May 27, 2007 — The Raphael Jackson AA Baseball Leagues defending champion Vikings proved Saturday night that they are still the team to beat in the just over two-month-old season. The champs, undefeated so far this year at 9-0, routed the 7-2 second-place Yankees, 17-6, behind five strong innings from pitcher Reuben Garcia before he gave way to closer, Geronimo Newton, in the sixth.
Batting first, the Vikings plated four runs on RBI singles by Mario Christian, Dennis Brow, Warren Brooks and Joseph Brow to take the early lead. The Yankees answered with two run in the bottom of the inning, on bases-loaded walks drawn by Roderick Moorehead and Omar Encarnacion, as Garcia had a somewhat erratic start. He would however settle down nicely after the first inning.
The Vikings picked up two more runs in the top of the second on a sac fly off the bat of Dennis Brow and a fielders choice to lead 6-4. The Yankees were only able to answer with one run on an RBI single by Ellerton Maynard and they trailed 6-3 at the end of two innings.
After a scoreless third, the Vikings extended their lead to 8-3 in the top of the fourth, on a two-run double by Brooks. The Yankees went quietly in the bottom of the inning.
An unearned run in the top of the fifth gave the Vikings a 9-3 lead. The Yankees answered with one run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single off the bat of Jose Morales to trail 9-4 after five completed innings of play. This also marked the end of the night for Vikings starter Garcia. His replacement, Newton, arguably the hardest thrower in the league, came on and blew away the three Yankees he faced in the bottom of the sixth.
After both teams failed to score in the sixth inning, the Vikings blew the game wide open in the top of the seventh, erupting for nine runs on a three-run home run by Warren Brooks, RBI singles by Warren Brooks Jr. and Tony Watts, and four runs on Yankee miscues. The Yankees could only answer with three runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run triple by Encarnacion and a Vikings third baseman error. The game was called due to time constraints after Eustace Davis grounded out for the third out of the inning.
Garcia picked up the win for the now 10-0 Vikings, while Angel Torres, the Yankees ace who was not his normal dominant self, got the loss. The Vikings offensive attack was led by Brooks, 4 for 5 with a home run and six RBIs, Dennis Brow and Joseph Brow both, 2 for 4, and Christian and Cantibol Encarnacion were both 2 for 5. For the Yankees, Ellerton Maynard was 3 for 3, and Carlos Morales was 2 for 4.
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