Palm Beach Gardens batters Marshall County
The Marshall County 12-year old All-Stars ran into the proverbial buzz saw on Thursday afternoon when they were defeated 10-0 in four innings by South Florida state champion Palm Beach Gardens in the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Tournament at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex.
With the loss, Marshall County fell to 0-2 in National League pool play while Palm Beach Gardens improved to 2-0.
Aided by a seven-run second inning, South Florida pounded out 11 hits overall to go along with three walks and two Marshall County errors. Chase Romaine did the most damage at the plate for Palm Beach Gardens by going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Chris Satcher and starting pitcher Harrison Schlenz both tallied two hits and a RBI for South Florida as well, while Lucas Craven (2 RBI), Anthony Badala (1 RBI), Logan Bray (1 RBI), Cameron Sorge (1 RBI), and Gavin Scott each had one hit.
Schlenz also turned in a strong performance on the mound and allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings of work to earn the victory while issuing no walks and recording five strikeouts. Romaine then came on in relief of Schlenz and yielded one walk in one inning to go along with two strikeouts.
Marshall County starting pitcher Preston Shelton suffered the loss after giving up seven runs over two innings on eight hits and a walk. Shelton and Connor Lewis each singled to account for both Marshall County hits.
Marshall County had a chance to take the lead in the top of the first inning when Shelton singled and stole second with one out, but Schlenz retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a fly out to extinguish the threat.
After going down in order in the bottom of the first, Palm Beach Gardens saw their bats catch fire in the second inning, as they crossed home plate seven times in the frame on the strength of a RBI single by Bray, a Schlenz RBI single, a two-run single by Romaine, a Craven two-run bloop double, and a RBI single by Badala to take a 7-0 lead.
Marshall County had another chance to get on the board in the top of the third when Lewis singled and stole second with one out, but Schlenz quickly settled back down and sat down the next two hitters on a fly out and a strikeout to keep the shutout intact.
In bottom of the third, South Florida continued to pad their lead and tacked on three more runs to forge a 10-0 advantage. Dylan Huff drew a leadoff walk prior to advancing to third on a single by Schlenz while Schlenz reached second on the play thanks to a Marshall County throwing error. Following a RBI groundout by Sorge, Sonny Duva was hit by a pitch before Romaine plated Schlenz with a RBI single to make it 9-0. After Badala drew a walk to load the bases with two outs, Satcher laced a RBI single into centerfield to drive in Duva.
Romaine then worked around a two-out walk by Sam Williams in the top of the fourth to keep the mercy rule in effect.