A-Plus Collision trounces Marshall Medical Center

Friday, June 1, 2012
A-Plus Collision Center starting pitcher Brooks Leftwich tossed a three-hitter to help lead his team to a 11-2 win over Marshall Medical Center. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

A-Plus Collision Center picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday night by beating Marshall Medical Center 11-2 in five innings at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.

The game began on Tuesday evening, but was halted in the top of the fifth inning due to heavy rains with A-Plus Collision Center leading 9-1. After play resumed on Wednesday, A-Plus Collision (1-2) tacked on two more runs to open up an 11-1 advantage before coasting to the easy victory.

A-Plus Collision Center starting hurler Brooks Leftwich went the distance on the mound to pick up the win and allowed just three hits in five innings of work to go along with five strikeouts and no walks.

Marshall Medical Center's Connor Bush slides safely into second while stealing a base in the bottom of the first inning.

Marshall Medical Center's pitching staff, conversely, had trouble finding the strike zone, as three MMC hurlers combined for nine walks and three hit batsmen, while A-Plus Collision tallied seven hits overall.

Dunn Crowder and Ethan Evans both recorded two hits, a walk, and 1 RBI to lead A-Plus Collision offensively. Leftwich (2 RBI), Dallas Wright (3 RBI), and Logan Bailey each had one hit for A-Plus Collision as well.

"We played well defensively and Brooks pitched a great game. He didn't have any walks and that's the key for him because he's got good stuff," said A-Plus Collision coach Mike Bailey. "We got some timely hits too after we got runners on base. If we bring this kind of effort and determination consistently, we'll be in every ballgame."

Thomas Hawkins, Brandon Patterson (1 RBI), and Payton Hood all recorded one hit apiece for Marshall Medical Center (1-2). MMC starting pitcher Zach Gordon lasted just two-thirds of an inning and suffered the loss after yielding three runs on a hit and three walks.

"A-Plus Collision just flat played good ball. They outplayed us in every facet of the game," said Marshall Medical Center coach Mike Mills. "They pitched well and played great defense. Even though we walked some guys, they got some big hits to drive them in."

A-Plus Collision Center grabbed the momentum early by pushing across three runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead. After Brett McGeehee was hit by a pitch to start the frame, Jody Sullivan and Wright both drew walks to load the bases with two outs. McGeehee then scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 before Leftwich plated Sullivan and Wright with a two-run double.

Marshall Medical Center trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Chase Hensley, but A-Plus Collision plated two runs in the top of the third thanks to a pair of walks, a Evans RBI single, and two passed balls to open up a 5-1 advantage.

A-Plus Collision continued to pad their lead in the fourth and crossed home plate four times in the frame on the strength of a walk, two errors, a ground rule RBI double by Crowder, a Sullivan sacrifice fly, a hit batsman, a single by Evans, and a wild pitch to forge a 9-1 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, A-Plus Collision stretched their lead to 11-1 with the aid of a McGeehee walk, an infield single by Crowder, and a Wright two-run single.

Marshall Medical Center trimmed the deficit to 11-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Hawkins scored on a one-out RBI double by Patterson after leading off the frame with a double, but Leftwich retired the next two MMC batters on a strikeout and a groundout to keep the mercy rule in effect.