Tomahawks fight back, down Columbia in tourney

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marshall County's Nathan Derryberry went 2-for-2 with three walks, an RBI, and a run scored to help lead the Tomahawks to a 22-11 win over Columbia. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After losing 6-2 to South Williamson in their opening game of the 14-year old Babe Ruth District 8 tournament, the Marshall County Tomahawks bounced back by defeating Columbia 22-11 in the first round of the losers bracket on Friday night in Lewisburg.

The Tomahawks actually trailed 3-2 through the first three innings of play, but overwhelmed Columbia after that point, as they exploded for 18 runs over the next three frames to forge a 20-3 advantage before cruising to the blowout victory.

Hits and walks

Marshall County pounded out 13 hits in the contest, but also showed good patience at the plate and drew 15 walks. Laramie Plott led the Tomahawks offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Nathan Derryberry, Knox Barnes, and Tristan Maxwell each tallied two hits and a RBI for Marshall County as well, while Jacob Autry (3 RBI), Jamaria Ridley (1 RBI), Will Vanhooser, and Colby Bluthardt had one hit apiece.

Columbia starting pitcher Sam Alderson suffered the loss after allowing seven runs in four plus innings of work on seven hits and five walks.

Although Tomahawk pitchers also had trouble finding the strike zone and issued 10 walks, Columbia mustered only three hits overall. Chris Baldwin went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, 4 RBI, and two runs scored to pace Columbia at the plate, while Simon Cartright had one hit.

Strong pitching

Marshall County starting pitcher Jackson Coward picked up the win and gave up three runs, one earned, over four innings on two hits and five walks to go along with seven strikeouts. Nathan Derryberry was the most effective of the Tomahawks' four relievers and did not yield a hit or a walk in one scoreless inning of work.

Marshall County left a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings before Columbia struck for two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to a walk, a Baldwin RBI triple, and an error to grab a 2-0 lead.

The Tomahawks mounted an immediate response and tied the game at 2-2 by plating a couple of runs in the top of the third on a bloop single by Bluthardt, a Barnes single, a RBI groundout by Autry, and a Derryberry RBI single.

Columbia notched a run in the bottom of the third to pull back ahead 3-2, but Marshall County pushed across four runs in the top of the fourth with the help of a Vanhooser single, a RBI triple by Maxwell, a Bluthardt walk, a RBI single by Barnes, two errors, and a passed ball to seize a 6-3 advantage.

Huge lead

The Tomahawks began to open up some breathing room in the top of the fifth and tallied five runs in the inning behind four walks, four stolen bases, five wild pitches, an error, a passed ball, and a Plott RBI single to stretch their lead to 11-3.

Marshall County then turned in the game into a rout by crossing home plate nine more times in the top of the sixth on the strength of six walks, two errors, a hit batsman, a RBI single by Ridley, a Plott two-run single, and a two-run double by Autry to open up a 20-3 advantage.

Columbia miraculously managed to stave off the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth and scored eight runs in the inning with the aid of five walks, three hit batsmen, a three-run double by Baldwin, and two errors to narrow the gap to 20-11.

The Tomahawks then tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a Kolton Fitch walk, a single by Maxwell, a Plott RBI single, and an error to extend their lead to 22-11 before holding Columbia scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.