Farm Center takes control

Friday, June 10, 2016
Jackson Coward slammed a big three-run homerun in the eight-run second inning versus the Elks Wednesday night. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After the battle between the last two unbeaten teams in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League was rained out last week, the Chapel Hill Farm Center and Elks Lodge #1990 finally met in Wednesday night's second game of the twin bill.

It was anticlimactic as the Farm Center (5-0) took an easy four-inning 11-1 run-rule win.

Mound star

Devin Aydelott had one of the two hits for the Elks in the game versus Ethan Mealer.

Farm Center hurler Ethan Mealer bounced back from his worst outing of the season on Monday with a strong performance, going the distance for the victory on the mound.

Mealer surrendered just two hits in the contest, while striking out six and walking one Elks' batter.

The Elks (6-1) took an early 1-0 lead, scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but the Farm Center got the run right back in the bottom of the inning, also scoring an unearned run. Mealer tossed a scoreless top of the second inning before Chapel Hill exploded for eight runs in the home half of the inning, sending 13 batters to the plate.

Raymond Cooksey came on in relief for the Elks Wednesday night.

The big blow in the offensive explosion was a three-run homerun to dead center field by Jackson Coward.

Big hitters

Dustin Brashear also had a two-run double and Jarvis Lyttle banged a run-scoring single for the Farm Center, which was also the recipients of three bases on balls, a hit batsman and two errors in the field by the Elks that contributed to the game changing inning.

Allante Watts had one base hit, walked once, scored two runs and stole four bases versus the Elks Wednesday night.

Trailing 9-1, the Elks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third inning.

Lyttle reached on an error to begin the bottom of the inning and Allante Watts moved him to second base on a groundout.

Far ahead

Watts stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaylen Smith, making it 10-1.

Mealer struck out the first two batters in the top of the fourth before Grayson Whaley lashed a single to left field and took second on an outfield bobble.

Mealer reached back and whiffed the next Elks' hitter and in the bottom of the inning, Lyttle led off with a double to left field and the game ended on a walk off RBI single by Mealer.

Elks 100 00-1 2 3

Farm Center 181 1x-11 8 1

Elks: Grayson Whaley 1-for-2, Devin Aydelott 1-for-1

RS: Preston Shelton

BB: Gauge Anderson

ROE: Shelton

Farm Center: Jarvis Lyttle 2-for-3, Ethan Mealer 2-for-2, Dustin Brashear 1-for-2, Jackson Coward 1-for-1, Luke Terry 1-for-2, Allante Watts 1-for-1

RS: Jaylen Smith 2, Watts 2, Dylan Pendley, Brashear, Lyttle, Mealer, Blaize Sweeney, Coward, Terry

BB: Smith, Pendley, Mealer, Watts

2B: Mealer, Brashear, Lyttle

HR: Coward

RBI: Coward 3, Brashear 2, Mealer, Pendley, Lyttle

ROE: Pendley, Terry, Sweeney

HBP: Brashear, Coward

SB: Watts 4, Smith 3, Mealer, Terry

CS: Mealer, Pendley

PIK: Lyttle

WP: Ethan Mealer (4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 6K, 1BB)

LP: Walker Whaley