Giles County completes sweep of MCHS
It was déjà vu all over again.
After defeating Marshall County 4-3 earlier in the evening, the Giles County Bobcats completed the sweep of a doubleheader against the Tigers by beating MCHS 4-3 in the second game at Joe George Field.
Similar to their previous game, Marshall County (7-11, 2-4 District) held a 3-2 lead through the first four innings of play before the Bobcats tallied two runs in the top of the fifth to claim a 4-3 advantage. Giles County (9-9, 2-4 District) then held on for the one-run victory when the Tigers failed to capitalize on scoring chances in each of the last three frames.
Tie for 4th
Thanks to Wednesday's doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Bobcats, Marshall County fell into a three-way tie for fourth place in the District standings with Giles County and Page.
Although the Tigers outhit the Bobcats 8-4 and committed two fewer errors (4-2) than Giles County, Marshall County went just 1-for-9 at the plate with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base overall.
"That's what happened in both ballgames. We just didn't get the big hits when we needed them. Our pitchers threw well enough to win, but we didn't make enough plays defensively. It was definitely disappointing to lose both ballgames," said MCHS coach Mike Reese.
Second baseman Lane Whitesell delivered the biggest blow of the game for Marshall County when he belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Chandler Harmon also went 3-for-3, while Connor Bush added two hits and a run scored. Brayden Gentry and Madison Peete each notched a hit for the Tigers as well.
Marshall County starting pitcher Cameron Isley went the distance on the mound and suffered the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, in seven innings of work to go along with seven strikeouts.
Taylor Gilbert tripled and drove in two runs to account for the Bobcats' lone extra base hit of the contest, while Trey Garrett (1 RBI), staring pitcher Scott Shellhouse, and Nick Foust all singled. Shellhouse also tossed a complete game and recorded nine strikeouts over seven innings en route to picking up the win.
Both teams left a man in scoring position in the first two innings of play before Giles County plated two runs in the top of the third with the help of a single by Foust, two MCHS errors, and a Gilbert RBI triple to take a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers quickly counterpunched and seized a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third when Whitesell cranked a three-run homer over the left field fence after Bush and Harmon both singled.
Isley retired the Bobcats in order in the fourth inning, but Giles County plated two runs in the top of the fifth on the strength of a leadoff walk by Foust, a Mack Young bunt, a RBI single by Garrett, and a Gilbert sacrifice fly to seize a 4-3 advantage.
After stranding men on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers wasted another scoring opportunity in the sixth inning by leaving the bases loaded.
Marshall County had one final chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh after Harmon was hit by a pitch and Whitesell reached base on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. Shellhouse, however, once again bore down and retired the next three Tiger batters on a fielder's choice and a pair of strikeouts to seal the win for the Bobcats.