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GAME STORIES 2017

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 13

Elm Street Park – East Carolina Auto & Truck Center closed out their 2017 campaign with a 11-6 win over NorthCare. EC Auto held a 8-6 lead after 4 innings and then expanded that lead with 2 in the fifth and 1 in the sixth. Jayden Grimes (3-4, 2 HR) and Justin Grimes (3-3, 2 2b) led the attack for the “Chrysler Dodgers”. Owen Boyd (2-4, HR) and Owen Conway (2-3, 2b) had terrific games as well. Tyler Bonds (1-4, 2b), Harrison Evans (1-4), Spencer West (1-3, 2b), and Cullen Haley (1-3, HR) had a hit each to round out the EC Auto attack. Davis Hathaway was 3-4 with a double to lead NorthCare. Mitch Jones (1-3), Campbell Seymour (1-3, 2b), Colin Everette (1-3) and Max Mason (1-2) had the other NorthCare hits. Owen Boyd was ruled to be the game’s winning pitcher.

Elm Street Park – In the final game of the 2017 season Kiwanis squeaked past Physicians East by a score of 6-5. PE jumped out to a 3-0 advantage but Kiwanis plated a run in the bottom of the first and 5 in the bottom of the third to take a 6-3 lead. PE came back with 2 in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough as Kiwanis took the win. Cole Smith (2-2) and Hayden Harz (2-3) led the “ K-Tribe”. Joseph Byrne (1-4) and Cameron Greenway (1-3) had the other Kiwanis hits. Collin West was 3-3 with a triple to lead PE. Matthew Matthijs (2-2, HR) had the other hits for PE. Cole Smith was the game’s winning pitcher.

Kiwanis Field – Ross Orthodontics built upon a 6-2 lead at the game’s midpoint to take an 8-5 victory over Overton’s in each team’s final game of the season. Chase Anderson was 3-4 with a two bagger to lead the “Tin Grins”. Henry Phelps had a good day as well as he was 2-4 with a double. Luke Lambert (1-3), Charlie Blizzard (1-3), Jayden Myrick (1-3), and Will Bunting (1-2, 3b) had the other Ross hits. Daniel Paciullo was 3-3 with a double and a home run to lead Overton’s. Will D’Alonzo (2-3, 2b) also had a great game. Ethan Simmons (1-2, 2b), Max Jamison (1-1), and Andrew Price (1-3, HR) had the other Overton’s hits. Luke Lambert was the winning pitcher for Ross.

VFW Field – Sylvan Learning Center picked up an 18-2 win over Optimist in the season finale for both squads. David Valeriotti was 3-4 with a double to lead the “Tutors”. A pair of Sylvan hits were had by Thomas Barrett (2-3, HR), Wyatt Vaughan (2-3, 2b), and Gavin Oakley (2-4). Drew Fields (1-3, 2b) had the other Sylvan hit. Five different Optimist players had a hit each to provide their offense. These players were Jacob Calder (1-2, HR), Drew Lysaght (1-1), Holden Burroughs (1-2), Tyler Sparrow (1-2), and Joe May (1-2). David Valeriotti was the winning pitcher for Sylvan.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 12

Elm Street Park – Coca Cola took a 13-0 lead to the fifth inning and cruised to a 13-5 win over the Host Lions Club in the season finale for both teams. Bryce Jackson (3-4, 3b), Marcus Byrd (3-4, HR) and Daniel Edwards (3-4, 2b, 3b) all had 3 hits to lead the “Soda Jerks”. Blake Furlough had a good outing as well as he was 2-3 with a double. Carson Hardee (1-4), Matthew Conway (1-4, 2b) and Parke Whitley (1-3) picked up the other Coke hits. Connor Edwards (2-4), Ethan Behm (2-3), Ethan Parker (2-3) and Macon Buck (2-3) had a pair of hits each to lead the Lions. Connor Dial was 1-1 to round out the Lions attack. The winning moundsman for Coke was Blake Furlough.

Elm Street Park – Jarman Auto Sales wrapped up their 2017 regular season with a 7-0 shutout of Brown & Wood. Jarman scored 2 in the first, 3 in the fifth, and 2 in the sixth. Alex Popovich (2-3 with a home run) and Caleb Dudley (2-4, 3b, HR) led the “Evil Empire”. Jay Tyndall (1-1), Rance Fritscher (1-2, HR), Jack West (1-3), and Ryan Saad (1-1) had the other Jarman hits. Colin Woolard was 1-1 to provide the Brown & Wood offense. Jay Tyndall was brilliant on the hill as he pitched a complete game 1 hitter while only allowing 1 base on balls.

Kiwanis Field – BB&T finished out the regular season on a winning note as they defeated Carolina Windows & Doors by a score of 18-16 in 7 innings. CWD scored 5 times in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 14 and put the game in to extra innings. BB&T scored 4 in the top of the seventh and only allowed 2 CWD tallies in the bottom of the frame to take the win. Christian Marello was 4-4 with 2 doubles and Evyn Riddle was 4-4 with a home run to lead the “Bankers” Other BB&T players who made multiple deposits today were Alex Knight-Hyatt (3-4, 2 HR), Andrew Knight-Hyatt (2-5), Keller Fraley (2-5), and Carter Hale (2-4). Gavin Liverman rounded out BB&T’s offense with a 1-2 day. Perry Eveleth was 4-5 with 2 doubles and a homer to lead CWD. Andrew Wallen had a good day as well as he went 3-4. Coleton Durant (2-4) and Matthew Aldridge (2-3) also had nice games. Daniel Gonzalez (1-5), Ashby Batton (1-5, HR), Ethan Tyndall (1-4, 2b) and Tyler Wilkerson (1-3) had the other CWD hits. Alex Knight-Hyatt was the winning pitcher.

VFW Field – Pepsi Cola rode the strength of a 13 run second inning to defeat Eastern Plumbing 22-13. Brody Stallings (4-4, 2HR, 2b), James Sawyer (4-5, 2b), and Connor Honeycutt (4-4, 2 2b, HR) led the “Soda Drinkers”. Barak Meachum (2-3), Chase Honeycutt (2-3) and Joyner Haddock (2-5) all had good days for Pepsi. Ives Howard (1-3), Connor Ward (1-2) and Quinn McCaffrey (1-3) had the other Pepsi hits. Andrew Ricks (3-4, 2 2b) and Drew Greene (3-4) led Eastern Plumbing. Meade Evans had a solid 2-4 day. Neither of Meade’s hits stayed in the yard. Jason Ramires (2-3, 2b) also had a great day. Wyatt Fagundus (1-3, 2b), Caleb Overby (1-4), Quinn Wainright (1-3, HR), Owen Hardee (1-2), and Matt Sutton (1-1) had the other EP hits. The winning pitcher for Pepsi was Ives Howard.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 11

Elm Street Park – Jarman Auto Sales scored in every inning as they took a 20-4 make up game victory over Eastern Plumbing this afternoon. Jarman didn’t really have any big innings but they scored between 1 and 4 runs in each inning. The “Evil Empire” was led by Stockton Rouse as he was 4-5 with 2 home runs. Alex Popovich (3-4, 3 2b) and Jack West (3-3) also carried hot bats for Jarman. Jay Tyndall (2-4, 2b), Derrion Geddis (2-4), and Axel Keller (2-3) also had great games. Rance Fritscher rounded out the Jarman offense by going 1-5 with a double. Quin Wainright was 2-3 with a double to lead Eastern Plumbing. Wyatt Fagundus (1-3, 3b), Andrew Ricks (1-4, 2b), Meade Evans (1-3), and Parker Watson (1-2) had the other hits for Eastern Plumbing. Alex Popovich pitched 5 innings and took the mound victory for Jarman.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 10

Elm Street Park – Ross Orthodontics picked up what their coaching staff claimed was their first “early morning” victory in several years as they defeated the Host Lions Club by a score of 8-2. The Lions were back on the field less than 12 hours after playing on Friday night. This game was 3-2 in favor of Ross going to the bottom of the fifth when Ross plated 5 runs and put the game away. Dean Adams was 3-3 with a double to lead the “Tin Grins”. Henry Phelps (2-3, HR) and Luke Lambert (2-3, HR) also had good mornings at the plate. Charlie Blizzard (1-3) and Will Sawyer (1-1) had the other Ross hits. Flynn Nease (2-2) led the Lions. Ethan Behm (1-3) had the other Lion hit. Chase Anderson took the mound victory for Ross.

Elm Street Park – Physicians East moved into a first place tie with Sylvan Learning Center with their 2-0 make-up game victory on Saturday afternoon. 2 PE runs in the top of the second were the difference for PE. Cash Daniels-Moye (2-3) and Jackson Bunch (2-3) led the “Whitecoats”. Colby Case had a hit in 3 trips to round out the PE offense. Drew Fields provided the offense for Sylvan, going 1-3. Winning moundsman Matthew Matthijs was brilliant on the hill for PE as he pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings before having to be lifted because of the dreaded pitch count. Cash Daniels-Moye earned the save as he got the final out of the game.

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis overcame 2 three run deficits to come from behind and defeat Coca Cola by a score of 9-6 in 7 innings. Coke was up 3-0 after 3 innings but Kiwanis tied it with 3 third inning runs. Coke plated 3 in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-3 going to the top of the sixth. Kiwanis tied the game with 3 in the top of the sixth and then won it with 3 more in the top of the seventh. 4 “K-Tribers” had 2 hits each to pace their attack. These players were Cole Smith (2-3), Joseph Byrne (2-4, HR), Hayden Harz (2-4, 2b) and Will Casey (2-4). Cameron Greenway and Ahmad Johnson were each 1-3 to round out the Kiwanis attack. Bryce Jackson was 2-4 with a double to lead Coke. Carson Hardee and Marcus Byrd each were 1-3 with a homer to finish out Coke’s offense. Ashton Byars, with 3 innings of relief work was the winner on the mound for Kiwanis.

Elm Street Park – Overton’s scored in every inning as they defeated Optimist by a score of 7-1 on Saturday night. Optimist scored 1 in the top of the first but Overton’s answered with 2 of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Overton’s then added 2 in the second and 1 each in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take the win. Will D’Alonzo was 3-4 with 2 homers to lead the “Sportsmen”. Daniel Paciullo (1-3), Hudson Chamblee (1-3), and Andrew Price (1-3) all also had a hit for Overton’s. Cameron Dally was 2-2 to lead Optimist. Jacob Calder (1-4) and Tucker Holmes (1-1) had the other Optimist. The winning hurler was Daniel Paciullo.

Kiwanis Field – Carolina Windows & Doors scored in every inning but the second as they defeated East Carolina Auto & Truck Center by a score of 22-7 in yet another Saturday make-up game. EC Auto held a 4-2 advantage after 2 ½ innings but CWD’s 9 run third inning complemented by an 8 run fifth inning were too much for EC Auto to overcome. Perry Eveleth was 3-4 with a home run to lead the “Glaziers”. Coleton DuRant (2-4), Andrew Wallen (2-3, HR), Daniel Gonzalez (2-4, 3b, HR), and Ethan Tyndall (2-3) also had great days. Ashby Batton (1-4, 3b) and Tyler Wilkerson (1-3) had the other hits for CWD. Harrison Evans was 2-2 to lead EC Auto. Jayden Grimes (1-1, HR), Owen Boyd (1-1), Tyler Bonds (1-3), Justin Grimes (1-3), and Spencer West (1-3, HR). Ashby Batton scattered 7 hits over 4 1/3 innings of work to take the win. Ethan Tyndall pitched the last 2/3 of an inning, allowing no hits.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 9

Elm Street Park – Sylvan Learning Center continued their fine play as they defeated Ross Orthodontics by a score of 12-4 on Friday afternoon. Thomas Barrett (2-3, 2b, HR), Drew Fields (2-5, HR), David Valeriotti (2-3, 2b, HR), James Elpers (2-3), and Parker Stokes (2-2) all had a pair of hits to lead the “Tutors”. Henry Phelps and Luke Lambert were each 2-4 to lead Ross. One of Phelps’ hit was a two bagger. Hank Adams (1-1) and Charlie Blizzard (1-4) had the other Ross hits. The winning pitcher was Wyatt Vaughan.

Elm Street Park – Physicians East scored in every inning as they defeated the Host Lions Club 17-2. Jackson Bunch was 4-4 with 2 doubles to lead the “WhiteCoats”. Matthew Matthijs (2-3, HR), Cash Daniels-Moye (2-5, 2b), Collin West (2-2) and Colby Case (2-4, 2 2b) all had a pair of hits. Parker Williams (1-2), Bryce Henderson (1-2), Evan Kiess (1-2) and Garris Jackson (1-4) rounded out the offense for PE. Connor Edwards was 1-3 with a double to provide the offense for Lions. Colby Case allowed no hits over 4 1/3 innings of work to take the mound victory.

Kiwanis Field – East Carolina Auto and Truck Center rode the strength of a 12 run third inning to defeat Pepsi Cola. Pepsi held a 5-3 advantage going to the EC Auto half of the third but the offensive explosion by the “Chrysler Dodgers” was just too much for them to overcome. Tyler Bonds was 4-4 to lead EC Auto. Only one of Tyler’s hits stayed in the yard. Jayden Grimes also had a great game as he was 3-5 with a double, triple, and a home run. A pair of hits was had by Justin Grimes (2-3) and Christian LoPresti (2-3, 2 2b). Owen Conway (1-2), Carter Evans (1-1, 2b), and Spencer West (1-3) had the other EC Auto hits. Brody Stallings (3-3, HR) and Suiter Howard (3-3) led the Pepsi attack. Ives Howard had a good day as well as he was 2-3. James Sawyer (1-4), Barak Meachum (1-3), and Connor Honeycutt (1-3, HR) had the remaining Pepsi hits. The winning hurler for EC Auto was Jayden Grimes.

VFW Field – Brown & Wood held a 3-1 lead over NorthCare after 2 innings but it was all North Care from the 3rd inning on as the “Caregivers” took an 11-3 win. Campbell Seymour was 3-5 with a triple and Max Mason was 3-4 with a double to lead NorthCare. Mitch Jones (2-2), Davis Hathaway (2-3, 3b) were solid on the day as well. Colin Everette (1-4), Davis Bradley (1-4), and Drew Grant (1-2) all also had hits for NorthCare. Josh Britt (1-2), Ryker Butcher (1-3), Wade Johnson (1-3) and Cade Butcher (1-1) had the hits for Brown & Wood. Campbell Seymour was the mound winner for the black and blue.

 GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 8

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis and Overton’s were tied at 1 after 2 innings but it was all Kiwanis the rest of the way as they took a 16-1 victory. Cameron Greenway was 4-5 with a home run to lead the “K-Tribe”. Will Casey had a big day as well as he was 3-3 with a double. A pair of Kiwanis hits were had by Ashton Byars (2-3, 2 2b), Cole Smith (2-3, 2b), Joseph Byrne (2-4, Met Deli Shot), and Hayden Harz (2-5). Zeke Krumnacher picked up the other Kiwanis hit as he was 1-2 with a double. Will D’Alonzo was 2-3 with a home run to lead Overton’s. Daniel Paciullo (1-3), Owen Simmons (1-3), and Russ Medlin (1-2) had the other hits for Overton’s The winning pitcher for Kiwanis was Cameron Greenway.

Elm Street Park – Coca Cola made the most of their 3 hits as they defeated Optimist by a score of 10-4. Bryce Jackson (1-3), Marcus Byrd (1-2), and Blake Furlough (1-3, HR) had the hits for the “Soda Jerks”. Jacob Calder (1-3, HR), Isaac Hodges (1-3, HR), Cameron Dally (1-3) and Joe May (1-1, 2b) had the hits for Optimist. The winning pitcher was Blake Furlough.

Kiwanis Field – Jarman Auto Sales scored in every inning but the third as they defeated BB&T by a score of 17-5 this afternoon. This game was kept at a manageable score of 5-2 at its midway point but Jarman tallied a total of 12 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win. Stockton Rouse (3-4, HR), Rance Fritscher (3-3, HR), and Caleb Dudley (3-4, 2b, HR) all had big days to lead the “Evil Empire”. Alex Popovich also had a good outing as he was 2-4 with a double. Jay Tyndall (1-4), Jack West (1-3), Axel Keller (1-2), and Nick Fuqua (1-2) also had a hit each for Jarman. Christian Marello had a big day for BB&T as he was 4-4 with a two bagger to his credit. Evyn Riddle had a good game as well as he was 3-4 with a double. 2 deposits each were made by Gavin Liverman (2-4) and Tucker Anderson (2-3). Andrew Knight-Hyatt (1-3) rounded out the BB&T offense. Stockton Rouse was the mound winner for Jarman.

VFW Field – Carolina Windows & Doors scored in every inning as they defeated Eastern Plumbing by a score of 18-0 today. Perry Eveleth was 4-4 with 2 home runs to lead the “Glaziers”. Daniel Gonzalez had a great day as well as he was 3-4 with a home run. Leadoff batter Coleton DuRant (2-4) and Ethan Tyndall (2-4) also had nice outings. Andrew Wallen (1-3, HR), Ashby Batton (1-4), Noah Porter (1-2), Conner Berry (1-1, 2b), Rondy Bryant (1-2), and Tyler Wilkerson (1-3) all had a hit each to round out the CWD offense. Andrew Ricks went 1-2 to lead Eastern Plumbing. Andrew Wallen gave up 1 hit over his 5 innings of complete game pitching to take the mound victory for CWD.

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 7

Elm Street Park – In a game that began on May 25 and concluded on June 7 Sylvan Learning Center defeated the Host Lions Club by a score of 15-14. This game was punctuated by huge changes of momentum and big innings. Sylvan jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead before allowing the Lions to score 6 in the top of the third to establish a 6-1 lead at the midway point of the game. Sylvan inched closer with a lone fifth inning run but Lions answered with a single tally in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2 going to the bottom of the sixth. Sylvan tied the game at 7 with 5 in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to extra innings at 9:57pm EST. The Lions seemingly took control of the game by scoring 4 in the top of the seventh but Sylvan answered with 4 of their own to conclude the action from May 25 with the hands of the clock setting just shy of 10:30pm EST. The game was then resumed on June 7 at 4:30 in the afternoon. The Lions scored 3 in the top of the eighth but Sylvan came back with 4 in their half of the inning to take the win. Thomas Barrett (4-4, 2b, HR), and Drew Fields (4-6, 2b) led the “Tutors” on offense. Luke Perry also had a big day as he was 3-4 with a double. David Valeriotti (1-3) and James Elpers (1-4) had the other Sylvan hits. Josh Weidner (2-5, 2 HR), Ethan Behm (2-4, 2b), Flynn Nease (2-3), and Ethan Parker (2-2) each had a pair of hits to lead the Lions. Connor Edwards (1-3) and Jason Herring (1-4, 2b) had the other hits for the Lions. The winning pitcher was Wyatt Vaughan.

Elm Street Park – In the nightcap of a rare “doubleheader” between the same two teams at Elm Street Sylvan Learning Center took a 14-9 win to complete their sweep over the Host Lions Club. The Lions led 4-1 after 2 innings but Sylvan’s offense got going with a vengeance in the third, fourth and fifth innings as they plated four, four, and 5 runs in those innings respectively. The Lions countered with 2 in the fourth and 3 in the fifth but it wasn’t enough as Sylvan took the win. Wyatt Vaughan was 3-4 with a double and 2 home runs to lead the “Tutors”. Drew Fields (2-4, 2b), James Elpers (2-3), and Benjamin Barrett (2-2) also had big days for Sylvan. Thomas Barrett (1-4), Ryan Johnson (1-4, 2b), Luke Perry (1-2), and Parker Stokes (1-2) had the other hits for Sylvan. Connor Edwards (3-4, HR), and Ethan Behm (3-4, 2 2b) led the way for the Lions. Baker Brimhall had a solid outing as well as he was 2-3. Flynn Nease (1-4, 2b), Christian Howard (1-3), Ethan Parker (1-2), and Jason Herring (1-2) also had hits for the Lions. The winning pitcher for Sylvan was James Elpers.

Elm Street Park – Cash Daniels-Moye and Matthew Matthijs allowed no hits as Physicians East defeated Ross Orthodontics by a score of 10-0. Matthijs (2-3, 3b) and Daniels-Moye (2-3, HR) were the hitting stars as well for the “Whitecoats”. Jackson Bunch (1-2) and Garris Jackson (1-3, 2b) had the other PE hits. Matthew Matthijs was the game’s winning pitcher.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 6

Elm Street Park – After about a 42 hour break Little League returned to Elm Street as Coca Cola scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to overcome a 6-5 deficit and defeat Overton’s by a score of 9-7. Overton’s held a 6-5 lead after 2 innings and maintained that lead until the bottom of the fifth. Overton’s picked up a single run in the top of the sixth but fell short in their comeback effort. Marcus Byrd was 2-4 with a home run to lead the “Soda Jerks”. Blake Furlough (1-2, 2b) Cullen Seymour (1-1), Hunter Sorrell (1-2), Matthew Conway (1-4) and Bryce Jackson (1-3, 2b) had the other Coke hits. Overton’s was led by Daniel Paciullo who was 3-4. Ethan Simmons (2-3) and Smith Vick (2-4) each had a pair of hits. 1 hit came from Will D’Alonzo (1-4), Hudson Chamblee (1-3), Russ Medlin (1-3), and Jack D’Alonzo (1-2). Bryce Jackson pitched the last 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit, to take the pitching victory.

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis overcame an early 2-0 deficit to come back and defeat Optimist by a score of 10-3. Joseph Byrne led the “K-Tribe” with a 3-4 performance that included a double. Cameron Greenway had a good game as well as he was 2-3. Ashton Byars (1-4), Cole Smith (1-2, HR), Will Casey (1-4, 3b), Hayden Harz (1-3, 3b), Terrence Armstrong (1-1), and Ahmad Johnson (1-2, 2b) also had hits for Kiwanis. Optimist had 5 players for a hit each for their offense. These players were Jacob Calder (1-2), Cameron Dally (1-2), Isaac Hodges (1-2, HR), Tucker Holmes (1-2, 2b), and Joe May (1-2). Joseph Byrne was the winning pitcher for Kiwanis.

Kiwanis Field – NorthCare overcame an early 7-1 deficit by scoring 9 times in the top of the third and taking a 14-8 win over BB&T. Rhettec Galaska had a big day to lead NorthCare as he was 3-4. Outstanding games were also had by Campbell Seymour (3-4, 2b) and Colin Everette (3-3, 3b). Mitch Jones (2-5, HR) and Davis Hathaway (2-3, 3b) each had great days as well. Max Mason (1-3), Davis Bradley (1-4), and Ethan Medhus (1-2, 2b) had the other hits for NorthCare. Christian Marello (3-4, 2b) and Alex Knight-Hyatt (3-3, 3b) were the hitting stars for BB&T. Keller Fraley (1-3) and Ben Swaggerty (1-2) had the other BB&T hits. Collin Grant was the game’s winning pitcher for NorthCare.

VFW Field – Pepsi Cola’s 11 hit attack produced 8 runs as they defeated Brown & Wood by a score of 8-3. Brown & Wood led 3-1 at the midway point of the game but Pepsi’s fourth produced 3 runs while they scored a pair each in the fifth and sixth innings to take the win. James Sawyer was 4-4 to lead the “Soda Drinkers”. Ives Howard (2-4, HR) and Connor Honeycutt (2-3, HR) also had great nights for Pepsi. Brody Stallings (1-4), Barak Meachum (1-2), and Connor Ward (1-1) had the other Pepsi hits. Josh Britt (1-2) and Kalif Dowell (1-2) had the hits for Brown & Wood. Ives Howard was the winning pitcher for Pepsi.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 3

Elm Street Park – By scoring runs in every inning they batted except for the third Eastern Plumbing was able to double up Brown & Wood by a score of 10-5 this afternoon. Wyatt Fagundus was 3-3 with a double to lead the “Plungers” attack. Parker Watson also had a good day as he was 2-3 with a double. Four EP players had a hit each to round out their attack. These players were Andrew Ricks (1-2), Meade Evans (1-4, 2b), Drew Greene (1-1) and Jason Ramirez (1-2). Kalif Dowell was 2-3 to lead the Brown & Wood squad. Colin Woolard (1-3). Wade Johnson (1-4), Cade Butcher (1-2, 2b), and DJ Parker (1-2). Wyatt Fagundus was the mound winner for Eastern Plumbing

Elm Street Park – East Carolina Auto & Truck Center scored in every inning but the first as they defeated BB&T by a score of 10-9 on Saturday night. BB&T held a 5-4 lead at the game’s midway point but EC Auto was able to outscore them the rest of the way to take the win. The “Chrysler Dodgers” were led by Owen Boyd who was 2-2 with a home run and Justin Grimes who was 2-3. Jayden Grimes (1-4, HR), Tyler Bonds (1-2), Carter Evans (1-1) and Cullen Haley (1-1, 2b) picked up the other hits for EC Auto. Gavin Liverman (2-2, 2b, 3b), Tucker Anderson (2-3, 2b) and Keller Fraley (2-3, 2b) had 2 hits each to pace the BB&T offense. Evyn Riddle (1-4, 2b), Alex Knight-Hyatt (1-3, 2b), and Carter Hale (1-3) also all had hits for BB&T. Justin Grimes, with 3 innings of relief work, was the winning pitcher for EC Auto.

 GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 2

Elm Street Park – NorthCare continued their torrid pace through the Tar Heel League as they won a 8-3 decision over Carolina Windows & Doors today. Each team plated 3 runs in the first inning and the game stayed deadlocked until the fourth when NorthCare scored 2 times before adding 3 fifth inning insurance runs. Mitch Jones (2-3, HR) and Campbell Seymour (2-3) led the “Caregivers” offensive thrust. Ethan Medhus (1-2) and Rhettec Galaska (1-1) had the other NorthCare hits. CWD was led by Andrew Wallen who was 3-4. Coleton DuRant (2-4) and Perry Eveleth (2-3, HR) also had a pair of hits. Ethan Tyndall (1-3) and Rondy Bryant (1-1) had the other CWD hits. Campbell Seymour scattered 8 hits over 5 2/3 innings of work to take the win for NorthCare.

Elm Street Park – Pepsi Cola scored in every inning but the sixth as they defeated Jarman Auto Sales by a score of 9-7 on Friday night. Barak Meachum had a huge night to lead the “Soda Drinkers” as he was 3-4 with a Met Deli Shot to his credit. 4 other Pepsi players had 2 hits apiece to help their offense along. These players were Ives Howard (2-3, 2b), Brody Stallings (2-3), James Sawyer (2-4, HR), and Connor Honeycutt (2-3, 3b). Raymond Summerlin rounded out the Pepsi offense with a 1-2 performance. Stockton Rouse (2-3, HR) and Caleb Dudley (2-3, 2 2b) led the Jarman team. Alex Popovich (1-4, HR), Rance Fritscher (1-3), Derrion Geddis (1-4), and Jack West (1-1, 2b) were all credited with hits for Jarman. Brody Stallings pitched 5 1/3 innings to take the win on the mound. Ives Howard pitched the last 2/3 of an inning to get the save.

Kiwanis Field – Physicians East scored 3 times in the top of the sixth to squeak past Overton’s by a score of 4-2. PE led the game 1-0 from the top of the first until the bottom of the fifth. The bottom of the fifth saw Overton’s pick up 2 runs and go up 2-1. PE though notched 3 in the top of the sixth to take the win. Matthew Matthijs was 2-3 with a double to lead the “Whitecoats”. Cash Daniels-Moye (1-3, 2b) and Collin West (1-4) had the other PE hits. Will D’Alonzo was 3-3 to lead Overton’s. Ethan Simmons (1-3) and Russ Medlin (1-2) had the rest of the hits for Overton’s. Cash Daniels-Moye was the game’s winning pitcher.

VFW Field – Coca Cola took a 5-2 lead to the top of the sixth and hung on as two Ross solo homers cut their lead to 5-4 but that was all that Ross could muster as the final ended up Coke – 5 Ross – 4. Coke scored all of their runs in the first and second innings as they scored 2 in the first and 3 in the second. Ross scored a pair in the first and a pair in the sixth. Bryce Jackson (1-1, 2b), Matthew Conway (1-3), and Tyler Rozeboom (1-1) provided all of the hits for the “Soda Jerks”. Luke Lambert was 3-3 with a two bagger to his credit to lead Ross. Other hitters for Ross were Chase Anderson (1-2), Charlie Blizzard (1-3), Dean Adams (1-3, HR), Will Bunting (1-3, HR), and Hank Adams (1-2). Carson Hardee allowed 7 hits and 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings to take the pitching win.

 

GAME STORIES FROM JUNE 1

Elm Street Park – East Carolina Auto & Truck Center survived a scare in the top of the sixth innings as their 12-1 lead at the beginning of the inning dwindled to 12-9 before they finally secured the win over Brown & Wood. EC Auto led throughout most of the game as they held a 6-1 lead after 2 innings, 10-1 after 4 and 12-1 after 5 innings of play. Jayden Grimes (3-3, 2b, HR) and Tyler Bonds (3-4, 2b) led the “Car Dealers”. Owen Boyd (2-2, 2b), Owen Conway (2-2) and Harrison Evans (2-4) also had solid outings. Spencer West (1-2) and Davis Youngs (1-1) had a hit each to round out the EC Auto attack. Brown & Wood was led by the always potent bat of Josh Britt as he was 3-4 with a triple and the stellar stick of Colin Woolard as he was 3-4 with a triple as well. Ryker Butcher (1-2), Kalif Dowell (1-3), and Wade Johnson (1-4) had the other hits for Brown & Wood. Owen Boyd pitched 5 1/3 innings of 3 hit baseball to take the win on the hill.

Elm Street Park – Eastern Plumbing’s 2 fourth inning runs followed by 9 fifth inning runs were enough for them to overcome a 7-2 fifth inning deficit and defeat BB&T by a score of 11-7. Wyatt Fagundus was 3-4 with a double and a home run to lead the “Plungers”. Meade Evans (2-3, HR) and Parker Watson (2-3, HR) also had tremendous games. Drew Greene (1-2) and Caleb Overby (1-3) were the other hitters for Eastern Plumbing. Keller Fraley was the hitting star for BB&T as he was 3-3 on the night. Andrew Knight-Hyatt (2-4) and Alex Knight Hyatt (2-3, 2b) were solid as well. Christian Marello (1-3, 2b) and Gavin Liverman (1-3) had the other hits for BB&T. Caleb Overby was the game’s winning pitcher.

Kiwanis Field – Sylvan Learning Center took a 17-11 win over Kiwanis in a high scoring affair this afternoon. Kiwanis held a 4-0 lead after 1 but Sylvan did major damage in the next 3 innings as they scored 8 in the second, 3 in the third, and 6 in the fourth. Kiwanis tried to hang in the game by scoring 2 in the third and 4 in the fourth. Down 7 going to the bottom of the sixth they could only muster a single run before finally falling in defeat. Drew Fields was 3-5 with 2 doubles to lead the “Tutors”. Gavin Oakley (2-4, HR) and James Elpers (2-4, 2b, HR) also had super games. Other Sylvan hits came from David Valeriotti (1-4, 2b), Ryan Johnson (1-2), and Luke Perry (1-2). Ashton Byars (3-4, 2 2b) and Cole Smith (3-3, HR) led Kiwanis. Joseph Byrne was good as well as he was 2-4 with a home run. The remaining Kiwanis hits came from Cameron Greenway (1-4, 3b), Hayden Harz (1-2, HR), Jonathan Williams (1-2), and Zeke Krumnacher (1-4). Thomas Barrett was the winning pitcher for Sylvan.

VFW Field – The Host Lions Club rode the strength of a 7 run third inning as they defeated Optimist by a score of 12-3 today. Connor Edwards was 3-4 with home run to lead the “ ’57 NFL Champs”. Josh Weidner (2-4, HR) also had a great game. Ethan Behm (1-4), Flynn Nease (1-2), Christian Howard (1-2), Ethan Parker (1-2), and Jason Herring (1-3) were the other hitters for Lions. Tyler Sparrow was 3-3 with a 2 bagger to lead Optimist. Joe May had a nice day for Optimist as he was 2-3. 1 hit was the order of the day for Jacob Calder (1-3) and Isaac Hodges (1-3, 3b). Jason Herring was the mound winner for Lions as he pitched in to the fifth inning allowing only 3 runs on 6 hits.

 

GAME STORIES FROM MAY 31

Elm Street Park – Carolina Windows & Doors picked up a workmanlike 8-2 win over Jarman Auto Sales here this afternoon. This game was deadlocked at 2 after 3 innings but CWD plated a trio of runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to take the win. The top 5 in the CWD batting order combined for 14 hits as Coleton DuRant (2-4), Perry Eveleth (2-4), Andrew Wallen (2-4, HR), Daniel Gonzalez (4-4, 2b), and Ashby Batton (4-4, 2b) all had big nights. Of course Gonzalez and Batton could be considered the hitting leaders but this writer felt this top 5 together made quite a difference in the game. Ethan Tyndall (1-4) and Tyler Wilkerson (1-1) had the other hits for the “Glaziers”. Jay Tyndall was 1-2 to provide the offense for Jarman. Andrew Wallen pitched 5 innings of 1 hit ball to take the mound victory.

Elm Street Park – NorthCare scored in every inning but the fourth as they defeated Pepsi Cola by a score of 8-1. The “Dynamic Duo” of Mitch Jones (2-3, 2b) and Campbell Seymour (2-3, 2b) led the “Caregivers”. Davis Hathaway (1-2), Max Mason (1-1), Davis Bradley (1-2), and Collin Grant (1-2, HR) had the other hits for the black and blue. Ives Howard (1-3), Brody Stallings (1-3), Barak Meachum (1-3), and Joyner Haddock (1-2, 2b) had the hits for Pepsi. Collin Grant pitched 3 innings of 2 hit baseball to take the win on the hill for NorthCare.

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 30

Elm Street Park – Brown & Wood and BB&T were tied at 4 at the midway point of their game and neither team scored in the fourth. Brown & Wood though scored 7 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth to move on to a 13-5 victory. Kalif Dowell 3-4, 2b and Wade Johnson (3-3) led the “Car Dealers 13 hit attack. Ryker Butcher (2-5) and Colin Woolard (2-5) also had big days. Josh Britt (1-3), Reading Blount (1-1) and Daryl Parker (1-1, 2b) picked up the other hits for Brown & Wood. Tucker Anderson (1-4) and Alex Knight-Hyatt (1-3, 2b) had the hits for BB&T. Bryson Letchworth was the winning pitcher for Brown & Wood.

Elm Street Park – In the second 13-5 game of the night at Elm Street Eastern Plumbing defeated East Carolina Auto & Truck Center. Andrew Ricks was 3-4 to lead the “Plungers”. Meade Evans had a solid night as well as he was 2-4 with a home run to his credit. One hit wonders for EP included Wyatt Fagundus (1-3, HR), Drew Greene (1-2), Quin Wainright (1-1), and Owen Hardee (1-2). EC Auto was led by Tyler Bonds who was 4-4 with a two bagger to his credit. Jayden Grimes (2-4) had a good outing as well. Owen Boyd (1-3), Spencer West (1-3, 2b), and Cullen Haley (1-2) filled out the rest of the EC Auto offense. Wyatt Fagundus was the mound winner for EP.

Kiwanis Field – Ross Orthodontics was trailing 2-1 and down to their last out in the top of the sixth but managed to score 2 runs and squeak past Kiwanis 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Kiwanis overcame a 1-0, fourth inning deficit by scoring 2 in the bottom of the fourth before ultimately giving up that lead in the sixth. Luke Lambert (1-3) and Dean Adams (1-2, 2b) had the hits for the “Tin Grins”. Cameron Greenway was 3-3 to lead Kiwanis. Joseph Byrne had the other Kiwanis hit as he was 1-2 with a double. Luke Lambert pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs before being lifted because of the dreaded pitch count. Henry Phelps came on in relief to get the final out with the winning run on base at second.

VFW Field – Physicians East broke a 6-6 third inning tie with Optimist by plating 11 runs in the third to take a 17-6 win. Colby Case was 3-4 with 2 doubles to lead the “Whitecoats”. Matthew Matthijs (2-2, 2 HR), Jackson Bunch (2-3) and Cash Daniels-Moye (2-5, HR) also had great days. Bryce Henderson (1-2), Garris Jackson (1-2), and Evan Kiess (1-3) had the rest of the PE hits. Jacob Calder had a great day as he was 3-3 with a home run to lead Optimist. Cameron Dally had a tremendous game as well as he was 2-2 with a home run. Jackson Tulloss had a double in two trips to round out the offense for Optimist. Cash Daniels-Moye was the game’s winning pitcher.

 

GAME STORIES FROM MAY 29

Elm Street Park – The Host Lions Club opened up the Memorial Day quadrupleheader with a 10-1 win over Overton’s. Connor Edwards was 3-4 to lead the “ ’57 NFL Champs”. Josh Weidner (2-4, HR), Ethan Behm (2-4, 2b) and Flynn Nease (2-3, 2b) all had a pair of hits. Other hits came from Baker Brimhall (1-2), Macon Buck (1-2, 2b), Christian Howard (1-2), Ethan Parker (1-2), and Jason Herring (1-4). Daniel Paciullo (1-2) and Ethan Simmons (1-3) had the hits for Overton’s. Josh Weidner allowed only 2 hits in his complete game pitching victory.

Elm Street Park – Coca Cola carried a 10-2 lead to the bottom of the sixth then held on as Sylvan scored 6 times in the bottom of the sixth before falling 10-8. Coke held leads of 3-0 after 1, 4-0 after 2, and 6-0 after 5 before Sylvan was able to claw their way back in to the game. Bryce Jackson was 3-4 with 2 homers and a double to lead the “Soda Jerks”. Carson Hardee (1-1, 2b), Marcus Byrd (1-3), Tyler Rozeboom (1-1), Parker Whitley (1-3), Cullen Seymour (1-2) had the other hits for Coke. Thomas Barrett (2-3), Drew Fields (2-3, HR), and David Valeriotti (2-3, 2b) all had a pair of hits to lead Sylvan. James Elpers was 1-2 with a double to round out the Sylvan offense. Carson Hardee allowed only one hit in 3.1 innings of work to take the win on the hill. 

Elm Street Park – Carolina Windows & Doors scored in every inning but the third as they defeated Pepsi Cola by a score of 10-4. Pepsi jumped out to a 2-0 lead after half an inning. CWD tied it in the bottom of the first and scored 3 in the second to establish a 5-2 lead. Pepsi scored 1 in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 5-3. Carolina Windows & Doors though scored 3 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth as Pepsi was only able to muster a 5th inning run before the game ended. Daniel Gonzalez was 3-4 with a double to lead the “Glaziers”. Other players with good days for CWD include Coleton DuRant (2-3), Perry Eveleth (2-3), Andrew Wallen (2-3), and Ashby Batton (2-2, 2b). Noah had a perfect 1-1 afternoon to round out the offense for CWD. James Sawyer was 2-3 with a home run to lead Pepsi. Ives Howard (1-2, HR), Brody Stallings (1-4, 2b), Barak Meachum (1-3), Suiter Howard (1-2), and Chase Honeycutt (1-2) had the rest of the Pepsi hits. Ethan Tyndall was the mound winner for CWD with 1 2/3 innings of relief help from Ashby Batton.  

Elm Street Park – NorthCare rode the strength of 10 first inning runs to defeat Jarman Auto Sales by a score of 12-5 in the Memorial Day finale at Elm Street Park. Campbell Seymour’s (3-4, 2 HR) two first inning home runs and Mitch Jones (2-3, 2b, HR) first inning grand slam got things started off on the right foot for the “Caregivers”. Max Mason also had a good day for NorthCare as he went 2-4 with a double. Other NorthCare hits came from Davis Hathaway (1-4, HR), Carson Everette (1-3, 2b), Davis Bradley (1-3), Ethan Medhus (1-3, 2b) and Rhettec Galaska (1-3). Stockton Rouse was 2-3 to lead Jarman. 1 hit was the order of the day for Alex Popovich (1-3), Jay Tyndall (1-4), Derrion Geddis (1-3), Caleb Dudley (1-2), Jack West (1-1), Axel Keller (1-2, 2b) and Ryan Saad (1-1). Davis Hathaway took the pitching victory with solid relief help from Mitch Jones. 

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 28

Elm Street Park – Physicians East scored in every inning but the fourth as they defeated Sylvan Learning Center 15-0 in 5 innings on Sunday afternoon. PE led 14-0 after 3 and cruised to the win from there. Evan Kiess was 3-3 to lead the “Whitecoats”. Matthew Matthijs also had a good day as he was 2-2. Other hits for PE came from Cash Daniels-Moye (1-3), Collin West (1-2), Garris Jackson (1-3, 2b), Michael Keen (1-2), and Colby Case (1-3, 2b). Thomas Barrett was 1-2 for Sylvan. Matthew Matthijs was the mound winner as he pitched a complete 5 inning game allowing only the one hit.

Elm Street Park – Connor Edwards’ walkoff grand slam propelled the Host Lions Club to a 10-7 win over Ross Orthodontics today. This game was tied at 2 after three innings and at 3 after 4 innings. Ross broke the 3-3 tie with a run in the fifth and they then picked up 3 in the sixth to go up 7-3. The Lions cut the Ross lead to 7-6 with the bases loaded and one out setting up Edwards’ heroics. Edwards was 2-4 with his grand slam to lead the “ ’57 NFL Champs”. Josh Weidner and Flynn Nease were each 1-3 to round out the Lions offense. Luke Lambert was 2-3 to lead Ross. Henry Phelps (1-4, HR), Chase Anderson (1-3, 2b), Charlie Blizzard (1-3), Dean Adams (1-4), Jayden Myrick (1-2, HR) and Hank Adams (1-2, 2b) also had hits for Ross. The winning pitcher was Macon Buck. 

Elm Street Park – NorthCare broke open a 2-1 game by scoring 4 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth to defeat BB&T 8-2. NorthCare was led by Mitch Jones who was 3-4. Campbell Seymour (2-4, 2b) also had a good day. Davis Bradley (1-2, 2b), Ethan Medhus (1-3), Rhettec Galaska (1-3), and Drew Grant (1-2) had the other NorthCare hits. BB&T had 7 players with a hit each to pace their offense. Evyn Riddle (1-3, 3b), Gavin Liverman (1-3, 2b), Andrew Knight-Hyatt (1-2), Alex Knight-Hyatt (1-3), Ben Swaggerty (1-2), and Hunter Manning (1-1), and Tucker Anderson 1-3 were the hitters for BB&T. Ethan Medhus pitched 3 strong innings to take the pitching win for the “Caregivers”. 

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 27

Elm Street Park – A well rested NorthCare squad picked up a Saturday morning 7-2 win over Eastern Plumbing. Each team had a solo home run in the first and the game stayed knotted at 1 until the fourth. NorthCare exploded for 3 runs in the fourth as Mitch Jones (2-2, 2 HR) and Campbell Seymour (2-4, Met Deli Shot) went back to back with home runs. NorthCare tacked on 2 in the fifth and 1 in the sixth to secure the win. Davis Bradley also had a big day for the “Caregivers” as he was 2-2. Davis Hathaway (1-3), Max Mason (1-2). Wyatt Fagundus (2-3, HR) led Eastern Plumbing. Meade Evans (1-2, HR) and Andrew Ricks (1-3) had the other hits for EP. The winning hurler was Campbell Seymour.

Elm Street Park – Jarman Auto Sales rode the strength of a 3 run fifth inning to slip past East Carolina Auto & Truck Center by a score of 6-4 in the second game of the day. The game was deadlocked at 1 after one inning and at 2 after 3 innings. Jarman though scored 3 in the top of the fifth and 1 in the top of the sixth to go up 6-2. EC Auto scored 2 in the bottom of the sixth and had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Jay Tyndall (2-3) and Rance Fritscher (2-3, 2b) each had a pair of hits to led the “Evil Empire”. Alex Popovich (1-3, HR), Stockton Rouse (1-2, HR), and Caleb Dudley (1-3, Met Deli Shot) had the other hits for Jarman. Owen Boyd was 2-2 with a long ball to his credit to lead EC Auto. Harrison Evans (1-4), Spencer West (1-1, HR), and Tyler Bonds (1-3) provided the rest of the EC Auto offense. Rance Fritscher was the game’s winning pitcher. 

Elm Street Park – Pepsi Cola overcame a 3-1 fifth inning deficit by scoring 5 times in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 win over Brown & Wood this afternoon. Ives Howard was 2-3 with a triple to lead the “Soda Drinkers”. Barak Meachum (1-2) and Joyner Haddock (1-3) had the other hits for Pepsi. Harrison Corey was 3-3 with a two bagger to lead Brown & Wood. Josh Britt (2-3, 2b) and Colin Woolard (2-4, 2b) also had great days. Wade Johnson (1-3, 2b), Bryson Letchworth (1-3), and Carson Burns (1-1) all also had hits for Brown & Wood. Ives Howard, with 1/3 of an inning of relief help from Joyner Haddock, was the game’s winning pitcher. 

Elm Street Park – In what was an entertaining game for us “purists” the Host Lions Club took a 4-3 win over Physicians East. PE scored 3 quick runs in the bottom of the first but Lions answered with 4 runs of their own in the top of the second to take a 4-3 lead. While PE staged numerous threats throughout the rest of the game Lions held on to their slim advantage and took the win. Josh Weidner led the “ ’57 NFL Champs” by going 2-3 with a double and a homer. Christian Howard rounded out the Lions attack by going 1-2. Matthew Matthijs was 2-2 with a double to lead PE. Cash Daniels-Moye (1-4), Garris Jackson (1-3), Jackson Bunch (1-3), and Collin West (1-2, 3b) picked up the other hits. Jason Herring picked up the Lions depleted pitching staff with 4 1/3 innings of tremendous mound work. Herring allowed only 5 hits and those 3 first inning runs to take the pitching win. Ethan Behm (2/3 of an inning) and Connor Edwards (1 inning) finished out the game in relief for the Lions. 

Elm Street Park – Sylvan Learning Center scored in every inning but the second as they defeated Ross Orthodontics 9-1 on Saturday night. Ross had a 1-0 lead after a half inning but Sylvan scored 2 in the bottom of the first to go up 2-1. Four Sylvan runs in the third put the game out of reach and gave them the win. Thomas Barrett had a single, double and a home run in three trips to lead the “Tutors”. Drew Fields also had a big day as he was 3-3. Wyatt Vaughan (1-2, Met Deli Shot), Gavin Oakley (1-3), David Valeriotti (1-2), James Elpers (1-3) had the other Sylvan hits. Luke Lambert (1-3, 2b) and Chase Anderson (1-2, 2b) had the hits for Ross. Wyatt Vaughan was ruled to be the winning pitcher. 

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 26

Elm Street Park - In a back and forth game Overton’s got past Optimist by a 10-6 score in the Friday night opener at Elm Street. Optimist led 3-2 at the game’s midway point. Each team tallied 3 times in the fourth to make it 6-5 Optimist after 4. Overton’s though scored 4 in the fifth and 1 in the sixth while holding Optimist scoreless to secure the win. Daniel Paciullo was 3-4 to lead the “Sportsmen”. Will D’Alonzo (2-3) and Hudson Chamblee (2-3) also had big days. Ethan Simmons (1-4), Owen Simmons (1-3, 2b) and Jack D’Alonzo (1-2) had the other hits for Overton’s Joe May (2-4) and Cameron Dally (2-2, 2b) led Optimist. Jacob Calder (1-4), Tucker Holmes (1-2), and Holden Burroughs (1-2) got the rest of the Optimist hits. The winning pitcher in this game was Daniel Paciullo.

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis plated 9 runs in the first 3 innings and then hung on as Coke chipped away at their lead before ultimately falling to the K-Tribe by a score of 9-8. Coke scored 2 quick first inning runs but Kiwanis answered with 6 in the bottom half of the frame to go up 6-2 after an inning. Kiwanis added 2 second inning runs to go up 8-2 after 2. Coke exploded for 4 in the third to cut their deficit to 8-6 after 2.5 innings. Kiwanis completed their scoring with a single third inning run. Coke scored 2 in the fifth to reduce the Kiwanis lead to 9-8. Coke got the tying run to third in the top of the sixth but couldn’t quite get the game tied. Cole Smith (2-3, HR) led Kiwanis. Hayden Harz also had a great night going 2-3 as well. Ashton Byars (1-2), Will Casey (1-3), Cameron Greenway (1-3), and Terrence Armstrong (1-2) also had hits for Kiwanis. Carson Hardee was 4-4 with a homer to lead Coca Cola. Bryce Jackson (1-3), Matthew Conway (1-4), and Cullen Seymour (1-2) picked up the other hits for Coke. Ashton Byars pitched 4 1/3 innings to take the pitching victory.

Kiwanis Field – Carolina Windows & Doors scored 3 in the first and 1 in the third to establish a 4-0 lead at the midway point of their game with East Carolina Auto & Truck Center. They methodically built upon that lead over the last few innings to ultimately take a 10-1 win. CWD’s balanced 12 hit attack was led by a quartet of “Glaziers”. Coleton DuRant (2-4), Perry Eveleth (2-3, 2 HR), Andrew Wallen (2-3, HR), and Ashby Batton (2-4, 2b) carried the biggest sticks for the red, white and blue clad squad. Daniel Gonzalez (1-3, 3b), Connor Berry (1-1), Noah Porter (1-2), and Tyler Wilkerson (1-2) were the remaining CWD players that had hits. Jayden Grimes (1-4), Justin Grimes (1-2), and Owen Boyd (1-1) provided the EC Auto offense. Andrew Wallen allowed 3 hits over 4 innings of work to take the win while Ashby Batton pitched 2 hitless innings to finish out the game.

VFW Field – Eastern Plumbing held on for a 6-5 win over Jarman Auto Sales this afternoon. Eastern Plumbing held a 6-3 lead after 4 innings. Jarman though scored 2 in the bottom of the fifth before EP was able to get out of a bases loaded jam to end the inning. They then held Jarman scoreless in the sixth to take the win. Meade Evans was 2-4 to lead the “Plungers”. Neither of Meade’s hits stayed in the yard. Wyatt Fagundus also had a big day as he was 2-4 with a two bagger to his credit. Drew Greene had a homer as a part of his solid 2-3 outing. Other EP hits came from Andrew Ricks (1-3), Parker Watson (1-2), Owen Hardee (1-2, 2b), and Jason Ramirez (1-2) had the other EP hits. Jarman was led by a trio of hitters with 2 hits each. These players were Alex Popovich (2-4, 2b), Stockton Rouse (2-3, 2b, HR), and Rance Fritscher (2-2, 2b). Jay Tyndall (1-4), Derrion Geddis (1-3), Axel Keller (1-2), and Ryan Saad (1-2) had the remaining hits for Jarman. Wyatt Fagundus was the winning pitcher with great relief help from Caleb Overby and Drew Greene.

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 25

Elm Street Park – Physicians East scored in every inning but the fourth as they picked up a 15-2 win over Ross Orthodontics. The “Whitecoats” were led by Colby Case who was 3-4 with a double and by Bryce Henderson who was 3-3. Cash Daniels-Moye (2-4) and Collin West (2-4, 2b) each had a pair of hits to supplement the PE attack. Other players with hits for PE were Matthew Matthijs (1-2, 2b), Garris Jackson (1-3), Jackson Bunch (1-1), and Evan Kiess (1-3). Luke Lambert (2-3, 3b) and Caleb Stahl (1-1) picked up the hits for Ross. Cash Daniels-Moye was ruled to be the winning pitcher.

Elm Street Park - The Host Lions Club vs. Sylvan game is tied at 11 after 7 innings of play.  It was suspended due to the curfew and will be resumed on Wednesday, June 7 at 4:30 in the afternoon at Elm Street Park.  It will be resumed prior to their regularly scheduled game that day. 

GAME STORIES FROM MAY 24

Elm Street Park – Coca Cola defeated Optimist by a score of 12-7 in game 1 of the Wednesday night Elm Street doubleheader. Elm Street Park may have been the only place in the state that did not receive heavy rain during the time frame that this game was played in. Play, however was halted for 42 minutes in the 3rd inning for lightning that was on the edge of a passing storm. Optimist held a 2-1 lead after two innings of play but 5 Coke runs in the top of the third erased that lead and put Coke up 6-2. Optimist immediately answered the Coca Cola offensive thrust with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take a 7-6 lead at the game’s midway point. Coke retook the lead with 2 in the fourth and after a scoreless fifth for both teams Coke tacked on 4, sixth inning insurance runs to secure the win. The “Soda Jerks” were led by Bryce Jackson (2-4, Met Deli Shot). Carson Hardee (1-2), Marcus Byrd (1-2), and Daniel Edwards (1-3, HR) had the other hits for Coke. The hot bat of Jacob Calder led Optimist as he went 4-4 with 2 doubles. Isaac Hodges (1-4) Tyler Sparrow (1-4), Tucker Holmes (1-3), and Cameron Dally (1-2) had the remaining Optimist hits. Daniel Edwards took the pitching win for Coca Cola.

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis overcame a 6-0 second inning deficit and came back to defeat Overton’s 17-7 in a game that was shortened to 5 innings due to the curfew. Kiwanis, down 6-0 in the bottom of the second, scored 10 times in the bottom of the sixth and 6 times in the bottom of the third to overcome their deficit and expand their lead. The “K-Tribe” was led by Will Casey who was 3-4 with 2 doubles. Ashton Byars (2-2, 2b), and Hayden Harz (2-3, 2b) also had good nights. Joseph Byrne (1-3), Cameron Greenway (1-2), and Terrence Armstrong (1-3, 2b) had the rest of the Kiwanis hits. Overton’s was led by Daniel Paciullo who was 2-3 with 2 doubles and by Ethan Simmons who was 2-3 with a double. Will D’Alonzo (1-3) and Smith Vick (1-3) were the other Overton’s players who got on via hits. Cole Smith was the winning pitcher for Kiwanis

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 22

Elm Street Park – Kiwanis scored in every inning as they picked up a 21-2 win over Optimist this afternoon. Cameron Greenway was 4-5 with 2 home runs to lead the “K-Tribe”. A trio of tribe members had three hits each to provide great offensive support. These players were Cole Smith (3-4, 2 HR), Joseph Byrne (3-5, HR), and Ashton Byars (3-4, HR). Will Casey (2-3, 2b) had a solid day as did Hayden Harz (2-3, HR). Marin Roberson (1-2) had the other hit for Kiwanis. Tyler Sparrow (1-2) and Jacob Calder (1-1) had the hits for Optimist. Cameron Greenway was the game’s winning pitcher.

Elm Street Park – Overton’s overcame a 1-0 third inning deficit by scoring 6 times in the third, 3 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth as they defeated Coca Cola by a score of 11-4. A quartet of “Sportsmen” had 2 hits each to lead their squad. These players were Smith Vick (2-2), Owen Simmons (2-4, 2b), Ethan Simmons (2-4, 2b), and Daniel Paciullo (2-4). Other Overton’s hits came from Hudson Chamblee (1-2), Andrew Price (1-2), and Jack D’Alonzo (1-1). Carson Hardee (2-2, HR) and Bryce Jackson (2-3) led Coke. Matthew Conway (1-3, 2b) and Parker Whitley (1-2) had the remaining hits for Coke. The winning pitcher was Will D’Alonzo.

Kiwanis Field – Carolina Windows & Doors scored in every inning but the fourth as they defeated Brown & Wood 31-3. The “Glaziers” were led by Andrew Wallen who was 4-4 with a double and a home run and Ashby Batton who was 4-5 with 2 home runs. Coleton DuRant (3-4), and Daniel Gonzalez (3-5) also had big days. Perry Eveleth (2-5, HR), Noah Porter (2-3) and Tyler Wilkerson (2-5) each had a pair of CWD hits. Ethan Tyndall (1-4, 2b) and Matthew Aldridge (1-3) had the other hits for the blue and red clad squad. Josh Britt (1-3), Colin Woolard (1-3) and Wade Johnson (1-2, 2b) had the hits for Brown & Wood. Ethan Tyndall was the mound victor for CWD.

VFW Field – BB&T and Pepsi Cola were tied at 8 at the game’s midway point but 1 BB&T run in the fourth and 6 in the fifth helped the “Bankers” salt away a 15-9 win. Alex Knight-Hyatt had a huge night for BB&T as he was 4-4 with 3 home runs. Gavin Liverman (2-4), Tucker Anderson (2-4, 2b) and Keller Fraley (2-3, 2b) also had great games. Evyn Riddle (1-4), Hunter Manning (1-1) and Daryl Tyson (1-1, 2b) had the remaining hits for BB&T. James Sawyer was 3-4 with 2 doubles to lead Pepsi. Brody Stallings (2-3), Joyner Haddock (1-3), Connor Honeycutt (1-3) had the other Pepsi hits. Gavin Liverman was the winning hurler for BB&T.

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 20

Elm Street Park – A 20 minute delay for lightning greeted NorthCare and Carolina Windows & Doors as a storm skirted Elm Street Park but the skies cleared and baseball was underway by 5:50. NorthCare grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and it stayed that way until the fifth when they added two more runs + 4 in the sixth for a 7-0 win. Mitch Jones was 2-3 with a homer to lead the “Caregivers”. Davis Bradly had the other NorthCare hit as he went (1-2). Coleton DuRant was 2-3 to lead CWD while Matthew Aldridge rounded out the CWD offense with a 1-2 performance. The winning pitcher was Campbell Seymour who pitched a complete game, utilizing only 76 pitches, while allowing only 3 hits.

Elm Street Park – Jarman Auto Sales scored a quartet of runs in both the first and second innings as they went on to a 10-4 win over Pepsi Cola. Pepsi’s runs came in the form of 1 in the first and 3 in the third. Jay Tyndall (2-4) and Axel Keller (2-3, 2b) led the “Evil Empire” offensively. Alex Popovich (1-4, HR), Stockton Rouse (1-4), Rance Fritscher (1-3), Caleb Dudley (1-4, HR), Jack West (1-3), and Nick Fuqua (1-2) had the other Jarman hits. Ives Howard was 3-3 with 2 doubles to lead Pepsi. James Sawyer (1-3, HR) and Connor Honeycutt (1-3, 3b) got the remaining hits for Pepsi. Jay Tyndall was the winning pitcher with 3 innings of relief help from Alex Popovich.

 GAME STORIES FROM MAY 19

Elm Street Park – A 10 run 4th inning highlighted Eastern Plumbing’s 21-6 win over Brown & Wood in the Friday night doubleheader opening game. Andrew Ricks was 4-4 with a double to lead the “Plungers”. Wyatt Fagundas (3-5, 2b) also had a big game. 2 hit days for the EP team came from Meade Evans (2-4, Met Deli Shot), Drew Greene (2-5, 2b), Parker Watson (2-4), and Quinn Wainright (2-4, HR). Owen Hardee rounded out the EP offense with a 1-3 outing. Josh Britt was 2-4 with a 3 bagger to his credit to lead Brown & Wood. Colin Woolard (1-2), Bryson Letchowrth (1-2), Kalif Dowell (1-2), Harrison Corey (1-1), Hayes Johnson (1-2), and Wade Johnson (1-2) had the other Brown & Wood hits. Caleb Overby was the winning pitcher.

Elm Street Park – East Carolina Auto & Truck Center scored in every inning as they defeated BB&T by a score of 18-3. Harrison Evans was 4-4 with a double to lead the “Chrysler Dodgers”. Jayden Grimes also had a big game as he was 3-4 with a home run and 2 doubles. Justin Grimes (2-2, 2b), Tyler Bonds (2-3) and Owen Boyd (2-4, 2b, HR) were solid as well. Spencer West and Cullen Haley were each 1-4 to round out the EC Auto offense. Keller Fraley was 2-3 to lead BB&T. Andrew Knight-Hyatt (1-3, 2b) and Christian Marello (1-1, 2b) picked up the other hits for BB&T. Cullen Haley pitched 4.1 innings of 4 hit ball to take the mound victory for EC Auto.

Kiwanis Field – Sylvan Learning Center squeaked past Coca Cola by a score of 6-5 on a hot, sunny afternoon on the Kiwanis Field today. This contest was a seesaw affair that saw each team lead for good portions of the game. It was 2-1 after 3 innings in favor of Coke. Sylvan then took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth but Coke answered with 2 in the bottom of the frame to go up 4-3 after 4. Each team plated a single run in the top of the fifth to make the score Coke 5 Sylvan 4 after 5 innings 2 Sylvan runs in the top of the sixth gave Sylvan the 6-5 win. David Valeriotti was 2-3 to lead the “Tutors”. Thomas Barrett (1-2), Drew Fields (1-4, 3b), Wyatt Vaughan (1-3, 3b), Gavin Oakley (1-3, 2b), and Ryan Johnson (1-3) had the other Sylvan hits. Bryce Jackson was 2-3 with a homer to lead Coke. Marcus Byrd (1-3), Matthew Conway (1-3), and Daniel Edwards (1-3, 2b) picked up the other Coke hits. Thomas Barrett picked up the mound victory for Sylvan.

VFW Field – The Host Lions Club scored in every inning but the second as they defeated Overton’s by a score of 15-3. Macon Buck was 3-3 to pace the Lions 10 hit attack. Ethan Behm had a good day as well as he went 2-4. Neither of Ethan’s hits stayed in the yard. Baker Brimhall (1-2), Josh Weidner (1-4), Connor Edwards (1-4, 2b), Flynn Nease (1-4), and Jason Herring (1-3) had the rest of the hits for the “ ’57 NFL Champs” Will D’Alonzo was 2-2 with a home run to lead Overton’s Will D’Alonzo and Ethan Simmons were each 1-3 to provide the rest of the offense for Overton’s. Connor Edwards took the pitching win for Lions.

 

GAME STORIES FROM MAY 18

Elm Street Park – NorthCare “tripled up” Pepsi Cola by a score of 6-2 in game 1 of Thursday night’s Elm Street Park twinbill. NorthCare jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but Pepsi tied it with 2 in the bottom of the third. NorthCare quickly broke the tie with a top of the fourth inning run before tacking on 3 insurance runs in the top of the sixth. The always potent bat of Mitch Jones (2-3, 3b) led the “Caregivers”. Max Mason (1-2) and Davis Bradley (1-1) had the remaining NorthCare hits. Pepsi was led by Ives Howard who was 2-2 with a double. Brody Stallings (1-3) and Suiter Howard (1-1) provided the rest of the Pepsi offense. Davis Hathaway was the winning pitcher for NorthCare.

Elm Street Park – Jarman Auto Sales jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 2.5 innings and never looked back as they defeated Carolina Windows & Doors by a count of 10-4 on Thursday night. Alex Popovich was 4-4 with a triple to lead the “Evil Empire”. Stockton Rouse (3-4, 3 2b) and Rance Fritscher (3-4, 2b) had big nights as well. Jay Tyndall had a solid outing as he went 2-4. Caleb Dudley (1-3) and Jack West (1-3) rounded out the Jarman offense. Daniel Gonzalez was 2-3 with a home run to lead Carolina Windows & Doors. Ashby Batton (1-3, 2b) and Perry Eveleth (1-3, HR) had the other CWD hits. Stockton Rouse pitched 5.1 innings while allowing 4 hits to take the mound victory for Jarman.

Kiwanis Field – Phyisicians East earned a “workmanlike” 7-2 win over Optimist here today. PE led 4-2 at the midway point and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when PE was able to notch 3 additional runs. Matthew Matthijs (1-1), Jackson Bunch (1-3), Collin West (1-1), Colby Case (1-3, 2b) and Bryce Henderson (1-2, 2b) had the hits for the “Whitecoats”. Jackson Tulloss (1-3), Tyler Sparrow (1-2), Joe May (1-3), Cameron Dally (1-3), and Kolby Burroughs (1-2) were the hitters for Optimist. Colby Case was the game’s winning pitcher.

VFW Field – In yet another 7-2 game at the Perkins Complex Kiwanis got past Ross Orthodontics. This game was deadlocked at 1 after 2 innings but Kiwanis plated 3 runs in both the third and fourth innings to take the win. All of the scoring in this game took place in the first 4 innings. Ashton Byars (2-4, 2b) and Cole Smith (2-3) paced the K-Tribe’s 9 hit attack. Joseph Byrne (1-4, HR), Will Casey (1-4), Cameron Greenway (1-4), Zeke Krumnacher(1-2), and Ahmad Johnson (1-2, 2b) had the other Kiwanis hits. Luke Lambert (2-3) and Charlie Blizzard (2-3) led Ross. Chase Anderson rounded out the Ross offense by going 1-3. Cameron Greenway was the mound winner for Kiwanis.

 

GAME STORIES FROM MAY 17

Elm Street Park – The 64th Annual Luncheon-Supper Doubleheader kicked off with a 11-9 BB&T victory over Eastern Plumbing. Eastern Plumbing, as the visitors, held a 9-4 lead going to the bottom of the fifth but BB&T had a big 7 run fifth inning to take an 11-9 lead and victory. The “Bankers” were led by Evyn Riddle who was 3-3 with a double. Gavin Liverman had a big day as well as he was 2-4 with a double. Alex Knig

My Take on 2016 Pitt-Greenville Hot Stove League Banquet

I like to write some of my observations each year about the banquet (for what they are worth) and I hope people enjoy reading them. I began doing this and putting it on the Little League website several years ago. I hoped that Little League families would read the articles and want to come to the banquet. There were huge Little League numbers last night and I was glad so many of the kids and their families showed up.

The Hot Stove League leadership deserves a lot of credit. The move to the Murphy Center 3 years ago has taken an already great event to another level. There was nothing at all wrong with the banquet when it was held at Rose and a few other places over the years but the Murphy Center is built for this kind of thing and the atmosphere is unrivaled for a banquet of 300-400 people. Without the help and support of ECU it would be tough, I am sure to make this happen.

The banquet is unbelievable to me in the sense that when one looks out among the people in the crowd all types are represented. Grizzled old baseball veterans sit at the same tables as wide eyed youngsters. The athletic leadership and university leadership is also out in full force. The ECU baseball coaching staff is there. Moms, wives, and sisters also make up the crowd. Former coaches and current coaches from the amateur scene in Pitt County also are there taking it all in.

Congratulations goes out to amateur player of the year Jordan Deloach (formerly of D.H. Conley and UNC Pembroke). Congratulations also goes to two of our ex Little Leaguers. Former Tar Heel League standouts Phillip Sanderson (Eastern Plumbing) and Darius Nobles (Carolina Windows & Doors) were each awarded $500 scholarships.

GLL was also represented with Norm Bryant (Kiwanis) taking the Coach of the Year honors and Vince Vincent (Overton’s) winning the Individual Contributor of the Year. Norm has been a parent, manager, and coach in GLL. His first two kids played for Jarman Auto Sales and his last played for Kiwanis. With Kiwanis. Norm managed the 2009 squad that went 22-0 during the regular season. He consistently has coached Kiwanis teams with winning records over the past several years. Since leaving his role of Kiwanis manager he has continued to be an outstanding coach for Mike Vaughn. Norm coached our daughter on the North State all star team and I think her three most vivid memories are that 1.) The kids weren’t allowed to drink soda. 2.) Two a day practices 3.) When she caught during intra squad scrimmages he let her call pitches. I remember how much she enjoyed doing that.

Vince Vincent is our “go to guy”. Whenever something starts to fall down, break, or not work we call Vince. The awning on the Elm Street Center, the truss atop the Elm Street scoreboard and the temporary tournament batting cages are his biggest contributions in my estimation. Basically having him and his workers at our disposal during tournament preparations is some kind of benefit for us. While introducing Vince last night I really blew it in one sense. I had a great story I could have told on him but failed. Well here goes: People who attend games at Elm Street may have noticed that when foul balls hit on the roof of the center they often roll down the roof and settle on the awning. We lose a baseball but at least we save a Blow Pop. I would guess a ball or two a game end up there. I am sure people have wondered, “What happens to those balls?” I can tell you. Usually about once a week, late in the afternoon while the field is either being mowed or marked for the day I will see a movement out of the corner of my eye. I look up and see a ladder going up to that awning and Vince is up there (very businesslike) gathering the baseballs and putting them in his bucket. I mean it is a systematic approach he has. Anything to keep Overton’s at the top in the “baseball wars”.

Trent and Gaynel Britt (Next Level Training Center) are deserving winners of the Corporate Contributor Award. They know all of the kids and they know who they all play for. If Trent doesn’t know who a kid plays for he texts me so he can find out. Their business works because it is the premier training facility in the East. I remember when they started I just didn’t think this would work. They have worked it though and have made it an unbelievable asset to our community. Our 2013 TOSC Champion from Coral Springs, Florida hit out there every day before their games. They raved about the quality of the facility and the cooperation from the proprietors. When the weather turns rough both the baseball and softball teams from ECU are right there on their doorstep looking for field and cage time. I would guess they are always accommodating. They were able to host a Liberty practice there (last year??? I believe) so their son Dalton got to show his teammates what his parents did for a living. We can always count on Trent to juggle his schedule with Dalton and Next Level to pitch to our Little Leaguers at tryouts. Trent also serves as an announcer for at least half of our TOSC internet broadcasts. He interviews the coaches finds out inside info. on the teams ahead of time and really does a professional job. One lady from Pennsylvania and here extended family enjoyed his broadcasts so much she sent a letter to us singling Trent out for his ability to bring her family the games that were too far away for her to attend. They are so deserving of this honor.

Last but not least Joe Colenda and Claude Kennedy were deserving to be honored for their many years of umpiring. I have umpired, officiated football, and basketball with Joe and done football and a little bit of baseball with Claude. They are so much fun to work with. They have the ability to work any level of baseball and do a good job at it. When these two are out there on the field there is no question who is in charge. My favorite story on Joe is one night we were at Plymouth getting ready to work a high school game. The visiting team was late and had not yet arrived. Joe put on his shin guards and grabbed a golf club out of his car and started pitching balls out into the outfield. He was loose to say the least. Once the visitors got there and warmed up we played the game and went home.

Thanks to Chuck Humphries, Mike Board (keep fighting), Brian Bailey, Randy Phillips and everybody else with the Hot Stove League for a fun night of baseball.  

 

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina baseball fans will get a chance to meet the 2016 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, Feb. 6 as ECU will host its 2016 Pirate Baseball Banquet inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Former Pirate great and 2015 ECU Hall of Fame inductee Chad Tracy will serve as the keynote speaker, while WNCT-TV Sports Director Brian Bailey will emcee the event. Tracy, who spent nine years playing with four Major League Baseball clubs, was a member of three Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship teams that received consecutive number one seeds (1999-2001) in the NCAA Regionals. Twice he was named to the all-regional team and selected as the 2001 NCAA Wilson Regional Most Outstanding Player. Tracy earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior in 2001, leading the Pirates to their first-ever NCAA Super Regional before forgoing his senior season to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was selected CAA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1999 and was named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team, setting ECU freshman records for batting average (.349) and hits (83). Tracy finished his three-year career with the Pirates ranked among the school's all-time top 10 in batting average (.339), hits (249), RBIs (154), doubles (48) and total bases (373). “We are excited to kick off our 2016 season with a special night for the Pirate Nation,” ECU Head Coach Cliff Godwin said. “This will be a fun evening for our fans to come out and support our team. There’s no better way to get the season started than with Chad Tracy, a Pirate Hall of Famer, leading the charge!” The 2016 Pirates will be introduced during the program and fans will have a chance to hear from Coach Godwin as well as captains Garrett Brooks, Parker Lamm and Travis Watkins. A year ago, Godwin guided the Pirates to a 40-win season, an American Athletic Conference Tournament title and a berth in the Coral Gables Regional - their first NCAA post-season appearance since 2012. Pirate fans, coaches, players and ECU dignitaries will enjoy a sit-down dinner provided by McCall’s that includes: grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, roasted new potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls, salad, chef’s dessert, iced tea, lemonade and water. Capacity for this year’s event is limited to 800 people with ticket prices set for adults ($40), ECU Baseball Alumni ($25) and children under 12 ($20). Fans also have the ability to purchase tables at the price of $700, which consists of eight seats for family and friends to go along with two players. Each table that is sold will receive a team autographed baseball jersey and two general admission season ticket vouchers for 2016. Every person in attendance will also get a team poster and one ticket voucher to the 2016 season opener against Longwood, which is set for 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Schedule of Events 5 P.M. – Doors open and silent auction begins (items include two tickets to the 2016 NC State football game as well as ECU baseball alumni memorabilia) 5-6 P.M. – Autograph session with coaches, players and keynote speaker Chad Tracy 6-8 P.M. – Program and dinner 6:50 P.M. – Silent auction ends



Friday, April 8

GAME STORIES 2016

As some of you may remember I said at the end of last season game stories were coming to an end. Thank you April Briggs (who sent me a photo of every one of Gene’s game stories from when he played for Optimist) and Trent Britt for convincing me that the stories were indeed important. They among many many others convinced me to keep on doing them. Keep in mind the stories are not official nor are they meant to be. I am not a writer nor do I spend time proofreading the stories. I miss certain things (such as a hit) on occasion but when I mess up it isn’t intentional. Also remember the stories come from a box score. I may not have even seen the game. So, sometimes big hits etc. aren’t always given their proper recognition. A game tying single on the box score just looks like a hit if you didn’t see the game. GameChanger keeps the stats, not me. Get your stats from GameChanger and hopefully your memories from the game stories.

ELM STREET PARK – Opening night was clear and quite crisp as NorthCare and the Host Lions took the field to begin Greenville Little Leagues’ 66th season. Temperatures in the mid 50s caused some to huddle in blankets but all of the players with few exceptions went with the short sleeve look. Spencer Bradley got NorthCare off to a quick first inning start as he delivered a 2 run homer off the net in left field to get his squad off to a 2-0 lead. NorthCare tacked on another run in the first to take a 3-0 lead after a half inning. The Lions bounced back with three of their own to knot the game at 3 after an inning. NorthCare squeezed a run across in the third before tacking on 3 insurance runs in the fifth to take the victory. The “Caregivers” were led by Bradley who was 1-4 with his aforementioned home run. Mitch Jones (1-3), Campbell Seymour (1-3, 2b), Tony Alexander (1-2, 2b), and Ethan Medhus (who was a perfect 1-1) had the other NorthCare hits. The Lions were led by Connor Edwards (2-3) and Macon Buck (2-3, 2b). Hunter Forrest (1-3, 2b), Ethan Behm (1-2, 2b), and Jason Herring (1-2, 2b) had the other Lion hits. Spencer Bradley took the pitching win with 3 innings of effective, scoreless, relief help.



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