BOONVILLE — In the first meeting on the diamond between the Elkin Buckin’ Elks and the Starmount Rams, the game came down to the final two innings. Things were tied 3-3 until the top of the sixth and seventh innings, when the Buckin’ Elks came out swinging to take a 6-3 win over Starmount.
In the first inning, the game looked to be leaning in Starmount’s favor. After playing tough defense and making the Buckin’ Elks go three-up three-down, the Rams came into bat. Peyton Mullins started things off for the Rams with a double to center field. With two outs, Brock Mullins was walked to put runners on first and second. Ethan Barnes stepped up to the plate and on the first pitch, hit the ball into left field for a double. Peyton Mullins and Brock Mullins turned on the afterburners as both players made it around the bases to score for the Rams.
Things settled down in the second inning for both teams, but the third inning saw the action heat up once again. Elkin took the momentum back from the Rams to tie the game in the top of the third inning. Gabriel Hege singled on a ground ball to left field, Michael Steelman was brought in a courtesy runner and the Buckin’ Elks had one runner on base. Wyat Jester was able to continue Elkin’s hitting with a single, which put runners on first and second.
The runners were moved around the bases on the next play as Colt Henderson put down a sacrifice bunt. Elkin was able to bring a runner across home plate on the next hit as Lane Moore put down a bunt which brought Steelman into score. Jester was brought in on the next hit as Hayden Brooks put down an RBI to shortstop. The Buckin’ Elks had successfully tied the game 2-2 after the third inning.
As the game went on, Starmount was able to take the lead back from Elkin in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Barnes was hit by a pitch which brought Trey Dezern across the plate. Starmount had a 3-2 lead after five innings.
Elkin was able to make the most of the next two innings as the Buckin’ Elks came out swinging at the plate, and put up a tough defensive front in the field. Elkin tied the game, then took a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning. After hitting a line drive single to center field, Brooks stole second then was brought around to third base off of a hit by Coy Yarboro. With two outs, Brooks stole home to tie the game 3-3. Elkin didn’t stop swinging, as two more runs were brought across the plate before the inning was over. Nathan Brown and Tyler Wood both made it home to give Elkin a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning.
In the seventh inning, Elkin put down its final run as Henderson was brought across the plate off of a single by Brooks. Elkin had a 6-3 lead over the Rams heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Starmount tried to get its bats going in the bottom of the inning. The Rams were able to load the bases with two outs, but the runners were unable to make it home as Elkin’s fielders kept the ball in front to make the third out. After seven complete innings, Elkin was able to take a 6-3 win over Starmount.
With the win Elkin moves to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Starmount moves to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the MVAC.