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Fight to the finish
Boys senior league completes season
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The final night of the regular season in the boys 11-12 senior league featured two teams forging ties in the standings, though it proved to be all for naught.
Despite General Equipment beating Haston’s Collision to improve to 6-2 and tie for the league lead, Kirby Real Estate took the tournament top seed courtesy of two head-to-head wins over General Equipment.
Likewise, Barr’s Furniture forged a tie for fourth with its 6-4 win over Custom Collision, but the teams will still see each other when the league tournament begins Monday.
The tournament bracket was already established before games began at Dottie West Field Thursday night. Both matchups on the last night of the regular season were just a preview of the two games that will begin the tournament, so little was at stake when the teams took the field.
The subdued meaning of the games didn’t bother Barr’s Furniture as the team celebrated its second victory this season. Barr’s Furniture came from behind in the fourth inning to win by two.
Trailing 4-3, Sincere Phompanh drew a walk to start the top of the fourth. Phompanh promptly stole second to get into scoring position in hopes of tying the game. Drake Todd would provide Barr’s Furniture the chance to knot the score when his single brought around Phompanh.
Andrew Palmer followed with a single of his own to put runners on the corners for Riley Majors. Palmer swiped second to put two runners in scoring position and give Majors a chance to be the hero. Majors blasted a single into left field to bring Todd and Palmer in and make it 6-4 in favor of Barr’s Furniture.
Palmer slammed the door on Custom Collision in the bottom of the fourth by striking out the side to end the game. Phompanh earned the victory by pitching the first three innings and striking out six. Palmer earned the save with his flawless fourth inning.
Palmer led Barr’s Furniture with two hits, followed by Todd, Majors and Cameron Stepp with one hit each.
Layne Murphy, Seth Scott, Preston Young and Alex Greer each had hits for Custom Collision in the loss.
General Equipment and Haston’s Collision each used an army of arms in their game, which was won by General Equipment, 15-1.
General Equipment sent Lane Jones, T.R. Dyer and Dakota Gibbs to the mound throughout the contest and the trio combined to hold Haston’s Collision to five hits and a lone run.
On the other side, Haston’s Collision tried Ty Lutrell, Peyton Haston and Ethan Cowan on the mound, but none had much success slowing down the General Equipment offense.
General Equipment jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and continued to pound the ball on its way to a 14-run victory.
Dyer and Jones jump-started the offense with RBI doubles in the first while Jonathan Herron made it a five-run lead with a run-scoring triple.
After Haston’s Collision scored in the first when Cowan scored Benjamin Clark on a single, General Equipment came back with four runs in the second and third innings.
Jones hit his second RBI double in the second inning and Clay Eckenrod matched the feat by scoring Gibbs on a double. Eckenrod and Crockett Walker each swiped home on wild pitches during the second inning as the lead swelled to 9-1.
Jones added an RBI triple in the third and scored later on an error as General Equipment went ahead 13-1 after three innings. Walker’s two-run double in the fourth inning provided the final score.
Eckenrod and Jones led General Equipment with three hits. Gibbs and Dyer added two hits each while Walker and Herron chipped in one hit apiece.
Clark, Cowan, Gage Walker, Lucas Scruggs and Isaiah Rutledge all had hits for Haston’s Collision.
Monday’s tournament play begins with Barr’s Furniture clashing with Custom Collision at 5:30 p.m. Haston’s Collision and General Equipment will follow at 7 p.m.
The tournament finals are set for Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m.