Chapel Hill Farm Center blanks IMI
Chapel Hill Farm Center recorded their second straight shutout victory over Irving Materials Incorporated (0-3) when they defeated IMI 10-0 in five innings on Wednesday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field to run their record to 3-0 on the season.
Having scored double digit runs in each of their previous two outings, CHFC continued their early season offensive surge and finished with 10 hits and six walks against IMI starting hurler Brayden Gentry, who pitched four and two-thirds innings.
First baseman Tanner Garvin led Chapel Hill Farm Center at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and two runs scored, while starting pitcher Landon Jones and Jesse Pruitt each tallied two hits and 1 RBI. Boone Sweeney (1 RBI), Bryce Oliver (1 RBI), and Peyton Sisk also had one hit apiece for CHFC as well.
After losing 13-0 in the previous meeting between the two teams seven days earlier, Irving Materials mustered just one hit against three Chapel Hill Farm Center hurlers in Wednesday's contest.
Jones allowed one walk in one inning of work before Oliver came on in relief and yielded one hit and two walks over three frames to earn the victory. Sweeney also saw time on the mound for CHFC and pitched a perfect fifth inning.
Chapel Hill Farm Center's defense backed up their pitching staff by turning two double plays and committing no errors.
"I was real proud of the boys tonight. This was the second game this season that we didn't commit an error. Playing better defense was one of our main priorities this year," said CHFC assistant coach Jimmy Oliver. "All our pitchers threw well today and our bats stayed hot."
Jake Blasingim singled to account for Irving Materials' lone hit of the game, while Aaron Russ and Jonathan Lykins both drew walks. IMI relief pitcher Lucas Welch replaced Gentry in the top of the fifth inning and retired the lone batter he faced.
Chapel Hill Farm Center got off to a fast start and pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. After Jones singled and Sweeney drew a walk, both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, before Garvin drove in Jones with a RBI infield single while Sweeney also scored on the play thanks to a Irving Materials throwing error to make it 2-0. Oliver then plated Garvin by lacing a RBI double into the right centerfield gap.
In the second inning, CHFC continued to rapidly expand their lead and tallied three more runs with the help of two walks, a RBI single by Jones, a double steal, and a Garvin RBI double to open up a 6-0 advantage.
Gentry held Chapel Hill Farm Center scoreless over the next two frames, but CHFC brought the mercy rule into effect in the fifth by crossing home plate four times in the inning on the strength of a double by Garvin, a Pruitt RBI single, a walk by Jake Simpson, a balk, a Sweeney RBI single, and a bases loaded walk by Blake Leonard to wrap up their 10-0 triumph.