A&W and CARSTAR both had something in common last night in Junior Babe Ruth action at Twillman Field in Harley park.
Aside from out-hitting their opponents, A&W and CARSTAR also won by four runs or more. A&W defeated Imhoff’s Appliance 8-3 while CARSTAR turned back KFC by a score of 10-6.
A&W, improving to 5-7 on the season, never trailed in the game against Imhoff’s Appliance and led 4-1 after two and 8-1 after five before giving up one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings of play.
Jon Gerke picked up the win on the mound for A&W while Keaton Barnes took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance, who dropped to 2-9 on the season. Gerke pitched all seven innings for A&W and struck out eight batters while giving up three runs on five hits and eight walks. Barnes, meanwhile, pitched the first-two innings for Imhoff’s Appliance and gave up four runs on two hits and four walks while striking out two. Conner Pond then came in and pitched five innings in relief and allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five.
A&W also had six hits in the ballgame, with Jady Reese going 1-for-4 with a double while Riley Lang, Neil Sanders, Jared Bledsoe, Trent Monk and Wyatt Grizzle each had one single.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Bryce Fuemmeler went 2-for-4 with two singles while Lucas Gerke tripled and Makiah Waibel and Keaton Barnes each doubled.
In the nightcap, KFC opened with an early lead against CARSTAR after pushing across two runs in the bottom-half of the first. Meanwhile, after CARSTAR rallied back with two runs in the top-half of the second to tie the game at 2-all, KFC came back and sent one run across in the bottom-half of the third to go up 3-2.
But even that was short-lived as CARSTAR sent two runs in the top-half of the fourth to make it 4-3 only to have KFC rally back with three runs in the bottom-half of the inning to go ahead by a score of 6-4.
Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the fifth inning, CARSTAR came back and broke the game wide open in the top-half of the sixth by exploding for six runs for the victory.
Jake Esser picked up the win on the mound for CARSTAR, 6-6 on the season, while Dalton Hodge took the loss for KFC, who dropped to 3-9. Esser pitched the first-three innings and struck out five batters while giving up three runs on four hits and one walk. Hodge, meanwhile, pitched part of the sixth and allowed three runs on two hits and three walks.
Regan Meisenheimer doubled in the game for CARSTAR while Alex Wright, Jake Esser, Eli Pearcy, Arliss Caldwell and J.T. Washington each singled.
For KFC, Ryan Sprigg had two singles while Tavious Brazil, Dalton Bealmer and Joel Concannon each had one single.