Garvin, hot bats propel 15U stars over Columbia

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tanner Garvin (8) pitched five innings of no-hit ball in Marshall County's 17-4 thrashing over host Columbia Sunday in the first round of the District 8 15U Babe Ruth Tournament. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The 15U Marshall County Babe Ruth all-stars opened up the District 8 Tournament in style Sunday night, pummeling host Columbia 17-4.

Tanner Garvin turned in a dominating performance on the mound for head coach Bradley Maddox's squad, tossing five innings of no-hit ball, including ten strikeouts and zero bases on balls.

Garvin also went 1-3 at the plate with two RBIs, two bases on balls and two runs scored in a huge 15-hit offensive attack for Marshall County.

Lane Whitesell (22) drills a two-run single in Marshall County's five-run first inning.

Maddox's team gave Garvin all the run support he would need on the night in the top of the first inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five times with Lane Whitesell and Cameron Isley driving in two runs and Chase Hensley knocking in another.

Garvin surrendered an unearned run in the third when Brandon Barker reached on an error and scored two batters later on a fielder's choice RBI by Shaun Amos.

Marshall County added four more runs in the fifth as Blake Leonard led off the inning with a walk, stole second and was balked over to third base before Garvin ripped a triple to center to make it 6-1.

Cameron Isley (20) knocks in two runs with an opposite field single in the first for Marshall County, who pummeled host 17-4 Sunday night in the opening round of the District 8 Tournament.

Connor Mealer came in to run for Garvin and trotted home on a perfect RBI squeeze bunt by Hensley.

Whitesell followed with his second base knock of the game before Isley and Curt Taylor drew back-to-back walks to make it an 8-1 contest.

Connor Bush drove in Whitesell on a fielder's choice ribbie to make it 9-1 before the inning ended on a force play at home plate.

Garvin mowed down Columbia 1-2-3 in the home half of the inning, and in the top of the sixth, Marshall County added to Columbia's misery, scoring eight runs to balloon the score to 17-1.

Dunn Crowder and Hensley both had two-run base knocks in the frame and Chandler Harmon drove home one with a single and Garvin knocked in another with a bases loaded walk.

Columbia finally got their first hit of the night off Marshall County reliever Cameron Isley as Austin Mitchell slammed a two-out, bases loaded single to make it 17-3.

Two batters later, Triston Carlson knocked in another run with an infield single before Isley recorded the final out on a pop-up to Whitesell at second base.

Hensley led the offensive attack for Marshall County, going 3-4 with four RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Leonard went 2-3 with two walks, two stolen bases, two runs scored and Whitesell knocked in two runs in a 2-4 performance at the dish and walked once, scored three times and stole two bases.

Crowder turned in a 2-3 night with two RBIs and scored a run, Isley had one hit in three at bats, recorded two ribbies, walked once and scored once, and Bush had one hit two bases on balls, one run scored and an RBI.

Harmon drove home one run, scored twice, stole a base, and gunned down one Columbia runner, trying to steal.

Rounding out the offensive surge was Jody Sullivan (1-1, one run scored, stolen base) and Zack Gordon (1-5, two stolen bases).