Marshall County 11-12 year old boys teams on collision course

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Zach Horvath on the mound for the Marshall Nationals.

The Marshall County boys 11-12 year old All-Star teams are on a collision course for a July 5th game that will have plenty of post Independence Day fireworks. Both squads breezed through the brackets over the weekend, going undefeated in tournament play and will meet in at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

The Marshall Americans opened up on Friday versus Moore County and won easily by a 10-1 margin. The Americans, coached by Steve Hobbs used five different pitchers in the contest as Hobbs wanted to save his staff to be ready for the tilt against his arch rival Nationals.

Offense was not a problem as the Americans banged out ten hits with Zach Kirby and Hayden bailey leading the way with two base-knocks apiece. The committee of pitchers allowed five hits for the Americans and struck out a combined twelve Moore County hitters.

The Americans found a much tougher opponent in their second match-up as they won by a score of 4-0 over Giles American. The big blow came on a Dylan McKnight three-run homer in the third inning.

Marshall Nationals bring extra lumber to ballpark

The Marshall Nationals, coached by Richie Smith played their first game of the tournament after receiving a first round bye and wasted little time getting in tune.

After allowing a first inning run, the Nationals scored two in the second inning to go up 2-1 and then exploded with a fury in the third when Zach Horvath, Richie Smith, and Jacob Maultsby blasted back to back to back homeruns.

Matt Sharp was sharp as tack in the game, gaining the victory as he allowed just one run in relief of Horvath, who threw just 19 pitches in the contest. The Nationals and the Americans seem to be using the same strategy in keeping their aces in the hole for their late week tilt.

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