RE/MAX wins city championship, beats Optimist, 15-9
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Friday, June 22, 2018
RE/MAX used an early lead to help bring an end to the Greenville Little League City Championship on Thursday at Elm Street Park, defeating Optimist 15-9 and winning the series 2-0.
“This 12-year old group, we have three Tarheel titles, tournament titles, all-stars, tournament state champions and now we got a city championship,” RE/MAX manager Cory Scott said. “This is why I do this, for those kids and these families.”
Optimist did not go down without a fight, as it made the push for a late comeback. In the bottom of the fifth, down 15-5, Joe May stepped into the box with the bases loaded. His triple scored Issac Callis and Kolby Burroughs to reduce the lead to 7, 15-8. Tyler Sparrow’s single brought home May to make the score 15-9.
Up 1-0 in the top of the second, miscues and errors by Optimist led to more runs for RE/MAX. Landon Scott hit a single and Rooke Knittle earned a walk. Davis Bradley then loaded the bases on another walk, his second of the evening, before Colin Everette drew an RBI walk, scoring Scott. Davis Hathaway then took a pitch to the body, earning another base and scoring Knittle.
Max Mason and Ethan Medhus also earned free bases via walks, scoring Bradley and Everette. At the end of the inning, RE/MAX led 5-0.
RE/MAX grew the lead out to 13-1 by the conclusion of the top of the fourth.
Optimist tried to rally when Jon Lysaght reached on an error to begin the bottom half of the inning and Kolby Burroughs walked to give rise to May’s three-run home run and keep the game alive.
The score read 13-4 before RE/MAX added another two insurance runs in the fifth to push the lead to 15-4 prior to Optimist’s late rally attempt.
Everette led RE/MAX in hits with two, and tied for the lead in RBIs with Mason at three. Bradley led in runs scored with four. Mason also led the team in walks with four. There were 14 total walks on the night.
May, who also doubled, led all players with six RBIs for Optimist.
Scott attributed his hard work to former East Carolina head coach Keith LeClair, for whom ECU’s Clark-LeClair Stadium is named.
“I was very fortunate to play for Keith LeClair, and I hope he’s smiling right now,” Scott emotionally said.
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