Elks, MMC prevail in run-rule wins

Friday, June 10, 2011
Bubba Houghton (20) had a big game Tuesday for the first place Elks, going 1-2, including a big two-run double in the second inning that gave his squad the lead for good in a 10-3 run-rule win over the Farm Center of Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was the shortest night of the year at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Babe Ruth Field Tuesday night as the first place Lewisburg Elks Lodge 1990 run-ruled the Farm Center boys from Chapel Hill 10-3 in game one and second place MMC followed suit with a 12-2 five inning win over A Plus Collision Center in the nightcap.

Game one started out as a close contest, tied at 1-1 in the first inning, and in the top of the second, the Farm Center held a short lived 3-1 lead until the Elks put up a five-spot in the bottom of the inning to take a stranglehold on the ballgame.

Aaron Hobbs and Matt Calendar each had two-run singles in the frame.

The Elks scored a single run in the third on an RBI double by Kurt Taylor that scored Bubba Houghton, and in the fourth Houghton drove home two runners with a two-bagger of his own.

Hobbs scored on an error in the fifth to end the game and finished the contest with a perfect 3-3 night at the plate with three RBIs, a walk and four runs scored.

The Elks sit atop of the standings at 7-0, two games clear of MMC (4-2) in the loss column and the two teams meet in Tuesday night's nightcap in a contest that will most likely decide the regular season title.

The medical guys watched as the Elks won the early game and took the field versus A Plus, knowing they had to win to keep pace with their orange clad rivals.

Just like the first game, the visitors scored in the first inning as Grayson Wiles doubled to lead off the contest and Aaron Medley followed with a walk to make it first and second with no outs.

Both runners pulled a double steal before Dunn Crowder drilled a double to score Wiles and Medley would come home shortly after that on an MMC infield error.

Marshall Medical wasted no time with the comeback, scoring four times in the bottom of the first as Zach Gordon, Hunter Thomas, Lane Whitsell, and Jay Murphy all crossed the home plate dish in the rally.

There was no scoring in the second inning, but MMC put the game away in the third, putting five more tallies on the scoreboard to take a commanding 9-2 lead.

Three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a Murphy run scoring double ended the game.

Jay Murphy (57) showed his power Tuesday night with a huge 2-3 night on offense, including two run scoring singles in the both the first and second innings of MMC's 12-2 five inning win over A Plus Collision Center.

Murphy had a big night in the batter's box, going 2-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Gordon was 1-2 in the game with two bases on balls and a run scored, Trevor Wellisley had a perfect 2-2 performance with two runs scored and stole a base, and Thomas had two base knocks in three at bats and crossed home on his way to the dugout once.

Thomas also earned a complete game win on the mound, giving up one earned run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two.