Tigers rally past Wyoming

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Marshall County shortstop Aaron Hobbs throws out Wyoming's Will Marty at first base in the top of the seventh inning. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a humbling 11-1 loss to the Ross Rams earlier in the day, the Marshall County Tigers (9-2) avoided a potential sweep by Ohio based teams when they rallied to defeat the Wyoming Cowboys 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at home in the Rocket/Tiger Classic.

Wyoming held a 4-3 lead through the first six innings of play, but self destructed in the bottom of the seventh, as the Tigers scored two runs in the frame without the benefit of a hit to claim their ninth win of the season.

Taking advantage

The Tigers finished with eight hits overall, but also took advantage of six walks and two Cowboy errors. Aaron Hobbs tallied two hits to lead Marshall County at the plate, while Grayson Wiles (1 RBI), Jay Murphy (1 RBI), Dunn Crowder (1 RBI), Connor Bush (1 RBI), Cameron Isley, and Chandler Harmon notched one hit apiece.

MCHS freshman pitcher Brayden Gentry acquitted himself well on the mound in his first career start, as he allowed four runs over four and a third innings on eight hits and a walk. Tiger reliever Brooks Leftwich picked up his third win of the year after yielding a walk in one and two-third scoreless innings of work.

Wyoming leadoff hitter Parker Chalmers was a thorn in the side of the Tigers all afternoon and went 2-for-3 with a walk, an inside the park homerun, 1 RBI, and two runs scored. Henry Moore (1 RBI), Tucker Marty (1 RBI), Sam Izenson, Will Marty, and Prajit Goli each notched one hit for the Cowboys as well.

Wyoming starting pitcher Joe Rominger had to settle for the no decision and gave up three runs over five innings on seven hits and two walks. Will Marty came on in relief of Rominger and suffered the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on a hit and four walks.

Early deficit

The Cowboys grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI fielder's choice by Henry Moore, before Marshall County tied the contest at 1-1 thanks to a Wiles two-out RBI single.

After Wyoming pulled ahead 2-1 in the top of the second on the strength of a RBI single by Chalmers, the Tigers plated a run in the bottom half of the inning behind a RBI single by Bush to knot the score at 2-2.

Chalmers then gave Wyoming a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth when he raced around the bases after lining the ball into the spacious right centerfield gap of Joe George Field.

The Tigers retied the game again at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth on a Murphy RBI single, before the Cowboys plated a run in the top of the sixth thanks to a RBI single by Tucker Marty to seize a 4-3 advantage.

Key run

Marshall County saw a scoring opportunity go by the wayside in the bottom of the sixth when they had a runner picked off third, but Wyoming ended up coughing up the lead in the seventh inning.

Following a walk by Lane Whitesell, pinch runner Jay Howard advanced to second on a passed ball prior to scoring on a Cowboy throwing error while Isley reached second base on the play. After Murphy was intentionally walked, pinch runners Blake Darnell and Ethan Evans both moved up 90 feet on a passed ball. Houghton was then intentionally walked to load the bases with one out before Darnell trotted home on a RBI walk by Crowder to give MCHS the 5-4 victory.