MMC spoils A-Plus upset bid

Friday, June 24, 2011
Aaron Medley (12) started on the mound for A-Plus and in the first inning, Medley belted his first homerun of the year. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After losing to the Elks last week in a game that decided the regular season title, second place Marshall Medical Center could have packed it in for the year, but MMC skipper Mike Mills and his crew would have none of it, showing their mettle in an 8-6 comeback win over A-Plus in Monday night's Babe Ruth League nightcap.

Aaron Medley started on the mound for A-Plus and retired MMC in the top of the first and proceeded to blast his first homerun of the season with one out in the home half of the inning to stake his ballclub to a 1-0 lead.

MMC third sacker Jay Murphy returned the favor, belting a leadoff dinger in the top of the second to tie the game.

MMC third baseman Zach Gordon (5) had two hits in three at bats in the hospital guys' 8-6 comeback win over A-Plus Monday night.

Hunter Thomas retired the hospital crew 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning before Zach Gordon worked a two-out base on balls in the top of the third.

Gordon's patience at the plate paid off as he trotted home on a Thomas double one batter later to give MMC a 2-1 lead.

There was no scoring in the fourth inning and MMC went ahead by two runs at 3-1 in the top of the fifth when Connor Bush scored from third on a wild pitch.

In the home half of the fifth, Thomas set down A-Plus 1-2-3.

Ethan Poteete walked to lead off the MMC sixth and would score moments later on an A-Plus miscue to make it a 4-1 ballgame.

In the bottom of the inning, A-Plus exploded with five runs as they sent 10 batters to dish.

Grayson Wiles, Medley, and Dane Pickle all had base hits in the frame, while Dunn Crowder reached on an error, and Dallas Wright and Austin Blade walked.

A-Plus was also the recipient of two balks and two errors on MMC as they took a 6-4 lead.

Marshall Medical spoiled A-Plus' fun when they scored four times in the top of the seventh on just one hit, an RBI single by Payton Hood.

A-Plus could not muster a comeback in their last at bat and the game ended with MMC notching their seventh win of the year versus three losses.