Central Realty pitcher Carson Campbell proved to be Fayette’s worst nightmare Friday night in Junior Babe Ruth action at Twillman field in Harley park.
With the first place Central Realty team playing last place Fayette in JBR, Campbell showed little mercy both offensively and on the mound while finishing 3-for-3 at the plate and recording a season-high 12 strikeouts in a 12-2 victory.
Of course the Central Realty-Fayette game wasn’t the only game on tap Friday. In the nightcap, Imhoff’s Appliance broke a 4-4 tie after five by exploding for four runs in the sixth to beat Medical Arts 8-4.
As for the standings in JBR, Central Realty currently stands all alone at 12-2. A&W is 9-6, followed by KWRT and CARSTAR each at 7-6, Imhoff’s Appliance at 6-9, Medical Arts at 4-11 and Fayette at 3-7.
As for Campbell, the right-handed hurler pitched all five innings and gave up just two runs on three hits and one walk. Cameron Stornello, meanwhile, took the loss on the hill for Fayette by giving up 10 runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out four batters in 3 2/3 innings. Grant Himmelmann pitched one inning in relief for Fayette and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Central Realty also led Fayette from start to finish by pushing across three runs in each of the first-two innings and one again in the third to make it 7-0. Then, after Fayette scored its only two runs in the top-half of the fourth, Central Realty came back and plated three more runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and two again in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
As for the hitting in the game for Central Realty, Campbell finished the game with one single, two doubles and one RBI. Carson Bail was 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBIs while Aiden Lemmons added two singles, Reese Lang with one single and Charlie Bronakowski and Anthony Black each with two RBIs.
For Fayette, Dillan Lembke went 1-for-2 with one single and one RBI while Grant Himmelmann and Quess Frerking added one single each.
In the second game, Medical Arts jumped out in front with one run in the bottom-half of the first. Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the second inning, Imhoff’s Appliance rallied back with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings of play to go up 4-1.
Medical Arts didn’t go down without a fight, though. After holding Imhoff’s Appliance scoreless in its half of the fifth, Medical Arts came back with three more runs in the bottom-half of the fifth to tie the game at 4-all.
Unfortunately for Medical Arts, they would have nothing to show after that while Imhoff’s Appliance plated four more runs in the sixth for the victory.
Colten Collyott picked up the win in relief for Imhoff’s Appliance while Memphis Waibel took the loss for Medical Arts. Lane West started the game for Imhoff’s Appliance and gave up three runs on three hits and seven walks while striking out nine. Dawson Barnthouse then came in and pitched part of the fifth and allowed one run on two walks. Then, to finish the game, Collyott pitched 1 2/3 innings and surrendered no hits, no runs and no walks.
For Medical Arts, Axton Nease pitched the first-four innings and gave up four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out eight batters. Waibel then came in and pitched two innings in relief and issued four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out two.
Imhoff’s Appliance also out-hit Medical Arts 10-3, with Lane West going 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs.
Jamesian McKee finished the game with two singles and one RBI while Brayden Page added two singles, Timothy Kee with one single and one RBI and Quinton Ewings, Colten Collyott and Hunter Wilson each with one RBI.
For Medical Arts, Memphis Waibel had all three of the team’s hits with three singles while Harley Waller drove in one run.