Marshall Medical Center rolls past IMI

Friday, May 25, 2012
Marshall Medical Center's Chase Hensley rounds third base while scoring on a RBI double by Zach Gordon in the the top of the first inning against Irving Materials Incorporated. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After their season opener against Nichirin was postponed the previous night due to rain, Marshall Medical Center completed their first official game of the 2012 Babe Ruth campaign when they drubbed league newcomer Irving Materials Incorporated 16-0 in four innings on Tuesday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.

Bolstered by an eight-run first inning, Marshall Medical Center pounded out 15 hits against two IMI pitchers to go along with four walks and five Irving Materials errors.

Ethan Poteete and Nate Huitt each tallied three hits and drove in three and two runs respectively to spearhead MMC's offensive attack. Chase Hensley (2 RBI), Zach Gordon (2 RBI), Lane Whitesell (1 RBI), and Thomas Hawkins (3 RBI) notched two apiece as well for Marshall Medical Center, while Payton Hood (1 RBI) had one hit.

Irving Materials Incorporated pitcher Brayden Gentry delivers a pitch to home plate in the top of the first inning against Marshall Medical Center.

Although they drew five walks, IMI's young lineup mustered just three hits overall against three MMC hurlers and had four runners thrown out on the base paths.

Marshall Medical Center starting pitcher Trent Richardson picked up the win, allowing three hits and two walks over two innings to go along with three strikeouts. Connor Bush and Gordon also saw time on the mound for MMC and each pitched one scoreless inning.

"I was pleased with the way we played tonight. We hit the ball pretty well and Richardson pitched a good game while he was out there," said Marshall Medical Center coach Mike Mills.

Aaron Russ doubled to account for Irving Materials lone extra base hit of the contest, while Jordan Jent and Dustin Dreason both singled.

IMI starting pitcher Brayden Gentry suffered the loss, yielding nine runs, six earned, over two innings on eight hits and four walks.

MMC buried Irving Materials early, as they crossed home plate eight times in the top of the first inning with the help of two IMI errors, a Gordon RBI double, a RBI single by Poteete, a Huitt RBI infield single, a bases loaded walk by Bush, a Hensley two-run single, and a RBI single by Gordon to forge an 8-0 lead.

Marshall Medical Center then opened up a 9-0 advantage in the second inning when Poteete scored on a passed ball after blasting a leadoff triple to deep centerfield.

In the third inning, MMC stretched their lead to 13-0 by touching home plate four times in the frame on the strength of two Irving Materials errors, a Whitesell double, a two-run double by Poteete, a Hawkins RBI groundout, and a RBI single by Huitt.

Marshall Medical Center then plated three more runs in the fourth thanks to an IMI error, a Hawkins RBI triple, and a RBI single by Hood to cap their 16-0 mercy rule shortened victory.