Tigers crush Fairview

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Marshall County coach Steve Reese congratulates Aaron Hobbs as he rounds third after Hobbs hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning against Fairview. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After suffering a surprising 8-7 road loss to District 12-AA foe Fairview two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigers took out their frustrations on the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night when they rolled to a 10-0 victory in five innings at Joe George Field to earn a split of the regular season series.

Shortstop Morgan Reese spearheaded an 11-hit attack by the Tigers (13-8, 8-2 District), as he went 3-for -3 with a double, a triple, 3 RBI, and three runs scored. Brandon Bush and Ryan McDaniel also tallied two hits apiece and drove in three and one run respectively, while Aaron Hobbs added a two-run homer. Dylan McKnight, Hayden Bailey, and Cody Vernon each had one hit for MCHS as well with McKnight knocking in one run.

Although Marshall County committed four errors in the field, Tiger starting pitcher Matt Sharp was able to overcome the defensive miscues and limited Fairview to four hits and a walk over five scoreless innings while notching five strikeouts en route to picking up his fourth win of the year.

Marshall County's Dylan McKnight slides safely into home while scoring on a two-run single by Morgan Reese in the bottom of the fourth inning against Fairview.

"We came out and made four errors, but were able to get away with it because we hit the ball well and got good pitching," said MCHS coach Steve Reese. "Matt has pitched well for us this year. He keeps the ball around the plate and throws strikes. He's also going to get his fair share of strikeouts too."

Hunter Myatt recorded a pair of singles to pace Fairview (4-12, 2-8 District) at the plate, while Cody Collins and Seth McCormick both had one hit. Yellow Jacket starting hurler Jesse LeJeune suffered the loss on the mound, yielding eight runs in four innings of work on nine hits and a walk.

The Tigers grabbed the momentum early by pushing across two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After McKnight reached first base on a Fairview error, Morgan Reese drove him in by lacing a RBI triple into the left centerfield gap prior to scoring on a Bush RBI single.

In the third, the Yellow Jackets were unable to capitalize on two MCHS errors and left a pair of men in scoring position before Marshall County opened up a 3-0 advantage in the bottom half of the inning when Morgan Reese raced home on a Bush RBI groundout after belting a ground rule double and stealing third.

The Tigers then turned the game into a blowout in the fourth by crossing home plate five times in the frame with the help of a single by Vernon, a passed ball, a McDaniel RBI single, a walk by Sharp, a McKnight RBI infield single, a two-run single by Reese, and a Bush RBI double to forge a 8-0 lead.

Sharp worked around a MCHS error and a single by Myatt in the top of the fifth to maintain the shutout, before Marshall County brought the mercy rule into effect in the bottom half of the frame when Hobbs launched a two-run shot over the left field fence after Bailey led off the inning with a single.