Bobcats rally past Tigers in district matchup
The Marshall County Tigers suffered a costly District loss on Wednesday afternoon when they dropped a 4-3 decision to last place Giles County at home in the first game of a doubleheader.
Marshall County (7-10, 2-3 District) held a 3-2 lead through the first six innings of play, but the Bobcats (8-9, 1-4 District) seized a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning on the strength of a two-out, two-run double by Rob McMasters.
Giles County starting pitcher Taylor Gilbert then snuffed out a Tiger scoring threat in the bottom half of the frame to help the Bobcats secure their first District win of the season.
"I thought we had the game won, but they had a guy come up and get a big hit. He kept his head on the ball and hit it to the opposite field," said MCHS coach Mike Reese. "It's a disappointing loss, but we've got to bounce back in the second game."
Marshall County reliever Lane Whitesell suffered the loss and yielded one run over one inning on two hits. Tiger starting pitcher Stuart Warner turned in a solid effort on the mound, but had to settle for the no decision after allowing three runs in six plus innings of work on eight hits and two walks.
McMasters was a thorn in Marshall County's side for much of the afternoon and went 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI. Josh Rogers and Trey Garrett notched two hits apiece for Giles County as well.
Gilbert went the distance on the mound for the Bobcats and gave up three runs, only one earned, on nine hits and a walk to go along with six strikeouts.
Chandler Harmon (1 RBI) and Cameron Isley both tallied three hits apiece to lead the Tigers at the plate, while Connor Bush (1 RBI), Whitesell, and Dunn Crowder each had one hit.
Marshall County jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Isley scored on a RBI triple by Harmon after belting a one-out double.
Giles County pulled ahead 2-1 in the top of the third thanks to a McMasters two-run single, but the Tigers scratched out a run in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 2-2. Following a two-out double by Harmon, courtesy runner Ethan Evans came home when Bobcat third baseman Mack Young misplayed a sharp groundball by Whitesell.
Marshall County then pushed across another unearned run in the fourth inning to grab a 3-2 lead. After Ethan Poteete reached base on an error by Giles County centerfielder Lucas Harrison, pinch runner Hayden Bailey advanced to second on a Jay Howard sacrifice bunt before Bush smacked a RBI single into left field.
Warner held the Bobcats scoreless the next two innings, but Giles County began to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh when Rogers and Garrett both singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. Whitesell then struck out the next two batters before McMasters ripped a two-run double into the left field corner to stake the Bobcats to a 4-3 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers put men on first and second with no outs thanks to an Isley double and an infield single by Harmon, but Gilbert escaped the jam by striking out the next three MCHS batters to end the game.