By Matt Myers
For over 75 years, a passage of time encompassing five American generations, the National Little League has brought America’s youthful men and women together to learn the fundamentals of the national pastime.
Friday night at the Lions National Little League complex of baseball diamonds, it was 8U members of the “AO” generation getting a shot at having a good time at the plate and in the field. For every proud parent and guardian in attendance, the healthy, friendly competition was nothing less than smile-generating.
Mayflower Restaurant squad got the evening’s first game underway with a 4-2 victory over Royston’s Auction. Peyton Johnson, Coley Chausse, Carson Peters, Lucas Chausse and Steven Perry all had solid outings for the yellow and white in the contest. Brayden Blevins continued his dominance, coupling his outstanding play with Teddy Orton, Jackson Taylor, Isaac Hurley, Katelynn Lingerfelt and Noah Baker.
Royston’s Auction also performed well at the plate during the performance, with Ethan Meier turning in two RBIs. His teammates Alex White, Caleb Royston and Josiah Swanson also turned in solid performances at the plate and in the field.
J’s Corner went crazy at the plate en route to a 7-2 victory over Phil Bachman Toyota in the latter half of the evening’s first doubleheader. Caleb Franklin, Conner Johnson and Owen Slagle all turned in solid performances while teammates Maycee Williams, Renna Lane, Gibson White and Padraig Murphy also added to the team effort with Texas colored success in the batter’s box. Not to be out done, Jacob Williams also turned in a nice performance defensively and offensively amidst the victory.
Phil Bachman Toyota generated a spirited effort despite the loss. Mason Hicks was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs while Keelyn Henegar turned in the exact same statistical performance. Elizabeth Lindsey, Luke Henegar, Holden Davis, Caleb Napier, and A.J. Sluder all turned in good showings as well.
IGA captured victory over Daniel Ball Converter Cleaning 5-3 in the first game of the night’s next double header. Despite the win being awarded to IGA, both teams exhibited superior effort in the contest.
In the IGA dugout, the key was offensive production on a team level, and the red and blue charges remained dedicated to achieving it throughout. Solid games from Zac Workman, Eli Ayers, Andrew Little, Avery Scalf and Collin Morgan really epitomized the all-around effort from IGA. The game also saw Elijah Martin, Ethan Hyder, Alex Hurley, Ella Scalf, and Carter Pagy turn in solid trips to the plate and baserunning.
Daniel Ball Converters had its highlights, with Carter Davidson, Drew Turner and Payton Vanhuss producing quality playing time.
Bryson Rollins turned in the night’s most palpable power hitting display in the nightcap. The youngster’s in-park homer in his first at-bat, a powerful shot to right center; gave Farm Bureau Insurance a big momentum, and a 3-0 lead it would not relinquish. The positive fruition of his early-game efforts’ would be a teamwide hitting display that ended in a 10-2 victory over Omni-Source.
Ashton Wilson turned in an inpark homer of his own while Austin Burchfield led the game off with a stand-up triple. Trenton Taylor-Ricker, Gavin Roark, Jayden Rittenhouse and Zach Hotsclaw also contributed; while Clara Smith, Caleb Shaffer and Ashton Hardin turned in quality fielding performances.
With the win, Farm Bureau Insurance remains unbeaten on the year in 8U play.
Mayflower ……………………………9 Royston Auction………………….2
Mayflower: Lucas Chausse (3-3, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs), Carson Peters (3-3, triple, 2 RBIs), Colby Chausse (3-3, triple, RBI), Teddy Orton (2-3, RBI), Peyton Johnson (2-3), Isaac Hurley (1-3, double, RBI), Steven Perry (1-3).
Royston Auction: Alex Wheeler (2-2, triple, RBI), Caleb Royston (2-2, double), Ethan Meier (1-1, double), Michael Harrison (1-2, double, RBI).
Farm Bureau ……………………..10 Omni Source ……………………….2
Farm Bureau: Bryson Rollins (2-2, HR, double), Austin Burchfield (2-2, triple, double), Ashton Wilson (2-2, HR), Jaiden Rittenhouse (2-2, double), Ashton Hardin (1-1, triple), Caleb Shaffer (1-1), Zach Holtsclaw (1-2, HR), Trenton Taylor-Ricker (1-2).
OmniSource: Matthew Wilkins (2-2, triple), Jesse Hardin (2-2, double), JoJo Jarnigan (1-2), Xavier Oliver (1-2).