Dusters pull away from Giles County for 24th win

Friday, July 18, 2014
Marshall County second baseman Lane Whitesell throws out Giles County's Sam Cardin in the top of the fifth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday night, the Marshall County Dusters (24-10) squared off against a familiar foe when they defeated the Giles County Bobcats 8-2 at home in the first game of a doubleheader.

The two teams were locked in a 2-2 tie through the first three and a half innings of play, but the Dusters saw their bats heat up after that point, as they plated a run in the bottom of the fourth to seize a 3-2 lead before erupting for five runs in the sixth en route to claiming their 24th victory of the season.

Hit list

Marshall County left fielder Bubba Houghton tries to make a diving catch in an attempt to rob Giles County's Rob McMasters of a hit in the top of the fourth inning.

Bolstered by their late offensive explosion, Marshall County pounded out 13 hits overall against Bobcat hurlers. Lane Whitesell (1 RBI) and Madison Peete both tallied three hits to lead the Dusters' offensive attack, while Cameron Isley (3 RBI) and starting pitcher Josh McKnight notched two hits apiece. Dunn Crowder (2 RBI), Chandler Harmon (1 RBI), and Connor Bush each registered a hit for Marshall County as well.

McKnight also picked up the win on the mound and allowed two unearned runs in four innings of work on four hits. Peete came on in relief of McKnight and yielded four hits over three scoreless innings to earn the save.

Josh Rogers went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to pace Giles County at the plate, while Rob McMasters added two hits. Clayton McAlister, Trey Garrett, and Sam Cardin notched one hit for the Bobcats as well. Giles County starting pitcher Carson Dickey suffered the loss and allowed eight runs over five and two-third innings on 12 hits and two walks.

Marshall County's Madison Peete slides safely into third base while advancing 90 feet on a groundout by Derrick McKnight in the bottom of the second inning against Giles County.

Tying it up

Giles County tallied a run in the top of the first inning with the help of a Rogers single, an error, and a sacrifice fly by Colton Holly to grab a 1-0 lead, but the Dusters knotted the contest at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame when Isley scored on an error after singling with one out and advancing to second on a Whitesell single.

Marshall County then scratched out another run in the bottom of the third to pull ahead 2-1. Whitesell singled and stole second before Crowder belted a RBI double to deep centerfield.

Marshall County third baseman Dunn Crowder fields a roundball before throwing out Giles County's Clayton McAlister at first base in the top of the seventh inning.

The Bobcats pushed across a run in the top of the fourth thanks to a McMasters double and an error to retie the game at 2-2, but the Dusters once again responded quickly and plated a run in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. Following a two-out infield single by McKnight, courtesy runner Ethan Evans advanced to third on a error prior to coming home on a wild pitch.

Ahead to stay

Giles County stranded three men in scoring position over the next two innings before Marshall County put the game out of reach by crossing home plate five times in the bottom of the sixth to forge an 8-2 advantage.

After the Dusters loaded the bases with two outs on hits by Peete, McKnight, and Bush, Isley roped a three-run triple into the right centerfield gap to make it 6-2. Whitesell then smacked another triple into the right centerfield gap to drive in Isley before Harmon laced a RBI single down the left field line to cap the scoring in the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Peete worked around a Rogers single and an error to wrap up the victory for Marshall County.