Nichirin shuts down A-Plus bats in 7-3 win
Nichirin ace Logan McKnight shut down a struggling A-Plus Tuesday night, tossing 3.1 innings of one-hit ball in a 7-3 win at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field in Lewisburg.
McKnight struck out six and walked three A-Plus batters and the lone base knock he surrendered came on an Ethan Hollis fourth inning double with one out.
Daniel Sellars picked up the save on the mound with 2.1 innings of shutout baseball and Sellars also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Aaron Gann, James Hery, and Bradden Hickman all added one hit apiece for Nichirin.
Nichirin scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a Sellars RBI single that scored Hery.
McKnight tallied the second run when he was hit by a pitch and went to second on Sellars’ hit before scoring on a pair of passed balls.
Hollis reached on an error to lead off the top of the second inning and eventually came around to score on a Matthew Goodman RBI groundout for an unearned run.
Nichirin put up a three-spot in the bottom second inning as Luna led off by getting hit by a pitch before scoring on singles by Hickman and Hery.
Hickman scored on a J.W. Beasley fielder’s choice RBI and Hery stole home to make it a 5-1 contest.
A-Plus did not score again off McKnight until the fourth inning on Hollis’ RBI double and a fielder’s choice RBI by Colton Cashion.
Nichirin added a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning before Sellars ended the contest by striking out the side in order.
A-Plus 010 20X X-3 1 2
Nichirin 230 020X X-7 5 3
A-Plus: Ethan Hollis 1-for-2.
RS: Hollis 2, Blake Moreland.
2B: Ethan Hollis
RBI: Colton Cashion, Matthew Goodman, Hollis.
ROE: Hollis, Ethan Spivey.
SB: Mooreland, Spivey.
Team LOB: 0
E: Alex Hillard, Luke Terry.
DP: Cashion, Hillard.
LP: Matthew Goodman (3.2IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3K, 6BB), John Martin (0.1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 0K, 0BB), Blake Mooreland (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB).
Nichirin: Daniel Sellars 2-for-3, Aaron Gann 1-for-3, James Hery 1-for-2, Bradden Hickman 1-for-2.
RS: Hery 2, Logan McKnight 2, J.W. Beasley, Hayden Luna, Hickman.
BB: McKnight 2, Christopher Osborne 2, Beasley, Luna.
RBI: Hery, Beasley.
HBP: Luna, Hery, McKnight.
SB: Gann 2, Hery 2, Beasley 2, McKnight.
Team LOB: 4
E: Luna, McKnight, Osborne.
WP: Logan McKnight (3.2 IP, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 6K, 1BB).
Save: Daniel Sellars (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 0BB).