Huddle House off to quick start in Babe Ruth
By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
Huddle House scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to score a come-from-behind win against Pepsi, 4-3, during the opening week of Babe Ruth baseball.
Pepsi took an early lead as John Flowers and Thaddeus Richardson both scored on two-out single by Chris Graham.
Huddle House came back with one run in the bottom of the inning as Craig Montel scored on a single by Jamie Young.
Pepsi made it a two-run game again in the top of the third as Ronnie Pettway came around to score.
But, Huddle House stayed close as Joshua Montel hit a single and scored on a basehit by Michael Rolin in the bottom of the third to make the score 3-2.
The score remained the same until the fifth inning when Josh Plant reached base on a walk and J. Montel lined a single. Both runners scored on a double by C. Montel.
Pepsi threatened in the top of the seventh as they had the bases loaded. But, a ground ball ended the threat.
Greenlawn 7, Frontier 5
Greenlawn took an early lead and never looked back as they scored a 7-5 victory over Frontier.
Frontier came out swinging and put two runs on the board in the top of the first. Franklin Boykin, who reached on a double, scored on a single by Chris Moore who scored later in the inning for a 2-0 lead.
Greenlawn also started hot. Chris Andrews led off the inning with a single. He later scored along with Devin King and Kevin Adair to give Greenlawn a 3-2 edge.
That lead did not last long however. Jimmy Cunningham and Boykin both scored for Frontier in the second to give them a 4-3 lead.
But, three runs in the bottom of the third proved to be enough for Greenlawn as Matt Amerson, King and Adair scored to make the score 6-4.
Josh Morgan made it a one-run game in the fifth inning as he scored. But, Frontier could not muster anymore offense in the game.
Adair scored one more run in the sixth to help secure the victory.
Huddle House 3, Greenlawn 0
Chris Montel pitched a gem for the Huddle House as they blanked Greenlawn, 3-0.
Kevin Adair was keeping pace with Montel pitch-for-pitch until the fourth inning when Joshua Montel scored the first run of the game to give Huddle House a 1-0 lead.
Brandon Arnold and Trevor Daughtry added some insurance runs in the top of the fifth to give Huddle House a 3-0 edge.
Greenlawn never had a runner advance past second base as C. Montel struck out eight batters, including the sides in the first and third innings.
Pepsi 11, Apple Barrell 9
Pepsi and Apple Barrell got in a slugfest in the opening game of the Babe Ruth season. But, it was Pepsi who ended up on top, 11-9.
Pepsi took the lead in the top of the first as Chris Frost, Ronnie Pettway, Steven Shirley and J.R. Hall each scored.
Apple Barrell's Derek Martin scored in the bottom of the inning to make the score 4-1.
Pepsi came up with two more runs in the top of the third as Pettway and Shirley scored their second runs of the game to increase their lead to 6-1.
The Apple Barrell bats began to heat up in the bottom of the third and scores by Martin, Norris Brooks and Matthew Reynolds cut the lead to two, 6-4.
In the top of the fifth, Pepsi jumped out to a 9-4 lead with scores by Ray James, John Flowers and Shirley.
Brooks scored in the bottom of the inning for Apple Barrell to cut the lead to four.
Pettway and Thaddeus Richardson appeared to have put the game away in the top of the sixth as both came in to score, putting Pepsi on top 11-5.
But, Apple Barrell came storming back in the seventh inning. Daniel Sands, Jordan Drew, Norris Brooks and Brian Strawbridge all came in to score and cut the lead to only two runs, 11-9. The bases were loaded when Brian Strawbridge got the final batter to strike out.