Babe Ruth Junior League/ConAgra, Red Cross come out on top
It was a discouraging night for Coreslab Structures, which lost a heart-breaking 6-5 decision to Babe Ruth Junior League leader ConAgra in Tuesday's opener at Osage Field and was hammered in the nightcap by Red Cross Pharmacy, 18-3. When the evening was over, ConAgra held a two-game advantage over the rest of the loop.
ConAgra 6, Coreslab 5
Coreslab didn't let an early deficit deter it, but couldn't quite match ConAgra's hitting, which began the night with a league-high .310 team batting average.
Ryan Smith singled in a run in the top of the first inning and Collin Brennan did the same in the second to give ConAgra a 2-0 lead. After yielding an unearned run, ConAgra got doubles from Mike Marburger and John Lozano to take a 3-1 edge into the bottom of the third.
That's when Coreslab struck. Back-to-back singles by Ryland Plummer and Aaron Skinner, a walk, two-run boot and Evan Johnson's RBI triple produced three runs to put Coreslab ahead -- although the inning ended early when two runners were thrown out trying to advance.
Lozano hit his second homer of the season in the fifth, his two-run shot putting ConAgra (4-0) back in front, 5-4. However, a lead-off walk to Skinner, stolen base and Johnson's single tied the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Austin Campbell followed a pair of one-out walks with an RBI single to break the deadlock and Lozano tossed a scoreless sixth inning, getting out of a bases-loaded one-out jam when Skinner lined into a double play to Smith at shortstop to end the game.
Red Cross 18, Coreslab 3
Red Cross apparently had a little payback in mind after dropping a 9-1 decision to Coreslab a week earlier.
Although Coreslab (2-3) took an early lead with two runs on one hit, Skinner's single following a lead-off walk to Ryland Plummer, it was overwhelmed quickly when Red Cross tallied six times in the bottom of the first -- Jacob Lueck delivering the key blow with a two-run, two-out single.
After going down in order in the second, Red Cross (2-2) went back to work with eight runs on five hits -- including Adam Tucker's three-run dinger -- in the third. Kristian Chamberlain doubled and Jacob Phillips tripled immediately ahead of Tucker.
Chamberlain and Phillips, each of whom would go three for four with three runs scored and three RBIs in the top two spots in the order, knocked in runs with singles in the fourth.