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The Manchester 15 year old Babe Ruth All Stars dominated on the mound,
allowing just three hits and a single earned run in their 12-2 rout of the Fayetteville All-Stars in six innings Friday night in Manchester.
“The guys really played as a team tonight,” stated Manchester 15 year old coach Brett Henley. “We hit the ball extremely well, and we undoubtedly came ready to play with our game faces on.”
Manchester will continue tournament play Saturday night at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Tullahoma\Franklin County contest.
Manchester settled into a grove early in the bottom of the first inning as Andrew Henley led off the game with a walk. Two batters later, Kyle Douglas sent a screaming triple down the first base line, scoring Henley. Stanton Keele then walked to place runners at the corners with one away.
Manchester accomplished a double steal during Zak Holmes at bat, sending Keele to second base and scoring Douglas. Later in the at bat, Holmes made a sacrifice to score Keele, giving Manchester a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Manchester added to its lead in the bottom of the second inning. Andrew Waggoner loaded the bases with a fielder’s choice, moving Alex Williams and Dylan McCormick, who walked into scoring position. Henley pushed Williams across the plate two batters later, white Dusty Harryman singled in Waggoner, who reached base on a fielder’s choice. Manchester held a 5-0 lead through two innings.
Manchester’s starting pitcher, Kyle Douglas, breezed through the first two innings, striking out four batters. However, Fayetteville found a way to score in the third inning.
Donavan Potts crushed a triple down the third base line, scoring Kylar Gentry, who walked to begin the inning. Potts eventually scored himself on a wild pitch to Fayetteville’s Jacob Dickenson two batters later, narrowing Manchester’s lead to 5-2 midway through the third inning.
Douglas picked up the win allowing two runs on one hit and striking out six.
Fayetteville never truly threatened again, earning only two more hits in the entire contest. Manchester; however, added seven runs on four hits, including a double by Keele and a 2-RBI single by Douglas, scoring Dallas Bryan and Harryman in the fifth inning.
Manchester put the final nail in the coffin in the sixth inning as Brandon Haston knocked a single. The ball went through Coby Fisk’s legs and rolled all the way to the wall. The error allowed Keele, who also reached base due to an error by Josh Hill, to score. Haston scored on the next at bat as the result of a wild pitch to Williams, making the final score 12-2 in favor of Manchester.