saturday when he nailed a grand slam, over-the-fence home run.

Travis Wright of the Williams Tigers hit two home runs in a three-day period.

The Grand Canyon Cardinals moved into second place with a 6-3 record. The Cards have played 75 percent of their schedule, however, and Seligman still has half of its games to play.

There will be a doubleheader Thursday involving teams from outside Williams. The Indians, in fact, will play two.

The league will then take a break over Memorial Day weekend before resuming action on Tuesday. The majors will be wrapping things up in a few weeks with all-star competition beginning later in June.

The younger leagues begin play in June. The Minors will open the season June 2 and T-ball games get under way on June 1.

Here’s a rundown of games from the past week in Williams Little League Majors:

Wednesday

Williams Tigers 20,

Williams Astros 12

The Tigers scored 20 runs in three innings Wednesday en route to a 20-12 victory over the Williams Astros. The game was stopped on the time limit.

The Astros trailed 12-5 and were within striking distance until the Tigers exploded for eight runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.

Kirk Carpenter hit two home runs in the game for the Astros.

Travis Wright and Trevor Rose combined at pitcher to get the win for the Tigers.

Top hitters: Astros, Lucas Zabala, Kirk Carpenter. Tigers, Daniel Mayfield, Travis Wright, Trevor Rose, B.J. Heggestad.

Score by innings:

Astros 302 25—12

Tigers 758 0x—20

Thursday

Grand Canyon Cardinals 6,

Williams Diamondbacks 3

The Cardinals came out on top 6-3 over the Williams Diamondbacks in a hard-fought contest.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the first two innings and shutout the D-Backs in the final three innings to post the win.

Top hitters: Cardinals, Ryne Boone, David Robinson. Diamondbacks, Kevin Duffy, Michael Briggs.

Score by innings:

Diamondbacks 021 000—3

Cardinals 320 10x—6

Friday

Seligman Indians 15,

Williams Astros 2

The Indians slowly took control of the game with seven runs in the first four innings and then broke things open with eight in the fifth.

Joe Garibay hit two doubles in the fifth inning alone to help the Indians remain unbeaten. Vince Alvarado got the win on the mound and finished with 12 strikeouts and allowd just two hits, both by the Astros’ Kirk Carpenter.

Top hitters: Astros, Kirk Carpenter. Indians, Vince Alvarado, Rocky Montoya, Joe Garibay.

Score by innings:

Astros 000 200—2

Indians 213 18x—15

Saturday

Williams Tigers 7,

Williams Diamondbacks 5

The Tigers held the Diamondbacks hitless through the first four innings en route to a 7-5 win.

The Tigers led 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth when the D-Backs came back with three. In the sixth, the Tigers added an insurance run and then endured another two-run outburst by the opponent to secure the victory.

Travis Wright hit a homer in the first inning for the Tigers.

Top hitters: Tigers, Travis Wright. Diamondbacks, Justin Sandoval, Tyrell Valdivia.

Score by innings:

Tigers 101 041—7

Diamondbacks 000 032—5

Grand Canyon Cardinals 6,

Parks Pirates 4

The Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Grand Canyon pitcher David Robinson then took control of the game to allow the Cards to make a comeback.

The Cardinals went ahead for good in the fourth and added another run in the fifth for a 6-4 triumph.

Top hitters: Pirates, Jason Bartel, Laramy Schmid, Kasper Axtell. Cardinals, Ryne Boone, David Robinson.

Score by innings:

Pirates 400 00—4

Cardinals 202 11—6

Seligman Indians 25,

Ash Fork Devil Rays 3

Vince Alvarado hit an over-the-fence grand slam in the fourth inning and the Indians never looked back in a 25-3 victory over the Devil Rays.

Seligman was held scoreless in the first inning, but then sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning while scoring eight runs.

Alvarado’s homer came in the fourth with Chris Morley, Hugh Campbell and Tom Cothryn on base. Campbell had an inside-the-park homer in the fifth.

Top hitters: Indians, Hugh Campbell, Tom Cothryn, Vince Alvarado, Tanner James, Joe Garibay. Devil Rays, Yuri Mendoza.

Score by innings:

Indians 083 68—25

Devil Rays 001 11—3

Monday

Grand Canyon Cardinals 16,

Williams Tigers 9

The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning but could not hold the advantage as the Cardinals came from behind for a 16-9 win.

Grand Canyon took an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the second and then added seven more in the third to take control. Jesse Hunter, Ryne Boone hit homers and Hunter got the win on the mound.

Travis Wright hit another home run for the Tigers and had six total bases in the game.

Top hitters: Tigers, Luis Martinez, Trevor Rose, Travis Wright. Cardinals, Jesse Hunter, Ryne Boone, David Robinson, Christopher Streit.

Score by innings:

Tigers 512 010—9

Cardinals 267 01x—16

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