Farm Center plows Elks 17-7
The Farm Center of Chapel Hill brought out the heavy aluminum Monday night as they banged out 13 hits in a 17-7 win over the defending champion Elks, including the Marshall County Babe Ruth League's first two home runs of the season by Tanner Garvin and Blake Leonard.
The Farm Center plowed the Elks under early, beginning with Garvin's three-run dinger deep over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning.
Chapel Hill added to the Elks' misery with six more runs on just three hits in the second inning for a 9-0 lead as a pair of Elks' pitchers issued four walks and hit two Farm Center batters.
Leonard, Garvin, and Landon Jones had RBIs without hits, while Bryce Oliver had a two-run single in the six-run frame.
The Elks would come back with three runs in the bottom of the second on a two-run single by Wilson Limbaugh and a fielder's choice RBI by Chandler Harmon.
Chapel Hill threatened again in the top of the third inning, but reliever Will Johnson held firm on the mound for the Elks, getting out of two-on, two-out jam.
Limbaugh, the league's leading hitter drove home another run in the bottom of the third and a Ben Taylor RBI and an unearned run made it a close 9-6 contest, entering the fourth inning.
Clay Watson was beaned by Johnson with one out in the frame and Jones followed with a base on balls.
Johnson got a ground ball for out number two before Leonard smashed a home run to right/center, making it a 12-6 contest.
The Elks pushed across a lone unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, but the farm boys countered with five runs in the top of the fifth to move ahead by ten runs at 17-7.
Three of the runs were of the unearned variety, while Peyton Sisk and Jones had RBI base knocks.
The Elks got a pair of two-out hits by Ben Taylor and Harmon in the bottom of the fifth before Leonard ended the rout with a strikeout.
Garvin pitched just one inning for the win on the mound and had four RBIs.
Leonard had three hits in four at bats and drove home four runs to take the league lead in RBIs with 12.
Jesse Pruitt turned in a perfect night at the dish, going 3-3, Jones went 2-3 with two bases on balls, three runs scored and two RBIs, while Boone Sweeney had two hits and scored twice.
Limbaugh went 2-4 with three RBIs and now leads the league with a .579 average with Leonard right on heels at .550.
Ben Taylor and Harmon went 2-4 in the game and Derrick McKnight and Johnson posted 2-3 performances at the dish.
Iendi Biggers went 1-1 with a base on balls and scored twice for the Elks.