Laurel Auto Group best Martella’s Pharmacy in shootout, 16-8

Scoreboard operators were busy on Wednesday as Laurel Auto Group and Martella’s Pharmacy combined for 24 runs. Laurel Auto Group eventually won the offensive battle 16-8.

The teams combined for 30 hits, including 10 extra base hits.

Laurel Auto Group sealed the win with six runs in the ninth. Laurel Auto Group scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Cory Wheeler, a sacrifice fly byLuke Smeltz, a passed ball, a two-run triple by Ryan Wardropper, and an RBI single by Austin Sleek.

Ben Webb was hot from the plate for Laurel Auto Group. Webb went 4-7, drove in one and scored three runs. He singled in the first, second, and fifth innings and tripled in the ninth inning.

Tyler Tubbs got the win for Laurel Auto Group despite allowing five runs over six innings. Tyler Tubbs struck out two, walked four and gave up nine hits.

Laurel Auto Group easily handled Martella’s Pharmacy pitching as seven hitters combined for 16 hits, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Stone Rice was charged with the loss. He allowed eight runs in two innings, walked three and struck out none.

Laurel Auto Group went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on a two-run double by Smeltz.

After pushing across three runs in the bottom of the second, Martella’s Pharmacy faced just a 6-3 deficit. A groundout by Nemo Trexler, an RBI single by Wukich, and a passed ball gave Martella’s Pharmacy life. Finally, Tyler Tubbs induced an inning-ending fly out from Luke Williams.

Laurel Auto Group increased its lead with two runs in the third. A solo home run by Alex DiRienzo ignited the offense,. That was followed up by Nico Pecora‘s single, bringing home Sleek.

Laurel Auto Group scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the sixth. In the fifth, Laurel Auto Group scored on an RBI single by Zac Heide, plating Webb.

Four Martella’s Pharmacy runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the seventh, making the score 10-7. A two-run home run by Williams, a fielder’s choice, and a hit by pitch set off Martella’s Pharmacy rally. Laurel Auto Group stopped the rally after Sleek got Nate Negri to.

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