Sports reporter for the Southern Standard (McMinnville, Tennessee)
If you love offense then you should’ve been at Milner Recreation Center on Friday night as it was an offensive explosion.
To start the night, American Soil took on the mighty Fully Loaded Firearms squad. Fully Loaded started off the scoring barrage with a quick 7 runs in the first inning as they batted around and the first 7 batters scored.
Fully Loaded continued to score as they put up 4 runs in the very next inning, giving them a commanding 11-0 lead early as they never looked back.
In the third inning, Dawson Aaron scored American Soil’s only run as he came all the way around on an inside-thepark homerun. Fully Loaded ended the game as Jett Rains plated Preston Dudziak and himself to end with a final score of 13-1.
Next, there was a showdown between Family Care Clinic and American Renovations. This game featured plenty of fireworks as both teams were absolutely manhandling the ball in the first.
Family Care Clinic started off with a quick 6-run first inning, looking like they would dominate the whole game. That was until American Renovations had something to say about it as they put up 4 runs of their own as they looked to stay in the ballgame.
Family Care Clinic put that theory to rest as they went on to score 10 unanswered runs through the next three innings including Drew Templeton’s 2-run double to cap a stellar performance by Templeton and Family Care Clinic as they took care of business, 16-4.
The offensive firepower continued in the game between Capital Real Estate and Panter Nursery. Capital Real Estate posted a 4-run first inning to look comfortable but not after Panter Nursery added 3 runs to make it a 4-3 game.
In the second, Bryson Carrol for Panter Nursery launched a mammoth triple to plate runs to end the inning with a solid 8-4 lead.
Capital Real Estate never gave up as they responded with 2 more runs to make it an 8-6 game. To go along with those 2 runs we saw incredible base running from Knox Underhill as he stole second base and made an unbelievable head-first slide into third.
Panter Nursery however had 2 key runs in the final frame from Braylon Ferrell and Lake Minton to punctuate a 10-6 victory.
The final city ball game of the night featured the perfect 9-0 M& J Lodging ready to claim its undefeated season over Crisp Spring Fireworks. Crisp Springs shook up the game taking a 3-0 lead after the first and never lost the lead.
They came back with 2 runs in the third to shock the undefeated team with an astonishing 5-0 victory.
M& J Lodging, not used to this kind of feeling, was determined to jump back into the game but was not successful due to the all-star defense of Crisp Springs being able to stop M& J in its tracks.
In the final frame, Crisp Springs slugger River Alford slugged the baseball over the center field fence to cap an unbelievable performance by his team to knock off M& J, 6-0, to give them their first loss of the year.