Dusters fend off Falcons
The Marshall County Dusters (21-9) opened the End of Summer Bash by defeating the Lincoln County Falcons 8-6 in five innings on Friday night at Tullahoma High School.
Marshall County appeared they might turn the game into a rout early on after racing out to an 8-1 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Falcons clawed their way back into the contest by plating five runs in the bottom of the second to whittle the deficit to 8-6.
Reliever steps up
Duster relief pitcher Madison Peete, though, helped keep Lincoln County at bay, as he held the Falcons scoreless over the final three frames before the game was called at the end of the fifth inning.
Peete was easily the most effective of Marshall County's three pitchers and yielded just two hits and a walk in three and a third scoreless innings of work to go along with three strikeouts. Bubba Houghton started the game on the mound for the Dusters and surrendered six runs in an inning and a third on four hits and six walks, while reliever Josh McKnight allowed three walks over a third of an inning.
Marshall County finished with only six hits as well against two Falcon hurlers, but benefited from six walks and two Lincoln County errors, which led to four of the Dusters' eight runs.
Derrick McKnight led Marshall County at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Connor Bush (1 RBI), Dunn Crowder (1 RBI), Lane Whitesell, and Peete also tallied one hit apiece for the Dusters.
Falcon starting pitcher Toddy Edwards suffered the loss and gave up eight runs, four earned, in an inning and a third on four hits and four walks. Cameron McCoy notched two hits to pace Lincoln County offensively, while Jacob Dickenson (1 RBI), Tyler McCown (1 RBI), Chandler Hardiman, and Keller Monks each had one hit.
The Dusters grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Cameron Isley came home on a RBI single by Crowder after drawing a one-out walk and advancing into scoring position on a Falcon error.
Lincoln County tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on a RBI groundout by Kirby Smith, but Marshall County opened up some breathing room in the top of the second and crossed home plate seven times in the frame with the help of five walks, a hit batsman, an error, a Peete single, and a pair of RBI singles by McKnight and Bush to forge an 8-1 advantage.
The Falcons immediately began to peck away at the deficit in the bottom of the second and pushed across five runs in the frame to narrow the gap to 8-6. After Brannon Kerbo and Monks sandwiched a couple of walks around a McCoy single to load the bases with no outs, Dickenson, McCown, Kirby Smith, Logan Smith, and Kerbo each drew RBI walks.
Neither team advanced a runner past first base over the next two innings, but Lincoln County had a chance to potentially tie the game in the bottom of the fifth when they put men on second and third with one out thanks to a Logan Smith walk and a double by McCoy.
Peete, however, bore down and struck out the next two Falcon batters to secure the win for the Dusters.