A Plus, MMC notch Tuesday night wins
A Plus shortstop Grayson Wiles kicked off Tuesday night's Babe Ruth action in a big way, slamming the league's first home run of the year to lead his squad to a hard fought 8-7 win over the Farm Center of Chapel Hill.
Game two was not close as second place Marshall Medical Center (MMC) kept pace with the number one Elks via a 23-9 shellacking over winless Nichirin.
After Wiles' leadoff, first inning dinger, the Farm Center's Ryan Yelensky doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning and scored on an error two batters later to tie the contest.
Bryce Wunderlin and Wiles walked to start the third inning before a single by Aaron Medley loaded the sacks.
Dunn Crowder sent the entire bunch home when he roped a triple into the gap to make it a 4-1 ballgame.
Blake Leonard knocked home a run in the bottom of the inning and the Farm Center added an unearned off A Plus starter Aaron Medley to cut the deficit to a single run at 4-3.
A Brooks Leftwich walk and stolen base in the fourth led to an RBI knock by Caleb Cashion to put A Plus up 5-3, but the Farm Center came all the way back in the bottom of the frame, scoring on an RBI sacrifice fly by Leonard and a passed ball that scored Jordan Mills, who started the one out rally with a base on balls.
Medley led off the fifth with a double and one out later, scored on Crowder's second three-bagger of the game.
Crowder came home on a Jody Sullivan single and Sullivan touched home to make it 8-5 on a Farm Center error.
Boone Sweeney singled to lead off the home half of the frame before Bryce Oliver and Jesse Pruitt walked to load the sacks.
An error scored Sweeney, but Sullivan, who had come to the mound in relief of Medley to start the inning, escaped further damage when he retired the next three batters.
The sixth inning would be the last due to time running out and A Plus did not score in the visitors' frame.
Leftwich came in from the bullpen to try to end the game and Leonard greeted the lefty with a double and an infield error scored Leonard, cutting the A Plus lead to a single run.
Sweeney ripped a base hit to put some more pressure on Leftwhich, but he was up to the task, striking out the next Chapel Hill batter.
Jesse Pruitt walked to load the sacks and once again, Leftwich came up with a huge strikeout and then the contest was over with pop out to Dane Pickle at first.
In the nightcap, MMC took care of business early, staking starting pitcher Ethan Poteete to an early 11-0 lead after 2 ½ innings.
Nichirin managed to score five runs in the bottom of the inning, but the medical guys opened up another wound with two more runs in the fourth and then made it hurt even more with a ten-run fourth to put the game away.
Four runs in the bottom of the fourth were all Nichirin could manage before time ran out in the 23-9 loss.
MMC banged out 18 hits in the ballgame with Connor Bush leading the attack in a perfect 3-3 night at the dish, including three RBIs, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.
Lane Whitsell also had three hits in five at bats with one RBI and Zach Gordon, Jay Murphy, Hunter Thomas, Chase Hensley, and Trenton Wiles all had two hits.
Winning hurler Poteete and Austin Ring had one base hit apiece.
Nichirin managed just four hits off MMC's pitching staff and David Looney had half of them that drove in two runs, while Gunner Southerland and Stuart Warner had one hit each.