Elks maul MMC, 13-3
Coming off a controversial loss to Nichirin three days earlier, the Elks (8-3) took out their frustrations on Marshall Medical Center (2-9) on Monday afternoon, as they rolled to a 13-3 victory in five innings to complete the sweep of the season series.
Despite Monday's win, the second place Elks were officially eliminated from contention for the Marshall County Babe Ruth League title when first place A-Plus Collision Center defeated Nichirin later that night.
Aided by a five-run second inning, the Elks finished with nine hits against three MMC hurlers to go along with five walks and six Marshall Medical Center errors.
Elk starting pitcher Ben Taylor helped his own cause by going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and three runs scored. Iendi Biggers and Jay Lyons both tallied two hits and a RBI as well, while Austin Wood (3 RBI), Nathan Thomason, and Will Vanhooser each had one hit.
Taylor also went the distance on the mound to pick up his first victory of the season and yielded four hits and five walks in five innings of work.
Trent Richardson doubled and a drove in a run to account for MMC's lone extra base hit of the game, while Jackson Coward, Knox Barnes, and Jacob Harris all singled. Marshall Medical Center starting pitcher Nathan Derryberry suffered the loss and allowed eight runs over two innings on seven hits and two walks.
Burst into lead
The Elks wasted no time getting on the board and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Following a leadoff walk by Wood, Biggers singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. After Taylor drove in Wood with a RBI single, Biggers scampered home on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 before Taylor scored on an error a few moments later.
Marshall Medical Center quickly counterpunched and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a leadoff walk by Coward, a Richardson RBI double, and a RBI groundout by Caleb Crowell to narrow the gap to 3-2.
The Elks, though, hit MMC with a haymaker in the top of the second, as they crossed home plate five times in the frame on the strength of a Thomason walk, a infield single by Vanhooser, a Wood RBI groundout, a RBI single by Biggers, a Taylor RBI single, an error, a RBI single by Lyons, and a steal of home by Will Johnson to forge a 8-2 advantage.
In the top of the third, the Elks tallied another run on a RBI groundout by Taylor to stretch their lead to 9-3.
Marshall Medical Center trimmed the deficit to 9-3 in the bottom of the third when Patrick Moore scored on a passed ball after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Coward single and a double play.
After stretching their lead to 11-3 in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by Wood, the Elks tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning with the help of two errors and a RBI groundout by Mark Mater to open up a 13-3 advantage. Taylor then held MMC scoreless in the bottom of the fifth to keep the mercy rule in effect.