With just three nights of boys 11-12 senior league action completed, two teams are already starting to establish themselves as the league leaders.
Haston Collision moved into a tie with General Equipment for first place by improving to 2-0 Monday night with an 11-4 win over Custom Collision. In other action Monday, Kirby Real Estate got its first win by beating Barr’s Furniture 9-3.
John Ross Rosari helped fuel Haston Collision’s big win Monday, which only took three innings to earn. Rosari had two hits, scored two runs, drove in one run and pitched three innings to lead Haston Collision to its second win.
Rosari scored the first run of the game when he reached on a double, then crossed the plate on a single by Ty Luttrell. Lucas Scruggs also scored on the play, giving Haston Collision a 2-0 lead.
Custom Collision came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning courtesy of an RBI single by Gaines Mayfield and two-run double by Jacob Lann, but it would be the last time the team held the lead.
Haston Collision rallied back with five runs in the second, highlighted by an RBI triple by Scruggs. Rosari added a run-scoring single before coming in to score on Scruggs’ triple to the fence. Benjamin Clark knocked in Scruggs with a single, making it 5-3. Haston Collision would go on to score two more runs in the inning on walks to lead by five.
Rosari retired Custom Collision in order in the second, allowing Haston Collision to come back with more runs in the third.
Ethan Cowan led off with his third hit and was joined on base by Scruggs after his second single. Clark drove in his second run with a single before the free passes began. The next three Haston Collision batters would walk, loading the bases for Riley Cope.
Cope made Custom Collision pay as his single scored Lutrell and Isiah Rutledge to make it 11-3.
Layne Murphy came in to score for Custom Collision in the third, but time expired before the team could ever mount a comeback.
Murphy took the loss for Custom Collision, pitching two innings before giving way to Mayfield and Ian McClure on the mound.
Big nights from Parker Dixon and Carter Mansfield led Kirby Real Estate to its first win in Monday’s first game.
Parker Dixon pitched four innings and had two hits for Kirby Real Estate while Mansfield added a team-high three hits and pitched the final inning to earn the save.
Dixon and Mansfield each got their first hits in a five-run first inning for Kirby Real Estate. A two-run double by Brady Willis capped the rally which also featured hits by Logan Young, Dillon Young and Logan Thomson.
After Dixon worked a perfect first inning, Kirby Real Estate added three more runs in the second inning on RBI hits by Dixon, Mansfield and Thomson to make it 8-0.
Barr’s Furniture cut into the lead when Hunter Adams singled and scored in the second inning, but Dixon wasn’t going to allow a rally. Dixon struck out seven through four innings of work before giving way to Mansfield in the final inning.
Mansfield, who had scored in the top of the fifth when he hit a lead-off triple and came around on an RBI single by Dalton Bates, worked an up-and-down fifth inning to earn the save.
Mansfield hit the first batter he faced, but followed with a strikeout. The next batter walked, but Mansfield got one out away from the save by fanning another Barr’s furniture batter.
With runners on second and third, Mansfield got Sincere Phompanh to swing and miss on strike three, but the Kirby Real Estate catcher dropped the ball.
Phompanh raced to first and the throw down was made. The throw was off the mark, pulling the first baseman off the bag and allowing both Barr’s Furniture runners to score. Phompanh wandered too far from first though as he made a turn to second. When he retreated back to first, he walked into a tag that ended the game.
Thomson, Willis, Dillon Young and Logan Young added two hits each for Kirby Real Estate. Bates added one as the team improved to 1-2.
Phompanh, Adams and Andrew Palmer had hits for Barr’s Furniture, which fell to 0-2.