Cascade's Presley turns Tigers blue
Heath Presley dominated the first-round District 12-AA Tournament game at Joe George Field in Lewisburg Thursday as the Cascade senior tossed a complete game four-hitter and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in a 6-2 win over Marshall County.
"We just couldn't get our offense going, I think we ended up with maybe five hits and we spread them out and had a couple of guys in scoring position and just didn't get the big hit when we needed it," said MCHS coach Monk Reese.
The Tigers struck out nine times versus Presley and also had three errors in the field behind Stuart Warner, who gave up 14 hits in a full seven innings of work on the mound.
Presley knocked in a pair of runs with the bases loaded single in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers got one run back when Cameron Isley walked with one out in the home half of the first and scored on a Lane Whitesell two-out triple.
Warner got out of a bases loaded no-outs jam in the top of the second when Marshall County shortstop Austin Wood leaped high in the air and snagged a two-out line-drive before throwing to third for an inning ending double play.
"We got in that little jam in the first inning when we spotted them a couple of runs, but Stuart worked out of it and pitched a pretty fine ballgame," said Reese. "They puts some hits together, but he stayed calm and made some pitches and got out of a few jams."
Presley faced just 10 batters over the next three innings, while Cascade had at least two men on base during the same time span.
"He (Presley) pitched a fine ballgame," said Reese. "He pitched against us here before and he did some of the same stuff, but I think we hit him harder the last time."
In the top of the fifth inning, Cascade nine-hole hitter Brady Parker nailed a two-out bases loaded triple, giving the Champions a 5-1 lead.
Warner doubled leading off the bottom of the fifth and Ethan Evans came in to run for the MCHS pitcher.
A Cascade error put Tiger runners on the corners before Presley whiffed the next two Marshall County batters.
Presley uncorked a wild pitch, sending Evans to the plate, making it 5-2, but the inning ended on another Presley strikeout.
Presley finished off the Tigers in style, knocking in two more runs in the top of the sixth to make it 6-2, while setting down Marshall County 1-2-3 in the final two innings to end the game.
Marshall County (11-16) will play on Monday at 4:30 p.m. versus the loser of tonight's second round game in Spring Hill where the top-seeded Raiders (23-5) will take on Cascade (21-11).
"We just gotta keep playing, we are not out of this thing, obviously when you have a three-team bracket anything can happen," said Reese. "I feel we are still in really good shape, we just have to swing the bats a little bit better."
Cascade 2000310--6 14 1
MCHS 1000100---2 4 3
Cascade: Heath Presley 4-for-4, Chandler Monajjem 2-for-5, Seth Gardner 2-for-3, Hayden Sliger 2-for-4, Austin Gentry 1-for-3, Sam Gardner 1-for-4, Colton Weaver 1-for-4, Brady Parker 1-for-4.
MCHS: Lane Whitesell 2-for-4, Conner Bush 1-for-3, Stuart Warner 1-for-3.
WP: Heath Presley
LP: Stuart Warner