By Rick Sheek
Lucas Chausse carried the big stick for Mayflower’s Restaurant on Tuesday night.
Chausse slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, in plating six RBIs in Mayflower’s romp over Mountain Tractor 7-1 in Cal Ripken rookie league baseball action at Larry Brown Field.
“I got lucky there,” Mayflower’s coach Jeff Chausse said. “He really got a hold of it, and ripped it out there into the outfield. He hit good.”
It was a 2-1 one affair when Lucas Chausse lined a shot to the right-center field wall which cleared the bases in the third inning. He batted 2 for 2.
“He hit the ball real well,” Mountain Tractor coach Rick Sutphin said. “The good thing with their team is they’ve got a lot of consistency. Ours has been a little fluctuated, but we were missing two kids — two key components tonight — and we played with a lot of heart. I was very proud of our kids.
“That shot to right center there hurt us pretty bad. That’s when they took control.”
Mayflower’s Colby Chausse singled in the first inning. His brother followed with a two-run homer.
“He’s been pretty consistent for us this year,” Coach Chausse said. “He’s really hit the ball.”
Mountain Tractor pulled within 2-1 in the second. Bellah Kellerman singled, before Jake Roberts ripped a run-scoring double off the wall.
Mayflower’s Teddy Orton singled in the second, but was stranded.
Kellerman singled again in the third. She went 2 for 2.
“We’re sitting in a pretty good position, and the team has gotten better all year,” Sutphin said. “The kids have grown and gotten a lot better. The kids have had fun, and that’s what it is all about — as long as the kids are learning and having fun.”
Noah Blair doubled in the third. Peyton Johnson and Colby Chausse each singled.
Lucas Chausse then unleashed this grand slam.
“We’re getting ready for the tournament,” Coach Chausse said. “Really this is supposed to be an instructional league, but everyone of these kids out here want to win. They play hard.
“They really do. They really give it their all. We’ve been really lucky this year, with a bunch of good kids out here.”
Orton batted 2 for 2.
For Mountain Tractor, Mia McNabb and A.J. Andes each singled in the second inning.
Mayflower’s is 5-6. Mountain Tractor is 4-8.
Two games remain for each team before tournament time.