Strong hitting and stingy pitching send All-Star Automotive into Las Vegas Road Trip championship

Written by Bob on April 9th, 2017

MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All Star Auto of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – A pitcher’s job can certainly be made easier with run support. And with 27 runs over four games, All-Star Automotive pitchers, Travis Kunz and Mike Milligan, would certainly attest to that.

All Star’s latest and biggest game was a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies, Sunday morning in the winners bracket final that sends All Star into the A-Major championship later in the afternoon.

“It’s been our bats,” said All Star manager Tom Allen. “We’ve been getting key hits and quality at bats.”

JUSTIN NICHOLSON raps out a hit during All Star Auto’s 6-0 win over the A1 Rockies. Photo By BOB OTTO

All Star jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning and added two more in the sixth to stay perfect at 4-0.

All Star collected eight hits led by Justin Deme, 2-for-3 with two doubles; and Mike Ramirez, Russ Newman, Justin Nicholson, Jeromy Hodskins, Curtis Campbell had one hit each.

But as good as the hitting has been, Kunz (2-0) and Milligan (2-0) have been stingy in the circle.

Milligan went the distance to pick up the win over the Rockies, allowing just four hits, with eight strikeouts and a walk.

What was working for Milligan? Just about everything.

“He’s got a got rise and drop and a knuckle ball,” Allen said of his right-hander. “He is a tough gamer. But our catcher, Russell Brackett, calls a good game and he has a good arm.”

In his two games, Milligan has allowed but one earned run, and had a no-hitter through four innings in an earlier bracket game.

All Star Auto is from Grass Valley, a town of about 20,000 (located between Truckee and Sacramento) that has an eight-team league that’s been around for quite some time.

“It’s been around for 60 years or longer,” said Allen, who runs the league. “It’s the longest running league west of the Mississippi (river).”

All Star Auto would certainly like to take home the A-Major Division championship. To do that the hitting will have to stay productive and the pitching stingy.

Allen said that Kunz will be handed the ball for the title game.

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