Poteete leads MMC over A-Plus
Marshall Medical Center's Ethan Poteete pulled double-duty Tuesday night, hurling a complete game on the mound, while doing heavy damage at the dish in a 10-4 win over A-Plus Collision Center.
Poteete and the MMC staff gave up four runs in the first inning on three hits, two walks, and a crucial error before shutting down the body shop boys the rest of the night.
Poteete would only give up just two more hits the rest of the game and his defense would come up big time, throwing out runners at the plate in the fourth and fifth innings.
On the other hand, A-Plus starter Brooks Leftwich gave up six earned runs on eight hits, five walks, two hit batsman, and two collision center errors.
Poteete drove home the game's first two runs in the top of the first inning after Chase Hensley reached on a one-out infield miscue and Zack Gordon doubled to center.
A-Plus tallied all four of their runs in the bottom of the inning as Leftwich knocked in two runs with a double and Jody Sullivan walked with the bases loaded.
There was no scoring in the second inning, but in the top of the third, Leftwich lost the strike zone, walking three MMC batters, hitting one, committing a balk, and uncorking a wild pitch.
The only two hits in the frame was a bunt single by Lane Whitesell and an RBI base knock by Poteete.
In the fourth, Poteete hit Logan Bailey to start the inning and one out later, Dallas Wright walked before Poteete got out of the jam with a strikeout and a grounder back to the mound.
In the bottom of the fourth, MMC tallied an unearned run to make it a 7-4 ballgame.
A-Plus had a chance to score with two-on and two outs in the home half of the inning when McGehee singled to right, but Zach Smith was nailed at home trying to score.
Gordon drove home Austin Ring in the fifth to stretch the lead to 8-4 and in the bottom of the inning another A-Plus runner was thrown out at home for out number three.
Thomas Hawkins and Ring had RBIs in the sixth to put MMC up 10-4.
Ethan Evans singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, but was erased on a pretty 6-4-3 double play started by Gordon at shortstop, fielding the ball and tossing to Trent Richardson at second, who made a nice pivot and fired to Hawkins at first and the game ended on a grounder back to Poteete.
Poteete finished with a 3-4 performance at the plate with three RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Gordon went 2-2 with three runs scored and walked once and was hit by a pitch, while Whitesell had one hit in three at bats, scored two runs and stole three bases.
Bush and Richardson had the other two hits for MMC.
Leftwich had a nice night at the dish, going 2-3 with two RBIs and McGehee, Evans, Bailey, Dunn Crowder, and Sullivan all had one base knock apiece for A-Plus in the contest.