SEBRING — Rotary utilized its powerful offense and solid pitching to beat Elks by a score of 13-2 in the Dixie Ozone (ages 10-12) city tournament on Tuesday night at Max Long Complex.
“We had a good game,” said Rotary coach Nate Vanderpool. “We hit the ball, made some good plays and we just went out there and had fun with it.”
Rotary got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning as Kevin Myers singled, moved up to third base on back-to-back wild pitches and scored on Gunner Leonard’s RBI single.
Leonard advanced to second base on a wild pitch and raced home on a run-scoring single by Blayne Huter. Hunter Vanderpool followed with an RBI double to plate Huter for a quick 3-0 lead.
Elks answered in the top of the second inning, as Dalton Green and Kenny Palmerton reached base and Chance Smoak ripped a double to right-center field to score Green and Palmerton to trim its deficit to 3-2.
Rotary took control in the bottom of the frame as Myers smacked a two-out single to score Dillon Hartline, Leonard walked and Huter reached on an error which allowed Myers and Leonard to both score.
Hunter Vanderpool singled scoring Huter to give Rotary a commanding 8-2 lead.
Rotary continued to roll in the bottom of the third. Cole Vanderpool singled, and reached third base on a pair of Elks errors.
Zach Miller hit a ground ball to third base that was thrown away allowing Vanderpool to score.
Miller stole second and third base and raced home on a hit by Hartline.
Skyler Shaffer walked, stole second and third base and scored on a single by Myers.
Myers stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and Leonard followed with a double to right-center field to plate Myers. Leonard would score to make it 13-2.
Elks couldn’t muster any offense in the top of the fourth inning and the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Hornick Homes 11, Elite Plumbing 9
Despite trailing for most of the game, Hornick Homes managed to rally late for an 11-9 win over Elite Plumbing in Tuesday night’s Dixie Ozone city tournament.
Hornick Homes got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as L.J. Daniels lined a two-run double to left-center field to plate Brandon Gonzalez and Ramsey Hornick for a 2-0 lead.
Elite Plumbing answered in the bottom of the frame as Kyle Mercer lined the ball to right field for a single, stole second base, advanced to third base on an error and scored on a base hit by Sam Lieske.
Abe Cervera singled, Jonathan Delgado walked, a wild pitch moved the runners up and R.J. Hykes belted a single to score Cervera and Delgado for a 3-2 lead.
Elite Plumbing extended its lead in the bottom of the second. Tyler Simmons reached on a fielder’s choice, Mercer walked and Whitehouse hit a two-run single.
Whitehouse moved to third on a pair of errors and scored on Cervera’s double to right field to make it 6-2.
Hornick Homes trimmed its deficit in the third inning as Paul Gallagher, Cody Smith, Gonzalez, Hornick and Daniels were all walked.
Hornick Homes started the fifth inning with Gallagher hitting a single and then advancing to second on an error. Gallagher was driven in by Cody Smith who reached on an error.
Gonzalez singled to drive in Smith to make it 7-6.
With Gonzalez and Hornick on base, Daniels ripped an RBI single and Cody Smith capped the inning with a base hit to plate Hornick and Daniels to make it 11-8.
Elite Plumbing would once again rally in the bottom of the fifth inning with a run, but the rally fell short to give Hornick Homes the win.
The city tournament continues through Friday.