Elks stay perfect in 10-3 win over the Farm Center
Besides pride, an undefeated record is the only milestone remaining for the Lewisburg Elks Lodge 1990 squad, and in Monday night's first game, the already crowned regular season champions were tested before pulling away late in a 10-3 win over the Farm Center of Chapel Hill at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Babe Ruth Field in Lewisburg.
With the win over Chapel Hill, the Elks needed a victory over Nichirin on Wednesday night to finish with an unblemished mark at 12-0.
Aaron Hobbs and Jacob Graves, two of the frontrunners for the 15-year old MVP award, led the way offensively and on the mound for the Elks.
Graves went 3-4 at the plate with two stolen bases and two RBIs, and Hobbs also finished 3-4 with a run batted in and two thefts, while picking up the complete game win on the hill.
The Elks put up two early runs in their first at bat with Hobbs singling to lead off the game and then stealing second base before scoring on a Chapel Hill outfield miscue.
Graves, who reached on the error, came across with run number two three batters later when the red-hot Bubba Houghton slashed a base hit.
The Farm Center pushed a run across in the top of third when Ryan Yelensky doubled and scored.
The Elks made it 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI double by Chandler Harmon and then 4-1 in the fifth on a fielder's choice ribbie by Jacob Griffis.
Hobbs was cruising along on the mound for the Elks, and in the top of the sixth, Hobbs knocked in Derrick McKnight and Graves followed with a two-run double that scored J.D. Crabtree and Hobbs to make it 7-1.
Landon Jones knocked in a run for the Farm Center in the bottom of the inning before the Elks put up another three-spot in the seventh with the big blow coming off the bat of Crabtree, who drove in two of his Elks teammates.
Jesse Pruitt scored for Chapel Hill in the bottom of the seventh before Hobbs closed the door for the Elks.º