Babe Ruth 15’s falter after solid start

Posted By | July 22, 2010 12:00 am

Sparta’s 15 year old All Stars. The members of the Babe Ruth 15 and under team are (front row, l to r): Adam Farley, Bryron Tripp, Johnny Smith, Rhett Blair and Jacob Chavez. Back row: Johnny Smith (coach), Brent Farley (manager), Ethan James, Donavon Troglen, Holden Null, Tyler Lafever, Dustin Cole, Adam Farley, and Ian James (coach).

Sparta’s 15 year old Babe Ruth All Star team got off to a great start in their district tournament posting a win, but dropped their next two straight to bring their bid for a trip to the state to a halt.
The local team, made up of both 14 and 15 year old players, opened tourney play last Thursday in Livingston against Jamestown and held on for the 2-1 victory.
Jacob Chavez got the start on the mound and went the distance for the win. He allowed just one run on one hit. He walked one batter and hit one batter, but fanned 11. The lone run of the game scored on the lone hit of the contest. The runner reached base via a base on balls.
Chavez helped himself out at the plate when he drove in the first Sparta run in the second inning. Tyler Lafever knocked in what turned out to be the game winner in the third.
Sparta had four different players record one hit. Those were Chavez, Lafever, Dustin Cole and Adam Farley.
Sparta returned to action Friday against Lafayette dropping into the loser’s bracket with the 6-1 defeat.
Adam Farley had the only three hits of the game for Sparta.
Holden Null scored the lone run for Sparta. He reached on a walk, advanced when Tyler Lafever reached on an error. Null scored when Rhett Blair reached on an error.
Dustin Cole got the start on the mound. He pitched five innings, gave up six runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out five. Donovan Troglen worked two innings on the mound. He walked two and struck out two.
Sparta was eliminated on Saturday with their 7-4 loss to Cookeville. Three of Cookeville’s runs were unearned in the game due to three errors.
Adam Farley got the start and pitched all seven innings. He struck out eight, walked six and allowed five hits.
Sparta scored their first run in the fourth when Troglen’s hit drove in two runs. They added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chavez. That was one of his two hits in the contest.
Rhett Blair had an RBI in the sixth. Adam Farley picked up two hits in the contest. Others with one hit each were Holden Null, Tyler Lafever and Ethan James.

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