Giles County knocks off Tomahawks in 14s tourney
On Saturday night, the Marshall County Tomahawks were eliminated from the 14-year old Babe Ruth District 8 tournament when they dropped an 8-5 decision to Giles County in the second round of the losers bracket at Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Park.
After falling into an early 6-1 hole, the Tomahawks battled back and sliced the deficit to 6-5 in the top of the fifth inning. Giles County, however, managed to keep Marshall County at bay and tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth before relief pitcher Blade Matthews held the Tomahawks scoreless over the final two frames.
Aided by a five-run second inning, Giles County finished with seven hits and two walks against three Marshall County hurlers, but were also aided by five Tomahawk errors, which contributed to seven of their eight runs. Miguel Hayes (2 RBI), Jason Hamilton (1 RBI), Bryce Carvell (1 RBI), Max Jett (1 RBI), Austin Watson (1 RBI), starting pitcher Sam Hatfield (1 RBI), and Matthews each notched one hit for Giles County.
Marshall County starting pitcher Nathan Derryberry suffered the loss after yielding six unearned runs over three innings on four hits and a walk.
The Tomahawks tallied eight hits and drew five walks, but left 11 runners on base overall. Jarvis Lyttle did the most damage at the plate for Marshall County and went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Nathan Thomason, Knox Barnes, Jacob Autry, Will Vanhooser, and Colby Bluthardt each had one hit for the Tomahawks as well.
Hatfield picked up the victory on the mound for Giles County and allowed five runs, only one earned, in five innings of work on seven hits and three walks. Matthews then came in and yielded one hit and two walks over two scoreless innings to earn the save.
The Tomahawks grabbed an early 1-0 lead by pushing across a run in the top of the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Lyttle.
Marshall County handed the run right back, as Giles County tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Hayes scored on a balk after reaching base on an error and advancing to third on an errant pickoff throw.
Giles County then took control of the game in the bottom of the second and crossed home plate five times in the frame on the strength of an error, a walk, a Hayes two-run double, and RBI singles from Hamilton, Carvell, and Jett to seize a 6-1 lead.
The Tomahawks began to chip away at the deficit in the top of the third and plated two runs in the frame to close the gap to 6-3. Following a leadoff single by Barnes, Autry was hit by a pitch. Barnes then scored on a Giles County throwing error before courtesy runner Dominic West scampered home on a wild pitch a few moments later.
In the top of the fifth, Marshall County whittled the deficit to 6-5 by scratching out two more runs with the help of a hit batsman, an error, and a Lyttle RBI double.
Giles County stemmed the Tomahawks momentum in the bottom of the fifth, as they tallied two runs in the inning behind a single by Matthews, a Watson RBI double, an error, and a RBI infield single by Hatfield to open up an 8-5 advantage.
After Matthews worked around a leadoff walk by Tristan Maxwell in the top of the sixth, Matthews snuffed out a Marshall County scoring threat in the seventh inning to seal the win for Giles County.