Chapel Hill Farm Center rolls past A-Plus Collision
After suffering their first loss of the season five days earlier, Chapel Hill Farm Center (4-1) bounced back by defeating A-Plus Collision Center 11-2 in five innings on Tuesday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.
CHFC finished with a modest five hits overall, but drew eight walks while A-Plus Collision Center committed seven errors, which contributed to seven of Chapel Hill Farm Center's 11 runs.
"I hate to sound like a broken record, but we've got to stop beating ourselves," said A-Plus Collision Center coach Mike Bailey. "We probably gave up six runs with two outs because of errors. We've just got to play better defensively."
Blake Leonard doubled and drove in three runs to lead CHFC offensively, while Landon Jones (1 RBI), Bryce Oliver (1 RBI), Jesse Pruitt, and Payton Sisk all singled.
Although they drew six walks, A-Plus Collision Center (1-4) mustered just two hits against three Chapel Hill Farm Center hurlers.
Dunn Crowder doubled and drove in one run to account for A-Plus Collision Center's lone extra base hit of the game, while Brett McGehee added a single, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
CHFC starting pitcher Boone Sweeney picked up the victory after allowing two runs in two plus innings of work on two hits and four walks. Reliever Tanner Garvin also tossed two scoreless innings for Chapel Hill Farm Center, while Leonard pitched in the fifth..
"I was pleased with how we played tonight. We played good defense and stepped up in some tight spots. In the first inning, we held them to one run when they had the bases loaded and no outs," said CHFC assistant coach Jimmy Oliver. "We got pretty good pitching and took advantage of their mistakes."
A-Plus Collision Center starting hurler Jody Sullivan suffered the loss, yielding 10 runs, only three earned, over four plus innings on three hits and eight walks.
Chapel Hill Farm Center jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a Sweeney walk, a hit batsman, and two A-Plus Collision Center errors.
A-Plus Collision Center narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the first thanks to a RBI double by Crowder, but failed to score another run after loading the bases with no outs.
CHFC cashed in on some more A-Plus Collision Center miscues in the top of the second, as they notched four runs in the frame with the aid of three walks and three errors to open up a 6-1 advantage.
In the top of the third, Chapel Hill Farm Center hung up another crooked number and plated two runs on a RBI infield single by Jones and a Leonard bases loaded walk to extend their lead to 8-1.
A-Plus Collision Center tried to chip away at the deficit and tallied a run in the bottom of the third to make it 8-2. Following consecutive walks by McGehee and Logan Bailey, McGehee advanced to third on a fielder's choice by Crowder. McGehee then stole home when Crowder got caught in a rundown between first and second.
CHFC brought the mercy rule into effect by crossing home plate three times in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Leonard and a Oliver RBI single to cap their 11-2 win.