Nichirin rolls past A-Plus Collision Center

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Nichirin's Jay Howard slides safely into third while advancing 90 feet on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning against A-Plus Collision Center. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Nichirin (6-5, 6-4) clinched second place in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League standings by defeating A-Plus Collision Center 12-2 in four innings on Thursday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park..

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, Nichirin took advantage of numerous defensive miscues by APCC and outscored them 12-0 over the last three and a half frames to complete the sweep of the regular season series.

Nichirin finished with seven hits and two walks against A-Plus Collision Center starting pitcher Brett McGehee and reliever Jarvis Lyttle, but were also aided by two hit batsman and nine APCC errors.

Jacob Autry (2 RBI) and Madison Peete both tallied two hits to lead Nichirin at the plate, while Stuart Warner (2 RBI), Jay Howard (1 RBI), and Hunter Bradford (1 RBI) each had one hit.

Nichirin starting pitcher Josh McKnight went the distance on the mound to earn the win and limited A-Plus Collision Center to four hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.

Bryce Wunderlin (1 RBI), Ethan Evans, McGehee, and Tristan Underwood each notched one hit for APCC. McGehee was unable to overcome his team's shaky defense and suffered the loss on the mound after surrendering 12 runs, only two earned, over three and a third innings.

A-Plus Collision Center (4-7, 3-7) got off to a promising start and pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning on three hits to grab a 2-0 lead. Following a single by Evans, McGehee singled to put men on first and second with one out. Wunderlin then drove in Evans with a RBI single before McGehee scored on a RBI groundout by Logan Bailey.

A-Plus Collision Center shortstop Brayden Gentry throws out Nichirin's Tata Davis in the bottom of the first inning.

APCC's lead would quickly evaporate in the bottom of the first inning, as Nichirin tallied three runs in the frame with the help of a Peete infield single, a RBI double by Howard, a wild pitch, and four errors to seize a 3-2 advantage.

McGehee worked around a Peete infield single in the bottom of the second, but Nichirin plated two runs in the third inning thanks to a two-out walk by McKnight, an error, and a Autry RBI single to extend their lead to 5-2.

The wheels then fell off for A-Plus Collision Center in the bottom of the fourth, as Nichirin brought the mercy rule into effect by crossing home plate seven times in the frame on the strength of two hit batsman, four more APCC errors, a two-run single by Warner, and a pair of RBI singles by Autry and Bradford to cap their 12-2 triumph.