Although it wasn’t pretty defensively by either team, KFC did just enough against Imhoff’s Appliance Friday night in the first game in Junior Babe Ruth to pull off a 10-9 victory.
As for the nightcap, CARSTAR broke a 5-5 tie after two by outscoring A&W 9-2 for the rest of the game for a 14-7 triumph.
KFC, improving to 3-8 on the season, couldn’t have started any better by exploding for five runs in the bottom-half of the first on one walk, four errors and two hits to go up 5-0.
But it gets better. After holding Imhoff’s Appliance scoreless again in its half of the second, KFC came back and plated three more runs in the bottom-half of the inning on three straight singles by Dalton Bealmer, Austin Day and Ryan Sprigg to extend the lead to 8-0.
Then, after a scoreless third inning by both teams, Imhoff’s Appliance started to make its comeback with one in the fourth, three again in the fifth on three walks and singles by Halden Toomsen and Makiah Waibel and four in the sixth on two walks, singles each by Alec Viertel and Lucas Gerke, two RBIs by Toomsen and a RBI by Bryce Fuemmeler to tie the game at 8-all.
But even that was short-lived as KFC rallied back with one run in the bottom-half of the sixth when Clayton Lang hit a one-out single and scored on the RBI-single by Justin Masterson to make it 9-8.
But wait a minute. In the very next inning, Imhoff’s Appliance struck again with one run to tie the game at 9-all on one walk, three errors and a RBI-single by Toomsen.
Unfortunately for Imhoff’s Appliance, KFC had the last at-bat and that proved to be the difference in the bottom-half of the seventh as KFC scored the winning run on a lead off walk to Austin Doyle and a RBI-double by Tavious Brazil.
Dalton Hodge picked up the win on the mound for KFC while Bryce Fuemmeler took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance, who dropped to 2-8 on the season. Brazil started the game for KFC and struck out six batters while giving up eight runs on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Hodge then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out one.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Fuemmeler pitched all seven innings and gave up 10 runs on 13 hits and four walks while striking out nine.
KFC also out-hit Imhoff’s Appliance 13-7, with Tavious Brazil adding a single, double and one RBI.
Clayton Lang had two singles and two RBIs while Austin Day and Justin Masterson had two singles and one RBI, Dalton Bealmer with two singles, Ryan Sprigg, Morgan Browning and Joel Concannon each with one single and Austin Doyle with one RBI.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Halden Toomsen had two singles and three RBIs while Bryce Fuemmeler added one single and one RBI and Josh Dalton, Makiah Waibel, Alec Viertel and Lucas Gerke each with one single.
In the nightcap, CARSTAR and A&W battled to a 3-3 tie after one and a 5-5 score after two. However, in the top-half of the third, CARSTAR broke the game wide open by exploding for six runs on three errors, a single by Garrett Gamel, a three-RBI triple by Alex Twenter, a single by Nicholas Nixon and a RBI-triple by J.T. Washington to go up 11-5.
Then, after A&W added another run in the bottom-half of the fourth, CARSTAR came back and tacked on three more in the fifth on four walks, one error, a single by Jake Esser and a RBI-single by Alex Twenter to extend the lead to 14-6.
Meanwhile, in the sixth, A&W sent one run across on two walks and a single by Jady Reese to closeout the scoring.
Jake Esser was the pitcher of record in the game for CARSTAR, 5-6 on the season, while Riley Lang took the loss for A&W, who dropped to 4-7 overall. Esser pitched the first-four innings and gave up six runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out six. Alex Wright then came in and pitched one-plus inning and issued one run on two hits and three walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Alex Twenter pitched one inning and struck out two batters.
For A&W, Lang pitched four-plus innings and yielded 13 runs on 12 hits and one walk while striking out two. John Gerke then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings and surrendered one run on one hit and four walks. Then, to finish the game, Neil Sanders pitched 2/3 inning and struck out one batter.
CARSTAR also finished the game with 13 hits, with Alex Twenter adding three singles, one triple and five RBIs.
J.T. Washington had a double, triple and two RBIs while Jake Esser added a single, triple and one RBI, Garrett Gamel with two singles and one RBI, Alex Wright with a RBI-double, Arliss Caldwell with a RBI-single and Nicholas Nixon with one single.
For A&W, Riley Lang had three singles and one RBI while Jady Reese added two singles and two RBIs, Braydon Johnson with a two-RBI single and Neil Sanders with one single.