For the first time this season, the boys 13-15 Babe Ruth league has only one team in first place.
Sun Drop surged to the top of the standings Thursday with a 7-4 victory over Rotary while being assisted by a 14-5 win for Nursery Supply over First National Bank.
Sun Drop and First National Bank came into action Thursday at Edley Newman Field with identical 3-1 records, but one leader finally emerged. Sun Drop took over first place behind a four-run fourth inning and solid relief work by A.D. Majors.
Sun Drop trailed 4-2 going into the fourth inning, but Ben Sweeton changed the game with one swing. A lead-off single by Ethan Mikkola and walks to Majors and Devin Terry loaded the bases with no outs.
Sweeton waited for a good pitch and slammed a fast ball into the outfield to knot the game at four. Logan Greer put Sun Drop ahead with a single to score Terry and Sweeton would come in to score on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-4 in favor of Sun Drop going into the fifth.
Majors, who entered the game in the third inning, never let Rotary get going on offense. Majors didn’t allow a hit in the final four innings and struck out the side in the third and fifth innings. Majors finished the game with his eighth strikeout to earn the win.
Micah Woodlee took the loss for Rotary as he pitched four innings. Trey Crothers worked in relief for Rotary and pitched the final two innings. Woodlee, Skyler Walker and Noah Kuykendall had hits for Rotary, which fell to 1-4.
Mikkola and Sweeton finished with two hits apiece for Sun Drop. Majors, Greer and Dylan Madison had one hit each as Sun Drop improved to 4-1.
Tyler Hollingsworth’s three-hit performance, along with five solid innings of work on the mound, led Nursery Supply to a nine-run win over First National Bank in the nightcap Thursday at Edley Newman Field.
Hollingsworth dominated the game, which Nursery Supply seized from the start with a four-run first inning. Hollingsworth and J.D. Keele each had RBIs in the opening frame and Nursery Supply never looked back.
Hollingsworth added a two-run single in the fourth and bases-clearing double in the fifth as he proved to be a one-man wrecking crew in the middle of Nursery Supply’s lineup. Keele, Austin Melton and Anthony Palmer also had hits for Nursery Supply.
Hollingsworth finished with nine strikeouts as he held First National Bank in check.
Harrison Wood did most of the damage for First National Bank as he finished 3-for-3. Kaleb Smith and Dustyn Kilgore had one hit apiece. Noah Fann took the loss as he pitched three innings before Tyler Steele took over the final two innings.
First National Bank fell to 3-2 with the loss while Nursery Supply improved to 2-3.