Two games decided by a total of three runs highlighted last night’s play in Junior Babe Ruth action at Twillman Field in Harley park.
While Kentucky Fried Chicken rallied back with five runs in the final-three innings for a 7-5 victory against A&W, Medical Arts had to hold off Imhoff’s Appliance in the final inning for a 3-2 triumph.
KFC, who improved to 4-10 on the season, broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top-half of the third when Ryan Young hit a two-out single and later scored on the two-RBI double by Tavious Brazil.
However in the same inning, A&W took its turn at the plate and made the most of the opportunity by exploding for five runs in the bottom-half of the third on five walks, a RBI-single to left by Jady Reese and a two-RBI double by Neil Sanders to go up 5-2.
Unfortunately for A&W, they never scored again for the rest of the ballgame while KFC rallied back with three runs in the fifth on the two-RBI double by Dalton Bealmer and the RBI-single by Clayton Lang to tie the game at 5-all.
Of course KFC didn’t stop there. While holding A&W scoreless from the fourth inning on, KFC came back and plated one run in the sixth on the RBI-single by Dalton Bealmer and one again in the seventh on the RBI-single by Ryan Sprigg for the victory.
Austin Day picked up the win on the mound for KFC while Quincy Banuet took the loss for A&W, who dropped to 6-8 on the season. Tavious Brazil started the game and pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Day then came in and pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five.
For A&W, Jon Gerke pitched the first-three innings and surrendered two runs on two hits while striking out two. Quincy Banuet then came in and pitched two innings in relief and issued three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Riley Lang pitched two innings and yielded two runs on five hits and one walk.
Tavious Brazil awent 3-for-4 in the game for KFC with two singles and one double.
Dalton Bealmer was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Ryan Sprigg added two singles, Austin Day with one double and Clayton Lang, Morgan Browning and Ryan Young each with one single.
For A&W, Neil Sanders went 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Jon Gerke added two singles and Quincy Banuet and Jady Reese each with one single.
In the nightcap, Medical Arts got on the board first with two runs in the bottom-half of the third on back-to-back doubles by Jordan Copeland and Eric VanderLinden and a single by Josh Judd.
Meanwhile, after holding Imhoff’s Appliance for the fourth straight inning, Medical Arts came back and added another run in the bottom-half of the inning when Andrew Garrison singled to score Mark Garrison, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
Imhoff’s Appliance didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the top-half of the fifth, Imhoff’s Appliance finally got on the board with one run when Keaton Barnes hit a one-out double and scored on the RBI-single by Halden Toomsen.
Then, after both teams failed to score in the sixth inning, Imhoff’s Appliance added another run in the seventh when Jared Schupp was issued a two-out walk and later scored on a overthrow from the shortstop. Imhoff’s Appliance never got any closer to scoring after that as Medical Arts closed out the game with a ground out.
Jordan Copeland picked up the win on the mound for Medical Arts, who improved to 11-3 on the season, while Alec Viertel took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance, who fell to 5-9 overall.
Copeland pitched the first-six innings and struck out six batters while giving up one run on six hits and one walk. Josh Judd then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered one run on one walk while striking out one.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Viertel pitched the first-five innins and struck out nine batters while giving up three runs on six hits and one walk. Keaton Barnes then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters while giving up just one hit.
Medical Arts also finished the game with seven hits, with Jordan Copeland going 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Andrew Garrison was also 2-for-3 with two singles while Eric VanderLinden doubled and Josh Judd and Mark Garrison each singled.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Conner Pond went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Keaton Barnes was 1-for-3 with one double while Bryce Fuemmeler, Alec Viertel and Halden Toomsen added one single each.
Only four more games remain in Junior Babe Ruth. On Friday, July 6, KWRT will take on Imhoff’s Appliance starting at 6 p.m., followed by Medical Arts versus CARSTAR at 8.
Then, on Monday, July 9, KFC will take on KWRT starting at 6 p.m., followed by A&W versus CARSTAR at 8.