Dusters defeat Shelbyville Post 23
After splitting their first two games at the Tullahoma Classic, the Marshall County Dusters improved to 2-1 in pool play by claiming a 9-2 victory over Shelbyville Post 23 on Saturday morning at Shelbyville Central High School.
Aided by a pair of three-run innings, the Dusters (16-9) pounded out 11 hits against three Shelbyville pitchers to go along with five walks and four Post 23 errors.
Matt Sharp led Marshall County's offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored, while starting hurler Ryan McDaniel and Bubba Houghton both tallied two hits and a RBI. Hayden Bailey (1 RBI), Connor Bush (1 RBI), Grayson Wiles (1 RBI), and Chandler Harmon notched one hit apiece for the Dusters as well.
McDaniel went the distance on the mound to earn the win and limited Shelbyville to five hits and a walk in seven innings of work. Marshall County also turned in a solid defensive effort and committed only one error in the contest while turning two double plays.
"We swung the bats well and got good pitching. We played a complete ballgame against a pretty good team," said Dusters coach Mike Reese.
Trent Layman went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and 2 RBI to pace Shelbyville at the plate, while Taylor Paschal, J.D. Parker, and David Pearson each had one hit.
Post 23 starting hurler Jody Sullivan suffered the loss and yielded six runs over three and a third innings on seven hits and three walks.
Ahead from start
Marshall County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Sharp raced home on a two-out RBI double by Bailey after singling.
Shelbyville had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the first and loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a Layman walk and two hit batsmen, but McDaniel retired Austyn Cooper on an infield pop up to escape the jam.
The Dusters stranded a runner in scoring position in the top of the second, before pushing across two runs in the third inning to open up a 3-0 advantage. After Wiles and Bush reached base on a bloop single and a bunt single respectively, both runners moved up 90 feet on a Cameron Isley sacrifice bunt. Wiles then scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0 before Sharp drove in Bush with a RBI single.
Runs keep coming
In the top of the fourth, Marshall County continued to distance themselves from Post 23 and plated three runs in the frame to stretch their lead to 6-0. Following a leadoff double by McDaniel, Houghton beat out an infield single and Chandler Harmon drew a walk to load the bases with one out. After Grayson Wiles drew an RBI walk, Bush was hit by a pitch to bring home Houghton before courtesy runner Trent Wiles scored on an Isley sacrifice fly.
The Dusters then tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh with the help of three errors and a pair of RBI singles by McDaniel and Houghton to forge a 9-0 advantage.
Shelbyville spoiled McDaniel's shutout bid by crossing home plate twice in the bottom of the seventh on the strength of a single by Parker, a Paschal double, and a two-run double by Layman for the 9-2 final.