Tigers' season ends with 1-0 loss
The Marshall County Tigers had a tough road to travel Monday night in Spring Hill, having to win two games to advance to the District 12-AA title game.
The Tigers took on the host Raiders in game one and senior Cameron Isley came through on the mound for MCHS, tossing a complete game four-hitter in a 3-1 win.
"We scored enough in that first ballgame to put Spring Hill away and the guys played good," said MCHS coach Monk Reese. "We played good defense, got good pitching from Cameron and put enough hits together at the right time to win."
Isley gave up one earned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking two Spring Hill batters.
"That was awesome, it was great to give them some payback," said Isley. "I knew that I was going to throw strikes and if my defense was behind me, we would win."
Michael Mackezyk was the tough-luck loser for the Raiders as he gave up just three hits and did not allow an earned run in five innings of work on the hill.
Mackezyk had a masterful curve ball most the night as he whiffed 11 Tigers and walked zero.
A Lane Whitesell RBI single in the fourth inning opened the scoring for the Tigers.
A Spring Hill error in the top of the sixth inning set up an RBI sacrifice fly by Ethan Poteete that gave Isley a 2-0 lead.
Marshall County picked up two more unearned runs in the top of the seventh as the Raiders continued to kick the ball around.
Isley, who drove in one of the runs in the top of the seventh, gave up a two-out RBI double to Hunter Whitwell in the home half of the seventh before recording a game-ending strikeout.
"It just goes to show you, you never lay down and keep fighting until it's over and we did it," said Isley.
In game two, the Tigers took on Cascade for the fourth time this year and just like last year, the Champions came away with a 1-0 win to end Marshall County's season.
Cascade scored the game's only run in the second inning, when a botched run-down play at second base allowed Colton Weaver to score from third base.
Whitesell pitched an outstanding game for the Tigers, giving up just three hits to Cascade in the loss.
"I knew what I had to do what was I had to do," said Whitesell. "I came out and threw my hardest, I thought we had that game, but I guess we were one leg short of the race."
Whitesell struck out 11 and walked two Raiders in the contest.
"I have had a great time playing baseball and I'm proud to call myself a Tiger," said Whitesell. "The best advice I got as a freshman was it is going to be gone faster than what you think it is, now I look back and I can remember everything from my freshman year like it was yesterday."
Chandler Monaijen picked up the win for the Champions, lasting five and two thirds innings before Sam Gardner came on to pick up the save for Cascade.
"We came up two or three times with men in scoring position, but we just needed that one ht and it didn't happen," said Reese. "Their pitching had something to do with it, they kept us off balance and we just didn't get the hit we needed, that's just baseball."
Cascade advances to the District 12-AA title game versus Christ Presbyterian Academy on Wednesday at CPA.
"They (Cascade) are hot, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see them win the championship ballgame and go as the number one seed," said Reese.
Both squads also earned berths in the region tournament.
MCHS vs. Spring Hill
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Spring Hill 0000001--1 4 4
MCHS: Jay Howard 1-for-3, Lane Whitesell 1-for-2, Cameron Isley 1-for-3, Connor Bush 1-for-4.
Spring Hill: Taylor Warwich 1-for-3, Bryson Thomas 1-for-3, Josh Wilkinson 1-for-3, Hunter Whitwell 1-for-3.
WP: Cameron Isley
LP: Bryson Thomas
MCHS vs. Cascade
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MCHS 0000000--0 3 1
Cascade: Colton Weaver 2-for-3, Tae Patton 1-for-3, Sam Gardner 1-for-3.
MCHS: Lane Whitesell 1-for-3, Brett McGehee 1-for-3, Connor Bush 1-for-3.
WP: Chandler Monaijen
LP: Lane Whitesell