A-Plus Collision Center tops Nichirin

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A-Plus Collision Center's Brayden Gentry rounds third base while scoring on a RBI single by Tristan Underwood in the bottom of the first inning against Nichirin. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

A-Plus Collision Center ran their record to 5-0 by defeating Nichirin 5-2 on Monday night in six innings at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park to remain in first place in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League standings.

After APCC built a 5-0 lead through the first four innings of play, Nichirin (0-5) narrowed the gap to 5-2 in the top of the sixth before the game's time limit expired in the bottom half of the frame.

A few breaks

Although A-Plus Collision Center mustered just five hits and struck out 10 times overall, they took advantage nine walks and two Nichirin errors. Brayden Gentry went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored to lead APCC offensively. Tristan Underwood (2 RBI), starting pitcher Brett McGehee, and Colby Bluthardt each had one hit for A-Plus Collision Center as well.

McGehee also turned in a solid performance on the mound to pick up his third win of the year and racked up 12 strikeouts in six innings of work while allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks.

Denver Kelly did the most damage at the plate for Nichirin by going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Jacob Autry notched two hits as well, while Hunter Bradford, Quintin Martinez, and Camryn Ruiz each had one hit.

Nichirin's Hunter Haurez delivers a pitch to home plate in the bottom of the first inning against A-Plus Collision Center.

Nichirin starting pitcher Hunter Haurez suffered the loss after yielding four runs over three innings on two hits and five walks to go along with five strikeouts. Bradford then came on in relief of Haurez and gave up one run over two and two-third innings on three hits and four walks while tallying five strikeouts.

Early lead

A-Plus Collision Center grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Gentry raced home on a RBI single by Underwood after drawing a two-out walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the second, APCC plated another run to open up a 2-0 advantage. After Jamaria Ridley and Bluthardt both drew two-out walks, Ridley stole third base prior to scoring on a Nichirin error.

Nichirin left a man at second in the top of the third before A-Plus Collision Center pushed across two more runs in the bottom half of the frame on the strength of a Logan Bailey walk, two wild pitches, a RBI single by Gentry, an error, and a balk to stretch their lead to 4-0.

APCC then tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a bases loaded walk by Underwood to forge a 5-0 advantage.

No shutout

Nichirin left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, but spoiled McGehee's shutout bid by scoring two runs in the sixth inning to whittle the deficit to 5-2. Following a bloop single by Autry, courtesy runner Zach Eason advanced to second on a single by Bradford. Both runners then moved up 90 feet on a groundout by Laramie Plott before Kelly laced a two-run single into right centerfield.

Nichirin wouldn't get another chance to pull any closer, as the game was called due to time restraints in the bottom of the sixth after A-Plus Collision Center put runners on first and third with two outs thanks to a Bailey walk and a single by Brayden Gentry.