A-Plus Collision Center plows through Nichirin

Friday, June 6, 2014
A-Plus Collision Center second baseman Colby Bluthardt throws out Nichirin's Denver Kelly at first base to complete a 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the second inning. Photos by Louis Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday evening, A-Plus Collision Center (7-1) defeated Nichirin (1-7) for the third time this season when they rolled to a 12-1 victory in four innings to remain in a tie for first place with the Elks in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League Standings.

Bolstered by six-run fourth inning, APCC finished with nine hits and five walks against Nichirin starting hurler Hunter Bradford and reliever Quinten Martinez. Nichirin's defense also did their pitching staff no favors by committing five errors, which led to six of A-Plus Collision Center's 12 runs.

Brayden Gentry spearheaded APCC's offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and three runs scored to raise his batting average to .545 for the season. Dominic West also added two hits and two runs scored for A-Plus Collision Center, while Logan Bailey (1 RBI), Tristan Underwood (1 RBI), Jarmaria Ridley (1 RBI), and starting pitcher Brett McGehee each had one hit.

McGehee turned in a strong performance on the mound as well and tossed a one-hitter to pick up his fourth win of the year while issuing four walks and recording five strikeouts. APCC did commit two errors, but offset those miscues by turning two double plays.

Nichirin starting hurler Hunter Bradford delivers a pitch to home plate in the top of the second inning against A-Plus Collision Center.

Hunter Haurez singled to account for Nichirin's lone hit of the contest. Bradford suffered the loss on the mound and allowed eight hits and five walks in three and a third innings of work.

A-Plus Collision Center pounced on Nichirin early and pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a leadoff single by McGehee, a Gentry single, three errors, and a RBI single by Underwood to take a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the third, APCC doubled their lead by plating three more runs in the frame to open up a 6-0 advantage. West singled to lead off the inning before Bailey drew a walk. After Gentry drove in West with a RBI single, Bailey also scored on the play when the left fielder allowed the ball to roll past him while Gentry advanced to third. Underwood was then hit by a pitch and stole second before Gentry came home on a RBI groundout by Jarvis Lyttle.

Things went from bad to worse for Nichirin in the top of the fourth, as A-Plus Collision Center crossed home plate six times in the inning on the strength of an error, four wild pitches, a West infield single, a RBI triple by Bailey, a Gentry RBI single, two walks, a sacrifice fly by Raymond Cooksey, and a Ridley RBI single to forge a 12-0 lead.

Nichirin managed to spoil APCC's shutout bid in the bottom of the fourth when Denver Kelly drew a one-out bases loaded walk, but McGehee retired the next two batters on an infield popup and a strikeout to keep the mercy rule in effect.