Maury Co. outlasts Marshall 11s
Coming off an 8-4 victory over Cookeville earlier in the day, the Marshall County 11-year old All-Stars had to settle for a split in their two pool games at the Cal Ripken State Tournament after losing 9-5 to Maury County in eight innings on Friday night in Pulaski.
Marshall County held a 3-1 lead through the first four innings of play, but Maury County pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
After both teams came up empty over the next two frames, Maury County took control of the contest by crossing home plate six times in the top of the eighth inning to take a 9-3 lead before taking home the four-run victory.
Due to Friday night's loss, Marshall County ended up finishing third in their pool because of tiebreakers and were relegated to the consolation bracket in the single elimination portion of the tournament.
Maury County finished with a mere three hits in the contest, but took advantage of eight walks and two Marshall County errors, which led to their first three runs of the contest. Kyle Young (2 RBI), Ethan Hardison (1 RBI), and starting pitcher Brett Baucom each had one hit for Maury County.
Starting pitcher Allen Osborne turned in a strong performance for Marshall County, but had to settle for the no decision after allowing three unearned runs in four plus innings of work on one hit and two walks. Marshall County's bullpen, though, struggled with their control, as three relievers combined to allow six runs on two hits and six walks.
Marshall County finished with seven hits and three walks overall, but left eight runners on base, including six in scoring position. Zack Graves (1 RBI) and Christian Stacey both tallied two hits to lead Marshall County offensively, while Connor McVey (1 RBI), Ryan Kirby, and Logan Courtemanche notched one hit apiece.
Maury County relief pitcher Caden Czajka picked up the win and gave up two unearned runs over two innings on three hits. Baucom also had to settle for the no decision after yielding three runs over six innings on four hits and three walks.
Marshall County broke out of the gates quickly and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Peyton Graves drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Zack Graves laced a RBI double down the left field line. After advancing to third on an infield single by Stacey, Zack Graves scored on a McVey RBI groundout.
Maury County tallied a run in the top of the second thanks to an error, a walk, and a RBI single by Young to narrow the gap to 2-1, but Marshall County plated a run in the bottom half of the frame with the help of a walk and two errors to open up a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Maury County cashed in on another Marshall County defensive miscue, as they notched two runs in the frame behind a hit batsman, a walk, and a two-out throwing error to knot the score at 3-3.
After Marshall County left at least one runner in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, Maury County broke the game open by pushing across six runs in the top of the eighth on the strength of four walks, a hit batsman, a RBI infield single by Hardison, a wild pitch, a Hudson Adams RBI groundout, and a passed ball to take a 9-3 lead.
Marshall County then scratched out two runs in the bottom of the eighth with the aid of a Stacey single, two errors, and a steal of home by Jarrett Foster for the 9-5 final.