Chapel Hill Farm Center plows through IMI

Friday, May 25, 2012
Chapel Hill Farm Center's Blake Leonard rounds second base while hitting a RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning against Irving Materials Incorporated. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Chapel Hill Farm Center began their 2012 Babe Ruth season with a bang, as they thumped a young Irving Materials Incorporated squad 13-0 in four innings on Wednesday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.

CHFC scored at least four runs in each of the first three innings of play and finished with 13 hits overall against two IMI pitchers.

Catcher Boone Sweeney spearheaded Chapel Hill Farm Center's offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and three runs scored. Blake Leonard (3 RBI), Bryce Oliver (1 RBI), and Jesse Pruitt (1 RBI) each tallied two hits for CHFC as well, while Landon Jones, Tanner Garvin (1 RBI), Jake Simpson (2 RBI), and Peyton Sisk all had one hit.

Irving Materials Incorporated second baseman Aaron Russ throws out Chapel Hill Farm Center's Peyton Sisk at first base in the bottom of the first inning.

Irving Materials (0-2) struggled at the plate for the second straight game and mustered just one hit and one walk against three Chapel Hill Farm Center pitchers.

Oliver started the game on the mound for CHFC and picked up the win after allowing only one hit in two innings of work. Pruitt and Sweeney also pitched one scoreless inning apiece for Chapel Hill Farm Center.

"We hit the ball great and pitched well too. This was a good tune up for our game against the Elks tomorrow night because that'll be a different story," said CHFC coach Dan Sweeney.

Lucas Welch singled to account for IMI's lone hit of the contest, while James Johnson drew a walk. Irving Materials starting hurler Jonathan Lykins suffered the loss, yielding nine runs on 10 hits over two innings.

"We're just a young team right now. We have a lot of kids that are only going to be eighth graders next year going up against kids that will be freshman and sophomores in high school," said IMI coach Jason Jent. "We're getting better every game, but we're just outmanned right now."

Chapel Hill Farm Center took control of the game right from the start, as they crossed home plate five times in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a double by Sweeney, a Leonard RBI triple, a RBI single by Pruitt, a Simpson two-run single, and two errors to seize a 5-0 lead.

In the second inning, CHFC continued to rapidly expand their lead and pushed across four runs in the frame thanks to a pair of RBI doubles by Sweeney and Leonard, a Pruitt RBI single, and three errors to open up a 9-0 advantage.

After Irving Materials left two runners in scoring position in the top of the third inning, Chapel Hill Farm Center brought the mercy rule into effect by plating four runs in the bottom half of the frame on a couple of RBI singles from Sweeney and Garvin, an Oliver RBI fielder's choice, and an error to forge a 13-0 lead.

Sweeney then struck out the side in the top of the fourth to cap the CHFC victory.