Babe Ruth league heating upPublished 11:02pm Thursday, May 31, 2012
Close games were the norm in Babe Ruth action over the last week as two nail biter contests on the baseball diamond ended in ties.
The neck-in-neck showdowns kicked off Thursday, May 24 as the Flomaton Hurricanes’ match-up with Jerry’s Alignment Century in Atmore’s Tom Byrne Park ended in a low-scoring, 1-all finish.
Outstanding defense from both teams kept things scoreless through the first two innings before the Canes’ Matthew Ledford found home plate in the third inning. Aaron Mcdonald tied things up in the sixth inning with a score for Century, but neither team could pull ahead as the contest came to a close in a stalemate.
Century 5, Carney Lodge 5
The even scores continued Tuesday as Jerry’s Alignment once again ended their game in a tie in their closely played contest with Carney Lodge.
Century struck first Tuesday with runs from Brodie Amos and Tanner Smith in the first inning, giving Jerry’s Alignment a 2-run head start early in the game.
Thomas Booth and Trey McGhee answered with a run each for Carney Lodge in the second inning to tie things up a 2 all, but three runs from Century off the bats of Chasen Freeman, Tistan Agerton and Ben Hubert gave Jerry’s a 3-run edge heading into the third.
Third inning runs from Brett Gorum, Trey McGhee and Ryan Johnson, however, got Carney Lodge back into the game, evening things out for the two teams at 5 runs apiece.
Once again neither team could overcome the opposing defense and Century ended their game in a second tie in as many contests.
Atmore Utilities Board 7, PCI 6
The Babe Ruth league finally saw a win and a loss Tuesday night as the Atmore Utilities Board narrowly escaped a loss, topping the Poarch Creek Indians 7-6 in yet another closely played game.
Atmore jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a run from D. Robinson, but quickly fell behind as PCI executed an efficient 5-run second inning with scores from Dakota Barlow, Nathan Williams, Ron Marshall, Camren Armentor and Nick Shivers to take a 5-1 lead.
The teams continued to trade productive innings as Atmore rebounded in the third inning with a second score from Robinson, as well as runs from N. Cooler, L. Johnson and L. Solomon tying things up at 5 all.
Barlow found home plate for the second time for PCI in the third to pull his team 1 run ahead of Atmore, but fifth inning scores gave the Utilities Board the 1-run win as Cooler and Johnson each crossed the plate again to give their team the close victory.