Giles Co. powers past Marshall Co. 11s
Giles County proved to have too much offensive firepower for the Marshall County 11-year old All-Stars, as the Cal Ripken State Tournament hosts rolled to a 13-7 victory in the finals of the consolation bracket on Sunday morning in Pulaski.
Having lost 7-5 to Marshall County two weeks earlier in the District tournament, Giles County appeared bent on avenging that setback and bolted out to an 8-1 lead through the first three and a half innings of play.
Marshall County clawed their way back into the game in the bottom of the fourth and sliced the deficit to 8-7, but Giles County put the game away by scoring five runs over the final two frames to claim the victory.
Giles County experienced a power surge at the plate and clubbed three homeruns in the contest en route to finishing with 11 hits and seven walks against three Marshall County pitchers.
Weston Duncan spearheaded Giles County's offensive onslaught by going 3-for-3 with a walk, two homeruns, 5 RBI, and three runs scored. Rob Turner (3 RBI), Dawson Brumit (2 RBI), and Gerry Wayne Davis tallied two hits apiece for Giles County as well with Turner belting a homerun, while Heath Herd and starting pitcher Hayden Duke each had one hit.
Duke picked up the win on the mound and allowed seven runs in four innings of work on five hits and two walks. Turner came on in relief of Duke and yielded two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings to earn the save.
Zach Graves led Marshall County at the plate by going 2-for-2 with a walk, a homerun, a RBI, and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Christian Stacey also notched two hits, while Brady Calahan (2 RBI), Logan Courtemanche (2 RBI), and Ryan Kirby each had one hit. Stacey suffered the loss on the mound after giving up eight runs over three and a third innings on eight hits and four walks.
Duncan hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning to give Giles County an early 2-0 lead before Graves blasted a towering solo homerun over the right centerfield fence in the bottom half of the frame to narrow the gap to 2-1.
Giles County began to open up some breathing room over the next two innings, as they plated two runs in the top of the second behind two walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a Brumit RBI single to open up a 4-1 advantage before Turner smacked a three-run homer in the third to make it 7-1.
In the top of the fourth, Giles County stretched their lead to 8-1 when Herd scored on a RBI single by Brumit after reaching base on a bloop single and advancing to second on a throwing error.
Marshall County came storming back in the bottom of the fourth and crossed home plate six times in the frame on the strength of a Kirby single, a walk by Graves, a Stacey infield single, a RBI walk by Connor McVey, a Calahan two-run single, a two-run double by Courtemanche, and an error to whittle the deficit to 8-7.
Giles County managed to weather the Marshall County flurry and pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth with the help of a Turner single, a single by Hayden Duke, two wild pitches, and an error to stretch their lead to 10-7.
After Marshall County left runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, Duncan cranked a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to cap Giles County's 13-7 triumph.