MMC remains unbeaten with tight win over Elks
Marshall Medical Center remained unbeaten at 4-0 on the season after coming out on the front end of a 5-4 win over the Elks in Tuesday night’s Marshall County Babe Ruth League action at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field in Lewisburg.
Hits were hard to come by as both teams managed just one base knock apiece, both coming in the third inning with Hayden Lykins for MMC in the top half and Kel Greer for the Elks in the home half of the frame.
Zack Graves went the distance on the mound to pick up the win for MMC, allowing four runs (3 earned), while striking out 13 and walking five.
MMC leadoff hitter Caleb Grooms had a productive night at the plate, walking three times, stealing two bases, and crossing home plate each time he was on base.
MMC scored first, picking up a lone unearned run in the first inning and another one in the top of the second when Grooms walked with two outs and stole second base.
Grooms went to third when the throw went awry and scored on a subsequent wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Graves struck out the side in order in the in the home half of the frame and Lykins singled with two outs in the top of the third and stole second before Elks’ starting pitcher Bryson Whaley got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Elks posted three runs in the bottom of the inning on just one hit by Greer as they were helped out by three walks, a hit batsman, and an MMC fielding error to take a 3-2 lead.
Grooms walked with one out in the top of the fourth inning and Graves was hit by a pitch with two outs to put MMC runners on first and second base.
After a double steal, Grooms raced home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
Graves struck out the side in order again in the bottom of the frame and Elks’ reliever Kyrklinn Wunderlin retired the MMC boys 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.
The Elks failed to score in the bottom of the fifth and with one out in the top of the sixth, Wunderlin walked and stole second.
Grooms drew his third base on balls of the contest before a passed ball put the MMC runners on second and third.
Connor McVey came up with a fielder’s choice RBI single to put MMC in front 4-3 and after Graves was intentionally walked, Grooms scored on a passed ball to give Graves an insurance run, moving to the bottom of the inning.
Whaley ripped a leadoff single, stole second and third base and scored on a fielder’s choice RBI by T.J. Stinnett to make it 5-4, but Graves whiffed the next two batters to end the game on the time limit.
MMC 110 102 X-5 1 3
Elks 003 001 X-4 1 4
MMC: Hayden Lykins 1-for-3.
RS: Caleb Grooms 3, Conner McVey, Brock Rowland.
BB: Grooms 3, Zack Graves 2, McVey, Logan Courtemanche, Roland.
RBI: Brady Calahan, McVey.
ROE: Calahan, Graves, McVey.
FC: Ashton Grubbs.
HBP: Courtemanche, Graves.
SB: Graves 3, Grooms 2, McVey 2, Hayden Lykins.
Team LOB: 9
E: Lykins 2, Shane Victory.
WP: Zack Graves (6IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 13K, 3BB).
Elks: T.J. Stinnett 1-for-3.
RS: Kyrklinn Wunderlin, Bryson Whaley, Brendan Jacobs, James Hery.
BB: Wunderlin 2, Whaley, Jacobs, Hery.
HBP: J Hery.
SB: Whaley 2, Jacobs 2, Wunderlin, Kel Greer, Hery.
Team LOB: 3
E: Wunderlin 3, Jacobs.
LP: Kyrklinn Wunderlin (2IP, 0H, 2R, 1E, 4K, 4BB).
Starting Pitcher Bryson Whaley (4IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 5K, 4BB).
*All games are limited to one hour and 45 minutes, unless tied.