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Youth Baseball Roundup - July 29

The Mariners cruised through the opening round of the Cal Ripken League playoffs on July 21 with a first round bye and a victory over the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays dropped into the loser's bracket and were scheduled to play the Cubs this week when...

The Mariners cruised through the opening round of the Cal Ripken League playoffs on July 21 with a first round bye and a victory over the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays dropped into the loser's bracket and were scheduled to play the Cubs this week when playoffs resume. The Mariners will take on the Cardinals in this week's action.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2

The Cardinals didn't scored many runs in their opening-round playoff game with the Cubs, but two timely hits gave the Cardinals the edge they needed for the win.

Trailing 2-1, the Cardinals used solo home runs by Jace Nindorf and Robert Stodola to capture a 3-2 victory.

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The loss put the Cubs in the losers' bracket, where they Brewers in an elimination game.

Blue Jays 15, Brewers 9

In the other first-round game, Matt Strum was the winning pitcher as the Blue Jays defeated the Brewers and earned the right to play the regular season champion Mariners.

Max Plunkett had three triples for the Blue Jays while Strum was a home run short of the cycle.

Spencer Udeen and Michael LaJoie both hit a single and a double, Devin Pettit had a pair of singles, JT Fernandez finished with a double and Austin Willoughby drew three walks.

For the Brewers, Brandon Mattson had three singles and three RBIs to go with one run. Justin Earnest had two singles, two runs and two RBIs; Blake Graskey had two singles, one run and one RBI; Aaron Winters doubled with an RBI and two runs scored; Austin McClure had a triple, two runs scored and an RBI; Zack Nelson-Banks, Nick Anderson and Sam Heskin all singled; and Eric Elonen got on base with a walk.

The loss knocked the Brewers into the losers' bracket to face the Cubs.

Cubs 5, Brewers 1

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The Cubs rebounded from their earlier loss with a 5-1 victory over the Brewers in the elimination round.

Hunter Hockenbrock earned the pitching win for the Cubs and singled with one run scored. Austin Slaviero singled three times and scored one run; Gabe Beeksma and Jared Danovsky both doubled, with Beeksma scored a run; Bill Manion and Michael Urbaniak both singled, with Manion scoring; and Andrew Routley was hit by a pitch to get on base and score a run.

Anderson had two singles and a double as he scored the Brewers lone run. Winters had the hit that drove him in, and Winters singled and doubled, and Earnest picked up two singles. Mattson also singled for the Brewers, while Graskey, Heskin and Nelson-Banks all got on base at least once.

The loss eliminated the Brewers from the playoffs.

Mariners 20, Blue Jays 4

After receiving a first round bye, the regular season champion Mariners took on the Blue Jays, a first round playoff winner over the Brewers.

The Mariners had 16 hits in the game. Tre Knight went 3-for-3, including an over-the-fence home run, with three runs scored, and Cullen Mudrak and Caden Welsh both had two hits and scored three runs.

Logan Rowe, the Mariners' winning pitcher, went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and Gunner Johnson was 2-for-3 with a run. Adding one hit apiece were Jacob Pfau, Bryce Connolly, Aaron Hanson, Alex Nikstad and Terrick Swanson. Connolly and Swanson scored two runs each, while Isaac Ellis, Pfau, Hanson and Nickstad scored one run apiece.

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LaJoie led the Blue Jays at the plate, going 2-for-3. Pettit finished with one hit and one run, Udeen scored once and Fernandez scored twice.

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