Summertown slips past Dusters, finishes off win streak

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Marshall County catcher Derrick McKnight throws out a Summertown base runner at first in the bottom of the second inning after digging a third strike out of the dirt. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Dusters (17-5) had their six-game winning streak snapped on Thursday afternoon when they lost 5-4 to the Summertown Eagles at Blackman High School in the Boro Classic.

Marshall County held a tenuous 4-3 lead through the first six and a half innings of play, but the Eagles conjured up some late game magic and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a hit, a walk, and an error to escape with the victory.

Damage done

Marshall County shortstop Wilson Limbaugh throws out Summertown's Ty Riddle at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"We didn't close the deal," said Duster coach Mike Reese. "You can't walk batters especially in a one-run ballgame. We played hard, but we just didn't make enough plays at the end to win."

Marshall County starting pitcher Lane Whitesell turned in a solid effort on the mound, but suffered the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in six plus innings of work on five hits and four walks.

Konner Ambrose went 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI, and a run scored to lead Summertown at the plate, while Bryce Giles, Bradley Huckaba, and Hayden Curtis each had one hit.

The Dusters, meanwhile, finished with eight hits and a walk against Eagle starting hurler Tayler Landrum, who went the distance on the mound to pick up the win. Ethan Poteete (1 RBI) and Cameron Isley both tallied two hits apiece to pace Marshall County offensively, while Connor Bush (1 RBI), Madison Peete (1 RBI), Wilson Limbaugh, and Derrick McKnight had one hit apiece.

Lead changes

Summertown grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Giles scored on a RBI single by Ambrose after belting a leadoff triple.

The Dusters stranded a man in scoring position in the second inning, but saw their bats come alive in the top of the third and plated four runs in the frame to seize a 4-1 advantage.

Following a leadoff walk by Limbaugh, Peete ripped a RBI double down the left field line. Peete advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Derrick McKnight prior to coming home on a Bush RBI single to put Marshall County up 2-1. After Isley singled to put men on first and second, he and Bush both moved up 90 feet on a balk. Bush then raced home on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Whitesell before Poteete roped a RBI double into the right centerfield gap to drive in Isley.

The Eagles mounted an immediate response and scratched out two runs in the bottom of the third with the help of a hit batsman, a Ambrose double, a RBI groundout by Kendal Franks, and a Ty Riddle RBI sacrifice bunt to whittle the deficit to 4-3.

The Dusters left a runner in scoring position in each of the next three innings before those missed opportunities came back to haunt them in the bottom of the seventh. Curtis singled to lead off the seventh before Giles drew a walk to put men on first and second with no outs. After both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, Curtis and Giles both scored on an error by Marshall County's third baseman to give Summertown the 5-4 victory.