A-Plus Collision sweeps Marshall Medical Center
After defeating the Elks 8-5 the previous day to claim sole possession of first place, A-Plus Collision Center (9-1) reduced their magic number to clinch the Marshall County Babe Ruth League title to one by whipping Marshall Medical Center 8-1 on Friday night in six innings.
Having won all three previous meetings between the two teams this season, APCC held a 3-1 lead through the first five innings of play before exploding for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the mercy rule into effect.
A-Plus Collision Center starting pitcher Brett McGehee and reliever Jarvis Lyttle silenced MMC's bats, as they combined to toss a one-hitter. McGehee earned the victory on the mound after yielding one run in five innings of work on one hit and three walks while recording five strikeouts. Lyttle then came in and allowed one walk over one scoreless inning.
APCC catcher Tristan Underwood also helped his pitching staff's cause by throwing out two runners on stolen base attempts.
A-Plus Collision Center, conversely, finished with seven hits overall against two Marshall Medical Center hurlers to go along with nine walks and one MMC error. Logan Bailey led APCC's offensive attack by going 2-for-2 with a walk, 3 RBI, and a run scored. McGehee tallied two hits and two runs scored as well, while Lyttle (1 RBI), Cooksey (1 RBI), and Colby Bluthardt each had one hit.
Trent Richardson singled to account for Marshall Medical Center's lone hit of the contest. MMC starting pitcher Knox Barnes suffered the loss and gave up three runs over one and a third innings on two hits and four walks. Jackson Coward then came on in relief of Barnes and yielded five runs over five innings on five hits and five walks.
A-Plus Collision Center got off to a promising start and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After McGehee singled to lead off the inning, Dominic West drew a walk and Bailey was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. McGehee then scored when Brayden Gentry hit into a 4-3 double play before West scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the second, APCC tacked on another run to open up a 3-0 advantage. Devin Aydelott and McGehee sandwiched a pair of walks around a Bluthardt single to load the bases with one out before Bailey drove in Aydelott with a RBI single.
Marshall Medical Center (2-8) finally showed some signs of life offensively in the top of the fourth and plated one run in the frame to trim the deficit to 3-1. Following a walk by Barnes, Richardson singled and Nathan Derryberry drew a walk to load the bases with one out before Barnes scored on an error while Caleb Crowell reached first on the play.
A-Plus Collision Center, however, put the game away in the bottom of the sixth by crossing home plate five times in the inning on the strength of two walks, a bloop double by McGehee, a Bailey two-run single, a RBI groundout by Gentry, an error, a Lyttle RBI groundout, and a RBI single by Cooksey to close out their 8-1 triumph.