Isley's hit leads Tigers past 'Cats
Cameron Isley came through in the clutch for Marshall County (7-9) on Friday afternoon, as the senior first baseman drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help lead the Tigers to a 4-3 home win over the Tullahoma Wildcats (4-11).
After the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie through the first five innings of play, Isley plated Wilson Limbaugh with a RBI double in the sixth to stake MCHS to a 4-3 lead before reliever Madison Peete held Tullahoma scoreless in the top of the seventh.
Big games ahead
"Cameron Isley got a big hit for us in the sixth inning. This was a good win and I was proud of the kids. Hopefully we can carry that into Monday because we've got a couple of big District games against Giles County coming up," said Marshall County coach Mike Reese.
Isley led the Tigers' 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI, and a run scored. Catcher Chandler Harmon also tallied three hits and a RBI for Marshall County, while Connor Bush added two hits and a run scored. Limbaugh, Dunn Crowder, and Stuart Warner each notched one hit for MCHS as well.
Peete picked up the victory on the mound for the Tigers and recorded two strikeouts over a perfect inning and two-thirds. Marshall County starting pitcher Josh McKnight had to settle for a no decision, but rebounded nicely from a rocky first inning and allowed three runs over five and a third innings on four hits and a walk.
Matt Broussard went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace Tullahoma at the plate, while Mikie Lett (2 RBI) and Brandon Johnson both had one hit. Wildcat starting pitcher Chase Dixon suffered the loss and yielded four runs over five and two third innings on 10 hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Tullahoma did all their damage in the top of the first inning and crossed home plate three times in the frame with the help of a Scott Jones sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Lett to grab a 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats' lead would prove to be short lived, as the Tigers pushed across three runs in the bottom half of the frame to knot the game at 3-3.
Following a leadoff single by Bush, Isley hit a ground rule double over the left field fence to put runners on second and third with no outs. Harmon then drove in Bush with a RBI infield single before Isley and courtesy runner Ethan Evans both came home when Tullahoma catcher Matt Carnes made an errant throw to first on a groundball by Lane Whitesell.
The Tigers had a couple of chances to take the lead over the next four frames, but left a couple men on base in the second inning before stranding two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, the Wildcats had an opportunity to pull ahead when Jones reached base on an error and advanced to second with one out thanks to a passed ball. Peete, however, snuffed out the Tullahoma threat by retiring the next two Wildcat batters on a groundout and a strikeout.
Marshall County finally broke the deadlock by tallying a run in the bottom of the sixth to seize a 4-3 advantage. After reaching base on a two-out single, Limbaugh advanced to second on a Bush single before Isley roped a RBI double to centerfield.
Peete then sat down Tullahoma in order in the top of the seventh to seal the victory for the Tigers.