The skies were gray and the Park was soggy and humid on Saturday but this did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Rookie Phillies v. Yankees.  The short-handed Yankees only had seven players but still managed to score every inning. At press time, they were comfortably ahead 27-13 entering the last inning.

The hitting stars included Yankee Ethan Sandusky, who is barely taller than the tee. Ethan lined a single to left field in the first inning and a liner to right in the sixth. He scored five times. The Phillies Jaxon Entler had two RBI doubles.  Nathan Canada hit the only home run of the game.

All of this scoring doesn’t mean there wasn’t some outstanding defense by both teams. In fact we have a Top Ten, just like the sports cable shows.

10 – The Phillies Madelyn Entler scoops grounder at second, tosses to first for the out.

9 – Yankee pitcher Mayan Covarrubias stabs line drive hit back to the mound.

8 – The Phillies Curtis Horass snags high throw at first to get runner.

7 – Great scoop at first by Yankee Nathan Canada.

6 – The Phillies Isaac Felder catches grounder at shortstop, looks runner back to third and fires to first for the out.

5 – Mayan Covarrubias forces out Daniel Gross at second on a rare fielder’s choice. 

4- Pitcher Nathan Canada throws to Aman Patel to nip Vivian Scheible at first.

3 – Phillies pitchers recorded eight outs at first and caught one pop-up.

2 – Yankee pitchers got nine batters out at first and also caught one pop-up.

And the Number 1 play of the game was Mayan Covarrubias catching a long drive off the bat of Isaac Felder.

Apart from these highlights, the game had some features not found at the Major League level. The female players use a pink bat and many of them have pink shoelaces. One of these girls, Maya Mossell, was traded from the Phillies to the Yankees right during the game. Finally, the Phillies Carl Show filled his baseball cap with water and dumped it over his head. 

John Rice

John Rice is a columnist/novelist who has seen his family thrive in Forest Park. He has published two books set in the village: The Ghost of Cleopatra and The Doll with the Sad Face.

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