Coming off a pair of blowout victories over Columbia American Legion the previous evening, the Marshall County Dusters (11-4) recorded another convincing win on Tuesday night when they hammered the Grassland Venom 12-1 in four innings at home in the first game of a doubleheader.
Marshall County had great success at the plate against both Grassland pitchers that they faced and actually recorded more hits (10) than outs (nine) to go along with three walks and three Venom errors.
Morgan Reese (2 RBI) and starting hurler Aaron Thomason (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece to lead the Dusters' offensive attack, while Brandon Bush added a three-run homer. J.B. Reese, Jack Whaley, Cody Vernon (2 RBI), Matt Sharp (1 RBI), and Dustin Lyons each collected one hit for Marshall County as well.
"We hit their pitching real well," said Duster coach Mike Reese. "They were competitive everywhere else, but they just didn't have the pitching. We came out and swung the bats early, which was the key to the game."
Thomason also turned in a solid performance on the mound and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over three innings while notching two strikeouts en route to earning the victory. Hayden Bailey then came on in relief of Thomason at the start of the fourth and yielded one hit in one scoreless inning of work.
The Dusters gave their pitching staff all the offensive support they would need in the bottom of the first inning and pushed across six runs in the frame on the strength of a leadoff double by J.B. Reese, two hit batsmen, a Bush three-run homer, a triple by Thomason, and a pair of RBI singles by Morgan Reese and Sharp to seize a 6-0 lead.
The Venom trimmed the deficit to 6-1 in the top of the second on a RBI double by B.J. Jarnagin, but Marshall County turned the game into a rout in the bottom half of the inning by crossing home plate six more times with the help of a Whaley leadoff double, a walk by Bush, a pair of RBI singles by Morgan Reese and Thomason, a Vernon two-run triple, and three Grassland errors to forge a 12-1 advantage.
The Venom then stranded two runners in scoring position in the third before Bailey worked around a leadoff single by Ryan Tate in the fourth to close out the Dusters' 12-1 triumph.