MMC comes on strong to finish off Farm Center

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
MMC pitcher Ethan Poteete (22) gets ready to tag out Ryan Yelensky (5) at home to end the first inning. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Farm Center boys from Chapel Hill, coming off a big win Thursday night, were looking for an upset over Marshall Medical Center in Friday night's opener as they led 4-1 in the second inning before MMC stormed back to take a 12-5 win.

Ethan Poteete, who would be the recipient of the 13-year old MVP award later in the evening, did it all for the hospital guys as he earned a complete game win on the mound and at the plate, Poteete went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Another 13-year old player, Payton Hood contributed to MMC's nine hit attack, going 2-3 with two RBIs and scored a run.

Fourteen-year old MVP Connor Bush went 1-3 out of the leadoff spot with a base on balls, a stolen base, two RBIs, and two runs scored, while Zack Gordon also had a big night for MMC, putting up a 2-3 night at the dish with two RBI's and a run scored.

Chapel Hill had a chance to score in the top of the first, but was denied when they had a runner thrown out at home.

Bush led off the home half of the first and reached on an error before stealing second and moving to third on a passed ball.

A sacrifice fly by Gordon scored Bush to open the scoring.

Farm Center right fielder Jesse Pruitt (16) drills a two-out single in the third inning versus MMC Friday night.

The Farm Center scored four times in the top of the second on just two hits by Landon Jones and Tanner Garvin.

The farm crew was helped out by the MMC defense, which committed five errors in the inning.

MMC came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the contest at four on a two-run single by Bush and an RBI hit by Hood.

Poteete escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the third with an inning ending strikeout.

Lane Whitesell drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning and stole second base before trotting home on an RBI base knock by Jay Murphy that gave the MMC boys the lead for good at 5-4.

Murphy stole second and would eventually score on a passed ball and a Hood double that scored Chase Hensley made it 7-4.

Poteete escaped unscathed out of the top of the fourth on a pretty 1-6-3 inning ending double play before driving in two of the four runs his squad put on the board in the home half of the frame.

Garvin led off the fifth with a double to left field and came home on an RBI fielder's choice moments later by Peyton Sisk to make it 11-5, but once again the MMC defense turned an inning ending double play, this time it was a 6-4-3 double bubble.

The game ended after Bush walked with one out and came home on an RBI double by Gordon in the bottom of the fifth.