After losing to Summertown this past weekend at the Columbia tournament, the Marshall County Dusters (3-4) made a much better showing against the Eagles on Wednesday night when they rolled to an 11-3 victory in five innings at Joe George Field in the first game of a doubleheader.
Marshall County starting pitcher Cody Vernon turned in a strong performance on the mound and allowed just one unearned run on three hits and two walks in four innings of work while registering six strikeouts en route to earning the victory.
Marcus Green then came on in relief of Vernon and yielded two runs on a hit and two walks in the fifth inning.
"Cody pitched really well today and has looked good his last couple of outings. I was also happy with the way we played defense. That helps separate your ballclub from other teams," said Marshall County coach Mike Reese. "We played them last weekend in Columbia and didn't fare too well over there so it was good to come back and beat them."
Summertown, conversely, had trouble recording outs against the Dusters, as Marshall County battered two Eagle pitchers for 15 hits. J.B. Reese, Jack Whaley, Morgan Reese (3 RBI), Brandon Hollingsworth (2 RBI), Brandon Bush (1 RBI), Aaron Thomason (2 RBI), and Vernon (1 RBI) each tallied two hits for the Dusters with Morgan Reese belting a home run, while Dylan McKnight (1 RBI) had one hit.
Bryce Giles, Blake Gray, Jordan Chard, and Nathan Morrison collected one hit apiece to pace Summertown at the plate.
Vernon worked around a leadoff walk by Giles in the top of the first inning with the help of a 4-6-3 double play before Marshall County erupted for five runs in the bottom half of the frame to grab a 5-0 lead.
After leading off the first with a single and stealing second, J.B. Reese advanced to third on a bloop single by Morgan Reese. Following consecutive RBI singles by Hollingsworth and Bush, Thomason drove in Hollingsworth and courtesy runner Matt Sharp with a two-run double to make it 4-0 prior to coming home on a RBI bloop single by McKnight.
Summertown notched an unearned run in the top of the second with the help of a leadoff double by Chard and a Duster error to trim the deficit to 5-1, but Marshall County stretched their lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the inning when Whaley scored on a Hollingsworth RBI double after singling and stealing second and third.
The Eagles then stranded runners on the corners in the third before the Dusters opened up a 7-1 advantage in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a RBI single by Vernon.
Marshall County continued to pour it on in the fourth and crossed home plate four more times to push their lead to 11-1. After J.B. Reese laced a leadoff triple into the left centerfield gap, Whaley reached base on a bunt single before Morgan Reese blasted a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to give the Dusters a 10-0 advantage. Following a single by Bush, courtesy runner Tyler Carter advanced to second on a Thomason single. Both runners then moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch before Carter raced home on a Dylan Kilpatrick sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Summertown pushed across two runs with the help of a Giles single, two walks, and two wild pitches for the 11-3 final.
Marshall County defeated the Eagles 11-3 in the second game as well to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.