Wright on target as A-Plus survives scare
A-Plus Collision Center survived an early scare from winless Irving Materials Incorporated (IMI) on Thursday night at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field as they fell behind 2-1 before pulling away for a 9-2 five-inning win.
Dallas Wright was right on target for the body shop guys, going the distance on the hill in a two-hit, no walk, two-strikeout performance.
Wright set down IMI 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning and then watched as Brett McGehee led off the home half of the inning with a base hit to left field.
McGehee stole second and scored two batters later when Wright helped his own cause, drilling a two-out RBI double to center.
IMI starting pitcher Jordan Jent reached on a leadoff error in the top of the second and Jonathan Lykins followed with a single to right field.
Jent would come around on an A-Plus error and Lykins would score on another dent in the infield armor to put IMI up 2-1.
Ethan Evans drilled a one-out single in the bottom of the frame and would steal second before being nailed at third on a nice play by IMI shortstop Brayden Gentry.
A Zach Smith base hit sent Bryce Wunderlin to second and McGehee singled again to load the sacks full of A-Plus runners.
Wunderlin would score from third to tie the game on an IMI error before Jent retired the next batter on a line drive to Gentry to end the inning.
Wright was getting stronger as the game went on as he retired the material boys 1-2-3 on a pop-up to Dunn Crowder at short and two ground balls to Wunderlin at the hot corner.
A-Plus tacked on three runs in the bottom of the inning on just two hits as they were helped out by three IMI errors.
Jody Sullivan had a three-bagger in the inning and Evans helped out with an RBI base knock.
In the fourth, Lykins recorded his second hit of the night with one out, but that would be the last base runner Wright would allow in the ballgame.
A two-run single by Wunderlin and an RBI base hit by Smith made it 8-2 in the fourth and the A-Plus crew plated another unearned run in the last inning for the 9-2 final.
McGehee, Wright, Evans and Smith all had two hits in the game, while Sullivan, Wunderlin and Brooks Leftwich had one base hit apiece.
Lykins had the only two base hits for IMI in the contest.