MC 11s double up Maury Co.
After splitting their first two games of the Cal Ripken District 8 baseball tournament, the Marshall County 11-year old All-Stars kept their championship hopes alive on Saturday night when they defeated Maury County 4-2 at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex in the first round of the loser's bracket.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie through the first three innings of play, but Marshall County held Maury County scoreless the rest of the way while pushing across two runs over the final three frames to claim their second win of the tournament.
Despite having to overcome six errors by their defense, Marshall County starting pitcher Jarrett Foster and reliever Logan Courtemanche kept Maury County's offense under wraps for much of the contest.
Foster picked up the win after yielding two unearned runs in three and a third innings of work on four hits and three walks to go along with four strikeouts. Courtemanche then slammed the door on Maury County's comeback hopes by striking out five batters over two and two-third scoreless innings while not allowing a hit or a walk.
Marshall County, conversely, finished with eight hits against two Maury County hurlers. Christian Stacey and Conner McVey both tallied two hits and a run scored to lead Marshall County's offensive attack, while center fielder Peyton Graves (2 RBI), Ryan Kirby, Zach Graves, and Courtemanche each had one hit.
Maury County relief pitcher Walker Reischman suffered the loss and gave up two runs over three innings on four hits and two walks. Caden Czajka (1 RBI), Hudson Adams, Reischman, and Ethan Hardison notched one hit apiece for Maury County.
The bottom of the first proved to be an inning of missed opportunities for Maury County. After reaching base on an error, Hardison was thrown out at third by Peyton Graves while trying to advance two bases on a single by Adams. Czajka and Carson Lovell then drew walks to load the base with one out, but Foster induced Brett Baucom to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to escape the inning unscathed.
In the top of the third, Marshall County put together a two-out rally and pushed across two runs in the frame to grab a 2-0 lead. Following a two-out walk by Foster, Kirby legged out an infield single to put men on first and second base. Foster and Kirby then both moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch before Peyton Graves laced a two-run single into left field.
Maury County plated two runs in the bottom of the third with the help of a Hardison single, three errors, and a RBI single by Czajka to tie the game at 2-2, but Marshall County countered with a run in the top of the fourth to pull ahead 3-2. After leading off the inning with a single, McVey advanced to second on a balk before moving to third on a single by Courtemanche. Reischman was then called for another balk when Courtemanche attempted to steal second, which allowed McVey to score the go ahead run.
Marshall County stretched their lead to 4-2 by pushing across another run in the top of the sixth. Following consecutive singles by Stacey and McVey, Howard was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs before Mason Collins drew an RBI walk.
Courtemanche then struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory for Marshall County.