Marshall Medical Center blanks Nichirin
Marshall Medical Center (2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Nichirin 8-0 in five innings on Thursday night at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park.
Starting pitcher Trent Richardson went the distance on the mound for MMC to earn the victory and limited Nichirin (1-8) to just three hits and a walk in the contest while piling up eight strikeouts.
At the plate
Marshall Medical Center, meanwhile, tallied six hits and five walks against three Nichirin hurlers. Knox Barnes (2 RBI) and Jackson Coward notched two hits apiece to lead MMC at the plate, while Nathan Derryberry (2 RBI) and Richardson (1 RBI) each had one hit.
Denver Kelly, Camryn Ruiz, and Camryn Burrow each singled to account for all three Nichirin hits. Nichirin starting pitcher Hunter Bradford suffered the loss and yielded six runs in two and a third innings of work on five hits and three walks.
Having split a pair of close games with Nichirin this season, Marshall Medical Center grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Crowell scored on a wild pitch after reaching second base on a throwing error and advancing to third on a wild pitch.
Richardson worked around a leadoff single by Ruiz in the top of the third before MMC broke the game open by pushing across five runs in the bottom half of the frame to forge a 6-0 advantage.
Austin Jacobs drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a single by Coward. After Barnes drove in Jacobs with a RBI single, Richardson served a bloop single into right centerfield to load the bases with no outs. Derryberry smacked a two-run single into left field to make it 4-0 before Crowell plated Richardson with a sacrifice fly. Following a walk by Grayson Whaley, Derryberry and Whaley both moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Harris. Derryberry then scampered home on a passed ball to cap the scoring in the inning.
Run after run
In the bottom of the fourth, Marshall Medical Center brought the mercy rule into effect by tacking on two more runs to stretch their lead to 8-0. Caleb Darnell drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Coward singled to put runners on first and third with no outs. After Coward stole second base, Darnell came home on a RBI groundout by Barnes. Coward then scored on an error a few moments later while Richardson reached first base on the play.
Nichirin had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth after putting runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a couple of singles by Kelly and Burrow, but Richardson retired Blake Vinson on a groundout to keep the shutout intact.