Elks outlast Nichirin in 11-6 win

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Elks’ second baseman Bryson Whaley gets ready to tag out Bradden Hickman (8) on an attempted steal in the second inning.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Lewisburg Elks Lodge #1990 kept pace with first place Marshall Medical Center with an 11-6 five-inning win over Nichirin in Monday night’s second game of the Babe Ruth League twin bill.

The Elks’ T.J. Stinnett remained one of the hottest batters in the league as he posted a perfect 3-for-3 night at the plate with a double, three stolen bases, and three RBIs.

Will McAdams started on the mound for the Elks as he tossed 2.1 innings of one-hit ball before being relieved by Bryson Whaley, who also only gave up one hit to Nichirin.

Will McAdams started on the hill for the Elks and pitched well, tossing 2.1 innings of one-hit ball.

McAdams escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the first inning before the Elks scored three runs in the bottom of the frame with the big blow coming off the bat of Stinnett, who laced a two-run double.

McAdams set down Nichirin 1-2-3 in the top of the second inning and McKnight recorded the rare four-strikeout inning in the bottom of the inning.

Carson Dobbyn led off the bottom of the third inning with a base on balls, but was picked off first base by McAdams.

Aaron Gann picked up Dobbyn up as he reached on an Elks error and stole second base.

James Hery followed with a walk and a passed ball sent the runners to second and third.

Gann scooted home on a wild pitch and Hery followed him to the plate on the next pitch via a passed ball to make it 3-2.

Whaley came to the hill and issued back-to-back walks to J.W. Beasley and McKnight, who both ended up scoring as Nichirin took a 4-3 lead.

The Elks quickly responded as they scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

Carson Cheek led off with a base balls and Kel Greer got hit by a pitch before Stinnett drove in Cheek with a base hit.

After McKnight got a strikeout, Micah Riddle put the Elks in front for good with an RBI squeeze bunt.

Whaley set down Nichirin 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth inning and in the home half of the frame, the Elks busted the game open with four runs on just three hits as they were helped out by three Nichirin errors.

Javarria Rucker, Cheek, and Stinnett had the base knocks for the Elks.

Nichirin’s J.W. Beasley (4) slides safely home on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.

Nichirin did not quit as they came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning with one scoring on a wild pitch and the other run crossed home plate on an RBI fielder’s choice by Daniel Sellars.

The Elks added two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning before the game was called due to the one hour and 45 minute time limit.

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Nichirin catcher Aaron Gann tags out T.J. Stinnett (12) at home plate in the first inning.

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Nichirin: J.W. Beasley 1-for-1, Logan McKnight 1-for-2.

RS: James Hery 2, Beasley 2, Aaron Gann, McKnight.

BB: Hery 2, Beasley 2, McKnight, Carson Dobbyn.

RBI: McKnight.

ROE: Daniel Sellars, Bradden Hickman, Gann.

SB: Beasley 3, McKnight 2, Dobbyn, Gann, Hery.

PIK: Dobbyn.

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: Gann 2, Hery 2, McKnight.

LP: Logan McKnight (4IP, 5H, 9R, 7ER, 9K, 3BB), Aaron Gann (1IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, 1K, 1BB).

Elks: T.J. Stinnett 3-for-3, Javarria Rucker 1-for-3, Carson Cheek 1-for-2.

RS: Rucker 3, Bryson Whaley 2, Cheek 2, Kel Greer 2, Caleb Grooms 2.

BB: Rucker, Cheek, Micah Riddle, Grooms.

2B: Stinnett.

RBI: Stinnett 3, Riddle, Rucker.

SAC: Riddle.

ROE: Greer, Rucker.

HBP: Greer 2, Grooms.

SB: Whaley 3, Stinnett 3, Rucker 3, Grooms 3, Riddle, Cheek.

CS: Stinnett.

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: Cheek 2, Whaley.

WP: Bryson Whaley (2.2IP, 1HJ, 4R, 2ER, 3K, 3BB).

Starting Pitcher: Will McAdams (2.1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 1K, 3BB).