Two nights of play left all four teams in the boys 13-15 Babe Ruth league with identical 1-1 records. Wins by Sun Drop and First National Bank Monday helped each team forge into a tie for first place in the league standings.
Sun Drop broke a tie in the fifth inning on a two-run single by Ethan Mikkola to win 5-3 over Rotary while First National Bank scored five funs in the sixth inning to beat Nursery Supply 7-5.
Monday’s first game entered the bottom of the fifth tied 3-3, but Mikkola changed the score quickly. After Daniel McGee drew a one-out walk and Devon Terry reached on an error, Sun Drop had a golden opportunity to seize control of the game.
Mikkola dug in at the plate and drilled a pitch from Jamey Jennings into the outfield, bringing McGee and Terry around in the process.
It was be just the run support A.D. Majors needed as he went the distance on the mound to earn the win. Majors pitched all seven innings, allowing three first-inning runs before settling down and keeping Rotary off the board the rest of the game.
Majors finished the game with his 14th strikeout after Rotary Club loaded the bases in the top of the seventh.
Majors helped Sun Drop tie the game in the third inning after Rotary Club took an early lead on a two-run double by Jennings.
After Mikkola scored Nicholas Bond on a single, Majors brought around Mikkola and McGee with a single into right field that tied the game at three.
Mikkola’s second RBI single in the fifth proved to be the difference as Sun Drop improved to 2-1.
Jennings took the loss as he pitched five innings before giving way to Micah Woodlee during the fifth inning. Jennings led Rotary with two hits, while Dylan Ward, Noah Kuykendall and Jamall Vaughn finished with one hit each.
In Monday’s second game at Edley Newman Field, Nursery Supply and First National Bank went into the sixth inning tied 2-2 before both offense broke loose.
First National Bank’s five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run singly by Dustyn Kilgore, proved to be the difference as Nursery Supply could only come back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Errors and three fielder’s choices led to three runs for First National Bank before Kilgore scored Noah Fann and Kaleb Smith with a single to make it 7-2.
Thinking their lead was safe, First National Bank had to sweat through a late rally by Nursery Supply to improve to 2-1.
Aiden McVey and Caleb Newby each knocked in runs with singles, but Nursery Supply fell short when the tying runs were stranded as Noah Fann ended the game with his second strikeout to earn the victory.Austin Melton took the loss for Nursery Supply, pitching six innings and allowing seven runs on one hit as errors plagued his team. Melton had 10 strikeouts.
Tyler Hollingsworth led Nursery Supply with two hits while Melton, McVey, Newby, Anthony Palmer and Dylan Bond finished with one hit each.