Shelton, McCormick team up in Elks win

Friday, June 16, 2017
Preston Shelton picked up the win on the mound for the Elks and went 3-for-4 at the plate in a 5-1 win over Nichirin Tuesday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Lewisburg Elks Lodge #1990 continued their late-season hot streak with a tough 5-1 win over Nichirin Tuesday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field in Lewisburg.

The Elks (6-1) have won four games in a row since losing to Marshall Medical Center (6-1), who picked up a forfeit win over Nichirin on Wednesday.

The two first place squads have spilt a pair of games this season and have one more matchup remaining.

Preston Shelton continued his stellar season versus Nichirin, picking up the win on the mound and going 3-for-4 at the plate.

Shelton tossed 4.2 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and striking out 10 before Matthew McCormick came in and did not give up a hit to earn the save.

Tilden Jackson had both hits for Nichirin with a pair of doubles and Thomas J. Beardsley drove in Jackson with a second inning fielder’s choice RBI.

After Shelton pitched a scoreless first inning, the Elks opened the scoring in the home half of the stanza as Shelton banged a leadoff single, stole second and went to third on a Nichirin error before scoring on a sacrifice fly RBI by McCormick.

Thomas J. Beardsley drives in a run on an RBI fielder’s choice in the second inning.

Nichirin tied the game in the top of the second inning and the Elks did not score in the bottom of the inning.

Shelton struck out the side in the top of the third before the Elks took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Shelton beat out an infield grounder and wound up on third base on a bad throw.

Shelton trotted home when Walker Whaley reached on another Nichirin error and McCormick came up with his second RBI of the game to make it 3-1.

Zack Holder winds up for a pitch versus the Elks.

Jackson stroked a two-out double in the top of the fourth inning and stole third base before Shelton left him stranded there when he induced a ground ball out to Walker Whaley at shortstop.

Austin Grubbs made it a 4-1 game with an RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Shelton retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth before issuing back-to-back walks to Carson Osborn and Christian Stacey.

McCormick came to the hill and got an inning ending strikeout to put out the fire.

Bryson Whaley had an RBI double in the fifth inning for the Elks.

McCormick singled with one out in the bottom of the inning and went to second on a ground ball before scoring on a Bryson Whaley RBI double, making it 5-1.

Nichirin catcher Logan McKnight fires down to second base as Walker Whaley looks on.

Jackson reached on a one out error in the top of the sixth inning, but he was the last Nichirin baserunner as McCormick retired the next four batters he faced to finish the game.

Nichirin 010 000 0-1 2 3

Elks 102 110 X-5 7 1

TJ Stinnett had one of the seven hits in the game for the Elks.

Nichirin: Tilden Jackson 2-for-3

2B: Jackson 2

RBI: Thomas J. Beardsley

LP: Christian Stacey (3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3K, 0BB), Zack Holder (3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 3BB)

Elks: Preston Shelton 3-for-4, Matthew McCormick 1-for-2, Bryson Whaley 1-for-3, Austin Grubbs 1-for-2, TJ Stinnett 1-for-3

2B: Bryson Whaley

RBI: McCormick 2, Bryson Whaley, Grubbs

WP: Preston Shelton (4.2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 10K, 3BB)

Save: Matthew McCormick (2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 4K, 0BB)

Standings

Marshall Medical Center 6-1

Elks 6-1

Nichirin 3-4

A-Plus 2-5

Matthews 0-6

Batting Average (5 games minimum)

Walker Whaley (Elks) .619

Preston Shelton (Elks) .619

Austin Grubbs (MMC) .545

Tilden Jackson (Nichirin) .526

Luke Terry (Matthews) .500

Zack Graves (A-Plus) .500

Colton Barber (MMC) .471

Matthew McCormick (Elks) .421

Bryson Whaley (Elks) .421

Logan Courtamanche (MMC) .389

Matthew Goodman (A-Plus) .389

Logan McKnight (Nichirin) .368

Zack Holder (Nichirin) .350

Tristan Griggs (A-Plus) .313

Peyton Graves (Elks) .313

Jake Singleton (Elks) .304

RBI

Walker Whaley (Elks) 11

Austin Grubbs (MMC) 10

Preston Shelton (Elks) 9

Jake Singleton (Elks) 9

Matthew McCormick (Elks) 6

Zack Holder (Nichirin) 6

Logan Courtamanche (MMC) 6

Tilden Jackson (Elks) 5

Thomas J. Beardsley (Nichirin) 5

Peyton Graves (Elks) 5

Hunter Bennett (A-Plus) 5

Colton Barber (MMC) 4

Logan McKnight (Nichirin) 4

Spence Oliver (Elks) 4

Kyrklinn Wunderlin (Elks) 4

Caleb Grooms (MMC) 4

Brennan Peete (Matthews) 4

Matthew Fuller (Matthews) 4

Blake Mooreland (A-Plus) 4

Home Runs

Preston Shelton (Elks) 1

Blake Aldridge (MMC) 1

Pitching

Wins

Walker Whaley (Elks) 3-0

Preston Shelton (Elks) 2-0

Tristan Griggs (A-Plus) 2-0

Logan Courtamanche (MMC) 2-1

Strikeouts

Preston Shelton (Elks) 36

Matthew McCormick (Elks) 24

Blake Mooreland (A-Plus) 22

Colton Barber (MMC) 21

Carson Cheek (A-Plus) 20

Blake Aldridge (MMC) 16

Connor Lewis (Matthews) 15

Logan Courtamanche (A-Plus) 15

Christian Stacey (Nichirin) 13

Zack Holder (Nichirin) 12