8U All Stars win state tournament opener
After a gala opening ceremonies that included legendary MCHS baseball manager Joe George's knuckle curve of the ceremonial first pitch and words of encouragement from state representative Eddie Bass and Marshall County mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, the 8U hometown all-stars went out and took care of business with a 16-7 win over Livingston on Friday in day one action of the Cal Ripken State Tournament at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex on Bobby Hurt Drive in Lewisburg.
Marshall County banged out twenty hits in the ballgame, led by Kavares Tears' extraordinary 4-4 effort at the plate.
Tears ripped a single, triple, and two doubles, scored four times, and knocked in three of his teammates in Marshall County's first pool play contest.
Zach Graves went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Peyton Graves also had three hits in four at bats and drove in four and crossed home plate three times, and Max Kirby scored three times as he went 3-4 and had three RBIs.
A'ky Howard (2 RBIs, 2 RS), Justin Gillespie 2-4 (1 RBI, 1 RS), Ryan Kirby 2-4 (1 RS), and Nehemiah Tice 1-2 (1 RS, 2 RBIs) rounded out the offensive outburst.
Marshall County scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the ballgame.
Livingston's Landon Brown knocked in two runners in the bottom of the second inning to cut the Marshall County's lead in half, but the host's came right back in the top of third with three runs to make it 7-2.
A pair of two-out, two-run base knocks by Brown and Garrett Hastings contributed to a four-run bottom of the third for Livingston as they trailed by one after the frame.
Once again, Marshall County would not let up, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 10-6.
Livingston managed a single run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Nick Brown before Marshall County put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth as the tallied six runs and opened up a 16-7 lead.
Tice had a two-run base knock in the explosion and Tears, Zach Graves, and Peyton Graves all knocked in one.
In the bottom of the final inning, a pop out to Zach Graves at shortstop, a strikeout, and a pop-up to Ryan Kirby at second ended the game.
Marshall County plays their final two pool games today at noon versus SMAA and at 4:00 p.m. versus Grassland.
Bracket play begins tomorrow, as the fifteen-team tournament will be whittled down to four teams remaining in the championship bracket.
The championship final is scheduled for Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Other scores from Friday:
Donelson Diamond Dawgs 6 Piney Bluff 4
West Nashville Sports League (WNSL) 10 Heritage Hammers 0
Franklin Fury 14 Warren County Blue 1
Grassland 13 Smokey Mountain 0