Dusters sweep Bobcats, win 8-1
The Marshall County Dusters (25-10) completed the sweep of a doubleheader against Giles County on Tuesday night by defeating the Bobcats 8-1 in four innings at Joe George Field in the second game.
Aided by a four-run fourth inning, the Dusters finished with nine hits and four walks against two Giles County pitchers. Dunn Crowder did the most damage at the plate for Marshall County and went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBI. Starting pitcher Cameron Isley (1 RBI), Derrick McKnight (1 RBI), and Connor Bush tallied two hits apiece for the Dusters as well, while Lane Whitesell added a hit and a run scored.
Isley also turned in a solid performance on the mound and earned the victory after allowing one run over three innings on four hits and a walk while racking up eight strikeouts. Whitesell came on in relief of Isley and recorded two strikeouts in one perfect inning of work.
Bobcat starting pitcher Josh Rogers suffered the loss and yielded four runs over three innings on six hits and three walks. Rogers accounted for half of Giles County's hits by going 2-for-2 with a RBI, while Sam Cardin and Tucker Duke both singled.
Giles County got off to a promising start and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Cardin raced home on a two-out RBI single by Rogers after leading off the game with a single and advancing to second on a Duke single.
The Bobcats' lead would prove to be short lived, as Marshall County plated a run in the bottom of the first to tie the contest at 1-1. Following an infield single by Isley, courtesy runner Madison Peete stole second. Whitesell then drew a walk before Crowder belted a two-out RBI double off the top of the left field fence.
In the bottom of the second, the Dusters began to take control of the game and pushed across three runs in the inning to seize a 4-1 advantage. Darnell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Zach Smith sacrifice bunt prior to coming home on a RBI single by McKnight. After courtesy runner Wilson Limbaugh advanced to third on a Bush single, Bush stole second. Limbaugh then scampered home on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 before Isley plated Bush with a RBI double.
Giles County had a chance to put a dent in the Dusters lead in the top of the third after putting runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a walk by Duke, a Rogers single, and a passed ball, but Isley struck out Dallas Harris to snuff out the threat.
Marshall County then brought the mercy rule into effect by crossing home plate four times in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a McKnight single, a single by Bush, a hit batsman, an error, and a Crowder two-run triple to cap their 8-1 triumph.