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May 8, 2007 > Giants and Cardinals fight to a draw

Giants and Cardinals fight to a draw

By Geoff Stanford

Although the game started late and ended early, Newark Little League National Majors Giants and Cardinals put on a fine display of baseball before darkness fell Thursday, May 3. A no-show umpire delayed the game by half an hour until a coach from each side took on the responsibility themselves. The delay forced the game to be called due to darkness after five innings instead of the usual six.

Once the game started, Cody O'Connell of the Giants and Scott "Buzz" Jorgens of the Cards began to sit batters down. The first time through the line-up was a breeze for both pitchers, as the game entered the third inning scoreless. The Cardinals broke through in the top of the frame with four straight singles, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Giants answered in the bottom of the inning with three straight hits and cut the lead in half.

The fourth was another scoreless one, then the Cards added a single run in the top of the fifth following a hit batsman and a throwing error, taking a 3-1 lead. Giants responded once again in the bottom of the inning after Jorgens intentionally walked the bases loaded. A wild pitch brought in the first runner, cutting the Cards lead to 3-2. A clutch infield single by Jesse Ibarra brought in the tying run. Jorgens ended the rally with a strikeout, and unfortunately this proved to be the final inning. Darkness brought an end to the hard-fought contest and left a rare tie score for the record.

Final tallies show O'Connell pitching four strong innings for the Giants, striking out eight and scattering four hits. Jorgens also fanned eight, while surrendering seven hits through all five innings.

The Giants entered the game in second place in the division with a 5-2 record, trailing the Angels 8-1 record by two games. The Cardinals find themselves four and a half games out of first with a 2-4 record.

(Editor's note: ace freelance reporter, Geoff Stanford, will be visiting little league baseball throughout the season.)

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