Falcons top Tigers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Marshall County's Lane Whitesell rounds third base while trying to score on a single by Chandler Harmon in the bottom of the first inning against Lincoln County. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Lincoln County (11-13) salvaged a split of the regular season series with the Marshall County Tigers (13-5) by defeating MCHS 5-2 in six innings on Friday night at Joe George Field.

The Tigers had beaten the Falcons 7-3 in their previous encounter on March 15 and held a 1-0 lead through the first two innings of play in Friday's contest, but Lincoln County outscored MCHS 5-1 over the next four frames to seize a 5-2 advantage before the game was called in the bottom of the sixth due to heavy thunderstorms.

Problems continue

Having scored a total of just seven runs in their three previous outings, Marshall County saw their recent offensive struggles continue on Friday, as they mustered just three hits and two walks against Falcon starting pitcher Carson Taylor.

Connor Bush paced the Tigers at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, while Chandler Harmon had one hit.

Lincoln County, conversely, finished with seven hits and three walks against two MCHS hurlers to go along with three Tiger errors. Wright tallied two hits to lead the Falcons offensively, while Brandon Gower (1 RBI), Carson Taylor (1 RBI), Johnathan Jacks (1 RBI), Jacob Dickenson, and Logan Smith notched one hit apiece.

First loss

Marshall County starting pitcher Brooks Leftwich suffered his first loss of the year after allowing three runs, one earned, in four innings of work on four hits and a walk. Lane Whitesell then came on in relief of Leftwich and gave up two runs, one earned, over two innings on three hits and two walks.

Marshall County first baseman Cameron Isley tags out Lincoln County's Jake Pierce after receiving a pickoff throw from pitcher Brooks Leftwich in the top of the second inning.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Bush scored on a passed ball after roping a leadoff triple into the right centerfield gap. Whitesell then drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk before trying to score on a two-out single by Harmon. Dickenson, however, bailed out Wright by gunning down Whitesell at home plate with a strong throw from left field.

Leftwich worked around a one-out single by Wright in the second inning, but the Falcons pushed across two runs in the top of the third to claim a 2-1 advantage. Smith doubled to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler McCown. After Smith scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1, Zack Malone drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Gower then drove in Malone by smacking a RBI single into centerfield.

Temporary tie

Marshall County mounted an immediate response and notched a run in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 2-2. Wilson Limbaugh reached on an error before Bush singled and Whitesell drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Jay Murphy then plated Limbaugh with a sacrifice fly.

The Falcons quickly pulled back ahead by tallying a run in the top of the fourth to grab a 3-2 lead. Following a leadoff single by Wright, Jake Pierce reached base on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. Wright was thrown out at third on a fielder's choice by Smith, but McCown was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out before Pierce scored on a sacrifice fly by Malone.

Lincoln County then opened up a 4-2 advantage on a RBI single by Jacks in the top of the fifth before tacking on another run in the sixth inning with the help of two walks and a Taylor RBI single to cap their 5-2 win.