Brashear pounds Nichirin in Babe Ruth nightcap

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Dustin Brashear had a huge doubleheader, picking up the win on the mound in the nightcap, while going 5-for-6 with eight RBI at the plate and three homeruns, including a grand slam. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After clinching the regular season Babe Ruth League title in the first game of a twin bill Monday night, the Farm Center had nothing to play for but pride and it shined brightly as the Chapel Hill squad blasted Nichirin 16-1 in the three-inning run-rule nightcap.

Dustin Brashear had a monster final game for the Farm Center, going 2-for-3 at the plate with six RBI and a pair of homeruns, including a grand slam in an 11-run second inning.

Winning pitcher

Jackson Coward went 5-for-7 in the twin bill and drove home five runs for the Farm Center.

Brashear also picked up the win on the hill as he pitched the first inning of a combined no-hitter, followed by Jackson Coward in the second and Blaize Sweeney in the third.

Brashear set down Nichirin 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning before the Farm Center went to work at the dish, scoring five runs on nine hits off Nichirin starter Carson Stacey.

Ethan Mealer and Allante Watts had RBI singles and Blaize Sweeney, Jarvis Lyttle and Luke Terry came up with run scoring triples in the frame.

Nichirin's Laramie Plott gets out of the way of a wild pitch.

Carson Stacey and Reagan Walker drew walks in the top of the second inning, but could not get a run in as the frame ended on a put-out at home plate.

Going wild

In the home half of the second inning, the Farm Center went ballistic at the dish, sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring 11 runs with the big blow coming on Brashear's grand slam homerun deep over the center field fence.

Carson Stacey started on the mound for Nichirin in the second game of the double header.

Thomas J. Beardsley walked to lead off the bottom of the inning for Nichirin and Kolton Fitch walked with one down, putting runners on first and second.

Cameron Burrow hit a ground ball to third base where Jackson Coward stepped on the bag for the first out, but his throw to get Burrow on the double play arrived just late, keeping the game alive.

Hunter Haurez walked to load the bases and Joseph Freeland was hit by a pitch, scoring Fitch before Sweeney whiffed the next batter to end the game.

Nichirin 001-1 0 5

Farm Center 5 (11) X-16 13 0

Nichirin: No hits

RS: Kolton Fitch

BB: Hunter Haurez, Carson Stacey, Reagan Walker, Thomas J. Beardsley, Kolton Fitch

RBI: Freeland

HBP: Freeland

SB: Beardsley

CS: Carson Stacey

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

RS: Mealer 3, Jaylen Smith 2, Brashear 2, Coward 2, Sweeney 2, Lyttle 2, Terry 1, Watts, Ethan Spivey

BB: Smith, Mealer, Sweeney, Terry, Spivey

2B: Coward, Sweeney

3B: Terry, Lyttle, Sweeney

HR: Brashear 2, Lyttle

Grand slam: Brashear

RBI: Dustin Brashear 6, Mealer 2, Lyttle 2, Watts, Terry, Sweeney

ROE: Jaylan Smith

SB: Coward 3, Watts 2, Mealer, Spivey, Terry, Sweeney

CS: Watts

WP: Dustin Brashear (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 1BB), Jackson Coward (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 3BB), Blaize Sweeney (1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2K, 2BB)

LP: Carson Stacey (1.1IP, 9H, 9R, 4ER, 2K, 0BB), Christian Stacey (0.1IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 0K, 4BB), Joseph Freeland (0.1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 1BB)