Jordan Sandlin was making plays from the mound, Trevor Womack was making running catches in the outfield, and Landon Morris was creating terror on the base paths.
The three were a big reason why Little Short Mountain Farm captured a 22-18 win over Bell & Sons Nursery in boys Senior League action in Midway on Monday.
The game was a big change from the first meeting between the two when Bell & Son earned a convincing win. This time, Little Short Mountain Farm made its move in the second inning by pounding the softball to take a 9-1 lead.
Trevor Womack had the most impressive hit of the inning, a soaring fly ball that sailed over the centerfielder’s head and landed near the bottom of the home-run fence for a 2-RBI triple.
Bell & Sons had a chance to get out of the inning with less damage, but several hard-hit grounders were not played cleanly in the infield and those mistakes allowed Short Mountain Farm to keep scoring.
Bell & Sons would battle back at the plate with a 2-RBI hit from Adrik Balderas that was followed by a monster inside-the-park HR from Dylan Partain to cut the lead to 9-5. Partain also did his part on defense with solid pitching and glove work in the middle of the infield.
It looked like Bell & Sons might be poised for a comeback by holding Short Mountain Farm scoreless in the third. Casey Christopher and Samuel Davidson tried to ignite the Bell & Sons offense with back-to-back doubles, but the team could only scratch across two runs, 9-7.
That served as a wake-up call for Short Mountain Farm, which learned it better start hitting if it wanted to win. Grant Yates showed his bat has some pop with a triple to left that scored a run. Bell & Sons then had more fielding miscues with the bases loaded that allowed Short Mountain Farm to open up a 21-13 lead.
Sandlin had one of the defensive highlights from his pitcher position. The crowd gasped as he stopped a rocket comebacker that would have surely left a mark had he not been able to use his glove as a shield to deflect the ball away from his body. He then pounced on the ball to get the out at first base.
E.J. Orue smashed two triples for Bell & Sons in his final two bats as the team tried to rally, but the comeback fell four runs short.