All season long, Medical Arts stood on the threshold of greatness while leading in the team standings from Day 1 in Junior Babe Ruth.
Although the season consisted of only 12 games, Medical Arts clearly stood above the rest by finishing the season with a record of 11-1.
Central Realty, meanwhile, finished a close second at 9-2. Imhoff’s Appliance placed third at 7-6, followed by KWRT at 5-8, New Franklin at 4-6, A&W at 3-11 and CARSTAR at 2-10.
It also came as no surprise that Medical Arts finished with the league batting champion, as Colby Caton hit .625 for the season (minimum 28 bats).
As for the regular season finale on Monday, Central Realty led from start to finish against A&W for a 19-2 win in five innings. Meanwhile, in the nightcap, Imhoff’s Appliance reeled off 18 straight runs in the first four innings to beat CARSTAR 19-1 in five.
While out-hitting A&W 10-3 in the game, Central Realty also jumped out to stay while pushing across one run in the first, five in the second and three again in the third to make it 9-0. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Central Realty exploded for 10 runs to extend the lead to 19-0 before giving up two runs in the fifth.
Dillon Alpers picked up the win on the mound for Central Realty while Cale Fox took the loss for A&W. Alpers pitched the first-three innings and gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out three batters. Hunter Shuffield then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Aiden Battreall pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one.
For A&W, Fox pitched the first three innings and gave up nine runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Austin Rice then came in and pitched part of the fourth and issued four runs on four walks. Then, to closeout the game, Cameron Ray pitched one inning and yielded six runs on three hits and two walks.
As for the hitting in the game for Central Realty, Austin Sandbothe went 2-for-2 with two doubles and one RBI. Jason Burnett also had two hits in the game with two singles while Hunter Shuffield and Dillon Alpers added one triple and two RBIs each, Aiden Lemmons with one double and two RBIs, Hayden Krumm with one single and two RBIs, Dylan Schupp and Austin Schuster each with one single and one RBI and Chase Klund with one RBI.
For A&W, Peyton Keeran went 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Dawson Barnthouse had the only other hit with a single.
In the nightcap, Imhoff’s Appliance broke out the bats early with five runs in the top half of the first.
However the runs didn’t stop there. While giving up just one run for the game, Imhoff’s Appliance continued to score at will for the rest of the game while pushing across more runs in the second, four in the third, seven in the fourth and one in the fifth to win by the mercy rule. CARSTAR scored its only run in the bottom half of the fourth.
Jamesian Mckee was the winning pitcher in the game for Imhoff’s Appliance while Darius Jones took the loss for CARSTAR. McKee pitched all five innings and struck out nine batters while giving up one run on two hits and four walks.
For CARSTAR, Jones pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on three hits and seven walks while striking out one. Alex Elliott then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed seven runs on three hits and four walks. Then, to finish the game, Michael DeLeon pitched 1 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one.
Imhoff’s Appliance also out-hit CARSTAR 12-2, with McKee going 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles and three RBIs. Chris Gross finished the game with three hits, which included two singles, a grand slam home run and six RBIs. Noah Kee had two doubles and one RBI while Hayden Tarr added two singles and one RBI, Hunter Tarr with one double and two RBIs and Timothy Kee and Garrison Parkhurst each with one RBI.
For CARSTAR, Dade Christy and Damarion Jones each had one single.