Farm Center routs Elks 19-3
The Elks had one last chance to put a kink in the Farm Center of Chapel Hill's run to capture back-to-back Marshall County Babe Ruth League titles Tuesday night, but there was no slowing the train down as the defending champs routed the perennial power 19-3 in four innings.
The Farm Center (7-1) needs one win to clinch the title Monday in its doubleheader versus second place Nichirin, which stands at 5-3 on the season.
Two wins would give Nichirin the crown with head-to-head match-ups as the tiebreaker.
The Farm Center banged out 14 hits versus the Elks with Jackson Coward getting three base hits, while Jaylen Smith, Dustin Brashear, Ethan Mealer and Jarvis Lyttle all had two hits apiece.
Walker Whaley had the lone hit for the Elks and that came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, spoiling the combined no-hit bid by three Farm Center hurlers.
Mealer picked up the win on the mound, tossing the two innings of one run (unearned) ball while striking out four and walking two Elks' batters.
Blaize Sweeney gave up one hit, two runs (one earned), struck out one and walked one in 2.1 innings of work.
Lyttle walked one and struck out one, facing two batters in the third inning.
After two scoreless innings, the Farm Center went on a mission of destruction as they sent 18 batters to the plate and scored 15 runs in the top of the third inning.
Brashear had two doubles and 3RBI in the inning, Coward also had two hits and Smith came up with the first of his two inside the park homeruns in the contest.
Farm Center 00(15) 4-19 14 1
Elks 001 23-3 1-7
Farm Center: Jackson Coward 3-for-4, Jaylen Smith 2-for-4, Dustin Brashear 2-for-2, Ethan Mealer 2-for-3, Jarvis Lyttle 2-for-4, Dylan Pendley 1-for-3, Blaize Sweeney 1-for-2, Allante Watts 1-for-1
RS: Smith 3, Pendley 3, Brashear 3, Mealer 3, Sweeney 2, Watts 2, Lyttle, Coward, Luke Terry
BB: Brashear 2, Sweeney 2, Pendley, Mealer, Watts
2B: Brashear 2, Coward, Lyttle
HR: Smith 2
RBI: Smith 4, Brashear 3, Lyttle 3, Terry 2, Sweeney 2, Coward
ROE: Pendley 2, Smith, Coward, Terry, Lyttle
SB: Mealer 3, Sweeney 3, Pendley 3, Dustin Brashear 2, Coward
Elks: Walker Whaley 1-for-1
RS: Walker Whaley
BB: Devin Aydelott, Dietrich Beherns, Preston Shelton, Jake Wallace
TB: Walker Whaley
ROE: Raymond Cooksey
HBP: Walker Whaley
SB: Aydelott 3, Shelton 3, Wallace, Whaley
CS: Walker Whaley
WP: Ethan Mealer
LP: Preston Shelton
Chapel Hill Farm Center 7-1
Marshall Medical Center 4-6
Deli Dawgs 2-8