Yes!!! It's spring time once again. You know what that means. It's time for hotdogs, hamburgers, cokes and candy bars. It's time for the RBS Little League Players to charge on the field again. The first 2 teams took the field Monday night, May 1st, at 6 p.m. It was last year Champions, Cowan & Sons, and Hillwood Auto Pars. As you remember, Hillwood struggled last year without a single win. Hillwood got the first swings of the year but Jason Carter of C&S was on fire striking out the first 3 batters.
When Hillwood took the field it looked like a repeat at first. Then the determination of the little soldiers began to show in their faces.
Hillwood stopped Cowan with a four run rally. Holding their own, Hillwood held Cowan to no runs in the second, then it was obvious, the battle was on.
Yes, in the 3rd, Matt Brockett walked for Hillwood, stole second. Haley Torgerson walked and Brockett got thrown out at 3rd. As Torgerson stole 2nd, Matt French took away Jason Carter's bat for a no hitter. With Hillwood's first hit of the year, Haley scored for Hillwood in the 3rd. As it was, Hillwood could not get offense in gear but played the field well.
Final score was 5 Cowan & Sons to 1 Hillwood Auto Parts
Matt French 1 for 3, Haley Torgerson, 0 for 2 with 1 run, Matt Brockett, 2 walks with Dallas Greanead taking a base on balls as well. For Hillwood, pitching Matt Brockett pitched 3 innings with 5 strike outs. Matt French pitched 3 innings with 3 strike outs. Hillwood Coach Jason Greanead said Hillwood and Cowan played a great game tonight but Cowan pulled out 5 to 1.
The second game was equally as exciting. Tri-County hosted Hollis Lumber and Truss. Hollis came out with bats that couldn't be stopped. In the first four innings Hollis scored 10 runs, holding Tri-County helpless to 1 run. As the bottom of the 4th approached the clock time limit, Alan Knight (Tri-County's Coach) did not give up, giving directions on how to bat and what to do. The heart of Tri-County obviously was not pierced. As they rallied, it appeared the great come back was at hand. It was!!! The stands were full of excitement as these 9-12 year olds crossed the plate 9 times in one inning tying the ballgame to be finished on Saturday.
Hollis got plenty of rest as they started top of the fifth. Walks, hits, stolen bases and heads up ball produced 5 runs for Hollis. As the end seemed in sight, Tri-County's last bat was here. Just as they were on Monday night, they were the little choo-choo that could. It was hard to hear the umps, Danny McCaleb, calls for the noise in the stands. I guarantee you, not a coke was drunk or a bite of a hotdog until Tri-County scored 6 more runs, winning 16 TriCounty -15 Hollis Lumber.
Stats for the game for Hollis: Ty Tuck pitched 3 innings striking out 2 batters. Kason Wheeler went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, Kalema Bean the same, Dakota Dickens scored 3 runs. Ty Tuck, Sarah Tuck, and Josh Duffer with 2 runs each. Christopher Kernell and D.J. Laureigh each crossed the plate once.
Tri-County: Skylar Holden walked 5 times at the plate, Trever Bohanon had a double with a pair of RBI's, Ben Bolte had 2 RBI's and stole home twice. Every player scored for Tri-County.
In T-Ball action on May 4th...
Yes, stone face (John Carlisle) of Hix Welding coached against the block layer (Cale Copas) of Nestle Waters in the first T-Ball game played of the year. Games Tuesday night were canceled due to weather. Carlisle must have put lead in his bats cause Hix was killing the ball.
The first inning Jordan and Maddie both had singles and Seth hit a home run. That was just the beginning. Hix welding scored 6 runs then Nestle found their own bat. Pounding the ball, including Kameron Clarks double, Nestle was not to be out done by scoring 6 runs as well. Nestle then played defense top of the second inning holding Hix to 3 runs. That's when you began to hear the parents. Hix, then not to be out done, played ball like pro's holding Nestle to 0 runs with only 4 batters and 3 outs. What a T-Ball game. As Carlisle said it, “Hix saved the best for last and scored 8 runs in the last inning, with Issac getting a triple and Sydney and Seth hitting doubles. Nestle still wasn't through. Including Tristen Walters 2 RBI's, they scored 3 more runs. In all, it was too much for Nestle to handle.
Final Score Hix Welding 17-Nestle 9.
May 4th Little League Action...
North Central squared off against Hollis Lumber. Hollis gained control early, and looked very confident. Going into the top of the third, it was Hollis 5 to NCTC 1. That's when NCTC took charge. By the bottom of the 3rd inning, their bats rang out several times making the score 7 to 5 NCTC. As it was a pitching battle, time was approaching quickly, only allowing 4 innings. When the bottom of the fourth came, the dust began to settle and NCTC had crossed the plate 11 more times making the final NCTC 18-Hollis 7.
Stats: NCTC Andy Craighead on base 3 out of 4 bats. Quentin Gass on base 2 out of 4 bats. Kalisha Lynch walked 4 times. Brandon Hall on base 3 out of 4 bats, Tyler Gass on base 4 out of 4 bats, Andrew Meadows the same, Devon McCall went 1 for 1 with a triple. Tyler Cherry walked twice. Taylor Key had three walks.
Hollis Lumber: Pitcher Josh Duffer had 6 strike outs. At the plate Kason Wheeler had 2 for 3
scoring 2 runs, Sarah Tuck had 2 for 2. Scoring for Hollis was Christopher Kernell with 2 runs, Candice Rich, Ty Tuck and Josh Duffer each scoring 1 run.
May 4th Little League...
Oh No!! It wasn't an asteroid. It wasn't an earth quake. Although it was an explosion. As we expected, the determination of Coach Greanead of Hillwood Auto and his team finally became reality. The words of Coach Greanead “Finally in 13 games, we pulled one out!” My opinion! This won't be the only game Hillwood wins this year. While Hillwood's pitchers pitched an excellent game, they also found their bats and used them. That was the explosion. Tri-County also made it tough for Hillwood Juan Augustine, pitcher for Tri-County had 8 strik-outs and only walked 1 batter. Helping their pitcher, Trever Bohanon, got 2 hits, Davey Williams got a double with an RBI, Juan helped his effort with a single. Hillwoods pitchers Dakota Wilder and Matt French helped their own efforts, Dakota pitched 2 innings, batted 2 for 2 with 2 singles and 2 RBI's. Their help, Katie Greanead with a single and RBI, Dalton Cooper with a single, brother Dillon a single, Kason Wix a single and scored. Although it was a loss for Coach Alan Knight, he praised his team for their great effort. Hillwood 7-Tri-County 2. Good luck to both these young teams.
Coach Pitch May 5...
Tooley & Carver squared off against Macon Bank & Trust for a battle that held the game to low scoring.
Tooley started off with Chris Marshall being the first score of the game. Dalton Noles had a single pushing Chris further around the bases. Then Bradley Tidwell had the single that pushed Chris across the plate. Same thing in the second as Chris crossed the plate again. Macon Bank on the other hand, had Cassie Cherry who got a single in the first. Next Chance Asberry singled. Then Dustin Cherry got out at first but advanced the runners. Nicholas Deckard then knocked a run home, Brince Crouch did the same. A tight game into the 3rd inning. At the bottom of the third it was 5-2 Macon Bank. Sean Gentry had great efforts for T&C on first base and at bat with a triple. It was too little too late for T&C as they scored one more run. Final Macon Bank 5- Tooley & Carver 3.