Elks pull away from Marshall Medical Center

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Marshall Medical Center shortstop Nathan Derryberry tags out the Elks' Austin Wood at second base after receiving a throw from right fielder Will Brannon in the top of the second inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Elks (4-1) solidified their hold on second place in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League standings by defeating third place Marshall Medical Center 10-5 in six innings on Monday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park.

MMC (1-4) hung tough early on and trailed just 6-5 through the first three innings of play, but the Elks pushed across four runs over the next two frames to stretch their lead to 10-5 before the game's time limit expired at the end of the sixth.

Hitters' night

Bolstered by a pair of big innings, the Elks pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks against Marshall Medical Center starting pitcher Trent Richardson, who suffered the loss. Iendi Biggers led the Elks' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a RBI, and two runs scored. Ben Taylor (3 RBI), starting hurler Will Johnson (1 RBI), and Austin Wood tallied two hits apiece as well, while Nathan Thomason (1 RBI) and Gage Anderson both had one hit.

Johnson also went the distance on the mound to pick up the win and yielded five runs, two earned, in six innings of work on seven hits and three walks to go along with seven strikeouts.

Nathan Derryberry (2 RBI) and Knox Barnes notched two hits apiece to pace MMC at the plate, while Caleb Crowell (2 RBI), Jackson Coward, and Thomas Hawkins each had one hit.

Close game

The Elks' Will Johnson slides safely into third base while advancing 90 feet on an errant pickoff throw in the top of the fourth inning against Marshall Medical Center.

The Elks fired the opening salvo and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a Biggers triple, a RBI groundout by Taylor, a Johnson bloop single, a catcher's interference call, a walk by Jay Lyons, and an error.

Marshall Medical Center quickly counterpunched and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first with the help of a Coward infield single, a bunt single by Barnes, two Elk throwing errors, and a Derryberry RBI infield single to tie the score at 2-2.

Following a scoreless second inning, the Elks plated four runs in the top of the third on the strength of a triple by Taylor, a hit batsman, a Thomason RBI fielder's choice, a double steal, a RBI groundout by Lyons, a MMC throwing error, a Will Vanhooser walk, a single by Anderson, and a Biggers RBI single to seize a 6-2 advantage.

Marshall Medical Center once again mounted an immediate response and crossed home plate three times in the bottom of the third behind a Barnes single, an infield single by Hawkins, a Derryberry RBI infield single, an error, and a Crowell two-run single to slice the deficit to 6-5.

Pulling ahead

In the top of the fourth, the Elks extended their lead to 7-5 when Johnson scored on a MMC error after leading off the inning with a single and advancing to third on a Thomason single and an errant pickoff throw.

The Elks opened up some more breathing room by tacking on three runs in the top of the fifth to forge a 10-5 advantage. Wood drew a leadoff walk and Biggers singled to put men on first and second with no outs before Taylor belted a two-run double into the left centerfield gap. Taylor then advanced to third on a passed ball prior to coming home on a Johnson sacrifice fly.

Johnson took care of the rest and held Marshall Medical Center scoreless over the next two innings to secure the win for the Elks.