10U Stars win third tournament
On Saturday night, the Marshall County 10U All-Stars captured their third tournament title of the summer when they defeated the McMinnville Aftershock 4-3 in four innings at Ridley Park in the championship game of the USGF Recreational World Series.
The Aftershock jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Marshall County battled back and tallied three runs over the next two frames to pull ahead 3-2. After McMinnville pushed across a run in the top of the fourth to knot the score at 3-3, Marshall County scored the game winning run in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a RBI infield single by Anna Davis before the game was called due to time restraints.
"We faced a deficit in our last two games, but there is no quit in this team," said manager Brian Edde. "This team practices hard and they play like they practice. They never gave up and never got down on themselves."
Marshall County finished with only three hits against Aftershock starting pitcher Sadie Simmons, but were aided by three walks, a hit batsman, and three McMinnville errors. Davis went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored to lead Marshall County offensively, while catcher Jessa Lancaster added a double and 2 RBI.
Marshall County starting pitcher Tatum Garrett turned in another solid effort in the circle and picked up her sixth victory of the tournament after allowing three runs, two earned, over four innings on five hits and a walk to go along with four strikeouts. Lancaster also helped Garrett's cause by throwing out two Aftershock base runners on steal attempts.
Halo Armstrong (1 RBI) and Juliana Pyburn notched two hits apiece to pace McMinnville at the plate, while Marli McBride had one hit.
The Aftershock got off to a fast start and plated two runs in the top of the first inning on three hits to grab a 2-0 lead.
Marshall County tallied a run in the bottom of the second with the help of two errors and a passed ball to trim the deficit to 2-1 before pushing across two runs in the third inning to seize a 3-2 advantage. Davis got things going in the third by reaching base on an infield single prior to advancing to second on a Garrett groundout and stealing third. After Wallace drew a two-out walk and stole second, Lancaster drove in both runners by smacking a double into the left centerfield gap.
In the top of the fourth, McMinnville plated a run to knot the game at 3-3. Armstrong led off the inning with a single before advancing to third on a Danika Reno sacrifice bunt and a throwing error while Reno reached first base on the play. After Reno stole second, Armstrong came home on a RBI groundout by Mea Starkey. Reno tried to score on a bunt by Bella Cantrell, but got caught in a run down between third and home after Garrett faked a throw to first base before she was eventually tagged out by Lancaster. Garrett then retired Aleya Esparza on an infield pop up to end the inning.
"That is a designed play that we use when we have a runner on third. Tatum is supposed to fake the throw to first and try to get the runner at third. It was a huge play in a clutch situation," said Edde.
Marshall County took advantage of some control problems by Simmons in the bottom of the fourth, as they loaded the bases with two outs thanks to walks Carly Edde, Reese Worthington, and Braylin Powers. Courtesy runner Addison Bunty then scored the winning run when Davis beat out an RBI infield single to set off a jubilant celebration by Marshall County and their fans.