A-Plus Collision defeats Marshall Medical Center
After watching the Elks win earlier in the evening, A-Plus Collision Center (6-1) kept pace with their fellow Marshall County Babe Ruth League co-leader by defeating a mistake prone Marshall Medical Center squad 8-5 in six innings on Monday night.
APCC held a 4-2 lead through the first five innings of play before breaking the game open by plating four runs in the top of the sixth to forge an 8-2 advantage.
Although Marshall Medical Center (1-6) tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth to whittle the deficit to 8-5, they would not get another chance to pull any closer, as the game was called at the end of the inning due to time constraints.
A-Plus Collision Center finished with eight hits and five walks against MMC starting pitcher Trent Richardson, but were also aided by eight Marshall Medical Center errors, which contributed to five of their eight runs.
Starting hurler Brayden Gentry and Raymond Cooksey both tallied two hits and a RBI to lead APCC's offensive attack, while Jarvis Lyttle (1 RBI), Colby Bluthardt (1 RBI), Brett McGehee, and Dominic West each had one hit.
Gentry also turned in a solid effort on the mound and picked up his third win of the year after allowing two runs in five innings of work on four hits and four walks to go along eight strikeouts. Tristan Underwood then came on in relief of Gentry and yielded three unearned runs in one inning on two walks.
Thomas Hawkins tripled to account for MMC's lone extra base hit of the game, while Trent Richardson (2 RBI), Caleb Crowell, and Jackson Coward all singled.
Both teams left a man in scoring position in the first inning before A-Plus Collision Center pushed across a run in the top of the second to grab a 1-0 lead. After Lyttle reached on an error, Cooksey singled and West drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Bluthardt then drove in Lyttle by serving a RBI bloop single into left field.
In the top of the third, APCC plated two more runs to stretch their lead to 3-0. Following a leadoff walk by Logan Bailey, Lyttle cranked a two-out RBI triple to deep centerfield before coming home on a RBI single by Cooksey.
A-Plus Collision Center opened up a 4-0 advantage in the top of the fifth when Gentry scored on a throwing error by MMC's catcher after drawing a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch, and stealing third.
Marshall Medical Center put a dent in APCC's lead in the bottom of the fifth by notching two runs in the frame to cut the deficit to 4-2. After Caleb Darnell and Knox Barnes sandwiched a pair of walks around a double by Coward to load the bases with one out, Richardson lined a two-run single into right center field.
MMC's defense, though, let them down again in the top of the sixth, as A-Plus Collision Center crossed home plate four times in the frame with the help of a McGehee single, a walk by Bailey, a Gentry RBI single, a hit batsman, and three errors to forge an 8-2 lead.
Marshall Center then scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a couple of walks from Grayson Whaley and Darnell, a three-base error by APCC's left fielder, and a wild pitch for the 8-5 final.