Two things happened last night in the first game in Junior Babe Ruth action at Twillman Field in Harley park.
Matching the two best teams in the league in KWRT and Medical Arts, something had to give in order for Medical Arts to force a first place tie.
However after playing to a 2-2 tie for the first-four innings, KWRT grabbed any momentum they could in the final-three innings by outscoring Medical Arts 4-0 for a 6-2 victory.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap, CARSTAR rallied from a 2-1 deficit after 3 1/3 by outscoring Imhoff’s Appliance 7-1 the rest of the way en route to a 8-3 victory.
KWRT, improving to 10-1 on the season, led off the game with one run in the top-half of the first when Austin Hulbert led off the inning with a single and later scored on a sacrifice by Isaac Lorenz.
However, in the same inning, Medical Arts answered KWRT’s run plus one on two walks and a two-run home run by Eric VanderLinden to go up 2-1.
Of course with six innings left to play, the game was just getting started at that point as KWRT rallied back with one run in the second on doubles each by Keaton Vollrath and Austin Hulbert to tie the game at 2-all.
Pitching took over for the next-two innings with both teams putting up goose eggs in the third and fourth. Meanwhile, in the fifth inning, KWRT took the lead for good by sending two more runs across on the RBI-double by Kenan Johnson to score Ethan Sander, who led off the inning with a walk. Keaton Vollrath then hit into a groundout to score Johnson for the second run to make it 4-2.
KWRT never looked back from that point on in the ballgame while adding two more runs in the sixth on a triple to center by Austin Hulbert, a RBI-single by Isaac Lorenz and a sacrifice by Ethan Sander.
Kenan Johnson also picked up the win on the mound for KWRT while Josh Judd took the loss for Medical Arts, who dropped to 9-3 on the season. Ethan Sander started the game for KWRT and pitched 1/3 inning, giving up two runs on one hit and one walk. Johnson then came in and relieved Sander and tossed 6 2/3 innings and struck out six batters while giving up just four hits and three walks.
For Medical Arts, Judd pitched the first-six innings and gave up six runs on 12 hits and five walks while striking out four. Jordan Copeland then came in and pitched one inning in relief and walked one while striking out one.
KWRT also out-hit Medical Arts 12-5, with Austin Hulbert going 4-for-5 with one single, two doubles and one triple.
Page 2 of 3 - Kenan Johnson was 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and one RBI while Isaac Lorenz had a single, double and one RBI, Keaton Vollrath with a double and one RBI on a sacrifice, Brady Gholson with one double, Layne Hoff with one single and Ethan Sander with a RBI on a sacrifice.
For Medical Arts, Eric VanderLinden went 2-for-4 with a single and a home run while Josh Judd and Jordan Copeland each doubled and Austin Henderson singled.
In the nightcap, CARSTAR opened the game with one run in the bottom-half of the first on the lone single by Bryce Fuemmeler only to have Imhoff’s Appliance rally back with one in the second on back-to-back singles by Alec Viertel and Conner Pond and a single by Clemence Twenter.
Of course Imhoff’s Appliance didn’t stop there. After holding CARSTAR scoreless in its half of the second, Imhoff’s Appliance added another run in the third on two walks and a RBI-single by Jacob Twenter to make it 2-1.
Unfortunately for Imhoff’s Appliance, they never led again after that as CARSTAR rallied back with two runs in the fourth on a single by Regan Meisenheimer, a double by Nicholas Nixon, a two-RBI single by Arliss Caldwell and a double by J.T. Washington to go up 3-2. Meanwhile, after holding Imhoff’s Appliance scoreless in its half of the fifth, CARSTAR came back and tacked on four more runs in the bottom-half of the inning on two hit batters, a RBI-single by Garrett Gamel, a home run by Alex Twenter and a double by Brady Yates to extend the lead to 7-2.
Imhoff’s Appliance didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the top-half of the sixth, Imhoff’s Appliance rallied back with one run on the solo home run by Alec Viertel.
CARSTAR then came back and answered with one run in the bottom-half of the inning on three straight singles by Alex Wright, Jake Esser and Garrett Gamel and a RBI-single by Alex Twenter.
Regan Meisenheimer picked up the complete-game victory for CARSTAR, 7-6 on the season, while Bryce Fuemmeler took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance, who dropped to 5-8 overall.
In seven innings, Meisenheimer struck out 11 batters and gave up two runs on nine hit and two walks. Fuemmeler, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for Imhoff’s Appliance and surrendered eight runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out five.
CARSTAR also finished the game with 13 hits, with Alex Twenter going 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and two RBIs.
Garrett Gamel was 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI while Alex Wright also had two singles, Nicholas Nixon, J.T. Washington and Brady Yates each with one double, Arliss Caldwell with a two-RBI-single and Regan Meisenheimer and Jake Esser each with one single.
Page 3 of 3 - For Imhoff’s Appliance, Alec Viertel went 3-for-3 with two singles and a home run while Keaton Barnes added a single and a double, Conner Pond and Jacob Twenter each with a RBI-single and Clemence Twenter and Josh Dalton with one single each.