Cheek, Mead carry Elks over Marshall Medical Center
In another chapter from a long series, the Lewisburg Elks Lodge #1758 took on longtime rival Marshall Medical Center Monday at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field and like many of the battles that preceded, it was neck and neck with the Elks eking out a 4-3 win to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0.
Elks’ ace Carson Cheek picked up the win on the mound, going four innings to start the game and then returning to close it out for a save in the seventh inning.
Thomas Beech, who came on for Cheek in the fifth inning and let MMC tie the game was credited with the win when Garrett Mead drove in Kyrklin Wunderlin with a sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the sixth inning.
Cheek allowed zero hits, zero runs, and struck out 12 in his split stint while Beech gave three runs on two hits.
Lefty Davin Miles had another solid outing on the mound for MMC as he went the distance, giving up four runs (two earned) on nine hits while striking out eight and walking two Elks’ batters in the contest.
Tristan Griggs had a perfect night at the dish for the Elks, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two stolen bases and one run scored.
Easton McMahon, Wunderlin, Devin Wiser, Cheek, and Mead all had one hit apiece.
Miles belted a two-run double and Beau Schillig had the only other hit for MMC.
Cheek set down MMC 1-2-3 in the first inning before Griggs led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit to center field.
Griggs stole second and third and trotted home on a wild throw on his steal of third base to open the scoring.
Cheek struck out three and walked one in the second inning and Miles issued back-to-back walks to Wunderlin and Easton McMahon in the bottom of the frame that turned in to a 2-0 lead for the Elks when Wunderlin scooted all the home from second base on a ground ball to the right side.
Cheek struck out five out of the next eight batters he faced and the Elks manufactured another run when Wunderlin ripped a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth inning and moved to third on a ground ball to the right side by Mead.
Wunderlin trotted home on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 before MMC mounted a comeback in the top of the fifth inning.
Beech got two easy groundball outs to start the inning, but issued back-to-back-to-back walks to Tristan Braden, Ashton Grubbs and Shane Hay.
Braden took second on a stolen base after he walked and stole third after Grubbs walked.
Grubbs took off for second and on the throw trying to get Grubbs stealing, Braden trotted home with MMC’s first run of the game.
After Hay walked, Miles drilled a two-run double to tie the game at 3-3.
MMC got two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, but failed to score and Beech escaped a second and third no out jam in the top of the sixth.
Wunderlin slashed a leadoff base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning and stole second before Schillig followed with a single to right, putting Elks on the corners.
Mead followed with a fly ball to center that scored Wunderlin and the game went to the seventh inning with the Elks up 4-3.
Cheek came back to the hill and whiffed the first batter and made a nice athletic play on a grounder back to the mound for out number two before striking out the next MMC hitter to end the game.
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Elks 100 201 X-4 10 0
MMC: Davin Miles 1-for-3, Beau Schillig 1-for-3.
BB: Shane Hay 2, Cova Rowland 2, Ashton Grubbs, Caden Mills, Tristan Braden.
RS: Grubbs, Hay, Smith.
RBI: Miles 2.
SB: Smith 2, Grubbs, Hay, Cova Rowland, Schillig.
Team LOB: 5
E: Mills, Schillig.
DP: Grubbs, Hay, Austin Kelley.
LP: Davin Miles (6IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, 8K, 2BB).
Elks: Tristan Griggs 3-for-3, Easton McMahon 2-for-2, Kyrklinn Wunderlin 2-for-2, Devin Wiser, 1-for-3, Carson Cheek 1-for-3, Garrett Mead 1-for-3.
BB: Wunderlin, McMahon.
RS: Wunderlin 3, Griggs.
2B: Griggs 2, McMahon.
SB: Wunderlin 2, Griggs 2, Wiser.
Team LOB: 5
WP: Thomas Beech (2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 4BB).
Save: Carson Cheek (5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 12K, 3BB).