Farm Center wins Babe Ruth title
Back-to-back Babe Ruth titles were on the line for the Farm Center as they needed one win Monday night in a double header with second place Nichirin at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field at Lewisburg.
The Chapel Hill squad had little trouble securing the crown and its potent offense shined as they scored in every inning en-route to a 10-1 five-inning, run-rule win.
The Farm Center crew banged out a dozen hits in the contest with Dustin Brashear (3-for-3, 3SB, 2B, HR, 3RS, 2RBI) and Jackson Coward (3-for-4, 2B, SB, 3RBI) leading the offensive output with three hits apiece.
Mowing them down
Ethan Mealer went the distance on the mound for Chapel Hill, surrendering just two hits, while striking out eight and walking five Nichirin batters.
Mealer also slammed a two-run homerun in the fifth inning as part of a 2-for-3 game at plate.
The Farm Center batted first and they went to work immediately, scoring two runs that was set up by consecutive base hits by Mealer, Brashear and Coward.
Mealer mowed down Nichirin in the bottom of the first inning and Chapel Hill added two more runs in the top of the second with Coward delivering a two-run double.
A line drive double play thwarted a Nichirin threat in the bottom of the inning and in the home half of the frame, Allante Watts and Luke Terry knocked in one run apiece to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
Mealer walked two consecutive Nichirin batters in the home half of the inning, but escaped with no damage on an inning ending strikeout.
Coward drove home another run in the top of the fourth and in the bottom of the stanza, Nichirin finally broke though as Joseph Freeland drilled a one-out triple to center field and scored on an RBI base hit by Carson Stacey, making it 7-1.
Jaylen Smith walked with one down in the top of the fifth inning before trotting home on Mealer's dinger, giving Chapel Hill a 9-1 lead.
Brashear stepped in the batter's box and hammered a long drive over the left field fence to complete the back-to-back homerun effort for the Farm Center.
Mealer finished off Nichirin in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure the title for the Chapel Hill squad that finished the season with a 9-1 record.
Farm Center 222 13-10 12 0
Nichirin 000 10-1 2 1
Farm Center: Dustin Brashear 3-for-3, Jackson Coward 3-for-4, Ethan Mealer 2-for-3, Jaylen Smith 1-for-3, Blaize Sweeney 1-for-4, Jarvis Lyttle 1-for-2, Allante Watts 1-for-3
RS: Mealer 3, Brashear 3, Smith 2, Lyttle, Watts
BB: Lyttle 2, Smith, Mealer, Brashear
2B: Brashear, Smith, Coward
3B: Brashear, Watts, Lyttle, Sweeney
HR: Mealer, Brashear
RBI: Coward 3, Mealer 2, Brashear 2, Watts, Terry
SB: Mealer 3, Smith 3, Brashear 2, Lyttle 2, Coward
Nichirin: Joseph Freeland 1-for-2, Carson Stacey 1-for-2
BB: Christian Stacey 2, Reagan Walker, Thomas J. Beardsley, JW Beasley
RBI: Carson Stacey
WP: Ethan Mealer (5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 8K, 5BB)
LP: Cameron Burrow (4.1 IP, 9H, 8R, 6ER, 8K, 5BB), Kolton Fitch (0.2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 0BB)