A&W kept pace with CARSTAR in Junior Babe Ruth action last night at Twillman field in Harley park by turning back Imhoff Appliances 9-4.
While improving to 11-2 with the win over Imhoff Appliances, A&W remains in a tie for first place with CARSTAR at 11-2 overall.
Of course the A&W-Imhoff Appliance game wasn’t the only game on tap last night. In the nightcap, KFC scored four runs in each of the first-three innings to beat Medical Arts 17-1.
Although A&W wound up winning by five runs, it was Imhoff Appliances with the early lead after pushing across two runs in the top-half of the first when Jacob Twenter doubled and then moved to third on the single by Makiah Waibel before scoring on the RBI-single by Conner Pond. Lucas Gerke then singled to score Waibel to make it 2-0.
Of course it didn’t take the long for A&W to get the runs back. After failing to score in its half of the first, A&W came back with two runs in the bottom-half of the second to tie the game on the two-RBI single by Preston Renfrow that scored both Austin Andrews and Braydon Johnson.
But even that was short-lived as Imhoff Appliances plated another run in the third on the RBI-single by Samuel Wiser. A&W, meanwhile, answered with a run in its half of the inning on an RBI-single by Braydon Johnson to tie the game at 3-all.
Unfortunately for Imhoff Appliances, they never got any closer in the ballgame as A&W came back and added three more runs in the fourth on  on a RBI-single by Riley Lang to go up 6-3. Then, after a scoreless fifth, A&W plated three more runs on the two-RBI double by Jonathan Gerke and a RBI-single by Johnson to make it 9-3.
One run in the seventh helped Imhoff Appliances close its deficit to 9-4 when Makiah Waibel stole home.
Austin Andrews picked up the win on the mound for A&W by pitching three innings in relief of starter Riley Lang. Lang pitched the first-three innings and struck out four batters while giving up three runs on seven hits. Andrews, meanwhile, held Imhoff Appliances in-check through three innings of play while giving up only two hits and striking out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Jonathan Gerke pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit while striking out two.
Conner Pond took the loss on the hill for Imhoff Appliances by surrendering nine runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks while striking out nine batters in six innings.
Despite being out-hit by Imhoff Appliances 10-9, A&W was led by Jady Reese with two doubles and one RBI. Reese also scored two times in the game.
Braydon Johnson also had two hits, both of which went for singles, along with two RBIs and one run scored. Jonathan Gerke went 1-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run scored while Preston Renfrow added a single and two RBIs, Riley Lang with a RBI-single and Austin Andrews and Jared Bledsoe each with one single.
For Imhoff Appliances, who dropped to 3-10 on the season, Jacob Twenter went 2-for-3 with a single, double and one run scored.
Lucas Gerke also had two hits with two singles and one RBI while Makiah Waibel added two singles and scored two runs. Josh Dalton also doubled in the game while Conner Pond and Samuel Wiser each had a RBI-single and Bryce Fuemmeler with one single.
In the second game, KFC jumped all over Medical Arts with 12 runs in the first-three innings to leave little doubt about the eventual outcome.
In the first inning alone, KFC got a RBI-triple by Kole Ficken, RBI-singles each from Tavious Brazil and Brady Rentel and a walk by Lance Quinlan to go up 4-0.
Then, after Medical Arts plated one run in the bottom-half of the first, KFC came back with four more runs in the second on a RBI-single by Morgan Browning and a two RBI-single by Joel Concannon to make it 8-1.
KFC later tacked on four more runs in the third, three again in the fourth and two in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
In all, KFC pounded Medical Arts pitching for 15 hits, with five different players collecting two hits or more.
Kole Ficken was almost perfect on the evening for KFC, going 4-for-5 with one single, two doubles, one triple and three RBIs. Ficken also scored four runs.
Tavious Brazil was 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI while scoring three runs. Dalton Bealmer had two singles and three RBIs while scoring two runs. Brady Rentel had two singles, two RBIs and scored two runs while Morgan Browning added two singles, two RBIs and scored one run. Joel Concannon finished the game with one single and three RBIs while Ryan Sprigg added a single and scored three runs, Lance Quinlan with one RBI and Kyle Chrisman and Justin Masterson each with one run scored.
Brady Rentel lasted four innings for KFC to pick up the victory and allowed just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Dalton Bealmer then came in and pitched one inning in relief and walked one while striking out one.
For Medical Arts, Brantley Edwards took the loss and surrendered eight runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two batters in 1 1/3 innings. Andrew Garrison then came in and pitched  3 2/3 innings and issued nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out five.
Medical Arts also had just five hits in the ballgame, with Evan Franklin going 1-for-3 with a RBI-single. Hunter Edwards, Sage Butler, Chad Northern and Tyler Polk also singled in the game.