A Monday twin-bill at Jim Ensor Field in the Carter County American Little League saw Summers-Taylor stay unbeaten with a 15-1 win over Mallard Cove, while the nightcap saw patience and power win over small ball as Citizens Bank held off the Lawdogs by an 11-10 score.
Dru Owens and Brett Deaton were just two of the hitting stars for Summers with five hits between them. Owens finished three-for-four with a triple, double and three-run homer while drivomg home five runs — while Deaton was two-for-two with a triple and an RBI.
Owens finished a single shy of competing the cycle for the night.
Summers put a 10-spot on the board in the top of the first with Owens leading off with a triple. Owens came in on an error returning the ball to the infield by Mallard Cove, and Deaton hit a three-bagger to center.
Cory Russell helped his own pitching cause with an RBI double to make it a 2-0 game. Before the inning was over Owens had hit an RBI double and was plated on a double by Deaton, who was then sent around on a double by Russell.
In all, Summers-Taylor sent 15 hitters to the plate, collected nine hits and plated 10 runs.
On the mound, Russell threw hard and threw strikes. Joe Jamison greeted Russell with a triple to left to lead things off for Mallard Cove and came home on a passed ball, but that was all the damage the Mallard’s could do.
Russell proceeded to strikeout the next eight batters before Jamison made the final out with a grounder to second.
For Summers-Taylor, Ryan Manuel plated three runs (two runners plus himself) on a single to left as Mallard Cove struggled defensively in the outfield on this night.
The Lawdogs scored two runs in each of the five innings played, but could not push the tying run across as Citizen’s Bank (6-9) held on for the victory.
The Lawmen took a two run lead after one frame on one hit, three walks and two stolen bases by playing small ball and manufacturing runs.
Citizens Bank rallied for four in the top of the second with walks playing a large hand in this rally also. Two runs scored on bases-loaded walks, with Gage Green and Hunter Green each delivering RBI hits to stake the Bankers to a 4-2 lead.
“We made quite a few errors, but when it came time to stand up and hit, we did,” said Citizens Bank manager Terry Johnson. “I’m proud of them and something we talked about was the Green boys, Gage and Hunter, whose father had a heart attack recently. We kind of rallied around that.”
The ’Dogs (9-6) tied the game at 4-4 in the last of the second on an RBI hit by Evan Carter, who finished with three hits, including a triple, and three RBI in the game.
“Evan has a good swing,” said Lawdogs manager Jason Holly. “The kid can play. He’s an athlete. I felt like our team stayed in the game, kept coming back and tying the game or taking the lead and we didn’t give up.”
The Lawdogs took the lead at the end of three frames with two more runs as three walks, three stolen bases and a wild pitch contributed to the rally.
Citizen’s took the lead once again in the fourth with three runs. Isaac Johnson led off with a single to short. After a wild pitch moved Johnson up 90 feet, Jeremiah Gillman plated him with a single. Ben Hardin and Nicholas Bowers each had RBI hits for Citizen’s in the stanza to give the bankers an 8-6 lead.
Carter tripled for the Lawmen in the fourth and scored on a ground ball by Nick Street. who came around after stealing second on a hit by Carter Williams. Williams hit knotted the game at 8-8 going into the last inning.
In the top of the fifth, Johnson got the winning rally started with a double to left and scored on a single by Gillman. After a ground out and a hit batter, Max Ramsey shot a single through the hole at second for an RBI.
Nat Frost’s ground ball brought Ramsey home and staked Hardin with an 11-8 lead.
With one away in the last of the fifth, Patrick O’Quinn was plunked and a Carter single plated both O’Quinn and Jaxton Holly, who reached earlier on an infield hit.
Carter’s knock made it an 11-10 game and with the tying run at third, Hardin bore down and retired Dakota Gallimore on a hard grounder to second for the final out.
“Every time we got behind we rallied, and that’s good for a bunch of 10-year olds,” said Jason Holly. “We didn’t panic if we got behind, and really I thought both teams played real well.”
Summers-Taylor (10)23 0 — 15
Mallard Cove 100 0 — 1
W—Russell. HR—D.Owens. 3B—D. Owens, Deaton, Jamison. 2B—Russell 2, Deaton, D. Owens.
Citizens Bank 041 33 — 11
Lawdogs 222 22 — 10
W—Hardin. 3B—Carter. 2B—Johnson.