Tigers roar past Rockets

Friday, March 16, 2012
Marshall County's J.B. Reese cranks a three-run homer in the top of the 7th inning in the Tigers' 11-3 win over Forrest in Chapel Hill Tuesday night. Photos by Bill Beasley

After losing 6-1 to Blackman in their season opener the previous day, the Marshall County Tigers evened their record at 1-1 on Tuesday by defeating the Forrest Rockets 11-3 in Chapel Hill.

Forrest actually held a 2-0 lead through the first two innings of play, but the Tigers experienced a power surge at the plate and clubbed four home runs over the next five innings en route to outscoring the Rockets 11-1 during that span.

Shortstop Morgan Reese went 3-for-5 with a double, a homerun, 2 RBI, and two runs scored to spearhead a 13-hit attack by the Tigers. Aaron Thomason also added a double, a homerun, 4 RBI, and two runs scored, while Brandon Bush notched two singles and a walk. Jesse Kilpatrick, J.B. Reese, Cody Vernon, Matt Sharp, Ryan Richardson, and starting pitcher Dylan McKnight each had a hit for MCHS as well with Reese and Vernon both smacking two-run homers.

McKnight also picked up the victory on the mound and gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings while racking up eight strikeouts. Thomason then came on in relief of McKnight and yielded two hits in two scoreless innings of work to go along with three strikeouts.

Rocket starting hurler Zach Brewer suffered the loss, allowing six runs over three innings on eight hits and three walks while recording five strikeouts.

Austin Harber, Zach Horvath, Brewer (2 RBI), and Paten Pruitt (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece to lead Forrest offensively with Brewer belting a homerun. Richard Hardin and Damian Lee both singled for FHS as well.

MCHS left a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning before Brewer gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the frame by blasting a two-run homer to right centerfield after Harber singled.

Brewer then worked around two one-out walks in the second, but the Tigers saw their bats catch fire in the third and crossed home plate six times in the inning thanks to a walk by J.B. Reese, a Morgan Reese RBI double, a single by Bush, a Thomason two-run double, a two-run homer by Vernon, a pair of singles by Sharp and McKnight, and a FHS error to seize a 6-2 advantage.

Forrest's Jacob Daughrity (9) reaches up in an attempt to steal a home run, but the ball cleared in the Rockets' 11-3 loss to Marshall County.

Marshall County continued to play long ball in the fourth and stretched their lead to 9-3 on the strength of a Morgan Reese solo homer and a two-run shot by Thomason.

Forrest plated a run in the bottom of the fifth with the help of a hit batsman, a single by Pruitt, and a Horvath RBI single to trim the deficit to 9-3, before J.B. Reese capped the Tigers' 11-3 victory by cranking a two-run dinger over the left centerfield fence in the top of the seventh after Ryan McDaniel drew a leadoff walk.