The snack bar opened for the first time since 2019 and Nutile C saw two big upsets on Friday night. In the opener, the 1-2 Diamondbacks faced off against the 3-0 Padres. Justin Guidara against Luke Malloy was the pitching match-up and the Padres jumped out early. The Diamonbacks hung around, however, and Brett Daniels delivered a 3 run homer over the right center field fence to turn the momentum in the Dbacks favor. Cole Cassidy pitched well in relief and Daniels himself took the hill with the bases juiced with Padres and the Dbacks clinging to a one run lead in the 6th. Daniels retired the final Padre and the Diamondbacks earned a 7-6 victory.
The middle game of the night on A was a rematch of a couple of classic 2020 playoff tilts between the As and the White Sox. William Fiorentino of the WS squared off against Justin Muse of the As on the hill. The White Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Thomas Buck, Noah Seitz, Ben Ragosa and one of the league’s hottest hitters, Mitchell Collins, all had multiple hit games for the White Sox as they posted 14 runs on the night. Fiorentino gave up 1 run over 4 innings and was relieved by Sam Christmas and Nathan Wan. Jack Charchaflian and Daniel Driscoll each pitched for the As after Muse.
In the nightcap on C, the Red Sox faced off against the Orioles, who have struggled in the early going of the 2021 campaign. The O’s jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, however, behind some timely hitting, solid pitching from 11 year old starter Noah Biel and flashy defense. Spencer Thompson and Will Bolognese made particularly nice plays in the middle innings on the left side of the diamond for the Os. The Red Sox battled back with some offense from the top of the lineup and closed the gap to 10-4 after five innings, all of which were pitched by Biel in a very gutsy performance. The Os would not be denied on this night as they scored 2 in the 6th and then had 10 year old River Maclin close the game with a solid 6th inning to secure their first win of the season.
The league will rest over the weekend and resume on Monday night with the Padres vs. As and Red Sox vs. undefeated Dodgers.