Babe Ruth Junior League: Race tightens entering stretch
Coreslab Structures had given indications that it intended to challenge Red Cross Pharmacy for supremacy in the Babe Ruth Junior League when it engineered a 6-6 tie in the previous meeting.
On Thursday, Coreslab handed Red Cross its first loss of the season, 8-3, pulling within a game of the loop leader. Meanwhile, ConAgra snapped a five-game losing streak with an 11-8 decision over Rose Acre Farms.
Coreslab 8, Red Cross 3
Coreslab came back from a 3-1 deficit to take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning and pulled away for good over the next two frames.
Singles by Josh Toliver and Brian Bergstrom led to a pair of Red Cross runs in the top of the first inning, two errors in the bottom half giving Coreslab a cheap tally. Bergstrom drove in another run with a third-inning single.
An error, Brian Day's single and walk produced one run and set up Dalton Jarvis' go-ahead two-run single for Coreslab in the third.
Day doubled in a run, another scoring on an error, to make it 6-3 in the fourth. Terrance Blackmore singled and came in on a grounder and Chase Kempf knocked in a run with a base hit for two more runs in the fifth.
Kempf tossed one scoreless inning of relief and Sam Kieffer came in to nail down the victory during the final two frames -- giving up a leadoff single to Nathaniel Williams before striking out the side in the fifth and surviving a pair of two-out walks in the sixth.
Bergstrom had two of the four hits recorded by Red Cross (5-1-2).
Day and Jarvis each had a pair of hits for Coreslab (5-2-1), which hasn't been beaten in six games.
ConAgra 11, Rose Acre 8
ConAgra scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held on at the end for only its second win of the season.
Matt Leimkuehler's RBI double and a two-run single by Drew Bradley in the top of the third helped Rose Acre catch up after trailing 3-0. However, after allowing only one run over the first three innings, Mike Hammer was lifted in the fourth and ConAgra pounded his successor.
ConAgra banged out seven hits -- all singles -- and had three runs score on errors. Evan Johnson drove in a pair of runs and Lucas Hart and J.C. Cook also plated teammates with base hits for a 10-3 cushion.
Rose Acre (2-5-1) rallied in the top of the fifth, a two-run single by Ryan Harper highlighting a five-run effort, but couldn't pull even.
ConAgra (2-6) tacked on a run in the bottom half of the frame before the two-hour time limit was invoked.