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Woodpeckers pounded by Chaffee

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chaffee's Nathan Holland tags out Charleston's Ben Stallings as he attempts to steal second base on Tuesday at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHARLESTON -- Chaffee's Senior Babe Ruth team got some much needed experience with lumber on Tuesday.

In playing the Charleston Woodpeckers in the first game of a doubleheader, Chaffee combined for 19 hits to win 17-1 in five innings via the mercy rule.

"It was good to come out today and get some experience using the wooden bats," Chaffee head coach Aaron Horrell said. "We have the tournament this weekend down here and we haven't swung wood all year.

"We only have one other game this week and most of our kids won't make it to that so I wanted our starters to get the feel for it and get used to playing a little bit of small ball."

Chaffee, who will take part in this weekend's Charleston Wood Bat Invitational, went scoreless in the first inning. They came back in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead.

Jared Walker started things off with a single and scored the games first run on an error. Cole Hanna brought home the next two on a line drive up the middle.

After starter Jamie Brant sent Charleston down in order to end the second innings, Chaffee came back up and put together their biggest rally of the evening as eight of the first 10 batters in the frame scored.

Christian Cavaness, Nathan Holland and Dylan Koehler each drove in two with RBI singles as Chaffee stormed ahead 11-0.

"We got going a little bit," Horrell said. "The first inning we hit a couple of balls hard, right at some people. But we really got going there in the second. I thought the offense did a good job today."

Hitless through the first two innings, the Woodpeckers broke up the shutout in the third with Chance Maness sending a blooper into shallow center field leadoff the inning. Maness advanced to third before a grounder from Ben Stallings plated Charleston's only tune of the contest.

Chaffee added four runs in the third and two more in the fifth to easily keep the run rule in effect before Cavaness, pitching in relief, sent the Woodpeckers down in order in the bottom of the fifth to seal the game.

"I think they might have been a little intimidated," Charleston head coach Ryan Ford said of his kids. "Chaffee beat us twice earlier in the year, but they were a little closer games. They hit the pretty ball, we just didn't make routine plays today. You have to do that."

Chaffee starter Jamie Brant picked up the win, going three full innings and surrendering the Woodpeckers run on three hits and a walk. He struck out two. Dylan Koehler and Cavaness came in to pitch a scoreless inning each. Koehler gave up two walks and hit in pitching the fourth while Cavaness threw a perfect fifth.

"We just needed to get Jamie a little work in," Horrell said. "He's going to probably throw Saturday or Sunday for us (in the tournament). I got two guys in there after Jamie and one hadn't thrown since his sophomore year and the other hadn't thrown since his freshman year.

"I'm kind of hoping we can use those guys in reliever type roles later in the season so we need to get them some inning now."

Besides his inning on the mound, Cavaness also led Chaffee at the plate with a 4 for 5 effort that included four runs driven in and one scored. Storm Estes was 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored while Koehler had two hits, including a double and three RBI.

Cody Payne, Walker, Holland, Brant and Cole hanna had two hits each.

For the Woodpeckers, DJ Adams, Maness, Luke Harris and Dylan Baugh had a single each with Maness also drawing a walk to reach in both plate appearances.

In the second game of the evening, Chaffee made it a sweep with a 14-0 decision with Payne picking up the in. Cavaness had a home run in the contest and Koehler went 3 for 3 to end the night 5 for 6.

Chaffee 038 42 - 17

Charleston 001 00 - 1

WP -- Jamie Brant. LP -- Chance Maness. Multiple hitters: (CF) Christian Cavaness 4-3, Dylan Koehler 2-3, Cody Payne 2-4, Jared Walker 2-3, Nathan Holland 2-4, Storm Estes 3-4, Cole Hanna 2-3. 2B -- (CF) Koehler, Walker, Holland.

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