FARMINGTON – The East Cobb Yankees don't mind doing the small things to gradually get their offense rolling.
Case in point — their 11-5 CMWS Game 3 win over the Nashville Knights tonight at Ricketts Park.
"We love that. That just starts everything," Yankees coach James Beavers said with a big grin on his face. "Every time we get a walk or hit by a pitch, we've got a chance to move some runners up."
It began with a couple walks and a hit-by-pitch. The Yanks soon began moving runners along the base paths via numerous singles, as well as the occasional fielding error and wild throws.
They eventually drove in runs with deeper shots to the corners and to the wall.
“We just wanted to try and stay on it, keep moving runners around,” Beavers said.
East Cobb built an 8-0 lead through the middle of the third inning.
Nashville made things interesting in the bottom of the third inning with a few hits to the corners, but John MacCauley’s ground-out chopper to second base ended that surge.
They got another run on the board in the bottom of the sixth, but Jonathan Giles struck out swinging with the bases loaded and with two outs.
“When you don’t capitalize in those situations, then you really feel like you’re playing from behind the whole time,” Knights coach Eric Fruechtmeyer said. “I think a few of us were a little overwhelmed with the surroundings and the moment.”
East Cobb’s Jason Rooks and Jason Avers delivered the two final major blows.
Rooks hit a towering RBI double to the top of the right-field wall, just a few inches from being a two-run bomb, in the top of the sixth. Avers crushed a solo homer over the left-field wall in the top of the seventh.
The Yankees will face the Danville Hoots at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, while the Knights look to bounce back facing the SoCal Renegades at noon Wednesday.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.