The Nevada County Fast Pitch Softball League is about a 1/3 of the way through the 2017 season and the defending American League champs, All-Star Automotive, are off to a blistering start.
All-Star Automotive is 4-0 to open the season and has outscored its opponents 51-19 heading into this week.
The team has been on fire from the plate, batting .558 as a squad with as many home runs, eight, as strikeouts. All-Star Automotive has nine players currently batting over .500, led by Ryan Jenkins (.875), Nick Ullom (.750), Wes Cross (.667) and Mike Milligan (.667). Providing the power has been Justin Nicholson with a team-high three home runs and 10 RBIs to go with his .571 batting average. Jeremy Boyes has also added pop with two dingers to go with seven RBIs.
All-Star Automotive has a big test in front of them Thursday when they face the JMS Builders Bulldogs (2-2), who won the league’s championship in 2015. The Bulldogs started with a pair of losses but have won their last two heading into the matchup. They are also strong offensively, boasting a team batting average of .552, with 10 players batting .500 or higher. Leading the way has been Chris Friedman (.833), Justin Deme (.800), Kody Kencke (.750), Jeff Nye (.625) and Jarrett Roenicke (.600). Deme leads the team with two home runs and six RBIs.
The game is set for 8 p.m. at Les Eva Field at Memorial Park in Grass Valley.
In other American League action this week, the Oroville Dirt Bags (3-1) will face off with Gold Country Automotive (0-4) at 8 p.m., today.
The Dirt Bags are led from the plate by Travis Wood (.583 batting average, three triples and a home…
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