Tigers surge past Page

Friday, March 28, 2014
Marshall County starting hurler Stuart Warner fires a pitch to home plate in the top of the first inning against Page. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After dropping a 6-4 decision to Page the previous evening, the Marshall County earned a split in the season series with their District rival when they defeated the Patriots 12-7 at home on Tuesday night.

Page (5-4, 1-1 District) held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but the Tigers (5-1, 1-1 District) got their offense rolling after that point and outscored the Patriots 10-2 over the next three frames to seize a 10-3 advantage before claiming the five-run victory.

"If you start 0-2 in the District, you have to rely on other people and don't control your own destiny," said MCHS coach Steve Reese. "Honestly, I don't think anyone is going to go undefeated in the District this year because it's a well balanced District."

Taking advantage

Marshall County proved to be the more opportunistic team, as they finished with nine hits and five walks against two Patriot pitchers while leaving only three runners on base overall.

Aaron Hobbs, Jay Murphy, Grayson Wiles each tallied two hits and 2 RBI to lead the Tigers offensive attack, while starting pitcher Stuart Warner added a double and 3 RBI. Ethan Poteete (1 RBI) and Bubba Houghton both notched a hit for MCHS as well.

Page starting hurler Christian Denton suffered the loss on the mound after allowing 10 runs over three and two-third innings on seven hits and four walks.

The Patriots banged out 13 hits overall to go along with two walks and three Marshall County errors, but left 10 men on base and had two other runners thrown out on the base paths by Tiger catcher Chandler Harmon.

Mitchell Runion (4 RBI), Payton Wiggington (1 RBI), Luke Roney, Zak Mizell, and Tucker Stokes notched two hits apiece to pace Page at the plate.

Winning pitcher

Warner picked up the win on the mound for Marshall County and yielded six runs, four earned, in four and a third innings of work on 10 hits and a walk. Cameron Isley came on in relief of Warner and gave up one run over two and two-third innings on three hits and a walk.

The Patriots grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Garrett Sharp scored on a Tiger throwing error after leading off the frame with a single and advancing to third on a pair of groundouts by Roney and Mizell.

Denton retired Marshall County in order in the bottom of the first, but the lefty ran into trouble in the second inning, as the Tigers crossed home plate four times in the frame on the strength of a hit batsman, two walks, a Warner two-run double, a RBI single by Hobbs, and a double steal to seize a 4-1 advantage.

Marshall County third baseman Ethan Poteete throws out Page's Mitchell Runion at first base in the top of the second inning.

The Patriots cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the third on a two-run single by Runion, but the Tigers tallied three runs in the bottom half of the frame with the help of a Wiles RBI single, a RBI double by Poteete, and a Warner RBI groundout to stretch their lead to 7-3.

Pouring on runs

Marshall County continued to pour it on in the fourth inning and crossed home plate three more times in the frame behind a two-run single by Murphy and a Wiles RBI triple to forge a 10-3 advantage.

Page narrowed the gap to 10-6 in the top of the fifth with the aid of a Runion two-run double and a Tiger error, but MCHS tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a RBI triple by Hobbs and a Patriot throwing error to extend their lead to 12-6.

Isley then worked around a one-out single by Roney in the sixth inning before Page scored a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by Wiggington for the 12-7 final.