Pugh cools off Marshall County 15s in second round

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Chandler Harmon (9) rips a sixth inning single for Marshall County. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County 15U all-stars pounded out 15 hits and got a stellar performance on the hill from Tanner Garvin in game one Sunday night, but in game two the tables were turned as Lawrenceburg's Mason Pugh shut out the MC nine 4-0.

Lane Whitesell, Chandler Harmon, David Looney, and Curt Taylor had the only hits for Marshall County in the contest, while Lawrenceburg managed seven hits off Looney.

Looney pitched well in his complete game effort, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine, but was hurt by three bases on balls, one hit batsman and a couple of crucial errors in the infield by Marshall County.

David Looney (3) started on the hill for Marshall County versus Lawrenceburg and pitched well, but it was not enough as Mason Pugh out-dueled Looney in a 4-0 loss.

Meanwhile, Pugh was strong from the start, setting down Marshall County 1-2-3 in the first two innings and he did not face more than four batters in a frame until the sixth inning.

Kevin Curso made it 1-0 for Lawrenceburg with a second inning double and that was the way the game would remain until the fifth when Cole Crews led off with a base hit and one batter later, Peyton Stockwell singled to right field off Looney.

Stockwell stole second before Cody Gobble knocked home Crews and Stockwell followed him home on a throwing error to give Lawrenceburg a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Connor Bush was hit by a Pugh pitch with one out and Zack Gordon drew a base on balls to put runners on first and second.

After Pugh struck out the next batter, Harmon singled to right to load the sacks, but Pugh's defense came up huge, turning a pretty 4-6-3 double play to squelch the Marshall County threat.

Lawrenceburg tacked on an unearned in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to the seventh.

With one down, Taylor belted a pinch hit single to keep hope alive for Marshall County, but Pugh got out number two on nice play in center by Curso, who ran down a laser off the bat of Whitesell and the game ended on Pugh's eleventh strikeout of the game.