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Hodge No-Hitter Completes Series Sweep for St. Thomas

June 13, 2009 — Marcel Hodge pitched a series clinching 13-0 no-hitter for St Thomas’ Elrod Hendricks Little League West 9-10 All-Stars, as the team wrapped up a 2-0 series sweep of the Elmo Plaskett West 9-10 All-Stars Saturday to win the Virgin Islands 9-10 Little League championships at the D.C. Canegata ball park.
Hodge walked four batters and struck out seven over four innings while his offense provided the run support to have the ten-run mercy rule enforced at the end of the fourth inning.
After taking the opening contest on Friday with a lopsided 17-3 victory, the St. Thomas squad came into today’s contest looking to close out the best two-of-three championship series and that they did with relative ease.
After a scoreless first inning St. Thomas exploded for six runs in the top of the second on a three-run home run by cleanup hitter Gweshaughn Richards, a two-run double by Marcel Hodge and an unearned run. It proved to be five more runs that Hodge would need, as he totally dominated the St.Croix hitters for the entire contest.
Meanwhile his offense, after a quiet third inning, picked up seven unearned runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 13-0 as the Elmo Plaskett West 9-10 All-Stars completely fell apart.
The umpire then mercifully called the game in the bottom of the inning after the host team went quietly in their half of the inning.
Hodge claimed the easy win on the hill for the St. Thomas, while Michael Bynoe got the loss for St. Croix. Top hitters for St. Thomas were Richards, 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, and Hodge, 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

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