Looney leads Nichirin in battle of unbeatens

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Nichirin southpaw hurler David Looney (3) picked up the complete game win and drove home three runs as his squad beat Chapel Hill Farm Center 9-2 to remain unbeaten on the season in Marshall County Babe Ruth League action. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was the battle of the Marshall County Babe Ruth League unbeaten Thursday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field in Lewisburg as Nichirin took on the Chapel Hill Farm Center.

In the end, it was Nichirin's David Looney who catapulted his squad to a 9-2 win as the lefty hurled a five-hit, 11 strikeout complete game gem and at the plate, Looney did some heavy damage, going 3-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Looney set down Chapel Hill 1-2-3 in the top of the first before Nichirin tallied two runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, two-run double by Stuart "Rat" Warner.

Blake Leonard (12) drills a leadoff double in the second inning versus Nichirin. Leonard had two of the five hits surrendered by Looney in the 9-2 win by Nichirin over the previously unbeaten Farm Center nine.

Chapel Hill got one run back as Blake Leonard led off the top of the second with a double and was driven home on a Tanner Garvin base hit.

With two down in the home half of the inning, Hunter Bradford singled to start another two-out rally for Nichirin.

Consecutive bases-on-balls to Hunter Talley and Jay Howard sent up Looney, who drilled a two-run single to left, making it a 4-1 ballgame.

Jesse Darnell drew a one-out walk in the third for Chapel Hill and Landon Jones followed with a base hit to center field.

Boone Sweeney drilled a single to right field, but Darnell was gunned out at home trying to score on the Sweeney base knock.

Leonard followed with an RBI single to salvage one run for the Farm Center boys, who trailed 4-2, entering the bottom of the frame.

Garvin came to the hill to replace Jones, who started on the mound for Chapel Hill and Garvin and Looney did not allow any runs their next three turns out on the hill.

In the bottom of the sixth, Madison Peete reached on an infield error to lead-off the inning, Ta Ta Davis singled and Peete scored as Bradford stood on first base after another Farm Center miscue.

Talley made the Chapel Hill nine pay some more with a two-run single to center, opening up a 7-2 lead.

After Garvin got a strikeout, Looney bounced one over the fence in left for a ground rule double RBI to make it 8-2 and the run-rule game ended one batter later on an RBI base knock by Warner.

Warner finished 2-4 with three RBIs, Talley (1-3) drove home two, walked once and scored twice, and Gunner Southerland, Davis and Bradford all had one hit with Bradford crossing home twice and Davis and Southerland scoring one run apiece in the contest.

Leonard went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Garvin (RBI), Jones and Sweeney had one hit apiece for Chapel Hill.