Chapel Hill Farm Center wins Babe Ruth debut
After a one-year absence from the Marshall County Babe Ruth League, the Farm Center returned as the lone team from Chapel Hill and made a solid debut, easily defeating winless Nichirin 7-1.
A combination of shutdown pitching from three Farm Center hurlers and some clutch hitting and heads-up base running were the keys to victory for manger Dan Sweeney's squad.
Ryan Yelensky reached base and scored in all four of his at bats for Chapel Hill as the shortstop banged two hits, walked twice, and stole two bases in his perfect evening of work at the plate.
Tanner Garvin earned the victory on the hill for the Farm Center as he dominated with seven strikeouts and just one hit allowed in his three innings of shutout work.
Blake Leonard followed Garvin on the mound and he allowed a lone hit and no runs, while whiffing three and walking three Nichirin hitters.
Yelensky came on in the seventh and gave up one earned run on two hits.
Nichirin hurler David Looney was a tough luck loser, giving up four unearned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out a dozen Farm Center batters.
Nichirin committed five errors in the ballgame and only managed four hits.
Josh McKnight had the lone RBI for Nichirin in the seventh inning.
Chapel Hill scored the only two runs they would need in the first inning as Yelensky led off the game with a single and stole second base.
An error on a ground ball off the bat of Landon Jones and a wild pitch scored Yelensky and Jones came around to score on a Nichirin miscue.
Garvin faced just 11 batters in the first three innings, striking out seven, walking two, and surrendering a lone infield hustle hit to Cameron Isley in the first inning.
Yelensky scored a run in the third after walking, stealing second, moving to third on a Jones ground ball, and coming home on a wild pitch.
Leonard went to the hill in the fourth inning for Chapel Hill and issued a base on balls to Hunter Talley, leading off the frame.
Talley stole second base, and after a Leonard strikeout, Talley was erased on a line drive double play to Yelensky at short to end the inning.
One out back-to back hits by Yelensky and Jones in the fifth inning produced another run when Yelensky trotted home on an infield error.
Nichirin had their best chance to get back in the ballgame in the bottom of the sixth, but they squandered a bases loaded situation with a couple of pop-ups to Garvin at first base.
The Farm Center tacked on three additional runs in the top of the seventh on base hits by Dylan Stofel, Boone Sweeney, and Daniel Osborne and RBI outs by Jones and Garvin.
Stuart Warner led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit for Nichirin and Looney followed with another base knock.
Yelensky got the first out on a grounder that moved both runners up one base.
McKnight followed with an RBI groundout before Yelensky whiffed the last Nichirin batter to end the game.