Farm Center comeback not enough to beat MMC
The Farm Center of Chapel Hill could have packed it in after trailing 9-2 in the second inning versus Marshall Medical Center (MMC) Thursday night, but they bowed up for a comeback to cut the lead to a single run in the fourth inning before MMC prevailed 10-8 as time ran out.
After a scoreless first inning, the Farm Center opened up the scoring with two runs in the top of the second on RBI singles by Ryan Yelensky and Landon Jones.
The hospital crew came back with a surgical strike that accounted for nine runs in the bottom of the inning as they sent thirteen batters to the plate.
Lane Whitesell and Trevor Wellisley had two RBI hits in the rally; Jay Murphy nailed a two-run double, and Trenton Wiles, Peyton Hood, and Conner Bush all drove in one.
MMC starting pitcher Ethan Poteete set down the farm workers 1-2-3 in the top of the third and Ryan Yelensky, who came to the mound in relief of starter Tanner Garvin, pitched a scoreless home half of the inning for Chapel Hill.
In the top of the fourth inning, Ryan Byrd led off with a single up the middle before Jacob Hicks and Blake Leonard walked to load the bases.
Yelensky singled and Jones followed with a two-run double to make it 9-5 before Poteete came back to the hill after being relieved to start the inning.
Garvin drew a walk before Poteete retired the next two Farm Center hitters swinging.
Jordan Mills stepped in and roped a single down the right field line that scored Yelensky and Garvin to make it a 9-7 ballgame, but Poteete ended the Chapel Hill rally with another strikeout.
Whitsell banged his third hit of the night to lead off the bottom of the inning and Murphy singled to make it first and second.
Whitesell stole third and one pitch later, Murphy rumbled into second with a stolen base.
Wellisley knocked in Whitsell with a grounder to first before Mills got the next two outs to keep the game close at 10-7.
In the top of the fifth, with the clock ticking out of time, Garvin knocked in Leonard with an RBI groundout before the game ended on a fly pop to first base.
Yelensky had three hits for Chapel Hill (1-6), Mills had two, and Jones, Byrd, and Leonard had one base knock apiece.
Poteete earned the win on the hill for MMC, while Whitesell sparked the offensive attack with a 3-3 night, including two RBIs, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.
Zack Gordon and Murphy had two base hits, and Wellisley went 2-3 with three RBIs, and earned the save on the hill.