Marshall Medical rolls past Nichirin

Friday, June 20, 2014
Marshall Medical Center coach Mike Mills congratulates Trent Richardson as he rounds third base after Richardson belted a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning against Nichirin. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall Medical Center secured a third place finish in the Marshall County Babe Ruth League standings by defeating Nichirin 11-1 in four innings on Tuesday afternoon in their season finale.

Nichirin (2-10) trailed just 1-0 through the first two innings of play, but MMC (3-9) got their bats going shortly after that point and exploded for 10 runs over the next two frames to bring the mercy rule into effect.

Hitfest

Marshall Medical Center third baseman Tristan Maxwell tags out Nichirin's Camryn Ruiz on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the third inning.

Bolstered by a six-run third inning, Marshall Medical Center pounded out 11 hits against three pitchers to go along with two walks and three Nichirin errors.

Starting pitcher Trent Richardson did the most damage at the plate for MMC by going 2-for-3 with a stolen base, a homerun, 5 RBI, and two runs scored. Knox Barnes also went 3-for-3 with a 1 RBI and two runs scored to finish the season with a stellar .433 batting average, while Caleb Crowell (1 RBI) and Jackson Coward tallied two hits apiece. Jacob Harris (2 RBI) and Nathan Derryberry each had one hit for Marshall Medical Center as well.

Richardson went the distance on the mound to pick up his second win of the year and allowed one unearned run over four innings on six hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Hunter Bradford notched two hits to pace Nichirin offensively, while Landon Darnell, Jacob Autry, Quintin Martinez, and Zach Eason had one hit apiece. Nichirin starting hurler Hunter Haurez suffered the loss and yielded seven runs over three innings on seven hits and a walk.

In front early

MMC grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Coward scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Richardson after leading off the frame with a single and advancing to third on a single by Barnes.

Haurez held Marshall Medical Center scoreless in the second inning, but ran into trouble in the top of the third, as MMC crossed home plate six times in the frame on the strength of a Patrick Moore walk, an error, a Barnes RBI single, a two-run single by Richardson, a wild pitch, a Derryberry double, a RBI single by Crowell, and a Harris RBI bunt single to open up a 7-0 advantage.

Nichirin got on the board in the bottom of the third and plated one run in the inning to trim the deficit to 7-1. After smacking a leadoff double down the left field line, Eason advanced to third on an error while Camryn Ruiz reached first base on the play. Eason then trotted home when Richardson was called for a balk.

Striking back

Nichirin's momentum would prove to be short lived, as Marshall Medical Center countered with four runs in the top of the fourth to forge an 11-1 lead. Coward legged out an infield single to lead off the inning before scoring on a Barnes infield single and a Nichirin throwing error. After Richardson cranked a two-run homer over the left centerfield fence to make it 10-1, Derryberry drew a walk. Derryberry then advanced to third on a bloop single by Crowell before coming home on a Harris RBI groundout.

In the bottom of the fourth, Nichirin tried to stave off the mercy rule and put runners on first and third with two outs thanks to singles from Autry and Martinez, but Richardson retired Cameron Burrow on a fly out to end the game.