The Marshall County Tigers (26-7) reclaimed what many MCHS baseball fans consider their birthright Wednesday, defeating Page, 3-0, in front of a packed house at Joe George Field to capture the District 10-AA tournament championship.
Although they have won the regular season crown each of the last two years, the Tigers collected their first District tournament title since 2004 with their victory over the Patriots.
Page had earned a split with Marshall County during the regular season and handed MCHS their lone District loss this year. Tiger staff ace Seth Lintz, however, made sure that Marshall County would not suffer another setback to the Patriots. He tossed a four-hitter to run his record to 9-0 on the season. Lintz also racked up 13 strikeouts and issued just two walks en route to his fifth shutout of the year.
Although Page managed to put runners in scoring position just twice in the contest, MCHS head coach Joe George thought his senior hurler showed some mental resolve when he was put in tough situations.
"He worked out of some jams tonight. He did what he had to do. He's been under a lot of pressure all year, but he's handled it real well," said George.
The Tigers mustered just three hits against Patriot starting pitcher Codi Webb, but got consecutive solo homeruns from first baseman Colton Primm and shortstop Koda Watkins in the second inning, while centerfielder Zach Cross doubled and scored a run in the fourth.
Page had a chance to get on the board in the top of the second when Webb drew a walk and courtesy runner David Seeman advanced to second on a passed ball. Seeman, though, got greedy on the base paths and was gunned down at third by MCHS catcher Jake Lintz on a steal attempt.
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