Marshall Medical Center rallies past IMI
After knocking off first place Nichirin the previous evening, Marshall Medical Center moved back to the .500 mark by defeating Irving Materials incorporated 9-6 on Tuesday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Field.
Although they came into the game with an 0-6 record, Irving Materials Incorporated had MMC on the ropes early on and held a 4-2 lead through the first three and a half innings of play.
Marshall Medical Center (4-4), however, found the cure for their ills in the bottom of the fourth and pushed across six runs in the frame to seize an 8-4 advantage before holding on for the three-run victory.
Bolstered by their big fourth inning, MMC finished 12 hits and three walks against IMI starting pitcher Brayden Gentry. Irving Materials Incorporated also hurt Gentry's cause by committing five errors.
Trent Richardson led Marshall Medical Center's offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with a stolen base, 1 RBI and two runs scored, while Connor Bush (1 RBI) and catcher Lane Whitesell each tallied two hits. Relief pitcher Zach Gordon (1 RBI), Ethan Poteete, Thomas Hawkins, and Brandon Patterson (1 RBI) had one hit apiece for MMC as well.
"I was glad we got the win, but I was proud of the way IMI played. They're hitting the ball better and are really improving," said Marshall Medical Center coach Mike Mills. "I felt like we could comeback after we fell behind, but getting our guys to lock up and play was a chore tonight."
Irving Materials Incorporated, meanwhile, notched six hits against two MMC hurlers, but were also aided by four walks and three Marshall Medical Center errors.
Jonathan Lykins went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored to pace IMI at the plate, while Luke Cunningham (1 RBI), Gentry, Jordan Jent, and Dustin Deason all had one hit.
"I was proud of our team's performance . We're starting to look like a team and making some improvement," said Irving Materials Incorporated coach Jason Jent. "We cut down on our strikeouts and put the bat on the ball tonight."
Gordon picked up the victory on the mound for MMC after coming on in relief of starting pitcher Chase Hensley, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks over five and one-third innings.
Marshall Medical Center grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI groundout by Gordon, but IMI pushed across three runs in the top of the second with the help of a bases loaded walk by Javier Rios, a Cunningham RBI single, and two MMC errors to pull ahead 3-1.
After Marshall Medical Center trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the second thanks to a RBI single by Bush, Jent gave Irving Materials Incorporated a 4-2 advantage in the top of the third by stealing home when Whitesell had to throw the ball to first base on a strikeout of Lykins.
Things went awry for IMI in the bottom of the fourth though, as MMC crossed home plate six times in the frame on the strength of five hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Richardson and Patterson, a walk, four errors, and three wild pitches to take an 8-4 lead.
IMI whittled the deficit to 8-6 in the top of the fifth on a Lykins RBI single and a RBI groundout by Jake Blasingim, but Marshall Medical Center stretched their lead to 9-6 when Bush raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth after singling, stealing second, and advancing to third on a wild pitch.
Gordon then retired Irving Materials Incorporated in order in the top of the seventh to wrap up MMC's win.