Lyttle shines in win against Deli Dawgs
After an auspicious start to the season that resulted in a forfeit win on May 31, the Farm Center of Chapel Hill had not played due to a rainout on Thursday night, but they shook off the rust in a hurry, blasting the Columbia Deli Dawgs 14-4 in the first game of a twin bill Monday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field in Lewisburg.
The Farm Center banged out 17 hits in the contest, including a huge night by Jarvis Lyttle, who went 3-for-4 with 5RBI, including a laser shot two-run homerun in the third inning.
Jaylen Smith (2RS, SB)) had four hits in four at bats, while Dylan Pendley (3RS, 4SB) Dustin Brashear (4RS, RBI, SB) and Ethan Mealer (2RS, 2RBI) all had a three-hit night at the plate.
Locals in action
Columbia starting pitcher Jacob Perry, who is from Chapel Hill, but plays at Columbia Academy has been the stalwart hurler for the Deli Dawgs this season, hurling the majority of the innings for the squad.
Also on the Columbia squad is Kavares Tears from Lewisburg, who had one of the two hits in the game for the Deli Dawgs.
Smith started on the mound for the Farm Center and set down Columbia 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning.
In the home half of the frame, the Farm Center pounced on the Deli Dawgs, scoring five runs, highlighted by RBI base hits by Lyttle and Mealer and a fielder's choice RBI by the one-arm wonder Jacob Terry.
Smith struck out the side in order in the top of the second inning, but Perry came back with a scoreless half inning to keep the Chapel Hill boys in check.
Pool player and Elks' leader Walker Whaley led off the top of the third with a base hit and an error on a pickoff move by Smith sent Whaley all the way to third base where he scored on a passed ball, making it 5-1.
Another Elks' pool player Preston Shelton followed with a base on balls and he would eventually make it to third base on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Lyttle came to the hill for Smith and struck out the next batter before Shelton scored the Deli Dawgs' second run on a passed ball.
Lyttle whiffed the next batter to end the inning and Columbia fell behind 7-2 in the bottom of the inning when Brashear banged a leadoff single that was followed by Lyttle's line drive blast over the right field fence.
Columbia left two runners on base in the fourth inning and in the home half of the stanza, the Farm Center crew added four more runs on an RBI triple by Brashear, a run scoring double by Mealer and a two-run double by Terry that made it 11-2.
Pool player Bryson Whaley walked to lead off the top of the fifth inning and Tears followed with a double to center field, putting Deli Dawgs on second and third base.
Spencer Fields knocked in Whaley with a groundout and two batters later, Tears scored on a Chapel Hill error, making it 11-4.
The Farm Center put the game on ice, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning for the run-rule win.
Deli Dawgs 002 02-4 2 3
Farm Center 502 43-14 17 3
Deli Dawgs: Kavares Tears 1-for-2, Walker Whaley 1-for-1
RS: Tears, Walker Whaley, Bryson Whaley, Preston Shelton
BB: Tears, Clay Quillin, Walker Whaley, Preston Shelton, Bryson Whaley
RBI: Spencer Fields
Farm Center: Jaylen Smith 4-for-4, Dylan Pendley 3-for-4, Dustin Brashear 3-for-4, Jarvis Lyttle 3-for-4, Ethan Mealer 3-for-4, Luke Terry 1-for-2
RS: Brashear 4, Pendley 3, Smith 2, Mealer 2, Lyttle 2, Blaize Sweeney
BB: Sweeney, Terry
2B: Mealer 2, Smith, Terry
RBI: Lyttle 4, Terry 3, Mealer 2, Pendley, Brashear
HBP: Allante Watts
SB: Pendley 4, Brashear, Smith
WP: Jaylen Smith
LP: Jacob Perry