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After losing both games Friday in the sixth annual Jimmie R. Grimsley Highway 264 Challenge, Wilson City Little League captured four of the six games played Saturday to earn a split with Greenville Little League, which owns a 32-16 lead all time in the event.
Earning victories for Wilson in the preseason showcase were Breakfast Optimist, North Carolina Baseball Museum, BB&T and Creech’s Plumbing.
Wilson City Little League’s 12th Opening Day ceremonies will be held Saturday at Gillette Baseball Complex, starting at 9 a.m.
RE/MAX 12, E.B. Sports 1
GREENVILLE — Four RE/MAX pitchers combined to hold Wilson’s E.B. Sports to just four hits in the game played in Stallings Stadium at Elm Street Park.
Wilson’s E.B. Sports got its only run in the first inning on a groundout by Lennon Warren. RE/MAX scored nine runs in the third inning to break open the game.
Host Lions 7, Greenlight 3
Greenlight starting pitcher Simon Quinn struck out a pair of Host Lions hitters in the top of the first inning at Southern Bank Stadium at Gillette, then led off the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle. Greenlight went on to load the bases but failed to get a runner home.
After the Host Lions struck for two runs in the top of the second, Greenlight answered with a run in the bottom of the frame when Carter Schoenleber doubled in Connor Wolf.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the third, Quinn singled and scored on DeAndre Sellers’ single. A Host Lions error brought Sellers home but that would be Wilson’s last run.
Breakfast Optimist 5, Physicians East 2
GREENVILLE — WCLL claimed its first win on Greenville soil when Seth Evans drilled a three-run home run with one out in the top of the sixth to give Breakfast Optimist the victory at Stallings Stadium.
Connor Todd was the winning pitcher for Breakfast Optimist in relief. Thomas Daniel had an RBI grounder in the first inning for Breakfast Optimist’s first run. Evans was 2 for 3 to lead Breakfast Optimist at the plate.
E.C. Auto 13, Highway 55
GREENVILLE — East Carolina Auto and Truck scored six runs in an inning twice in its runaway win over WCLL’s Highway 55 in Stallings Stadium.
Three pitchers combined on the shutout for E.C. Auto. Joseph Jones rapped a double in the second inning for Highway 55.
Creech’s Plumbing 4, Ross Orthodontics 0
Brothers Carter and Turner Adams combined on the shutout for Creech’s Plumbing. Carter started and went four innings, striking out eight batters and retiring 12 straight Ross Orthodontics batters at one point in Southern Bank Stadium. Turner went the last two innings to earn the save, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Turner had the big hit for Creech’s, which saw its run of three straight WCLL titles ended last summer, with a bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the fourth inning. Turner then scooted home on Maddox Deans’ groundout for the only other run scored in the game.
N.C. Baseball Museum 2, Carolina W&D 0
Eldon Bass cracked a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning at Southern Bank Stadium, providing reigning WCLL champion North Carolina Baseball Museum with all the runs it would need to beat Carolina Windows and Doors.
That was due to the outstanding pitching by NCBM starter Luke Bedford, who allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings. Jacob Flowers got the last four outs for NCBM to preserve the win.
Bass was 2 for 2 to lead NCBM while Spencer Bass’ single was its only other hit.
Brown & Wood 12, Farris & Farris 4
Brown & Wood managed the only win in Wilson for GLL on Saturday as it raced to a 5-0 lead after three and a half innings, then withstood a Farris & Farris rally in the bottom of the third only to score seven more runs over the final two innings.
Lin Scott, Caleb Maddrey and Jack Payne each had a hit for Farris & Farris.
BB&T 6, Kiwanis 2
GREENVILLE — BB&T countered each Kiwanis rally and held on for the win at Stallings Stadium.
Gage Lockhart singled in a run to give BB&T a 3-2 lead in the third inning before a Kiwanis error doubled Wilson’s lead.
BB&T padded its margin in the top of the sixth, courtesy of another Kiwanis error and Landon Brown’s RBI single before hanging on for the win despite two Kiwanis runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Joe Glover picked up the win on the mound for BB&T, giving up two runs in 2 2/3 innings while striking out six. Lockhart threw an inning in relief.
Trent Nichols and Lockhart each had multiple hits to pace BB&T’s offense.