Reeves yanks in senior title

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 13, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Nobel Reeves pitched a 12-hit shutout and scored a run as the Yankees clinched the Bennett’s Creek senior baseball title with a 5-0 win over the Mets Saturday afternoon at John Yeates Middle School. The squad completed a 7-3 first-place season.

&uot;I’m actually really tired, because I didn’t go to bed until late last night,&uot; said Reeves. &uot;But I knew from the first inning that we had them. I was confident about my skills and I like to have a lot of fun and laugh.&uot;


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He gave his teammates something to smile about in the top of the second, singling to right field. Daniel Joslin bunted him to third, and Reeves scored on a groundout by Chris Haduck.

Andy O’Connor went to work for the Yanks in the next inning, singling to left field. Andy Breedlove reached on an error, and Bryan Van der Linden walked. Kirk Smith blasted a double to left to score O’Connor and Breedlove, and Van der Linden came in on a Nate Lovelle groundout. A double to left-centerfield by Breedlove brought home Tim Nelson for the squad’s final run in the sixth.

The younger group of Yankees weren’t as lucky over on the Coach’s Pitch field, as the Cardinals held them off 10-8 to take their respective league title. Though Justin Libley knocked three home runs for the team in blue, Grant Leicester, Nick Butler and Keion Roberts crossed the plate twice for the birds, and Bryce Henton and Ryan Stoekl also scored.

Over at Driver Elementary, the Yankees defeated the A’s 9-8 for the minor league title, the junior A’s slipped past the Orioles 5-2, and, in a reversal of last year’s National League championships, the Cubs snared the major title with a 5-2 defeat of the Marlins.

In the top of the seventh inning in the major softball championship, the home Blue Jays were ahead, 8-7. Eagle Tina Parker came to the plate.

She drove the ball over the centerfielder’s head, and scurried around the bases. Heading towards third, her coach and teammates hollered to slide. Parker did, but the ball slipped past the third baseman, and she came in to tie the score.

April Terry drew a walk, and Janell Green moved her to third with a double up the middle. But the next two batters made outs, and it was up to Jamie Parlett.

&uot;I was thinking about NOTHING!&uot; she said fiercely. &uot;If you have nothing on your mind, you’re going to hit it. I thought I’d hit a good ball.&uot; She was right; the first pitch went straight back up the middle for another double and the game-winning runs. From the mound, Parker set the Blue Jays down in order in the bottom of the inning, and the Eagles had escaped.

All other league title scores were not reported.