Local softball teams battle in adult league play

  • Simeon Rhodes Jr, of the Elko Swamp Gators blasts a two-run homer in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game.

The Elko Swamp Gators softball team amassed a season-high number of runs and hits in a dominating 23-5 win over Ehrhardt on Saturday in Elko.

The Elko Swamp Gators had fireworks throughout the batting lineup with five players delivering multi-hit performances.

Brandon Williams led the 18-hit barrage with two doubles, a single and three runs scored. Jimmy Dunbar and Simeon Rhodes Jr. also had a good day at the plate. Dunbar went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Rhodes had three hits, including a two-run homer.

Keith Parker, who sat out the game, said the team is beginning to gel.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve been doing a good job of producing runs and played solid on defense,” Parker said.

The game started with Ehrhardt getting on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the first inning.

That, however, would be the only lead Ehrhardt would enjoy in the contest.

Elko fired back in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Williams reached on a single, then advanced to third off a double by Rocky Brown. Moments later, the two players scored off a double by Simeon Rhodes Jr.

The scoring continued for Elko in the second inning. This time, Elko plated seven runs highlighted by a two-run RBI double by Jimmy Dunbar for a 9-1 advantage. Others who singled and scored in the inning included Quame Dunbar, Rocky Brown, Reggie Bailey and Brandon Williams.

Leading 9-3 after 3 1/2 innings, Elko created a larger cushion in fourth inning. Fueled by a two-run homer by Simeon Rhodes Jr., Elko erupted for nine runs off seven eight hits for a 18-3 lead. The inning was also highlighted by RBI singles from Simeon Rhodes Sr., Jimmy Dunbar, Velton Dorsey and Quame Dunbar.

Ahead 18-5, Elko closed out the game with five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Reggie Bailey and Rocky Brown sparked the late scoring run with an RBI single.

In the circle Mannie Felton was the winning pitcher for Elko.

In other action, Fairfax Reloaded traveled to Kline to take on the D&D Sluggers .

The game was an offensive show of fireworks as the teams combined for more than 50 runs.

However, when push came to shove in the contest, Fairfax delivered a show of force with its bats, producing 31 hits in a 33-23 triumph over the Sluggers.

Fairfax Reloaded blew open an 18-16 game in the fifth inning by scoring a season-high 13 runs in the single frame. The scoring run gave Fairfax a commanding 31-16 lead.

The inning was highlighted by RBI doubles from Damon Williams, Lennel Elmore, Reggie Walker and Bennie Wiggins.

For the game there was a total of seven players who recorded multiple hits. Leading the offense was Brenden Strother, Dedrick Jenkins, Lennel Elmore, Eric Mulligan and Carther Gibson.

On the mound, Damon Williams was the top pitcher for Fairfax.