Babe Ruth standings heating up
Manager Mike Mills and his Marshall Medical squad took advantage of two early runs and a strong mound performance from J.B. Reese to outlast Nichirin of Tennessee, 3-1, to stay atop the standings in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League.
After allowing just one hit in the top of first, J.B. and his cousin Morgan Reese quickly got the Medical Center squad on the board for a lead they would never surrender. J.B. led off the bottom of the first with a perfect bunt single, stole second and came across the dish on a laser double by Morgan for the one zip lead.
Nichirin hurler Ryan McKnight buckled down and retired three straight to get out of the inning.
J.B. was strong again in the second, facing just four batters, whiffing the last two.
Zack Kirby beat out an infield hit to lead off the second for Marshall Medical and stole second to get into scoring position. A deep fly-out to right by Ryan McKnight moved Kirby to third and Cameron Bowers did his job, driving Kirby home on a perfect bunt down the first base line to give the M&M boys a 2-0 lead.
Nichirin's Dakota Fagan drew a walk to lead off the third, moved to second on a sac bunt by Matt Sharp and scored on an RBI single to left by Joe Stocstill to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
J.B. re-started the offense again for Marshall Medical, doubling to center field to lead-off the bottom of the third. Reese went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error to make it 3-1.
J.B. set down the Nichirin bunch 1-2-3 in the fourth to finish his work on the mound for the night.
McKnight did not allow a hit in the fourth and the game went to the fifth with M&M holding the 3-1 lead.
Lucas Lasater came in from the pen to take over in the fifth and got out of a two out bases loaded jam, whiffing Jamie Greer to end the frame.
There was no scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning or by Nichirin in the top of the sixth.
Jalen Jones took the hill for Nichirin in the sixth and worked his way out of a two on two out jam to send the game to the last inning.
A one-out error and hit batsmen put runners on first and second for Nichirin with two outs. Lasater uncorked a wild pitch, but catcher Aaron Thomason pounced on the ball and fired to Kirby at third to nail the runner, trying to advance to end the ballgame.
Elks outlast United Telephone in nightcap
In the nightcap, the Lewisburg Elks were down twice by two runs in the ballgame, but came back to win a time shortened game, 7-5, over United Telephone to remain in a tie for first place with Marshall Medical Center.
The Chapel Hill phone guys scored in the top of the first when Jake Burkett beat out a one out infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by pitcher Zack Brewer.
Brewer set down the Elks 1-2-3 in the first.
United Telephone did not score in the second off Aaron Crowell and the Elks were blanked by Brewer in the bottom of the frame.
UT began the third with a leadoff single by Dillon Dowler. Zack Horvath reached on an error and Jake Burkett walked to load the sacks. Ryan Daughrity bounced into a 6-4-3 double play for an RBI and Crowell escaped big damage, retiring Brewer on a shot back to the mound.
The Elks rallied in the bottom of the fourth on one out back to back singles by Brandon Bush and Brandon Hollingsworth. After a 4-6 fielder's choice, Jesse Kilpatrick slammed an RBI single to center to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Crowell was strong again in the fifth, sending UT back to the field, 1-2-3.
Chase Bassham led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left and Chris Chapman beat out a bunt to make it first and second with none down. A 6-4 fielder's choice put runners on first and third. Bassham scored on a ball lost in the lights in right to make it 2-2.
Brewer uncorked a wild pitch to Crowell and was injured attempting to make the tag on Trevor Carter, sliding safely into home from third, putting the Elks up, 3-2.
Brewer had a minor injury on his throwing hand and had to leave the game, sending Horvath to the hill. Horvath got out of any further trouble in the inning.
United Telephone came right back, taking advantage of some wildness from new pitcher Jamie Green. Horvath led off with an infield single and Green walked Burkett, Daughrity, and Trent Gentry, consecutively to make it 3-3.
Paten Pruitt and Mikey Herron grounded into fielder's choice RBI's to put UT up, 5-3, going into the bottom of the fifth.
Hollingsworth led off the bottom of the inning for the Elks with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch by Horvath. Dillon Kilpatrick delivered a single to center and then stole second to put runners at second and third.
A passed ball scored Hollingsworth and sent Kilpatrick third. Jesse Kilpatrick walked and the Elks stole the lead with Green at the plate.
Green walked and a passed ball scored D. Kilpatrick, followed by his brother Jesse on a wild throw by the catcher to second, trying to catch Green. Green ended up on third and scored on a bunt single RBI by Bassham to make it 7-5. Chapman flied out to left and then time ran out in the pre-set two-hour time limit, ending the game with the Elks on top, 7-5.
Marshall County babe Ruth League Standings