Elks knock Nichirin out of first place
A Tuesday night thunderstorm forced a rainout between Elks and Nichirin to be made up on Wednesday night and with the short notice, other commitments left both teams shorthanded.
The Elks started the game with only two outfielders and Nichirin was left to rely on players from different squads and the new chemistry may have been the deciding factor as Elks cruised to a 9-2 win behind a three-hit showing from Walker Whaley on the mound.
Whaley went the distance for the Elks, pitching all seven innings with a game-high eight strikeouts and 16 first strike pitches.
With the win, Whaley moved to 2-0 on the season with a nice 1.75 ERA.
Preston Shelton led the Elks on the offensive side with a game-high three hits and three RBI, while Jake Singleton added two RBI on one hit and Zack Graves contributed a base hit.
Zack Holder started the game on the mound for Nichirin before giving way to Logan McKnight and despite giving up just six hits, the Nichirin defense gave up five errors which ultimately doomed the squad from the start.
The Elks jumped on Nichirin from the get-go, putting up three first inning runs behind RBI from Shelton and Singleton.
Two more Elks’ runs in the second inning made it 5-0 before Nichirin made a short-lived run in the third inning.
Whaley walked the first two batters in the frame and Christian Stacey followed with a shot into right field to bring home the first run of the game for Nichirin before a wild pitch allowed another run to score to trim the lead to 5-2.
The Elks added to their lead in the fourth inning behind another Singleton RBI, but Nichirin got out of a bases loaded jam on a Bryson Whaley groundout to Holder to end the inning with a 7-2 advantage.
Shelton provided an exclamation point on the high-scoring Elks victory with a double deep to the right/center field fence to score two more runs to make the score 9-2.
Whaley finished the game by setting down the Nichirin side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the seven-run win.
Elks 320 200 2-9 6 1
Nichirin 002 000 0-2 3 5
Elks: Preston Shelton 3-for-3, Jake Singleton 1-for-4, Bryson Whaley 1-for-4, Zack Graves 1-for-2
RBI: Shelton 3, Singleton 2
WP: Walker Whaley (7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 8K, 4BB)
Nichirin: Christian Stacey 1-for-2, JW Beasley 1-for-3, Logan McKnight 1-for-3
RBI: Beasley, Stacey
LP: Christian Stacey (2IP, 2H, 5R, 2ER, 1K, 3BB), Zack Holder (3IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 1K, 2BB), Logan McKnight (2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 1BB)