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Chiefs No-Hit Primetime For June A 16U Championship

The Chiefs dogpiled to celebrate the championship victory.

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Four pitchers combined to hold their opponents without a hit on Monday, leading the Chiefs to a 5-4 victory over Primetime in the HSBN Boys of Summer June A 16U championship at Len Koch Field. Starter Kenny Morgan earned the win for the Chiefs, carrying a perfect game into the fifth while allowing one walk and striking out six in five frames of work. Relievers AJ Kozich, Mason Puente and Michael Higgins also helped to complete the no-no.

The Chiefs (2-0-1) scored all their runs early on to take a commanding 5-0 lead at the midway point of the action. They then relied on the pitching to hang on strong after Primetime (2-1) rallied back within a run late in the game.

A pair of runs in the first got the scoring started. Demi Rivard walked with one out and advanced to third base thanks to a double to left field off the bat of Ryan Lansdale. Tyler Greep got the ball on the ground for an RBI ground out that plated Rivard with the first run of the night. Designated hitter Nick Franza then legged out and RBI single that drove in another run.

The Chiefs added two more runs in the third. Angel Gonzalez walked, advanced as Mason Puente was erased on a fielder’s choice, and was then joined on the bases by Brice Montiel, who also walked. Michael Higgins rolled an RBI single up the middle, and next both base runners executed a solid double-steal play to allow Montiel to steal home for a 4-0 lead.

One final run in the fourth closed out the scoring for the victors. Lansdale reached with a one-out single to right, then advanced to third on an error. Two batters later, Franza reached on an error that brought Lansdale across the plate.

Gonzalez led off the fifth with a single to get things started again for the Chiefs, before Primetime finally got some momentum to shift their way. After center fielder Anthony Acosta hauled in a liner for the first out, the defense turned a smooth double play to end the inning.

In the sixth, Primetime benefited from some defensive miscues to extend the inning and battle back in the game – all without getting a base hit. Joseph Fernandez walked, then came around to put his team on the scoreboard as both Marcos Blancos and Adrian Paez reached on errors. Rafael Ferrer followed with a sac-fly RBI, and Perez scored on a passed ball. Anthony Lopez was then hit by a pitch, and both Alessandro Bolanos and Jonathan Alorda walked to load the bases.

Primetime finished as the June A 16U runners-up, with a 2-1 record.

Higgins came on to close things out and preserve the win and earn the save. Anthony Acosta worked an RBI walk that pulled Primetime within a run, but Higgins responded with a called third strike to the next batter to end the threat. He then delivered a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the seventh to end the contest, the final out coming on a fly ball to right field.

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