Brent’s Computers didn’t go into Tuesday’s action in the boys 7-8 machine-pitch league wanting to claim the regular-season championship, but the team accomplished the feat anyway.
Brent’s Computers took the title, along with securing the coveted No. 1 spot in the league tournament, by beating Scott’s Toilets 10-4 and getting help when Hillis Nursery upset Prater’s BBQ 11-10.
Brent’s Computers entered its final regular-season game with a 6-1 record, one win ahead of Prater’s 5-1 mark. With a win, Brent’s Computers would clinch a share of the regular-season title, though Prater’s had the inside track to the No. 1 seed due to its head-to-head win over Brent’s Computers earlier this season.
Brent’s Computers took the field just looking to take care of business against Scott’s Toilets. Hillis Nursery took care of the rest.
Behind a five-run second inning, Brent’s Computers pulled away for a six-run win over Scott’s Toilets.
Run-scoring doubles by Jax King, Logan Earls and Jathan Bogle put Brent’s Computers up 3-0 after the top of the first, but Scott’s Toilets came back with an RBI single from Devin Martin to score Kayden Coates.
Leading 3-1, Brent’s Computers stormed to an insurmountable lead. Ethan Basham started the second inning with a single, then scored on a double by Oscar Diaz.
Nathan Elrod followed with his second single of the game, scoring Diaz in the process to make it a four-run lead. King put two runners on with his second hit before Bogle blasted a single to bring in both his teammates on the base paths. By the time Dominique Kirby doubled to score Bogle, Brent’s Computers led 9-1.
A lead-off triple by Cole Pendergraph and RBI single by Talen Mullican gave Scott’s Toilets a run in the second, but the team couldn’t challenge the league’s top team.
Bogle picked up his fourth RBI with a single to score King in the fourth before the team closed its scoring when Ethan Cantrell came around on a groundout by Braylan Bogle in the fifth.
Scott’s Toilets doubled its run total in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Yehoshua Picruiz and run-scoring single by Peyton Adams, but the team fell to 3-4 as it tries to hold onto fifth place in the nine-team league.
King and Jathan Bogle led Brent’s Computers with three hits each. Elrod and Earls finished with two hits apiece while Kirby, Cantrell, Basham, Diaz and Braylan Bogle added one hit each.
Martin led Scott’s Toilets with a 3-for-3 performance. Coates and Picruiz were next with two hits apiece. Adams, Driver, Pendergraph and Mullican chipped in one hit apiece.
After seeing Brent’s Computers win the first game at Hoover and Millraney Field Tuesday, Prater’s BBQ knew it needed to win its last two games to take the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament.
Hillis Nursery stood in the way and a last-inning rally and late stop sent Prater’s BBQ home with its second loss.
After two innings, the game was tied 5-5. Hillis Nursery exploded for six runs in the top of the third though, giving the team just enough offense to improve to 2-5.
Riley Morton started the rally with a single, one of four straight hits for Hillis Nursery. Blaine Gilley, Matthew Colangione and Bradley Holden followed with hits of their own, the last two scoring runs to make it 7-5.
Ty Myers and Rylan Elkins kept the run going as the two hitters at the bottom of the order came through with RBI singles. By the time Brendan Shephard slapped a two-run single to score Elkins and Brodie Cowans, Hillis Nursery led 11-5.
Prater’s BBQ wouldn’t go down without a fight however. With only eight batters in the lineup, the team knew almost all would need to score before the team’s last batter came to the plate.
It almost happened as Robert Young, Matthew Young, Baler Melton, Trent Mills and Kyler Robinson singled and scored, but Levi Jones was stopped at third base as the last batter couldn’t round the bases for the game-tying home run.
Cowans and Shepard led Hillis Nursery with three hits apiece. Morton, Gilley, Colangione, Myers and Elkins finished with two hits each and one of Gilley’s hits was a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the first inning. Holden added one hit in the victory.
Young, Melton and Mills all had three hits for Prater’s BBQ. Jones, Robert Young, J.J. Jacobs, Layne Roberts and Kyler Robinson also had hits in the loss.
In Tuesday’s final game, Hoover and Son Insurance topped Fully Loaded 8-7.
Taylor Hillis and True Craven led Hoover and Son Insurance to victory with three hits each. Kyle Johnson and Dylan Bacchil each had inside-the-park home runs on their way to two-hit performances. Dayton Jernigan, William Gillespie and Arrick Murphy also had hits as Hoover and Son Insurance improved to 5-2.
Luke Campbell, Ashton Forth, Kenyon Reno, Easton Denning, Nate Luttrell, Jake Rains, Jaxson Pennington and Brence Moore all had hits for Fully Loaded, which fell to 3-5.