On the final night in Junior Babe Ruth, KFC tried to make it hard on KWRT to win the title.
Needing a win over KFC to win the title outright, KWRT rallied from a 7-3 deficit after 5 1/2 with five runs in the bottom-half of the sixth for a 8-7 victory.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap, CARSTAR defeated A&W by a score of 12-2.
By beating KFC in the final game, KWRT closed out the season with a record of 13-2 overall. Medical Arts, meanwhile, finished at 12-3, followed by CARSTAR at 8-7, A&W at 6-9, Imhoff’s Appliance at 5-10 and KFC at 4-11.
After playing to a 1-1 tie after one, KFC came back and tacked on three more runs in each of the second and third innings of play to go up by a score of 7-1. Unfortunately for KFC, they never scored again in the ballgame as KWRT rallied back with two in the bottom-half of the third and five again in the sixth for the victory.
Ethan Sander picked up the win on the mound for KWRT while Austin Day took the loss for KFC. Colten Bruce started the game for KWRT and pitched the first-two innings, giving up four runs on one hit and three walks while striking out one. Sander then came in and pitched five inning in relief and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 11.
For KFC, Tavious Brazil pitched the first-five innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and six walks while striking out two. Austin Day then came in and pitched two innings in relief and issued five runs on one hit and three walks.
KWRT also out-hit KFC 7-5, with Austin Hulbert going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Brady Gholson was 2-for-3 with two singles while Layne Hoff doubled and Colten Bruce and Keaton Vollrath each singled.
For KFC, Dalton Bealmer had two singles and one double while Austin Day and Joel Concannon finished the game with one single each.
In the final game last night, CARSTAR led A&W from the first inning on by pushing across two runs in the first and six again in the second to make it 8-0. Then, after A&W rallied back with one run in the top-half of the third, CARSTAR came back with two in he bottom-half of the inning to extend the lead to 10-1.
Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the fourth, A&W came back and added one in the top-half of the fifth only to have CARSTAR send two across in the bottom-half of the inning to win by the mercy rule.
Jake Esser was the winning pitcher in the game for CARSTAR while Jon Gerke took the loss for A&W.
Esser pitched the first-four innings and gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Regan Meisenheimer then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out one.
For A&W, Jon Gerke pitched 1 1/3 innings and yielded six runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one. Riley Lang then came in and pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief and surrendered four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. Meanwhile, after Quincy Banuet pitched part of the fifth and issued two hits, Charles Williams came in and pitched 1/3 inning and allowed two runs.
CARSTAR also had 12 hits in the game, with Regan Meisenheimer and Nicholas Nixon each going 3-for-4 with three singles. Jake Esser was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Arliss Caldwell added one double and Alex Wright, Garrett Gamel and J.T. Washington each with one single.
For A&W, Quincy Banuet had two singles while Neil Sanders doubled and Jady Reese and Jon Gerke each singled.
In the games on Friday, KWRT defeated Imhoff’s Appliance 16-1 while Medical Arts turned back CARSTAR 10-3.
KWRT led Imhoff’s Appliance 5-1 after one and 9-1 after two before pushing across one run in each of the third and fourth innings and five again in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
Kenan Johnson picked up the win on the mound for KWRT while Conner Pond took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance.
Johnson pitched all five innings and struck out five batters while giving up one run on three hits and four walks. Pond, meanwhile, pitched five innings and surrendered 16 runs on 17 hits and two walks while striking out four.
KWRT also had 17 hits in the ballgame, with Layne Hoff going 4-for-4 with three singles and one double.
Kenan Johnson and Isaac Lorenz each had three singles while Austin Hulbert added a single and a double, Brady Gholson with two singles, Dalton Vaughn with one double and Keaton Vollrath and Tret Loesing with one single apiece.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Makiah Waibel doubled while Lucas Gerke and Keaton Barnes each singled.
In the final game on Friday, Medical Arts led CARSTAR 6-2 after one and then plated four runs in the second to go up by a score of 10-2. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the second, CARSTAR rallied back with one run.
Josh Judd picked up the win on the mound for Medical Arts while J.T. Washington took the loss for CARSTAR. Judd pitched one inning and gave up two runs on two hits while striking out one. Brett Dillender then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on one hit.
For CARSTAR, Washington pitched 1/3 inning and issued three runs on one hi and two walks. Eli Pearcy then came in and pitched 2/3 inning and yielded four runs on three hits and three walks. Then, to finish the game, Regan Meisenheimer pitched one inning and surrendered three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two.
Medical Arts also finished the game with eight hits, with Jordan Copeland, Mark Garrison and Andrew Garrison each going 2-for-2 with two singles. Josh Judd and Evan Franklin each had one single.
For CARSTAR, Alex Wright, Garrett Gamel and Eli Pearcy each had one single.