Tigers edge Bulldogs in Classic

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Marshall County starting hurler Cameron Isley pitched five solid innings in the Tigers' 4-3 win over Cornersville. Photo by Philip Pullen

On Friday night, the Marshall County Tigers (8-1) defeated the Cornersville Bulldogs (8-3) for the fifth straight time when they pulled out a hard fought 4-3 victory at home in the Rocket/Tiger Classic.

The two teams were locked in a 3-3 tie through the first five and a half innings of play, but the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out RBI infield single by Connor Bush before fending off a Bulldog rally attempt in the top of the seventh to claim their fourth straight win.

Bush's big night

Bush had a big night at the plate and led an eight-hit attack by the Tigers, as he went 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Cameron Isley also tallied two hits, while Stuart Warner (1 RBI), Wilson Limbaugh (1 RBI), and Grayson Wiles each had one hit.

Despite registering five strikeouts over two innings, Bulldog reliever Jody Sullivan suffered his first loss of the season after yielding one unearned run on one hit and two walks. Cornersville starting pitcher J.D. Crabtree had to settle for the no decision and gave up three runs in four innings of work on seven hits and four walks.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, finished with seven hits overall against two MCHS hurlers. Sullivan (2 RBI) and catcher Aaron Fox notched two hits apiece to lead Cornersville offensively, while Curt Taylor (1 RBI), David Looney, and Dallas Wright each had one hit.

Winning pitcher

Tiger reliever Chandler Harmon tossed two shutout innings to pick up the win, allowing one hit and two walks during that span. Marshall County starting pitcher Cameron Isley settled for the no decision after giving up three runs in five plus innings of work on four hits and two walks.

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start and pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. After Looney and Fox both singled to put runners on first and second with one out, Looney and courtesy runner Nate Huitt both moved up 90 feet on a passed ball. Looney then scored on a sacrifice fly by Curt Taylor before Sullivan drove in Huitt with a RBI single.

Marshall County narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the first when Grayson Wiles scampered home on a RBI groundout by Dunn Crowder after singling with one out and advancing to third on a Isley double.

Winning it

The Tigers left two runners in scoring position in the second inning, but plated a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Following a one-out single by Isley, courtesy runner Jay Howard advanced to second on a walk by Crowder before racing home on a Warner RBI single.

Marshall County took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by Wilson Limbaugh, but the Bulldogs retied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth on a Sullivan RBI single.

The Tigers pulled back ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ethan Evans scampered home on an infield single by Bush after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a errant pickoff throw and a wild pitch.

Cornersville had a chance to tie the game again in the top of the seventh and put runners on first and second with one out thanks to a hit batsman and a Tate Lowery walk, but Harmon retired the next two CHS batters on a fielder's choice and a groundout to seal the victory for Marshall County.