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Creech’s Plumbing capped a hectic Tuesday with five runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally past BB&T for a 10-6 victory in the Wilson City Little League championship game at Southern Bank Stadium.
It was the fourth city crown for Creech’s but first since 2015 when it won the last of its three straight titles. To reach the championship game, Creech’s had to hold off EB Sports 9-8 in one of two semifinals games played earlier Tuesday.
Carter Adams swung the big bat for Creech’s going 7 for 7 with 10 RBIs in both games.
Creech’s, the No. 3 seed, trailed 6-5 going into the top of the sixth inning. After two walks to start the inning, Chase Twiddy delivered an RBI single to tie the score at 6-all.
After a walk to Trey Mills to load the bases, top-seeded BB&T looked as if it would escape disaster when it turned a 1-2-6 double play, leaving runners at first and second with two outs. But Ryan Bass had other ideas, roping a two-run triple to give Creech’s the lead for good.
After an intentional walk to Adams, Maddox Deans and Will Dean connected for run-scoring singles to pad Creech’s lead.
Doll, who took over on the mound for Adams in the bottom of the fifth, negotiated through a pair of sixth-inning walks by striking out a pair of BB&T batters, including the final out.
After taking the lead, Creech’s head coach Chris Bass said he was “just hoping for nothing but strikes, which Will Doll was eventually able to get.”
Doll, who earned the victory with two hitless innings of relief, said he wasn’t bothered by the walks, especially when one of them turned into a caught stealing for the second out.
“I was overall pretty pleased with it,” he said of his performance on the mounds. “Out on the mound I had confidence in myself and teammates and my ability to throw strikes.”
Creech’s scored a run in the top of the first when Adams singled in Joshua Taylor, who led off the game with a single. BB&T evened the score in the bottom of the inning when Landon Brown drew a bases-loaded walk off Adams.
Creech’s reclaimed the lead in the top of the third on Adam’s bases-loaded double, scoring all three runners, but BB&T answered with two in the bottom of the inning when Tanner Rigsbee tripled in Joe Glover and later scored on a dropped third strike. The back-and-forth swung back toward BB&T in the bottom of the fifth when Glover emptied the loaded bases with a triple for a 6-4 lead.
Adams singled in Taylor in the top of the fifth to narrow BB&T’s lead to one.
Taylor and Bass each had three hits for Creech’s while Adams was 3 for 3 with five RBIs. Josef Popowitch, Shea Whitley and Glover each had two hits for BB&T. Evan Ferrell took the loss on the mound for BB&T, which was outhit 12-7 by Creech’s.
This was the fourth city championship for Creech’s but the fifth for the franchise that began play as Hooper & Thurston, one of the original six WCLL teams in 2007. BB&T, one of the three out of the original six that has the same sponsor, is now 0-3 in championship games. The other four original franchises are EB Sports, Farris & Farris, Italian Pizza and Subs (now Highway 55) and Thomas & Farris (now Greenlight after a stint at The Heritage Bank). Breakfast Optimist and Sallenger & Brown (now North Carolina Baseball Museum) joined as expansion teams in 2009.
Creech’s 9, EB Sports 8
In the semifinals that preceded the championship game Tuesday, Creech’s used 15 hits, including a three-run home run by Adams in the fourth inning to defeat third-seeded EB Sports 9-8 on Gillette Field No. 2. Carter Adams finished 4 for 4 with a double five RBIs. His fourth-inning blast put Creech’s ahead 7-4.
Winning pitcher Ross Hinnant started for Creech’s and got the first out in the bottom of the sixth, protecting a 9-6 lead. But after a one-out double, his day was done. EB Sports then scored one run and had the bases loaded with two outs when Ryan Bass was summoned to the mound. He issued a walk to force in a run before getting the last one on a strikeout to earn the save. Bass was 3 for 3 and scored four runs for Creech’s while Maddox Deans, Will Doll and Hinnant each had two hits. Doll drove in a pair of runs.
Connor Radford had two doubles in three at-bats for EB Sports while C.J. Summerlin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
BB&T 5, Breakfast Optimist 1
In the other semifinal, BB&T rode a four-run uprising in the bottom of the third to a 5-1 victory over No. 4 Breakfast Optimist at Southern Bank Stadium. Evan Ferrell and Landon Brown each connected for RBI singles.
Joe Glover pitched all six innings to get the win for BB&T, giving up one earned run on eight hits and a walk while striking out 14. Glover had two of BB&T’s six hits as well as an RBI. Connor Todd’s 3-for-3 showing paced Breakfast Optimist at the plate.
BB&T 2, NC Baseball Museum 0
Joe Glover and Tanner Rigsbee combined on a 2-0 shutout for BB&T against two-time defending city champion North Carolina Baseball Museum in Monday’s quarterfinals action at Southern Bank Stadium. Each worked three innings with Glover fanning seven and Rigsbee whiffing four NCBM batters, who managed just three singles.
Spencer Bass pitched all five innings for No. 8 NCBM, striking out 11 and walking one
Glover and Landon Brown each went 2 for 2 to pace BB&T.
EB Sports 6, Highway 55 5, 7 innings
Colton Bridgers doubled in the bottom of the seven to score teammate Tyler Poythress and give No. 2 EB Sports a 6-5 walk-off win over No. 7 Highway 55 at Southern Bank Stadium.
EB Sports needed a two-out single by C.J. Summerlin in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings after Highway 55 took a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning. Connor Radford struck out the side in the top of the seventh to get the win for EB Sports.
Aydin Davis was 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead Highway 55 while Lennon Warren, Nathan Matthews and Summerlin each collected two hits for EB Sports.
Creech’s 14, Farris & Farris 4, 5 innings
Creech’s only needed five innings to subdue No. 6 Farris & Farris 14-4 on Field No. 2. Carter Adams and Ross Hinnant each went 3 for 4 to pace Creech’s 12-hit offense that was helped by five Farris & Farris errors. Joshua Taylor and Chase Twiddy each drove in a pair of runs.
Adams started on the mound and got the win after pitching 3 2/3 innings before Ryan Bass nailed down the last four outs.
Joel Breiholz was 2 for 3 to lead Farris & Farris.
In the other scheduled quarterfinals matchup, No. 4 Breakfast Optimist won by forfeit over No. 5 Greenlight.