By Gene Renfro
Counter Top Masters was able to stay undefeated with a 7-6 victory Saturday morning over Horace Mann Insurance in Babe Ruth League play.
Nate Perry produced a two-run single to left in the top of the sixth to give Counter Top Masters, now 6-0 on the season, the lead back 7-5. For Perry it closed out his 3-for-3 day which include the game’s lead-off triple. He was also hit by a pitch in the contest.
Before the tie-breaking hit, Jacob Byrd produced a RBI single to right center to make the score 5-5 at that point in the sixth.
“It was a good game, we made some errors. I tell you what Horace Mann played a really good game all around. They out played us defensively, that’s for sure,” Counter Top Masters’ head coach Greg VanTassell said.
Those seven errors led to the six Horace Mann, with a 6-3 record, runs all going in the unearned column.
“We didn’t strike out much,” VanTassell said about the offensive approach. “We put the ball in play.”
All in all the Counter Top squad did put the ball in play with seven hits.
“Luckily we had our best two pitchers ready today,” VanTassell commented about the players on the mound Saturday. “They both pitched really good.”
Dylan Suiter tossed the first five innings for Counter Top and all five runs allowed were unearned. He scattered four hits and struck out seven. With the bat he had a RBI double as well.
Stone Hutchinson tossed the final two innings for the save. He struck out a trio of foes. At the plate Hutchinson had a RBI single in the opening inning.
Counter Top was able to strike for three runs in the top of the first before letting two runs come across in Horace Mann’s half of the opening frame.
Horace Mann added two more in the third which included a RBI sacrifice fly from Scotty Oliver to put the home side up. Horace Mann added another run in the next frame when Justin Maupin scored on a botched bunt play.
Maupin was 2-for-2 with a triple, double, sacrifice fly, RBI and scored twice.
“I wish we could have all of our players here at one time (travel ball conflicts). We were a little short and pitched a 13-year old. They did well and we only got beat by one run,” Horace Mann head coach Rick Walters said.
Action picks back up Monday as Horace Mann plays Erwin at 6 p.m. followed by Counter Top Masters taking on Bojangles.
CTM 300 013 0 — 7 7 7
HMI 202 101 0 — 6 4 4