Lewis County stuns Tigers

Friday, March 18, 2016
Ethan Poteete and the MCHS Tigers lost to Lewis County 7-6 at home on Tuesday before taking a 1-0 win at Tullahoma on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County baseball team welcomed the Lewis County Panthers to Lewisburg just a day after pummeling Hume Fogg out of Nashville 11-1 on opening day.

The Tigers (1-1) started Tuesday night's game with an early 1-0 edge, but would play catchup the entire game before making one final push in the seventh inning.

The Tigers had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning before a base running error and strikeout ended the game at 7-6, marking the first time the Marshall County has lost to Lewis County (1-1) since the 2013 season.

'Teaching tool'

"Obviously things didn't turn out the way we wanted them to tonight," MCHS coach Mike Reese said. "We made too many mistakes defensively. We had some base running mistakes too. But that's something to build on. I mean they are all (games) important, every game is important, but sometimes failures a great teaching tool."

Wilson Limbaugh had a great night for the Tigers with three hits and an RBI and Tristan Underwood added two hits and three RBI as the Tigers came up just short of the win.

"We hit the ball pretty good, but there were a few errors that cost us a few runs," Underwood said. "We could hit the ball just a little bit better and just improve on our fielding and fundamentals."

Mound work

Brayden Gentry had a tough night on the mound, giving up six of the seven runs in the first two innings before Josh McKnight and Hunter Bradford came in relief to allow just three hits and one run in five combined innings.

"You just try and work through (the deficit) and try and do the best you can," McKnight said. "I just try and throw strikes and get the batters out."

The Tigers struck first blood on an Underwood RBI single in the first inning, but the Panthers scored four runs in the top of the second inning, highlighted by a Kevin Odom triple.

The Tigers came back in the bottom of the second inning with two consecutive singles by Ethan Poteete and Limbaugh to score two runs, but a Brayden Gentry strike out with bases loaded ended the inning.

Coming through

Underwood came through again in the fourth inning with a single to knock in two more runs to make it 6-5.

The Panthers scored just one more run heading into the home half of the seventh inning for the Tigers.

Brett McGehee started the inning with a walk and scored on a Lewis County error to make it a one run game at 7-6, but with the bases loaded and no outs, Madison Peete popped out to the pitcher and Hunter Bradford was caught off the bag at first base for two outs, before Limbaugh struck out to end the contest.

"Our expectations were to win the ball game," Reese said. "And to get better every play and every pitch we wanted to get better and prepare our self for our district as we go along the next two weeks."

Tuesday, March 15

At Marshall County

Lewis County 042 010 0-7 8 4

MCHS 120 200 1-6 9 4

Lewis County: Dakota Crowell 2-2, Will Owen 2-4, Ethan Brewer 2-3, Stone Shelby 1-2, Davon Odom 1-4.

RBI: Odom 2, Denton Webb 1, Trey Holbrook 1, Brewer 1, Shelby 1.

Marshall County: Wilson Limbaugh 2-4, Ethan Poteete 2-4, Tristan Underwood 2-3, Brett McGehee 1-2, Nathan Derryberry 1-1, Logan Bailey 1-1.

RBI: Underwood 3, Hunter Bradford 1, Poteete 1, Limbaugh 1.

WP: Stone Shelby

LP: Brayden Gentry