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Prater's BBQ really cooking
Remains undefeated in boys 7-8 machine pitch
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Prater’s BBQ has been serving up whippings in the boys 7-8 machine-pitch league all season and nothing changed Tuesday night. Prater’s BBQ improved to a league-best 5-0 by flushing Scott’s Toilets 7-1 in the first of three games at Hoover and Millraney Field.
Prater’s BBQ was still riding high from a win in a battle of unbeatens last week against Brent’s Computers. Prater’s won last week’s game in thrilling fashion when J.J. Jacobs hit a game-winning, inside-the-park home run to lift his team to an 8-7 victory.
The dramatics weren’t needed Tuesday as Prater’s BBQ built an early lead and never relinquished it. Run-scoring doubles by Trent Mills and Kyler Robinson, along with RBI singles by Baler Melton and Dean Marquez, helped Prater’s take a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Jacobs got in the action in the second inning when he belted a double to score Matthew Young, who scored in each of the first two innings from his lead-off spot. Melton followed with another single to bring in Jacobs to make it 6-0.
Kayden Coates put Scott’s Toilets on the board with an inside-the-park home run in the third inning, but it proved to be the team’s lone run as it dropped to 2-3 this season.
Prater’s added its final run when D.J. Jackson drove in Robinson with a single.
Young, Melton, Robinson and Mills led Prater’s with two hits apiece while Jacobs, Jackson and Layne Roberts finished with one each. Coates, Talan Mullican and Caylon Driver had hits for Scott’s Toilets.
In other action Tuesday night, Brent’s Computers stayed in second place with a 13-0 win over Fully Loaded. Fully Loaded would come back with a 7-6 walk-off win over Hillis Nursery.
Brent’s Computers got big production from the heart of its order and a great performance from its defense to improve to 5-1.
Logan Earls, Jathan Bogle, Dominique Kirby, Nathan Bond and Ethan Cantrell each finished with three hits as Brent’s Computers never lacked for runs. Jax King and Ethan Basham added two hits while Nathan Elrod finished with a single for Brent’s Computers.
Luke Campbell, Ashton Forth and Kenyon Reno each had hits in the loss for Fully Loaded.
Fully Loaded didn’t have time to dwell on the loss as it took the field to play Hillis Nursery. The game went into the final inning tied 6-6, but Easton Denning provided the heroics late.
After Campbell singled and Forth doubled to put the winning run at third, Denning put the ball in play long enough to let Campbell streak in for the winning run.
It was part of a three-hit night for Campbell, while Forth also had three hits in Fully Loaded’s second game. Reno and Nate Luttrell finished with two hits apiece while Denning, Dillon Young, Jake Rains and Kayden Hobbs added one hit each.
Riley Morton led Hillis Nursery with two hits, including a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the third inning. Brody Cowans, Brendan Sheppard, Matthew Key, Blaine Gilley, Matthew Colangione and Bradley Holden also had hits for Hillis Nursery, which fell to 1-5.