MMC’s early barrage sinks Matthews

Friday, June 16, 2017
Austin Grubbs slides safely into third base on a stolen base in the second inning.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

First place Marshall Medical Center took on winless Matthews Team Sports in the Tuesday night Babe Ruth opener and came away with an 11-3 five inning, run-rule win.

Logan Courtamanche and Blake Aldridge teamed up on the mound for MMC as Courtamanche picked up the win, tossing all three’s in the stat column.

Logan Courtamanche picked up the win on the mound in MMC’s 11-3 win.

Courtamanche pitched three innings, gave up three hits, three earned runs, struck out three and walked three.

Aldridge tossed two innings of hitless ball, striking out five and walking three Matthews’ batters.

Aldridge also had a double, a triple and a walk in three at bats and scored twice in the contest.

Zack Graves went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate for MMC with 3RBI, two runs scored and one base on balls.

Cason Warner led off the game for Matthews with a double, but was gunned down by MMC catcher Austin Grubbs trying to steal third base.

Blake Aldridge drills an RBI double in the third inning for Marshall Medical Center.

MMC went right to work in the bottom of the first on offense as Aldridge led off with a triple, but was out at home trying to score.

Colton Barber restarted the attack with a walk and Graves followed with a single before Grubbs sent Barber home with an RBI single.

Courtamanche sent a single to right field to score two more as MMC took a 3-0 lead.

Matthews’ center fielder Carson Osborne hauls in a fly ball versus the MMC.

Matthews did not score in the top of the second inning and in the bottom of the frame, MMC blew the game wide open as they batted eleven players and scored six runs off Matthews starting pitcher Brayden Bowyer.

Bowyer’s wildness in the frame hurt him as he walked four in the inning and they all scored.

Graves served up the big blow with a two-run triple for MMC, who took a big 9-0 lead.

Brandon Bowyer knocks a two-run bases loaded single in the third inning for Matthews Team Sports.

The depleted Matthews’ squad did not give up, responding with three runs in the top of the third inning as Bowyer drove home two runs with a bases loaded double and Luke Terry scored on the front end of a double play.

Aldridge scored on a Grubbs’ fielder’s choice RBI in the third inning and MMC scored its final run when Connor McVey reached on an error to leadoff the fourth and eventually came home to score on a passed ball, making it 11-3.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Bowyer and Matthew Fuller drew back-to-back walks before Aldridge struck out the next two batters to end the game to move to 5-1 on the season.

MMC picked up a forfeit win over Nichirin on Wednesday to match the Elks at 6-1.

Matthews Team Sports’ Cason Warner came on in relief and pitched one inning and hit a double in Tuesday night Babe Ruth action.

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Matthews: Cason Warner 1-for-2, Luke Terry 1-for-2, Brayden Bowyer 1-for-2

2B: Warner

RBI: Bowyer 2

LP: Brayden Bowyer (3IP, 7H, 10R, 7ER, 2K, 8BB), Cason Warner (1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 1K, 1BB)

MMC: Blake Aldridge 2-for-3, Zack Graves 2-for-2, Austin Grubbs 1-for-3, Logan Courtamanche 1-for-2, Brady Callahan 1-for-2

2B: Aldridge, Grubbs

3B: Aldridge, Graves

RBI: Graves 3, Courtamanche 2, Callahan, Grubbs, Colton Barber

WP: Logan Courtamanche (3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3K, 3BB), Blake Aldridge (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 5K, 3BB)