Thomas Hawkins (23) drills a two-run single in the second inning as MMC buried IMI 14-1. Photos by Anthony S. Puca
It was a disappointing year for pre-season favorite Marshall Medical Center who finished with a 6-6 record, but on the final night of the year, the medical center nine ended with a bang in a big 14-1 win over IMI (0-12).
Zack Gordon went the distance on the mound to pick up the win for MMC, giving up just one hit, while striking out three, walking three and hitting two IMI batters.
Gordon also had a big night at the plate in a 2-3 performance with two RBIs and one run scored.
IMI's Jacob Jones (1) gets out of the way of an inside and high pitch.
MMC banged out twelve hits in the contest as 14-year old MVP Ethan Poteete showed why he earned the post-season award with a huge night at the dish, going 2-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Poteete banged an inside-the-park homerun in the eight-run third inning for MMC, marking just the fourth round tripper in Marshall County Babe Ruth League action this season.
Nichirin's Jay Howard (inside-the-park) and the Farm Center of Chapel Hill's Tanner Garvin and Blake Leonard recorded the other three home runs.
Marshall County 14-year old MVP Ethan Poteete (22) bangs a first inning RBI single to left field in MMC's 14-1 win over IMI on the last night of Babe Ruth League action.
MMC jumped on the material guys early, scoring four runs in the first inning, eight in the third and one more in the fourth and final inning in the run-rule win.
IMI tallied its lone run off of Gordon in the bottom of the third when Brayden Gentry knocked in Chaz Underwood, who had walked.
Peyton Hood did heavy damage at the dish for MMC with a perfect 3-3 game and two runs scored, while Connor Bush reached base all three times up on walks, stole three bases, and crossed home plate on each occasion.
IMI hurler Jordan Jent (11) winds up for pitch versus MMC Thursday at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth League Field.
Thomas Hawkins added to the offensive onslaught with three RBIs, Lane Whitesell had one hit in three trips to the batter's box, scored once, stole a base and walked one time, and Chase Hensley went 1-2 with a run scored, an RBI, and a base on balls.
Trent Richardson went 1-3 with two RBIs and scored twice and Austin Ring rounded out the MMC offense with one hit in three at bats and scored once.