Dusters shutdown Shelbyville

Friday, June 8, 2012
Marshall County coach Mike Reese congratulates Cody Vernon as he rounds third base after Vernon hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning against Shelbyville. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Wednesday night, the Marshall County Dusters (5-1-1) recorded their fourth straight victory when they defeated the Shelbyville Golden Eagles 7-1 at home in the first game of a doubleheader.

Bolstered by two homeruns, the Dusters finished with nine hits and two walks against two Shelbyville pitchers. Aaron Thomason and Brandon Bush both tallied two hits and 2 RBI to lead Marshall County offensively with Thomason belting a homerun. Starting pitcher Cody Vernon also added a solo homerun, while Matt Sharp, Morgan Reese (1 RBI), J.B. Reese, and Jesse Kilpatrick each had one hit.

Vernon picked up the win on the mound as well after yielding one run over four innings on four hits and a walk to go along with five strikeouts. Thomason then came on in relief of Vernon and allowed two hits and two walks in three scoreless innings of work while notching two strikeouts.

Marshall County's Blake Darnell slides safely into home plate while scoring on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning against Shelbyville.

"I was pleased with how we played in the first game. We swung the bats well and got some timely hits," said Dusters coach Mike Reese. "Both of our pitchers threw pretty well too and we played pretty good defense. We beat a good triple A ballclub."

Shelbyville left two runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning before Thomason staked Marshall County to an 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the frame when he smacked a two-run homer over the left field fence after Sharp reached base on a leadoff single.

The Dusters then opened up a 5-0 advantage in the third by crossing home plate three times in the frame with the help of two Golden Eagle errors, a Morgan Reese walk, a two-run triple by Bush, and a passed ball.

Shelbyville plated a run in the top of the fourth on three hits to trim the deficit to 5-1, but Marshall County tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth to stretch their lead to 6-1. After roping a one-out double into left field, Thomason advanced to third on a passed ball before coming home on a RBI infield single by Morgan Reese.

Vernon then clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Dusters a 7-1 advantage before Thomason worked around a two-out single in the top of the seventh to wrap up Marshall County's victory.