Elks cap undefeated season in style
In a peculiar turn of events, Marshall Medical Center's Zach Gordon was credited with a no-hitter Thursday night in an 8-5 win over Nichirin at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Babe Ruth Field in Lewisburg.
All five of Nichirin's runs off Gordon were unearned and all came in the bottom of the third inning on two MMC errors, one hit batsman, two bases on balls, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
In the meantime, Gordon received plenty of offensive support from his MMC teammates as they banged out a dozen hits in the ballgame and led from start to finish.
Hunter Thomas swung a big stick for MMC, going 3-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs, and a stolen base, while Lane Whitesell contributed mightily with a perfect 3-3 performance at the plate.
Whitesell knocked in three runs, scored twice, walked once and stole a base in the offensive onslaught.
Gordon also helped his own cause on the mound with a 2-4 effort at the plate that included two RBIs and a stolen base.
MMC tapped Nichirin starter Stuart Warner with three runs in the first inning, but all of the tallies were unearned as his teammates committed four errors in the frame.
Gordon set down Nichirin 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first and in the home half of the second, Nichirin booted the ball twice more as MMC pushed across two more runs.
Thomas and Whitesell had the only two hits in the inning and Gordon had the lone RBI on a fielder's choice.
In the home half of the frame, Warner reached base on an MMC error, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play.
Chase Hensley drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second and one out later, Nate Huitt beat out an infield single before Gordon drove in both runners with a triple into the center field gap.
Nichirin scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the inning as Connor Mealer, Huitt, Tay Tay Davis, Gordon, and Hunter all scored with Huitt getting the only RBI in the frame.
Whitesell walked, stole second and scored on a Nichirin error in the fourth to make it an 8-5 ballgame and Gordon escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the inning.
MMC scored five more times in the visitors' fifth on a two-run single by Whitesell, an RBI hit by Thomas, and a pair of bases loaded walks by Hensley and Austin Ring.
Gordon induced three consecutive groundball outs in the home half of the fifth to finish off the no-hitter and the run rule win for MMC.