By Matt Myers
It took untimely fielding errors and an epic last stand on the mound from multi-sport man Lane Kyte, but Ole Barn hung on to bring home the bacon in a barn burner.
Ole Barn Restaurant captured a slim 10-8 victory over Burgie Drugs (7-9) in the opening game of Cal Ripken action on Tuesday afternoon. The win, which stands as the second on the year for Ole Barn, was not a hollow outing for the Burgie squad at all. In fact, the gator blue and orange charges provided the bulk of the contest’s highlights amidst a mind-boggling rally in the fourth and fifth innings. The Rally, which chewed up seven runs and utterly shocked Ole Barn, was just the sort of play any baseball team in the race for .500 can appreciate.
Tyler Stansberry got the rally underway for Burgie from his 3-spot in the bottom of the fourth inning as he scored Tre Shoun and Cayd Pope with a single shot in the pipe past second. The play stood as one among many for the antythisis of Burgie’s offense; the youngster would finish 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs on the night.
J.D. McAmis would finish off the Burgie explosion in the bottom of the fourth with a ground rule double to score Garrett Deloach and Logan Ingram. Suddenly the scoreboard read 7-4.
And then Cameron Harris happened.
Harris’ double RBI shot to center completed the Burgie rally that had the game closed to 7-6 margin through four and a half Innings. Despite a strikeout on their final out of the Inning, The Burgie squad headed into the sixth and final Inning with an 8-7 lead and all the game’s momentum.
Errant throws combined with an RBI double from Nic Miller were the biggest factors in Ole Barn’s (2-14) ability to tie the game on their next at bat. Alec Rittenhouse stole home to put the Ole Barn sluggers back in front for good. All the drama merely set the stage for Lane Kyte when, in the bottom of the sixth, the youngster struck out three in a row to maintain the save.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s………………………………….. 12
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s wants to catch the league-leading Unicoi Blue Devils, and with a 12-6 win over KFC at T.J. Burleson Field last night, they are right in the boys from Erwin’s rearview mirror.
The win came about in a fashion that the green and black charges are making their trademark this season: Methodical early, and explosive late.
Through three and a half inninngs Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (12-3) built a 9-2 lead with solid baserunning from Drew Broome and Ethan Eggleston coupled with clutch RBI singles from Colton Miller and Bart Wilson. Miller’s pitching also kept the KFC damage minimal, as the youngster totaled 12 K’s in the solid outing.
Nick Hurley’s single home run shot to left in the bottom of the fourth, a gift to the baseball gods from the youngster on his birthday, gave Beef ‘O’ Brady’s a 10-2 lead and stood as the explosive half of the aforementioned game maxim. Eggleston added a steal of home plate to the attack, and by the close of the top half of the fifth, Beefs had a six-run lead it would not relinquish due to the contest being called for exceeding its time limitations.
The loss was not completely negative for KFC (4-11) as the youngsters garnered seven hits to BOB’s six total. The top of the fifth inning was particularly potent for the red and blue squad as back-to-back-to-back RBI singles from Jacob Vicchio, Bailey Conley and Christopher Taylor were at the heart of a mini-rally that cut the lead to 11-6 going into the final one and third Innings.
10U notes: Blue Circle Deli defeated TandE Wrecker 10-0 Monday in 10U minor action at the National Little League Complex. Blue Circle was explosive, scoring 10 runs through three and holding TandE scoreless to cause the enforcement of the “run rule.”
Nico Ashley was 2 for 2 with two RBIs while Jacob Mullins was 1 for 1 with one RBI.
Ole Barn 232 003 — 10
Burgie 000 260 — 8
B.O.B. 414 21 — 12
KFC 020 04 — 6