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Friday, March 27, 2015
Cameron Isley (5), seen here vs. Murfreesboro Central School last week, turned in a complete game gem Tuesday night, shutting out the Patriots 8-0. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The prep baseball season goes by in a hurry, so a team doesn't have a lot of time to work through ups and downs.

They have to bounce back fast from a setback.

That's exactly what Marshall County High School did on Tuesday night as they traveled to Page and avenged an extra inning loss to the Patriots on Monday with an 8-0 blanking.

Better game

"I'm glad the boys were able to bounce back and perform better last night," said MCHS head coach Mike "Monk" Reese. "The key was good solid pitching, no errors and timely hits."

Reese handed the ball to Cameron Isley, who shut down Page in the complete game shut-out victory.

Isley was in the groove, giving up just three hits while displaying great control in walking none and striking out seven Page batters.

"Isley had a solid game, he threw a three-hitter and had great command of all his pitches," said Reese.

Isley also had nice day at the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI.

Great at plate

Ethan Poteete (22) had three hits Tuesday night at Page and leads the Tigers in hitting this season with a .417 average.

Ethan Poteete, the leading hitter for the Tigers this season with a .417 batting average, drove home one and scored a run as the third-sacker banged out three hits in four at bats Tuesday night.

"Our big hitters were Cameron Isley and Ethan Poteete, but overall everybody did well at the plate," said Reese.

Connor Bush set the table from the lead off spot, going 2-4 with a base balls, an RBI and one run scored for the Tigers, who put up four runs in the top of the third inning to give Isley all the breathing room he would need.

MCHS tallied two more runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to put the game on ice.

"At this point, we are still trying to play good solid defense and progress every day to improve," said Reese.

Aiming at state

"My expectations as the season gets shorter are that we have made progress to be able to compete at the state level."

The Tigers travel to the Smokey Mountain Classic this weekend in Sevierville where they will take on the 2A Sequoyah Chiefs on Friday and the 3A Morristown-Hamblen East Hurricanes on Saturday.

"Tournaments like this weekend gives us the opportunity to work with other pitchers and players that might be able to help us down the road," said Reese.

"It also allows us to play against good strong competition where our players will be better able to compete against state contenders."

The Tigers (3-5, 1-1) return to District 12-AA play on Monday when the host Christ Presbyterian Academy at Joe George Field in Lewisburg with game time slated for 6:30 p.m.

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MCHS: Ethan Poteete 3-for-4, Connor Bush 2-for-4, Cameron Isley 2-for3, Lane Whitesell 1-for-3, Stuart Warner 1-for-3, Wilson Limbaugh 1-for4.

Page: Garrett Sharp 1-for-3, Garrett Thiede 1-for-3, Tucker Stokes 1-for-3.