Falcons fly past Marshall County

Friday, June 7, 2013
Marshall County's Dylan McKnight belts a single into right field in the top of the third inning against Lincoln County. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Dusters suffered their third straight loss on Tuesday night when they were defeated 7-3 on the road by the Lincoln County Falcons in the first game of a doubleheader.

Marshall County (2-3) held a 3-0 lead through the first two innings of play, but the Falcons cranked up their offense after that point and crossed home plate seven times over the next three frames to seize a 7-3 advantage before claiming the four-run victory.

Twelve hits

Lincoln County tallied 12 hits overall against Duster starting pitcher Ryan McDaniel and reliever Cameron Isley to go along with two walks and one Marshall County error.

Michael Lackey (2 RBI), Grady Wright (2 RBI), and Gus Osgood each tallied two hits to lead the Falcons' offensive attack, while Logan Smith had a hit and 2 RBI.

"Lincoln County has a good team and they'll compete in their District next year. Just about everyone we're playing in the summer is a bigger school so we're going to be facing some good teams," said Marshall County coach Mike Reese.

McDaniel suffered the loss on the mound and allowed seven runs in four and a third innings of work on 10 hits. Isley then came in and yielded two hits and two walks over one and two-third scoreless innings.

Seven-hit attack

The Dusters, meanwhile, finished with seven hits and two walks against two Lincoln County pitchers. Bubba Houghton went 2-for-3 with a RBI to pace Marshall County at the plate, while Zack Kirby (1 RBI), Dylan McKnight, McDaniel, Chandler Harmon, and Isley each had one hit.

Falcon starting pitcher Brandon Gower picked up the win and gave up three runs in five innings of work on five hits and a walk.

Marshall County centerfielder Connor Bush catches a fly ball by Lincoln County's Grady Wright in the bottom of the second inning.

Marshall County went down in order in the top of the first inning, but got their bats going in the second and pushed across three runs in the frame to grab a 3-0 lead. After McDaniel and Harmon both singled to put men on first and second with no outs, courtesy runners Grayson Wiles and Dunn Crowder both moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Richardson. Kirby then drove in Wiles with a RBI single before Houghton plated Crowder with a RBI bunt single while Kirby also scored on the play thanks to a Lincoln County throwing error.

Closing in

McDaniel worked around a one-out double by Jake Pierce in the bottom of the second, but the Falcons crossed home plate twice in the third inning thanks to a single by Carson Taylor, an Osgood double, and a two-run single by Smith to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Lincoln County then tallied two runs in the fourth inning on a Lackey RBI single and a Taylor sacrifice fly to take a 4-3 lead before plating three more runs in the bottom of the fifth behind RBI singles from Gower, Wright, and Lackey to open up a 7-3 advantage.

After the Dusters left a runner at second in the top of the sixth, the Falcons snuffed out another Marshall County rally attempt in the seventh inning with the help of a 4-6 double play to wrap up the win.