Nichirin cruises past A-Plus Collision Center
Nichirin ran its record to 2-0 on the young season by defeating A-Plus Collision Center 8-2 on Thursday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.
Coming off a hard fought 3-2 extra inning victory over Marshall Medical Center the previous night, Nichirin carried that momentum into Wednesday's contest and jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first four innings of play.
A-Plus Collision trimmed the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning, but Nichirin put the game out of reach by crossing home plate three times in the bottom of the sixth to pull away for the six-run victory.
Starting pitcher Stuart Warner spearheaded Nichirin's 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a double and 1 RBI, while Cameron Isley went 2-for-2 with two walks, 1 RBI, and a run scored. Hunter Talley (3 RBI), David Looney (2 RBI), Connor Mealer, Josh McKnight, Tata Davis, and Hunter Bradford each had one hit for Nichirin as well.
A-Plus Collision, meanwhile, made their pitching staff's task tougher by committing four errors, which contributed to six of Nichirin's eight runs.
Warner also turned in a solid performance on the mound and picked up the victory after allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings while racking up nine strikeouts. Isley came on in relief of Warner in the sixth and yielded two walks in two scoreless innings of work to go along with four strikeouts.
Shortstop Dunn Crowder went 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI to pace A-Plus Collision at the plate, while Brett McGeehee added a single.
A-Plus starting hurler Brooks Leftwich suffered the loss after giving up five runs, only one earned, over four innings on five hits and four walks to go along with five strikeouts. Caleb Cashion also saw time on the mound for A-Plus Collision and yielded three runs on six hits and a walk in two innings of work.
Nichirin grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Talley scored on a RBI double by Looney after drawing a one-out walk, stealing second, and advancing to third on a A-Plus Collision throwing error.
In the third inning, Nichirin opened up a 3-0 advantage by pushing across two runs in the frame thanks to a error, an Isley RBI single, and a bloop RBI double by Warner.
Nichirin continued to pad their lead in the fourth and crossed home plate two more times in the frame with the help of a McKnight single, an error, a walk by Jay Howard, and a Talley two-run double to make it 5-0.
A-Plus Collision finally got on the board in the top of the fifth and narrowed the gap to 5-2 on the strength of a Bryce Wunderlin walk, a hit batsman, and a two-run double by Crowder.
Nichirin then delivered the knockout blow in the bottom of the sixth by tallying three runs in the frame on a pair of singles by Davis and Bradford, an error, a Talley RBI groundout and a RBI fielder's choice by Looney to cap their 8-2 victory.