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Eastside Market wins close one
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Those who stuck around at Sam Martin Field Tuesday night were treated to a thrilling contest between Eastside Market and Farm Bureau.
After over two hours of competition, C.J. Taylor proved to be the hero when his double in the top of the sixth lifted Eastside Market to an 11-10 win over Farm Bureau.
Neither team had much success on the mound as both teams used three pitchers in the contest. Walks helped both teams score early runs as Eastside Market plated two runs in the first without a hit.
Three more free passes and a wild pitch put Eastside Market up 3-0 in the top of the second, but Farm Bureau began its rally in the bottom of the inning.
Brady McCormack drew a lead-off walk, then would come around to score on a passed ball later in the inning.
After McCormack struck out the side in the top of the third, Farm Bureau completed its comeback.
Ben Rivers, Brennan Keaton and Gage Walker drew three straight walks, loading the bases for Will Rivers. Will came through with a single to score his brother Ben and Keaton and tie the game at three. Dakota Gibbs followed with a single to score Walker and put Farm Bureau ahead 4-3.
Farm Bureau extended its lead in the fourth. Ben Rivers had an inside-the-park home run to make it 5-3, then a double by Walker scored Keaton to make it a three-run game.
Eastside Market knew the time limit was ticking down when the team picked up the bats in the top of the fifth. Eastside Market used patience at the plate to put together a six-run fifth and take a commanding lead.
Kal’el Harris, Robbie Cole and Weston Wilson were issued free passes to load the bases with one out. Jalen Haston came through with a two-run single to make it 6-5, then Bryson Elrod tied it with an RBI single of his own.
A walk to Taylor loaded the bases, then a free pass to Wyatt Wilson brought in the go-ahead run. Another walk, this time to Preston Young, brought in Elrod to make it 8-6. Taylor scored on another walk to Bryan Bynum, but Wyatt wasn’t waiting for a free trot to home. Wyatt swiped home on a passed ball, putting Eastside Market ahead 10-6 going into the bottom of the fifth.
Farm Bureau wasn’t ready to lay down despite trailing by four. After Tony Curtis had an RBI single to make it 10-7, Ben Rivers came through with a two-run triple to make it a one-run game.
Keaton brought around Ben with a single to send the game into extra innings.
After a strikeout, Haston gave Eastside Market a base runner by drawing a walk. Haston stole second and third, putting the winning run 60 feet away from scoring. Taylor made sure Haston would score when he belted a double into the left-field gap.
Young nearly made it a bigger lead when he drilled a pitch toward second base with two on and two out, but Walker snared the line drive to prevent Eastside Market from adding to its lead.
Young still made a big impact in the final inning. Young was asked to close the door on the mound and other than allowing a two-out single to McCormack, he did the job. Young got the final out by strikeout, earning the win for Eastside Market.
Young pitched four innings to earn the victory. Haston, Elrod and Taylor had the only hits for Eastside Market.
Will Rivers took the loss for Farm Bureau. Ben Rivers, Will Rivers and Keaton finished with two hits apiece, while Walker, Gibbs, McCormack, Curtis, Austin Martin, Kaleb Bell and Robert Sparkman finished with one hit each.
In other junior league action, Subway won 7-5 against Enterprise.
Jared Scruggs picked up the victory for Subway, pitching four innings and striking out seven. Scruggs also had two hits for Subway, including an inside-the-park home run.
Christian Espinoza added one hit and pitched the final inning for Subway.
Enterprise made a big rally in the fourth, scoring all five of its runs in the final inning. Ryland Holder, Kason Holder, Kurtis Spurlock and Ty Martin each had hits in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as Enterprise fell two runs short. Martin finished the game 2-for-2 with a single, double and walk.