Elks rally for extra-inning victory over A Plus

Friday, May 27, 2011
Elks shortstop Aaron Hobbs had one hit, walked twice, stole four bases, and scored two runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night in a 6-5 come from behind win over A Plus Collision Center in the second night of the 34th Babe Ruth League season at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field in Lewisburg. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

A Plus Collision had the defending champions Lewisburg Elks on the ropes for six innings before manager Steve Hobbs' crew rallied in the seventh inning to tie the game and then the 2-0 Elks won the game 6-5 in the eighth inning on legs of Aaron Hobbs.

A Plus starting pitcher Brooks Leftwich turned in a strong performance, scattering four hits in six innings and striking out eight Elks' batters.

Leftwich walked six, hit one batter, and gave up three earned runs in the no decision.

Kurt Taylor swung the big stick for the Elks in a 2-3 performance at the dish, smacking two ground rule doubles that drove in a run both times.

Elks' starter Matt Calendar had a strong outing and a no decision, going six innings on the hill.

A Plus scored all five of their runs (1 ER) off Calendar on three hits, five walks, one hit batsman, and five Elks' errors.

For the second night in a row, Jacob Graves came in from the bullpen and slammed the door to earn the win.

Graves, who picked up a save Monday night, pitched the final two innings and gave up one hit, struck out three, and walked none.

The Elks scored an unearned in the bottom of the first on an RBI fielder's choice by Chandler Harmon and it could have been worse as they loaded the bases with no outs, but Leftwich wheeled and dealed his way out of the jam with three strikeouts.

Austin Blade led off the A Plus third with a walk before Calendar whiffed the next two batters.

Calendar nailed Grayson with a pitch and Aaron Medley drove Blade home with an RBI single to center field, tying the game at 1-1.

A balk on Calendar scored Wiles and a base hit up the middle by Dane Pickle gave A Plus a 3-1 lead.

Taylor's first ground rule double in the home half of the inning scored Taylor Davis, who was on second base after Leftwhich pitches hit him and Jacob Griffis.

In the bottom of the fifth, Taylor's second one bouncer over the fence scored Bubba Houghton from second to knot the contest at three.

Pickle drove in another run in the fifth and came around to score after two Elks' errors, giving A Plus control of the game at 5-3.

In the top of the seventh, Medley came in from the bullpen and retired the first two natters he faced.

Houghton drilled a double to center to keep the game alive for the Elks and then Medley lost control, walking the next three batters and uncorking a couple of wild pitches to allow the Elks to tie the game at five and send the contest to extra innings.

Graves gave up a one out hit to Medley in the top of the eighth before getting the next two batters out on a fly ball to center and a strikeout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Hobbs worked a leadoff walk off Medley and then proceeded to steal second and third easily.

Graves walked to make it first and third before Hobbs scampered home standing up on another wild pitch to end the game.