Tigers lose 10th-inning heartbreaker

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Despite a brilliant pitching performance by staff ace Seth Lintz, the Marshall County Tigers (26-8) saw their season come to an end Monday night, as they suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in 10 innings to Franklin Road Academy in the first round of the Region 5-AA tournament.

After the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through the first nine innings of play, the Panthers scored the winning run in anticlimactic fashion in the top of the 10th when Andy Williams was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. FRA reliever Scott Ubelhor then held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the inning to knock MCHS out of the playoffs.

"It's been a good season, but we didn't hit the ball well tonight," said Marshall County head coach Joe George. "We had our chances."

Having already signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Kentucky, Lintz emptied the tank in his final appearance on the mound for the Tigers. He yielded just one unearned run over nine innings on three hits and four walks, while registering 12 strikeouts.

"He's had a great season. He struggled a little bit early, but from the fourth inning on he was pretty tough. We just didn't give him any run support," said George.

MCHS reliever Koda Watkins was saddled with the loss, allowing one unearned run on a hit and a walk in one inning of work.

Williams started the game on the hill for the Panthers and tossed nine strong innings as well to pick up the victory, giving up just five hits and four walks during that span while recording 13 strikeouts.

Jake Lintz, Shaun Harwell, Watkins, Andrew Thornhill and Jack Whaley each singled for the Tigers.

FRA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Williams scored on a RBI single by Trey Maitlaukl after being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on an errant ....Pick up a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.