Red Raiders roll past Dusters 7-0
On Friday afternoon, the Marshall County Dusters (17-7) suffered their third straight loss when they were defeated 7-0 in five innings by the Coffee County Red Raiders at Blackman High School in the Boro Classic.
Having narrowly defeated Coffee County 2-1 in the Crethan Hansert Memorial Tournament last weekend, the Dusters appeared they would go down to the wire with the Red Raiders again after the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through the first three innings of play.
Coffee catches fire
Coffee County, however, saw their bats catch fire after that point, as they crossed home plate five times in the bottom of the fourth to seize a 5-0 lead before tacking on two more runs in the fifth inning to bring the mercy rule into effect.
After scoring a total of six runs in their previous two games, the Dusters once again scuffled at the plate and mustered just one hit and one walk against Red Raider starting pitcher Dylan Sandoval while striking out eight times. Madison Peete singled to account for Marshall County's lone hit of the contest.
"I think we were a little flat because we've played a bunch of games lately. We just didn't swing the bats well and they did," said Duster coach Mike Reese. "They strung together some hits and took advantage of a couple of mistakes we made."
Coffee County finished with 10 hits and six walks against Marshall County starting pitcher Madison Peete, who went the distance on the mound and suffered the loss.
Zach Holmes spearheaded the Red Raiders offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Boone Riddle (1 RBI) and Zach Wise notched two hits apiece for Coffee County as well, while Trace Friedlein (2 RBI), Wyatt Day, and Peyton Booth each had one hit.
After the Red Raiders left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, the Dusters had a chance to take the lead in the top of the second when Dunn Crowder drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Bubba Houghton sacrifice bunt. Marshall County ended up coming away empty handed, as Sandoval struck out the next two Duster batters to snuff out the threat.
Coffee County stranded runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, but finally broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fourth by pushing across five runs in the frame to take a 5-0 lead.
The Red Raiders loaded the bases with no outs on a Wise infield single and a pair of bunt singles by Booth and Holmes before Riddle smacked a RBI single into left field. After DeAndre Wakefield drew a RBI walk to make it 2-0, Holmes scored when Noah Anderson hit into a 4-3 double play. Following a walk by Stanton Keele, Friedlein drilled a two-run triple to deep left field bring home Riddle and Keele.
Coffee County then delivered the knockout blow by plating two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of a double by Day, a Wise single, two Duster errors, and a RBI single by Holmes to cap their 7-0 victory.