Errors doom Elks in late loss to A-Plus
Seven errors in the field will cost a team a loss and that's what happened Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field in Lewisburg as the Elks fell 7-6 to A-Plus Collision Center.
Raymond Cooksey battled hard on the mound for the Elks, going all seven innings in a game he should have been the winning pitcher, instead he became the tough luck loser.
Mitchell Ford picked up his second win in a row in relief for A-Plus and also had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Camryn Ruiz had three RBI for A-Plus, who continually battled back in the contest, taking advantage of the bevy of fielding miscues by the Elks.
The Elks scored first when Preston Shelton reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the first inning and stood on second base after an errant throw.
Shelton took off for third base and trotted home when the throw to try to get him out sailed into the outfield.
There was no scoring in the second inning and in the top of the third, A-Plus took a 2-1 lead on a Ruiz RBI single and an error by the Elks.
Jake Wallace led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit for the Elks and came around to score on a wild pitch, a steal of third and an errant throw to tie the game.
After a couple of bases on balls issued by Cooksey, Gauge Anderson drove in two runs to give the Elks a 4-2 lead.
Cooksey held A-Plus scoreless in the top of the fourth inning and in the bottom of the frame, Walker Whaley slammed a one-out double, stole third base and scored on a passed ball to make it a 5-2 contest.
Ford got one back for A-Plus when he slashed a one-out triple in the top of the fifth before trotting safely home on an Elks error.
Ruiz came to the mound for A-Plus in the bottom of the inning and set down the Elks 1-2-3 as did Cooksey in the top of the sixth.
Drove in run
Anderson singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and one out later, Bryson Whaley drove him in to make it a 6-3 ballgame.
It was the Elks' game to win as Cooksey got the first out in the top of the seventh before back-to-back infield hits by Knox Barnes and Kel Greer kept hopes alive for A-Plus.
Consecutive fielding errors on the next two batters, followed by a pair of base hits from Logan Courtemanche and Ruiz tied the game at 6 and the seventh error in the field by the Elks gave A-Plus the lead.
Ford closed the door on the Elks in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
A-Plus 001 011 4-7 10 4
Elks 103 101 0-6 8 7
A-Plus: Mitchell Ford 2-for-4, Jacob Harris 2-for-3, Camryn Ruiz 1-for-4, Zack Graves 1-for-4, Logan Courtemanche 1-for-4, Matthew McCormick 1-for-4, Kel Greer 1-for-1, Knox Barnes 1-for-3
RS: Ford, Ruiz, Graves, Greer, Harris, Barnes
BB: Michael Dunnavant
RBI: Ruiz 3, Graves
ROE: Ruiz 3, Ford, Graves, McCormick
Elks: Gauge Anderson 2-for-3, Peyton Graves 1-for-2, Preston Shelton 1-for-4. Bryson Whaley 1-for-1, Walker Whaley 1-for-3, Devin Aydelott 1-for-3, Jake Wallace 1-for-2
RS: Dietrich Beherns, Shelton, Anderson, Walker Whaley, Wallace, Blake Hobby
BB: Beherns, Wallace, Hobby
2B: Walker Whaley
RBI: Anderson 2, Bryson Whaley
ROE: Walker Whaley, Shelton
SB: Hobby 2, Walker Whaley, Anderson, Shelton, Wallace, Beherns
WP: Mitchell Ford
LP: Raymond Cooksey