Although there is still plenty of time to make up some ground in the Junior Babe Ruth standings, CARSTAR did little to help itself Friday night in the second game against Medical Arts at Twillman field in Harley park.
While Central Realty upended Imhoff’s Appliance 7-2 in the first game to improve to 6-2, CARSTAR fell in the nightcap against Medical Arts by a score of 6-5 to drop to 4-4 on the season.
Of course KWRT, Imhoff’s Appliance and A&W are also in the running for the title.
As for the opening game between Central Realty and Imhoff’s Appliance, Central Realty never trailed and led at one point by a score of 4-0 after five. However, in the top-half of the sixth, Imhoff’s Appliance cut the lead in half with two runs to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Unfortunately for Imhoff’s Appliance, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Central Realty tacked on three more runs in the bottom-half of the sixth for the victory.
Reese Lang was the pitcher of record in the game for Central Realty while Nathan Platt took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliance. Lang pitched the first-six innings and struck out 12 batters while giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. Carson Campbell then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit while striking out two batters.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Platt pitched the first-three innings and struck out seven batters while giving up three runs on seven walks. Lane West then came in and pitched three innings in relief and surrendered four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
Of course hitting was scarce for both teams as Central Realty and Imhoff’s Appliance managed only three hits each.
Josh Chrisman had the only extra base hit in the game for Central Realty, being a triple. Chrisman also drove in one run and scored twice. Carson Campbell and Charlie Bronakowski each had one single  while Reese Lang, Carson Bell and Austin Sandbothe added one RBI each.
For Imhoff’s Appliance, Dawson Barnthouse went 1-for-3 with one single and one RBI while Colten Collyott and Hunter Wilson added one single each.
In the second game, Medical Arts took the early lead with two runs in the top-half of the first only to have CARSTAR rally back with two in the bottom-half of the second and one in the fifth to go up 3-2. Then, after Medical Arts plated another run in its half of the sixth to tie the game at 3-all, CARSTAR came back and answered with one run in the bottom-half of the inning to make it 4-3.
The seventh inning was also back and forth with Medical Arts putting up two runs to go ahead 5-4 only to have CARSTAR rally with one in its half of the inning to tie the game at 5-all. Meanwhile, in the eighth inning, Medical Arts rallied with two outs when Axton Neese reached on a single to center and later scored on an error on the ground ball by Josh Polk to make it 6-5. Then, in CARSTAR’s half of the inning, Medical Arts retired the side to end the game.
Polk also picked up the win in relief for Medical Arts while Kealin Vinson took the loss for CARSTAR. Neese started the game for MA and pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out nine. Polk then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five batters.
For CARSTAR, Meisenheimer pitched the first-six innings and struck out 12 batters while giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Vinson then came in and pitched two innings and yielded three runs on two hits while striking out one.
Polk also led the hitting attack for MA with two hits, one being a triple. Memphis Waibel, Axton Neese and Bryce Harris each had one single.
For CARSTAR, Bailey Quint went 2-for-4 with one single, one double and one RBI. Robert Saunders finished the game with two singles and one RBI while Brock Nowlin and Bo Vinson added one single and one RBI each and Cole Meisenheimer and Kealin Vinson each with one single.