Elks pound A-Plus Collision Center
On Tuesday night, the Elks (5-1) showed that they aren't going to relinquish their crown without a fight, as the defending champs whipped a previously undefeated A-Plus Collision Center squad 12-4 in six innings to move into a tie for first place in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League standings.
APCC (5-1) actually finished with a 7-5 advantage in hits, but committed six costly errors, which led to nine of the Elks' 12 runs. Will Johnson led the Elks at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and three runs scored, while Jay Lyons (3 RBI), Gage Anderson (1 RBI), and Nathan Thomason each had one hit.
Elks starting pitcher Austin Wood went the distance on the mound to earn the victory and allowed four unearned runs in six innings of work to go along with six strikeouts.
Dominic West (2 RBI) and Brett McGehee both tallied two hits to pace A-Plus Collision Center offensively, while Logan Bailey (1 RBI), starting pitcher Brayden Gentry, and Tristan Underwood notched one hit apiece.
Despite recording eight strikeouts over four and a third innings, Gentry suffered the loss after yielding nine runs, only two earned, on four hits and four walks.
APCC left a man in scoring position in each of the first two innings but pushed across a run in the top of the third to grab a 1-0 lead. After singling with one out, McGehee advanced to third on a single by West before scoring on a throwing error during the play.
The Elks quickly erased the deficit and crossed home plate five times in the bottom of the third with the help of two walks, two errors, a hit batsman, and a three-run double by Lyons to seize a 5-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Elks stretched their lead to 6-1 when Wood scampered home on a passed ball after drawing a two-out walk and stealing second and third base.
A-Plus Collision Center put a dent in the Elks lead by plating three runs in the top of the fifth to slice the deficit to 6-4. Raymond Cooksey reached second base on an error to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a two-out infield single by McGehee. After McGehee stole second, West laced a two-run double into the right centerfield gap prior to coming home on a RBI bloop single by Bailey.
The Elks mounted an immediate response and tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth to forge a 9-4 advantage. Johnson singled and stole second before Thomason drew a walk and Jay Lyons reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. After Johnson scored on a passed ball, Anderson drove in Thomason with a RBI infield single to make it 8-4. Lyons then came home on an errant pickoff throw a few moments later to cap the scoring in the inning.
Wood worked around a leadoff single by Underwood in the top of the sixth with the aid of a 4-6-3 double play before the Elks brought the mercy rule into effect by notching three more runs in the bottom half of the frame behind two walks, a Johnson RBI double, a hit batsman, and a APCC throwing error to cap their 12-4 triumph.