Elks throttle Marshall Medical Center
Having already sewn up the Marshall County Babe Ruth League title the previous evening, the Elks (10-1, 9-1) reeled off their eighth straight win on Wednesday night when they defeated Marshall Medical Center 11-1 in five innings at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park.
The Elks finished with eight hits and four walks against three MMC pitchers, but also took advantage of three hit batsmen and four Marshall Medical Center errors. Ben Taylor did the most damage at the plate for the Elks by going 3-for-4 with a double, 1 RBI, and two runs scored, while Will Johnson tallied two hits, a RBI, and a run scored. Austin Wood (1 RBI), starting hurler Wilson Limbaugh, and Nathan Thomason each had one hit for the Elks as well.
Limbaugh also turned in a stellar effort on the mound and recorded six strikeouts in five innings of work while limiting Marshall Medical Center to two hits and three walks en route to picking up the win.
Payton Hood doubled to account for MMC's lone extra base hit of the contest, while starting pitcher Ethan Poteete singled and scored a run. Poteete suffered the loss on the mound and yielded seven runs, four earned, over three and two-third innings on five hits and two walks go along with seven strikeouts.
Marshall Medical Center (3-8, 2-8) had a chance to take the lead early in the contest when Poteete singled and stole second with two outs, but Limbaugh struck out the next MMC batter to snuff out the threat.
The Elks took advantage of some MMC miscues in the top of the second, as they plated three runs in the frame with the help of a hit batsman, two errors, two wild pitches, and a passed ball to grab a 3-0 lead.
Limbaugh worked around a two-out double by Hood in the bottom of the second before the Elks notched two runs in the top of the third to open up a 5-0 advantage. J.D. Crabtree struck out to lead off the inning, but reached first base thanks to a passed ball. Crabtree then stole second before scoring on the play thanks to a Marshall Medical Center error to make it 4-0. After reaching base on a single, Taylor advanced to third on a single by Johnson prior to coming home on a Wood RBI single.
In the top of the fourth, the Elks tacked on two more runs to stretch their lead to 7-0. Limbaugh drew a one-out walk before advancing to third on a balk and a passed ball. Following a RBI groundout by Crabtree, Taylor belted a double to left field prior to racing home on a RBI single by Johnson.
Marshall Medical Center got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Poteete scored on a Elk throwing error to trim the deficit to 7-1 after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Nathan Derryberry sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch.
The Elks brought the mercy rule into effect in the top of the fifth by crossing home plate four times in the frame on the strength of two hit batsmen, a bunt single by Thomason, a pair of RBI walks by Iendi Biggers and Crabtree, a MMC error, and a Taylor RBI single to cap their 11-1 victory.