Tigers edge Warren County
After pounding Richland 10-1 two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigers (12-3) won an old fashioned pitchers' duel on Saturday afternoon when they defeated the Warren County Pioneers 1-0 at home.
The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through the first six innings of play, but Warren County (9-9) finally blinked in the bottom of the seventh, as the Tigers scored the winning run with the help of an error by Pioneer shortstop Logan Underhill after putting runners on first and second with one out thanks to two walks.
"They made some great plays all day long, but then they booted a routine double play ball," said MCHS coach Steve Reese. "It looked like their shortstop started to rush and tried to throw the ball before he caught it."
Tiger starting pitcher Cameron Isley had to settle for the no decision, but turned in a strong performance on the mound, as he yielded just three hits and two walks in five scoreless innings of work while registering six strikeouts. Freshman hurler Brayden Gentry then came on in relief of Isley and picked up the first win of his MCHS career after notching two strikeouts over two perfect innings.
"Isley and Gentry both pitched outstanding and we made the plays when we had to," said Reese. "Cameron was mixing up his curveball and his fastball and was wearing out the outside corner. He just kept them off balance."
Underhill, Chayse Frye, and Jett Urtubees tallied one hit apiece for the Pioneers. Warren County starting pitcher Will Sweeton was the tough luck loser on the mound and limited the Tigers to just two hits and two walks in six and a third innings of work.
Catcher Chandler Harmon and Aaron Hobbs each singled to account for both Marshall County hits.
Warren County had a chance to get on the board in the top of the second inning when they loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a pair of walks and a hit batsman, but Isley settled down and struck out Urtubees to escape the jam.
In the top of the fourth, the Pioneers had another opportunity to take the lead, as Frye led off the inning with a single before beating the throw at second on a fielder's choice by Lucas Rogers. Following a foul out by Jon Reed, Frye moved up 90 feet on a fly out by Hunter Mullican, but Harmon picked off Frye at third to snuff out the threat.
Isley then worked around a pair of bloop singles by Urtubees and Underhill in the top of the fifth before Gentry retired the Pioneers in order in each of the next two innings.
After not advancing a runner past first base through the first six innings, the Tigers finally put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh when Lane Whitesell drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gentry. Sweeton then issued an intentional walk to Jay Murphy before inducing what appeared to be a tailor made double play groundball by Grayson Wiles.
Underhill, however, saw the ball deflect off his glove and roll into the outfield, which allowed Whitesell to score easily on the play to give Marshall County the 1-0 victory.