Friday, June 29, 2012

SPORTS STORY >> Centennial beats Beebe

Leader sports editor

Cabot Junior Team 1 won its second-straight game Tuesday night, beating Beebe 15-5 in five innings at Cabot City Park.

The Centennial Bank squad racked up 12 base hits to five for the visiting Post 91 team.

Cabot jumped ahead early with six runs in the first inning.

Leadoff hitter Adam Hicks got it started with a single on the game’s second pitch. Jonathan Latture and Riley Knudsen reached on infield errors by Beebe and Landon James got a two-RBI single to make it 3-0. With one out, Gavin Tillery singled to drive in another run. Dylan Bowers walked and Austin Null hit a two-RBI double to give Centennial Bank a 6-0 lead.

Cabot added another run in the second inning and scored on a sacrifice grounder by Dalten Hurst. That made 7-0, but Beebe finally got on the board in the top of the third.

Tyler Parker led off with a walk and scored when J. Underwood hit a two-out, RBI double. But Cabot got rolling again in the bottom of the same frame to quickly make it 11-1.

Eric Pique drew a leadoff walk and Null reached on an error at shortstop. John Van Hovelyn then singled and Latture did the same, making it 10-1. James then singled to score Latture from second base.

Beebe’s best inning came in the fourth when it scored three runs. Brandon Gray got a leadoff single and Elijah Cannon drew a one-out walk. One run scored when Cabot committed an error off the bat of Beebe’s Aaron Nunez, who later scored on a wild pitch, pulling Beebe to within seven at 11-4.

Cabot had another big inning in the bottom of the fourth when the first four batters scored before Beebe got three-straight outs.

Tillery, Pique and Null all singled to start the inning and Lee Sullivan tripled to drive in three runs. Sullivan then scored on a sacrifice fly by Van Hovelyn to make it 15-4.

Beebe needed two runs in the top of the fifth to keep the game going, but could only manage one.

Underwood and Dillon Tippy started the inning with back-to-back singles and Underwood scored on a sacrifice grounder by Gray, but Beebe couldn’t get Tippy around and the game ended on the 10-run sportsmanship rule.

Riley Knudsen started on the mound for Cabot and got the win while Gray took the loss for Beebe.

The Centennial Bank team (16-13) will play a doubleheader at home on Monday against Lake Hamilton’s Junior and AA teams.