Greenbrier trips up Tigers
After posting a pair of shutout victories over Cornersville and Murfreesboro Central Magnet the previous evening, the Marshall County Tigers suffered a slip up on Friday afternoon when they were defeated 3-1 at home by the Greenbrier Bobcats in the Marshall County Invitational.
Greenbrier (7-7) held a 2-0 lead through the first six innings of play before tacking on an insurance run in the top of the seventh to open up a 3-0 advantage. The Bobcats then withstood a comeback attempt by the Tigers in the bottom of the seventh that saw MCHS leave the bases loaded.
Marshall County (11-7) had notched double digit hit totals in their two previous contests, but mustered just five singles and three walks against Greenbrier starting pitcher Ryan Richardson and reliever Josh Hopkins.
Richardson picked up the victory, allowing three hits and three walks in six scoreless innings of work to go with seven strikeouts.
"He was throwing a changeup that kept us off stride and was hitting the corners," said MCHS coach Steve Reese. "We had a little bit of a letdown today. I was hoping we could build up some momentum this weekend because at tournament time you've got to be up for every game."
Morgan Reese went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Tigers at the plate, while J.B. Reese, Jesse Kilpatrick, and Ryan McDaniel each had one hit.
Despite piling up eight strikeouts, Marshall County starting pitcher Aaron Thomason suffered the loss after yielding two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. McDaniel then came on in relief of Thomason in the seventh and gave up one run on two hits in the final frame.
Carson Elder went 2-for-3 with a walk, 1 RBI, and a run scored to pace Greenbrier offensively, while Chris Holbert, James Pentecost, Troy Batts, Kyle Kinle, and Richardson had one hit apiece with Holbert and Richardson driving in one run.
The Bobcats grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning by pushing across two runs in the frame with the help of singles from Batts, Kinle, Richardson, and Elder.
MCHS then stranded a runner in scoring position in the bottom half of the second before leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
In the top of the seventh, Greenbrier tacked on an insurance run thanks to a single by Elder, a Tiger error, and a Holbert RBI single to push their lead to 3-0.
Marshall County tried to mount a last ditch rally in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs on the strength of a hit batsman and singles from McDaniel and J.B. Reese. Courtesy runner Grayson Wiles then trotted home when Thomason was hit by a pitch to trim the deficit to 3-1, but Hopkins struck out the next MCHS batter to preserve the Bobcat victory.