Storm fizzles, ousted from state tourney

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Marshall County catcher Caleb Crowell (5) has the ball and gets ready to tag a Putnam County base runner in the first inning. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a big come-from-behind 5-2 win in Friday night's opening round of the 13U Babe Ruth State Tournament, the Marshall County Storm fizzled out, dropping a pair of run-rule games on Saturday that ended their tournament appearance.

The host Storm fell 14-3 in five innings to Putnam County in a winner's bracket contest before being eliminated 15-4 by Bellevue in the same amount of innings.


The Marshall County 13U All-Stars get ready to play on Saturday versus Putnam County.

In game one, Putnam County came out on fire, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning off Marshall County starting pitcher Hunter Haurez.

Putnam County hurler Will Mabry set down the Storm 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first.

In the visitor's portion of the second, Putnam County exploded on offense, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs in the inning as Kendal Scantland knock in two runs with a triple, while Blaine Espinoza, Grayson Randolph, Lane Phipps, and Drew Crouch all had one RBI apiece in the stanza.

Mabry held the Storm scoreless in the home half of the second, but in the bottom of the third, Carson Stacey walked and would eventually come around to score on a Putnam County error, making it 10-1.

Charging ahead

Putnam County did not take their foot off the gas, scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings to open up a commanding 14-1 lead, leaving Marshall County in a run-rule situation.

Mitchell Ford gave the home crowd some hope in the bottom of the fifth when he reached on a one-out error before going to second on a base hit by Cameron Ruiz.

Hunter Haurez followed with an RBI double and Caleb Crowell grounded into a fielder's choice RBI, making it a 14-3 ballgame.

Will McDonald, who came to the mound with two outs in the fourth inning, retired the last Storm batter on a grounder to short.

Ruiz (1-3, BB), Haurez (1-4, RBI), Crowell (1-3, RBI), and Grayson Whaley (1-3) all had one base knock apiece for Marshall County.


In game two, the Storm took on Bellevue in an elimination game and it looked like the host nine wanted to keep playing as they came up with a pair of early runs in the top of the first inning as Raymond Cooksey knocked in Ruiz with an RBI double and Whaley drove in Cooksey moments later with a fielder's choice RBI.

Carson Stacey (25) took the hill for the Storm versus Bellevue.

Bellevue came right back, taking a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the first with the big blow coming from pitcher Jack Elliot, who drilled a bases loaded three-run double.

Elliot retired the Storm in the second inning and in the home half of the frame, Bellevue opened up a huge gap, scoring six times to take a 10-2 lead.

Storm scores

Cameron Ruiz (21) had one hit in each of the games on Saturday in Lewisburg for the Marshall County 13U All-Stars.

Ruiz and Haurez drew back-to-back walks to begin the top of the third and Crowell singled to left field to load the sacks.

Whaley drove in Ruiz with a fielder's choice RBI and Cooksey made it a 10-4 contest with a sacrifice fly ribbie.

Bellevue continued their torrid offensive output in the bottom of the frame, sending four more runners across home plate to take a 14-4 lead.

Marshall County could not get anything going in the fourth and Bellevue added another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Ben Simpson.

Andrew Knoch came to the mound for Bellevue in the top of the fifth and after Whaley reached second on an error, Knoch closed the door on the Storm's tournament life.

Haurez, Ruiz, and Crowell all had one hit for the Storm in the contest, while Bellevue banged out 15 hits off two Marshall County pitchers.