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Taking the long road
Brents Computers wins three games in one night to take title
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One victory wasn’t going to be enough for Brent’s Computers Tuesday night in the boys 7-8 machine-pitch tournament. Winning twice would be nice, but it still would’ve left the team in second place.
Brent’s Computers needed three wins in one night to claim the tournament title and that’s exactly what the squad accomplished. Brent’s Computers beat Randall Walker Farms 3-1, then swept a pair of games against Southern Standard 6-2 and 9-2 to claim the championship.
Brent’s Computers was the regular-season champion in the league and went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, but Southern Standard beat Brent’s Computers Monday to send the team into the loser’s bracket.
Brent’s Computers found the path the finals running through Randall Walker Farms, the talk of tournament due to its magical run. Randall Walker Farms went winless in the regular season, but had won four games in the tournament to reach the doorstep of the finals.
Brent’s Computers ended the Randall Walker Farms’ run though with a two-run victory to start action Tuesday at Hoover and Millraney Field. Jax King, Logan Earls and Jathan Bogle each had two hits in the victory for Brent’s Computers as it was the beginning of a big night for the trio.
In the loss, Braxton Hopkins and Wesley Sherrell had two hits each for Randall Walker Farms. Collin Panter, Dylan Stepp and Connor Smith added one hit each.
The win vaulted Brent’s Computers in the finals, where Southern Standard awaited. Southern Standard was one win away from claiming the championship, but the team couldn’t get the elusive victory despite having two tries.
Brent’s Computers continued its roll early against Southern Standard as the team took a three-run lead in the first inning.
Earls had the big hit as he plated King and Nathan Elrod on a double he blasted to the left-field fence. Earls would score later on a single by Dominique Kirby to make it 3-0 after the first inning.
Southern Standard went scoreless in the first three innings as the team amassed only three hits, two belonging to Sawyer Seymour.
Brent’s Computers took advantage of its opponent’s slow start by putting the game away in the bottom of the third with three more runs.
King began the inning with a single, then moved into scoring position on a double by Earls. Bogle scored both his teammates with a single up the middle, pushing the advantage to five in the process. Kirby helped put runners on the corners with a single of his own and Bogle would score later on a single by Ethan Basham.
Southern Standard scored the game’s final two runs late, but it wasn’t enough to cut Brent’s Computers’ big lead. Trad Grizzle singled and scored in the fourth inning. Kaden Rutledge duplicated the feat in the sixth. Chase Ferrell, Luke Winkler and Kilynn King also finished with hits for Southern Standard in the first championship game.
Southern Standard got off to a better start in the second game as Grizzle’s RBI double to score Seymour made it 1-0 in the top of the first.
Brent’s Computers stormed back though with three runs in the first and two more in the second and third innings to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
The top of the order was hot to begin the game for Brent’s Computers as Elrod, King and Earls led off the game with three straight doubles to take a 2-1 advantage. Basham’s two-out, run-scoring single made it 3-1 after the first inning.
Brent’s Computers had to rally with two outs in the second inning, but the lineup shifted back to the top just in time. Elrod sparked his team with a two-out single, which was followed by an RBI triple by King and run-scoring double by Earls to push the lead to 5-1.
Contributions at the bottom of the order helped Brent’s Computers tack on two more runs in the third. Basham and Nathan Bond each reached base on singles, then scored on a two-out, two-run single by Elrod.
Neither team plated a run in the fourth, but Southern Standard got back on the score board in the fifth inning.
Jackson Ward reached on a single to start the fifth inning and was moved around to third base on two groundouts. Rutledge pushed Ward across with a single to slice the lead to five, but Southern Standard couldn’t cut into the lead more. Grizzle followed Rutledge with a double, but a groundout by Owen Clark to second base ended the rally.
Brent’s Computers added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth as Braylan Bogle and King each doubled and scored.
Earls plated the last run with a double of his own, completing a four-hit game in the championship-clinching win and a 9-for-9 night at the plate in three games.
A late rally wasn’t to be for Southern Standard as the game ended with back-to-back strikeouts.
Elrod, King and Basham finished with three hits apiece in the final game. Bond, Jathan Bogle and Braylan Bogle added one hit each. Kirby and Ethan Cantrell helped Brent’s Computers with their defensive efforts in the championship game.