A-Plus Collision clips Chapel Hill Farm Center
A-Plus Collision Center (6-5) moved within one game of second place Chapel Hill Farm Center (7-4) when they beat CHFC 6-2 on Monday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.
Having defeated Chapel Hill Farm Center 8-7 in their last encounter four days earlier, A-Plus Collision Center held a tenuous 2-1 lead through the first four innings of Monday's contest before outscoring CHFC 4-1 over the final three frames to pull away for the four-run victory.
APCC starting hurler Brooks Leftwich turned in a gritty effort on the mound and pitched all seven innings to earn his third win of the year, as he racked up 10 strikeouts and allowed five hits and four walks during that span.
Bolstered by their late offensive surge, A-Plus Collision Center finished with eight hits and four walks against Chapel Hill Farm Center starting pitcher Tanner Garvin and reliever Landon Jones.
Shortstop Dunn Crowder went 2-for-2 with a walk, a triple, 1 RBI, and a run scored to lead APCC at the plate, while Logan Bailey, Dallas Wright (1 RBI), Jody Sullivan (1 RBI), Ethan Evans, Tristan Underwood (1 RBI), and Zach Smith (2 RBI) each tallied one hit.
Despite recording eight strikeouts in four innings of work, Garvin suffered the loss on the mound after yielding two runs on three hits and a walk.
Jones had two hits and scored a run to pace CHFC offensively, while Boone Sweeney, Clay Watson and Jake Simpson each had one hit with Watson driving in one run.
Both teams failed to score through the first three innings of play before A-Plus Collision Center broke the deadlock in the top of the fourth by pushing across two runs on two hits and a walk to grab a 2-0 lead. Following a leadoff walk by Brett McGehee, Crowder belted a RBI triple to right field prior to coming home on a Sullivan RBI single.
Chapel Hill Farm Center narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Jones scored on a sacrifice fly by Garvin after leading off the frame with a single and advancing to third on a APCC error.
A-Plus Collision Center mounted an immediate response and stretched their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth on an Underwood RBI single before tallying a run in the sixth inning with the help of a leadoff single by Bailey, a Crowder walk, and RBI single by Wright to open up a 4-1 advantage.
After CHFC trimmed the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth thanks to two-out RBI single by Watson, A-Plus Collision Center crossed home plate twice in the top of the seventh on the strength of a Evans double, a walk by Bryce Wunderlin, an Underwood sacrifice bunt, and a two-run single by Smith to forge a 6-2 lead.
Chapel Hill Farm Center managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after loading the bases with two outs on a pair of singles by Jones and Sweeney and a Garvin walk, but Leftwich bore down and retired the next CHFC batter on a fielder's choice to end the game.