Central Magnet shuts out Dusters
Having already secured a spot in the semifinals of the Tullahoma Classic, the Marshall County Dusters finished with a 2-2 record in pool play after losing 7-0 in five innings to the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Shelbyville Central High School.
Tiger starting pitcher Michael Zipay went the distance on the mound to earn the win and scattered five hits and four walks over five innings while notching six strikeouts. Marshall County (16-10) also left seven men in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base overall.
Matt Sharp, Hayden Bailey, Dunn Crowder, Chandler Harmon, and Ryan Richardson each tallied one hit for the Dusters.
"We just didn't swing the bats well and left the bases loaded twice. We knew we were in the semifinals so we were experimenting with some younger players," said Marshall County coach Mike Reese.
MCM, meanwhile, finished with eight hits and four walks against two Marshall County hurlers. Darek Sargent and Trey Schueler both tallied two hits and a RBI to lead the Tigers offensively.
Duster starting pitcher Cameron Isley suffered the loss and yielded six runs over two and a third innings on six hits and two walks. Lane Whitesell came on in relief of Isley and allowed one run in two and two-third innings of work on two hits and two walks.
Murfreesboro Central Magnet got off to a fast start and pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning on a bloop double by Jacob Crume, a Sargent RBI double, and a RBI groundout by Zipay to take a 2-0 lead.
Marshall County had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the first when they loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of singles by Sharp and Bailey and a Dunn Crowder walk, but Zipay struck out the next Marshall County batter to snuff out the threat.
Both teams left runners in scoring position in the second inning before the Tigers plated four runs in the top of the third with the help of a leadoff walk by Crume, a Sargent bloop single, a RBI single by Alex Ropp, a Spencer Hiland RBI bunt single, a Taylor Sailing RBI infield single, and two wild pitches to open up a 6-0 advantage.
After the Dusters left the bases loaded again in the bottom of the fourth, Murfreesboro Central Magnet tacked on another run in the top of the fifth on the strength of a walk and a RBI double by Schueler to extend their lead to 7-0.
Marshall County had one final opportunity to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth and put runners on first and third with two outs thanks to a hit batsman, an infield single by Sharp and a Tiger throwing error, but Zipay retired the next Duster batter on a groundout to preserve the shutout.