Summertown outlasts Dusters
On Thursday afternoon, the Marshall County Dusters (12-6) had their eight-game winning streak snapped when they lost 6-5 to the Summertown Eagles in eight innings at Columbia Central High School in the Rocket Summer Classic.
Marshall County trailed 3-0 at the end of the first inning, but outscored the Eagles 5-2 over the next five frames to tie the game at 5-5. Following a scoreless seventh inning, Summertown pulled out the victory in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a RBI double by Bryce Giles.
Aided by their fast start, the Eagles pounded out 12 hits against two Marshall County pitchers to go along with two Duster errors. Giles spearheaded Summertown's offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored, while Quentin Crowell (1 RBI), Tim Beard (1 RBI), and Ty Riddle notched two hits apiece.
Marshall County reliever Ryan McDaniel suffered the loss on the mound after allowing a run over one-third of an inning on two hits. Duster starting hurler Hayden Bailey had to settle for the no decision and yielded five runs in seven innings of work on 10 hits.
Summertown starting pitcher Nathaniel Morrison went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory and gave up seven hits and a walk over eight innings while recording eight strikeouts.
Matt Sharp paced Marshall County at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, while McDaniel (2 RBI) and Bailey (1 RBI) doubled and tripled respectively. Connor Bush, Bubba Houghton, and Dylan McKnight each added a single and a run scored for the Dusters as well.
The Eagles came flying out of the gates and pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning on four hits and an error to grab a 3-0 lead.
Marshall County left a man in scoring position in the top of the second, but broke through for three runs in the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Bush singled to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a single by McKnight. After McKnight stole second, Bush scored on a RBI single by Sharp to narrow the gap to 3-1, before McDaniel plated McKnight and Sharp with a two-run double.
Summertown quickly counterpunched and plated a run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a RBI single by Giles to seize a 4-3 lead before tacking on another run in the fifth inning on a Beard RBI single to open up a 5-3 advantage.
The Dusters once again fought back and crossed home plate twice in the top of the sixth to knot the score at 5-5. Sharp was hit by a pitch before advancing to third on a single by Houghton. After Sharp scampered home on a passed ball to slice the deficit to 5-4, Bailey knocked in Houghton by smacking a RBI triple into the right centerfield gap.
Marshall County had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth when they put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a Sharp single and a hit batsman, but Morrison retired the next Duster batter on a groundout to escape the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the eighth, Riddle reached base on a one-out single before Giles belted a RBI double to deep centerfield to give Summertown the 6-5 victory.