Tigers struggle as losing streak reaches 4

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Jay Howard (4) drills an RBI single versus Murfreesboro Central Magnet School. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigers have lost four games in a row since beating Lewis County 8-5 on St. Patrick's Day.

Three of the losses came against 3A schools before the Tigers lost a 7-6 extra-inning District 11-AA contest versus Page Monday night at Joe George Field in Lewisburg.

Central Magnet 10, Marshall Co. 4

Murfreesboro Central Magnet, an experienced squad that reached the state tournament last season handed MCHS a 10-4 loss Thursday night in Lewisburg as they jumped out to an 8-1 lead and never let up.

McKenzie Jackson (3-5, 3RS) and Darek Sargent (3-4, 3RS, 2RBIs) both had two hits for the Murfreesboro Central Magnet.

Wes Puttfield picked up the win, giving up six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work on the mound.

Cameron Isley suffered the loss for MCHS.

Ethan Poteete had two hits for the Tigers, while Jay Howard (1-4, RBI), Wilson Limbaugh (1-3, RBI), Lane Whitesell (1-4, RS, RBI) and Chandler Harmon (1-4, RS) all had one base hit for MCHS.

Rossview 6, Marshall Co. 4

On Friday night at the Columbia State Invitational at Independence, the Tigers took on 3A Rossview and the Hawks jumped on the Tigers early, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings.

The Tigers came back with two runs in the fourth inning on RBI hits by Poteete and Thomas Hawkins.

MCHS closed the gap even further in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Dunn Crowder before the Hawks re-opened the gap with two runs in the home half of the inning.

The Tigers pushed one more run across in the top of the sixth, but it was not enough as Rossview held on for the win.

Marshall County out-hit Rossview 9-4 in the game.

Braden Gentry (16) pitched well in relief versus Murfreesboro Central Magnet School Thursday night in Lewisburg.

Columbia 3, Marshall Co. 1

In the final game of the Invitational on Saturday, MCHS took a 1-0 first-inning lead over Columbia on an RBI by Limbaugh before Columbia starting pitcher Jordan Brown blanked MCHS the rest of the way in a 3-1 loss.

The Tigers managed just four hits in the game with Limbaugh, Josh McKnight, Howard, and Connor Bush getting one base knock apiece.

Page 6, Marshall Co. 5

On Monday, the Tigers opened up District 11-AA play at home versus Page and things did not go well from the start as the Patriots opened up a 5-1 lead after four and half innings.

The Tigers stormed back in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five times to take a one-run lead.

Whitesell had the big hit in the frame, drilling a bases-loaded, three-run triple.

Page came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth and after a scoreless seventh inning, the contest went to extra innings where Page pushed across a run in the top of the 10th inning to take a 6-5 lead.

Christian Denton closed out the Tigers in the bottom of the inning to pick up the win for Page, while Whitesell suffered the loss in relief.

Marshall County made eight errors in the game.