A Plus earns grade in Babe Ruth opener
A Plus Collision Center and Nichirin kicked off the 2011 Babe Ruth season Monday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field and the body shop boys took some dents, but had enough tools in the drawer to bang out a convincing 9-7 victory.
Dunn Crowder (1 RBI) and Aaron Medley led the offensive charge for A Plus with two hits in three at bats apiece, while splitting four runs scored.
Brooks Leftwhich had one base hit, Austin Blade nailed a run scoring, and Grayson Wiles had one hit and one run scored and made several great plays on defense at the second base position.
A Plus starting pitcher Jody Sullivan had one hit, one base on balls, and scored a run on offense, while going 6 2/3 innings on the mound for the victory.
Sullivan gave up four earned runs on seven hits, walked six, hit two, and struck out two Nichirin batters.
Leftwhich came in for the tiring Sullivan with two outs and the tying run on second base in the seventh and got the last out to the automatic Wiles to end the game.
Nichirin scored an unearned in the first inning before A Plus three in the home half and never trailed again.
Crowder had an RBI single to knock in the first run of the season for A Plus in the frame and crossed home plate on an error for run number three.
Gunner Southerland reached after being hit by a Sullivan pitch and scored on an A Plus miscue in the top of the second to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
A Plus came back with four more runs in the third, beginning with a Crowder triple and Sullivan and Blade both had RBI knocks.
Wiles and Medley had back-to-back extra base hits in the home half of the fourth and both scored runs to extend the A Plus lead to 9-3.
Nichirin's Madison Peete singled and scored on an RBI double by Hunter Talley in the sixth, but the inning ended when Wiles made a great throw to catcher Dallas Wright on a cutoff play to nail the potential scoring run at home.
Nichirin tried to come back in the top of the seventh, scoring four times as Stuart Warner, Tay Tay Davis (1 RBI), and Blake Darnell (1 RBI) all had hits in the frame before Leftwhich went to the hill and slammed the door closed to earn the save.
Darnell had two hits and scored one run, notched one RBI, stole a base, and was hit by a pitch.