Tigers cruise past Murfreesboro Central Magnet

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Marshall County starting pitcher Morgan Reese tossed a three-hit shutout to help lead the Tigers to a 7-0 win over Murfreesboro Central Magnet. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Despite resting many of their regular starters, the Marshall County Tigers (11-6) reeled off their fifth straight victory on Thursday night when they defeated Murfreesboro Central Magnet 7-0 at home in the Marshall County Invitational.

MCHS starting hurler Morgan Reese went the distance on the mound to give the Tiger pitching staff their third consecutive complete game shutout, as he notched four strikeouts and limited Central Magnet to just three hits in seven scoreless innings of work to earn his second win of the season.

"Morgan pitched another good game. His knuckleball was working well and he did a good job hitting his spots," said Marshall County coach Steve Reese.

The Tigers, meanwhile, banged out 12 hits and drew four walks against two Central Magnet pitchers.

First baseman Jay Murphy led MCHS' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, 3 RBI, and a run scored, while Morgan Reese, Aaron Medley, and Bubba Houghton each had two hits with Medley and Houghton driving in three and one run respectively. Aaron Hobbs, Matt Sharp, and Zack Kirby each had one hit as well for Marshall County.

"Anytime we go to a tournament we always try to give everyone a chance to play," said Steve Reese. "The younger guys played great tonight. They made some good plays in the infield and some nice plays in the outfield."

Central Magnet starting pitcher Alex Sherrod suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks over four innings.

McKenzie Jackson, Colt Flippo, and Trey Shuler each singled to account for all three Central Magnet hits.

MCHS grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Murphy knocked in courtesy runner J.B. Reese by blasting a RBI triple to deep right field after Morgan Reese singled with two outs.

The Tigers left two men on base in the second, but pushed across two runs in the third with the help of a leadoff triple by Morgan Reese, a Murphy RBI bloop single, a walk by Grayson Wiles, a passed ball, and a Medley sacrifice fly to open up a 3-0 advantage.

Marshall County then stretched their lead to 4-0 in the fourth thanks to a single by Sharp, a Morgan Reese walk, and a RBI double by Murphy, before plating a run in the fifth on the strength of a Medley bloop single and a RBI double by Houghton to make it 5-0.

In the sixth, MCHS crossed home plate two more times with the aid of a Hobbs infield single, a walk by Morgan Reese, a hit batsman, and a two-run double by Medley to cap their 7-0 victory.