Many League City Little League Drama Ends Wild 16-16 Contest

Is it possible to have a defensive star in a baseball game that had a combined total of 32 runs?

If you’re Taylor Williams of the Major League City Little League Diamondbacks, this is it.

Williams, playing right field for the first time since possibly the 2020 season, hit a near-perfect pitch at home plate that prevented a game-winning run and saved a 16-16 tie with the Red Sox at John Paul Field Monday evening.

With a Red Sox player at second base and the game’s time limit long expired, Cannon Rieves grounded a fly ball into right field with what looked like a game-winning shot. But Williams loaded the ball and kicked where his pinpoint throw to receiver Dylan Herd allowed Herd to dramatically score Gabriel Cuevas for the game’s finale.

“I ran, threw the ball and just threw it at home plate,” said Williams, who had only been inserted into right field for maybe a minute, two minutes when Rieves sent his ball. heavily hit in front of the second baseman and into right field.

“We actually made a defensive move right there when we switched pitchers and put him in right field. He hadn’t been playing on the right court all year,” Diamondbacks coach Guy Williams and Taylor’s father said.

Taylor Williams himself was a bit perplexed as to why at this crucial moment he was asked to play a position he hadn’t played in “a long time”.

“I don’t know. Maybe because they needed someone to play on the right pitch,” Williams said.

But the first-place Diamondbacks were cheering for the other half of the big game-ending moment, the receiver. Herd, however, gave full credit for Williams’ super finish.

“He played an awesome home game,” Herd said.

Speaking of awesome, Williams was in the midst of more drama in the top of the fourth. As the game clock ticked down in the final seconds and the Diamondbacks were down 16-15, Williams scored on a crazy pitch with 28 seconds left to tie the game at 16-16.

That run saw the Diamondbacks fight back from an 11-3 straight-set deficit. The D-backs led 16-8 entering what would be their last game at bat.

For the entire game, there were 47 base runners between the two teams, nearly a League City Little League Majors record and was likely a record for a four inning game.

The big hit of the inning was Everett McCullough’s bloop ball that landed on the right field chalk line, scoring two runs. Scott Coburn, Kaiden Ramber, Bryce Hakim, Harrison Wenning, Lathan White, Reese Crumbaugh, McCullough and Williams scored all eight tying points.

Overall, Wenning, the cleanup hitter and one of four back D pitchers to take the hill, scored a team-high three times, while Herd had a single and a double.

The Red Sox, who beat the D-backs 14-7, erased a 3-0 deficit in the first inning with four runs and seven more in the second. The D-backs were their worst enemy, committing four errors in the first two innings.

Emmitt Kight, Sam Burke and Jayden Wood combined to score six of the first 11 points. But Parker McAninch led Kight and Burke with a single to the outfield, later scoring on wild pitch. Burke, the cleanup hitter, went 3 for 3 with two singles, a triple and two RBIs.

Colton Crites, Baylin Rogers, Parker Bennett and Cuevas also crossed home plate to give the team that 11-3 lead. After the D-backs closed in at 11-8, RBI hits from Rogers, Burke and Wood pushed the lead back to that 16-8 margin. Rogers, hitting in both holes, had the big hit, a two-RBI double to center field.

The Diamondbacks are in first place with a 6-1-2 record, but this game revealed some wrinkles that the team needs to iron out. Maybe the coaching staff can blame the Easter baskets and all those hollow chocolate bunnies for too much sugar in their players. Either way, D-backs fans can certainly agree that their boys didn’t play like a 6-1 club.

“We have to clean up our defence. This team scores a lot of points, but we have to clean up our defence. We saw that tonight. This is by far the most runs we’ve given up all season. Credit the other team. They hit the ball hard tonight. We just didn’t make plays that we should have made,” Guy Williams said.

But the offense, believe it or not, stays put. Although they scored five goals in the third, they also left the bases loaded. Then, in the second inning, when they were scoreless, back-to-back walks to start the inning went no further.

But the Red Sox were also guilty of leaving the bases loaded, doing so in the second inning when McAninch, Landon Hernandez and Tristan Joes-Gehegan were left dry.

PLAY NOTES: Late in the game at John Paul Field, the Yankees had a big lead over the Red Sox, leading 9-1. … Triple A Astros wide receiver Lars Waylen-Bussman, who had a strong chance of making the all-star team, announced Monday night that he would be moving to Arkansas in a town just outside of Little Rock at the end of the school year. Are crawfish boils popular in Arkansas? Lars loves his crawfish.

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