Elko battles back to beat Fairfax in softball
In adult league softball action, the Elko Swamp Gators took victory out of the jaws of defeat as they stormed from behind for a 16-15 victory over the Fairfax Wildcats Sunday, June 11 in Elko.
Elko, which overcame a six-run deficit, tied the game at 15-15 and secured victory in the sixth inning off a sacrifice fly ball by Russell Felton.
Elko infielder Keith Parker said the team’s players kept their poise despite trailing by a big margin early on.
“We have a group of good players that don’t believe in quitting,” Parker said. “Early on, they were hitting the ball really well, but we knew our time would come sooner or later. After a slow start, our bats started coming around.”
At the start of the game it looked as if Fairfax was in for a rout. In the team’s first at-bat, the team plated four runs off the strength of RBI doubles by Bennie Wiggins and Rennie Gillison.
In the second inning, Fairfax pushed two more runs across home plate on scores by Lennel Elmore and Damon Williams.
Down by six runs, Elko got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. For the team, Simeon Rhodes singled and scored off a RBI by Russell Felton to cut the lead to 6-1.
Trailing 9-5, Elko continued to slice into Fairfax’s lead in the fifth inning. Rocky Brown highlighted a three-run inning with a home run to make the score 10-9.
One inning later, Fairfax gave itself a little breathing room, scoring five runs off five hits and an error. Players scoring for Fairfax in the inning included Bennie Wiggins, Damon Williams, Lennel Elmore, Breanden Strothers and Rennie Gillison.
Trailing 15-9, Elko rallied in the sixth inning. Keith Parker and Simeon Rhodes both had doubles as the team reeled off six runs to tie the game at 15-15.
One inning later, Elko completed the comeback when Larry Johnson scored from third base off a sacrifice by Russell Felton.