Elks crush Matthews to keep pace with MMC
The nightcap of the Monday night doubleheader was all Elks as the visiting team banged 14 hits over four innings to beat Matthews by a score of 22-5 in a game called early by run-rule.
Matthews was able to cut the Elks’ lead to 8-4 following the second inning despite picking up just one hit in the game, but the Elks continued to score runs with ease with 14 over the final two innings.
Walker Whaley started the game on the mound for the Elks, but pitched just one inning with under 10 pitches thrown before giving way to Javarria Rucker and Jake Singleton in the second. Matthew McCormick finished off the game for Elks with two strikeouts in one inning.
Jake Singleton led the Elks with four RBI on three hits, Walker Whaley finished with three hits and two walks, and McCormick added two hits.
Brennan Peete started on the mound for Matthews, giving up eight runs over the first two innings before Hunter Bennett took the hill.
The Elks started off with a bang as Preston Shelton drew a walk before Whaley brought him home with a single into left field.
McCormick followed with a walk before Singleton brought home both Whaley and McCormick with a triple to the left field fence for a 3-0 edge.
Whaley struck out the first batter in the bottom of the first before forcing a ground out and another strike out to end the frame.
The Elks bats continued to stay hot in the second as Spence Oliver started off the inning with a walk before Shelton sent a deep home run right under the scoreboard past the left field fence.
Peyton Graves followed Shelton with shot deep down the right field line and Graves hustled around the bases to tally to extend the Elks’ lead to 6-0.
Whaley added a bloop single over the first baseman's head, McCormick followed with a single into left field and Bryson Whaley laid a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases.
Rucker drew a walk for the 8-0 advantage before TJ Stinnett brought home the final run of the inning with a ground out to shortstop that sent McCormick across the plate.
Rucker replaced Whaley on the mound and Matthews took advantage of the inexperienced pitcher with Garrett Mead drawing a walk before advancing to third on a bad throw from Rucker to first base on a Matthew Fuller hit.
Mead advanced home on a wild pitch to put Matthews on the board before Brandon Porter grounded out to Rucker, but not before Fuller crossed to plate to chip the lead down to 8-2.
Rucker continued to struggle with control and walked the next two batters before Brennan Peete scored on another wild pitch.
Luke Terry drew a walk to load the bases and Brayden Boyer took another walk to bring home the fourth and final run of the frame.
Elks continued its offensive output as Shelton drew a walk and proceeded to steal second and third base before coming home on a passed ball for a 9-4 lead.
Whaley took first base on a walk before McCormick doubled deep into the right center gap to put runners at second and third.
Whaley scored on a bad throw back to the pitcher before Singleton added another hit with a single to bring home McCormick for the 11-4 lead.
Matthews went three up and three down in the third inning before the Elks exploded at the plate in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.
Tristan Griggs and Shelton were both hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second before Peyton Graves drew a walk to load the bases.
Griggs and Shelton crossed the plate to extend the lead to 13-4, followed by a Singleton RBI single into center field for a 14-4 lead.
The Elks added eight more runs in the fourth before Matthews was finally able to get out of the inning, but the damage was done.
Despite Matthews picking up its only hit of the game and adding one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the 18-run lead was too much to handle and the home team took the 22-5 loss.
Elks 353 (11)-22 14 1
Matthews 040 1-5 1 1
Elks: Walker Whaley 3-for-3, Jake Singleton 3-for-4, Matthew McCormick 2-for-3, Bryson Whaley 2-for-3, Preston Shelton 1-for-1, Peyton Graves 1-for-3, Javarria Rucker 1-for-2, TJ Stinnett 1-for-3
3B: Graves, Singleton
RBI: Singleton 4, Graves 2, Rucker 2, Shelton 2, Whaley 2, Griggs, McCormick, Stinnett
WP: Walker Whaley (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB), Javarria Rucker (0.1IP, 0H, 4R, 1ER, 0K, 3BB), Jake Singleton (0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 2BB), Matthew McCormick (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB), Preston Shelton (1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2K, 2BB)
Matthews: Luke Terry 1-for-2
RBI: Brayden Bowyer, Terry, Brandon Porter
LP: Brennan Peete (2IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 2K, 3BB), Hunter Bennett (1.1IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2K, 3BB), Brandon Porter (0.1IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 1K, 2BB), Garrett Mead (0.0IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 0K, 3BB), Brayden Bowyer (0.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB)
Thursday, June 8
APlus 002 000 2-4 1 2
Elks 122 013 X-9 9 2
APlus: Blake Moreland 1-for-3
LP: Carson Cheek (6IP, 9H, 9R, 5ER, 5K, 2BB)
Elks: Preston Shelton 2-for-4, Walker Whaley 2-for-4, Spence Oliver 2-for-3, Matthew McCormick 1-for-3, Bryson Whaley 1-for-3, Javarria Rucker 1-for-3
3B: McCormick, Oliver, Shelton
RBI: Walker Whaley 2, Brady Calahan 2, Oliver, Singleton
WP: Matthew McCormick (4IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, 11K, 3BB), Preston Shelton (3IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 5K, 5BB)