Marshall County sweeps Golden Eagles
After going on the road and defeating Shelbyville 8-0 earlier in the evening, the Marshall County Dusters posted their second straight shutout of the Golden Eagles in the nightcap when they claimed a 4-0 victory in five innings to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.
Marshall County starting pitcher Dylan McKnight went the distance on the mound and limited Shelbyville to four hits and a walk in the contest while notching six strikeouts en route to earning the win
The Dusters finished with only four hits as well, but stole seven bases and took advantage of three Golden Eagle errors, which contributed to two of Marshall County's four runs.
Aaron Thomason, J.B. Reese, Dylan McKnight, and Grayson Wiles tallied one hit apiece for the Dusters with Thomason and Wiles each scoring a run.
"I thought we did a good job of running the bases tonight and Dylan pitched well for us again," said Marshall County coach Mike Reese. "Playing these doubleheaders allows our older guys to develop for the next level and it also allows our younger guys to get better so they can help us next year. That's why it's important to keep your high school team together over the summer."
The Dusters grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Thomason scored on a double steal after reaching base on a two-out infield single and advancing to third on a single by J.B. Reese.
After the Golden Eagles stranded a runner at second base in the bottom of the first inning, Marshall County tallied an unearned run in the top of the second with the help of a bloop single by Wiles, a Zack Kirby sacrifice bunt, and two Golden Eagle errors to open up a 2-0 advantage.
McKnight worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the second before the Dusters plated another run in the top of the fourth inning to stretch their lead to 3-0. Following a leadoff single by McKnight, Wiles was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. Courtesy runner Jesse Kilpatrick and Wiles then pulled off a successful double steal before Kilpatrick raced home on the play when Wiles got caught in a rundown between second and third base.
In the fifth inning, Marshall County gave McKnight a little more breathing room by tacking on an insurance to run to make it 4-0. After drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch, Blake Darnell stole third before scoring on a throwing error by Shelbyville's catcher.
The Golden Eagles put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but McKnight retired the next two Shelbyville batters on a fielder's choice and a groundout to keep the shutout intact.