14’s win two of three games
By Sparta Live | July 11, 2011 12:00 am
The 14-year-old Babe Ruth All Star team from Sparta has won two out of three of their games, but find themselves having to battle their way out of the loser’s bracket.
They opened tourney play Thursday with a 13-3 win over Livingston. On Saturday, they ran into tourney favorite and host team, Cookeville, who dropped Sparta into the loser’s bracket with a sound 15-0 defeat. Sparta bounced back with a 5-1 win over Warren County Saturday.
In their opener, Sparta found themselves facing a 2-0 deficit after a half inning of action. Livingston scored two unearned runs off Sparta starter, Tyler Brock.
Brock walked the first batter on four straight pitches, but calmed down quickly and found the zone striking out the next two batters. A routine ground ball was booted putting two runners on and prolonging the at bat for Livingston. The ensuing batter singled driving in both runners.
Brock would go on to pitch the entire game allowing a total of three runs, all unearned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out 10.
The only other run Livingston scored was in the top of the fifth. An error with two outs kept the inning alive. Back to back singles drove in the run.
Sparta missed a great opportunity in their half of the first when they loaded the bases, but came up scoreless.
Colton Hudgens led off and reached on an error. He was doubled off on Ian Temple’s line drive. Brock followed by taking a walk. A Darin Cole double put runners at second and third. Ty Cloyd walked to load the bases, but a strikeout left all three stranded.
Sparta broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the second when Jacob Bryant singled, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Auston Glenn’s ground out and scored when Temple reached on an error.
A five-run third inning pushed Sparta out to a lead they would never relinquish. Brock began things when he was hit by a pitch. Cole singled and Cloyd took a walk loading the bases for the second time in the game. Garrett Turner took a walk plating Brock. A fielder’s choice erased the lead runner at home, but left the bases loaded. Glenn took a walk that drove in Cloyd. Another fielder’s choice got the lead runner. Hudgens reached on an error that plated two runs. A single by Temple drove in Hudgens.
Sparta added to their lead with three more runs in the fourth. Cole opened with an infield single. Cloyd also singled. Turner took a walk loading the bases. Bryant also walked driving in Cole. Frazier would reached on an error that plated two runs.
The fifth inning saw Sparta add four to pick up the mercy rule win. Cole was the only one who got a hit in the inning, but Cloyd, Logan Merriman, Zack Flatt and Ian Temple all took walks and Bryant was hit by a pitch.
Cole led Sparta at the plate going 4 for 4. Bryant, Temple and Cloyd had one hit each.
Things didn’t go as well for Sparta Friday against the host team. Cookeville’s pitchers controlled the Sparta bats allowing just two hits. Cookeville’s starter worked four innings. Of the 12 outs he had to get, 11 were via strikeout. Darin Cole and Colton Hudgens were the other Sparta players to pick up hits in the contest.
Sparta did miss chances in the second and third innings.
Cole led the second off with a double and went to third on an error. Garrett Turner walked, but both runners were left stranded.
Sparta loaded the bases in the third, but couldn’t push a run across. Allen Frazier led off by reaching safely on an error. Colton Hudgens recorded an infield single. Brock walked to load the bases but a pair of strikeouts left all three stranded.
Cookeville put three runs on the board in the first. Cole, who got the start on the mound, retired the side in order in the second. That included two strikeouts.
Cookeville stretched their lead to 5-0 with two runs in the third. The lead off batter doubled and scored when the next batter hit a home runs over left field.
Cole worked three innings allowing five runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Cookeville scored 10 runs in the fourth as they sent 15 batters to the plate. They managed five hits off relievers, Ian Temple and Garrett Turner.
Details were limited from the win over Warren County.
Zack Flatt threw five innings allowing just four hits and one run. Cole came in for the last two and shut Warren down.
Colton Hudgens, Ian Temple and Cole all went three for four at the plate with each recording a double.
Sparta was to have been back in action Sunday at 4 p.m., but those results were not available at press time.