The Indians reminded the FOP White Sox what makes the Tribe the defending champions. Then the Sox showed the Indians how they got to the top of the division.
The Indians and White Sox split a doubleheader Sunday at Cetronia in 25 National Division Action in the Lehigh Valley Men's Baseball League Game of the Week.
The Indians' Hall of Fame pitchers willed them to last season's 25 National Division championship in a dramatic three-game series. But it's the Sox who entered the weekend undefeated and in first place.
The Indians took Game 1, 7-4, before the White Sox answered with a 10-9 victory in Game 2.
Now neither team is in first place. That distinction belongs to the unbeaten Emmaus Athletics, who used Mike Wenner's three-run go-ahead home run en route to a doubleheader sweep of the Fountain Hill Maroons. Wenner's fifth-inning blast brought the A's from behind into the lead in a 7-3 win in Game 2. Brian Martin's three doubles backed Troy Malinowski's three-hitter in a 13-1 win in Game 1.
After the A's (6-0) and Sox (6-1), the 25 National Division is a mashup of six teams with one or two wins apiece, including the Indians (2-2).
The Reds (1-5) got in the win column Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with the Cardinals (2-4). And the Volpe's Orioles (2-4) and the Thunder (1-2) split a doubleheader. The Maroons are 2-4.
Three Royals pitchers combined for the first no-hitter in the team's 8-year history in an 11-0 victory over the Gorilla A's. Matt Kiak, Vinnie Trivett, and Ben Stanczak were the hurlers.
The Gorilla A's (1-3) also dropped their early game, 6-1, against the 25 Kings (1-1).
The Royals (3-1) dropped their afternoon game 3-2 to the 43 Hurricanes (3-1) in prompt fashion to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Hurricanes win marked the fourth for the 43 Division against their younger counterparts in the 25 Division in this the first season those age groups are overlapping.
Earlier in the day, the defending 43 champion Springtown Mudcats shutout the 25 Bulldogs, 4-0, in the Mudcats home opener. A "law firm" of pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout, led by starter Jeff Ellis who faced two over the minimum in four innings. Jeff Cole, Dave Palumbo, and Tim Brader took it from there.
In the Premier Division, the Braves continued their torrid start with a convincing doubleheader sweep of the Northampton Kids, 6-0 and 12-2. The Braves have the most wins of any of the four remaining unbeaten teams in the league, plus by far the league's best run differential.
The surprising Rays won't go away. They notched another doubleheader sweep, this time 6-2 and 13-1 over the Grizzlies, and at a record of 6-1 have now tripled last season's win total.
The Premier Hurricanes went through a week of roster shuffling and played the defending Premier champion DM Palmisano Rangers very close. The 'Canes, however, fell in both games, 3-2 and 2-1.
The Pirates got over last week's tie game with an 11-1 win over the Macungie Expos.
In the 18 American Division, unbeaten Bushkill continued to put their stamp on the standings, sweeping the 18 Kings, 4-0 and 8-3. Bushkill's pitching and defense are allowing the third fewest runs per game leaguewide at under two runs per game (the Braves and A's are tops in run prevention).
The Pink Sox (2-1) earned a convincing doubleheader sweep, 15-1 and 11-1, over the Astros (0-4-1).
In the 55 Division, the Bucks and Moondogs kept pace with one another to remain tied for first place. The Bucks, newcomers this season to the MSBL after departing a New Jersey league, defeated the Reds 16-4. And the Moondogs defeated the Dodgers 8-5.
The Reds also dropped a contest to the Giants, 11-4.