Tigers maul Bobcats in 12-AA opener

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tristan Underwood, who went a perfect 3-for-3 with 3RBI in the game, is greeted by his Tiger teammates after smashing a second inning home run. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After going 2-4 to open the season versus non-league opponents, the Marshall County Tigers blasted archrival Giles County 11-2 Monday night at Joe George Field in Lewisburg in the District 12-AA opener for both squads.

"They are our oldest rivalry, you go to talk to great uncles and grandparents and they will tell you, it's Giles County in any sport," MCHS coach Mike "Monk" Reese said. "It's my biggest rivalry, I want to beat everybody, but they will be mine and I want to beat them because they have been around such a long time."

Warner's 2nd win

MCHS hurler Stuart Warner tossed a complete game victory, striking out nine Giles County batters Monday night at Joe George Field in Lewisburg.

Senior ace Stuart Warner picked up his second complete game victory of the season on the mound for MCHS, tossing seven innings in a yeoman like effort.

Warner gave up one earned run on five hits, while striking out nine and walking zero Bobcat hitters in the contest.

"Stuart throws lots of strikes and you have to play defense behind him," Reese said. "He usually doesn't strike out a lot, but he did tonight with his knuckleball and we did play great defense."

Marshall County banged out 12 hits in the contest and did not make any errors in the field behind Warner.

Error-free play

Tiger second baseman Brett McGehee scoops up a ground ball and fires to first for the out.

"No errors tonight, that will win a lot of ballgames," Reese said. "But, the key was we had some guys step up at the plate and hit that baseball tonight."

Warner also drove in three runs at the plate and fellow senior Tristan Underwood slammed a solo home run and also knocked in three runs with a perfect 3-for-3 night at the dish.

Nick Foust led off the game with a base hit off Warner, but was gunned out at second trying to steal by MCHS catcher Derrick McKnight, and in the home half of the frame, senior third-sacker Ethan Poteete knocked in a run with an RBI single.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Bryce Gibson belted a home run over the left field fence, tying the game at 1-1, but Underwood matched the blast with a leadoff shot in the bottom of the inning.

Tigers score

Rattled by Underwood's' home run, Giles County starting pitcher Matt Dunnivant hit Brett McGehee and Nathan Derryberry followed with an infield single before Brayden Gentry moved both runners up with a bunt.

Derrick McKnight gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead on an RBI fielder's choice and in the top of the third, Warner set down the Bobcats 1-2-3.

Warner drew a base on balls with two outs in the home half of the inning and Underwood drove home pinch runner Austin Wood with a run scoring double to right field, making it 4-1.

Gibson, who had two hits in three at bats for Giles County, drove home the last run in the game for the Bobcats with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

Marshall County went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning and Warner struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning.

Ethan Poteete laces a run scoring single in the first inning for MCHS, who beat Giles County 11-2.

Run explosion

The Tigers busted the game open in the home half of the fifth inning, scoring four times as Warner knocked in two with a double, McGehee lashed an RBI single and Gentry made it 8-2 with an RBI double down the line in right field.

Marshall County scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, while Warner caged the Pulaski cats the rest of the way to secure the win.

"I'm proud of the kids tonight, they came focused on spring break," Reese said. "We haven't played in a week, not intentionally, the rains came last week, so not to play in eight days and come out and hit the ball like we did tonight was really big."

Giles County 010 100 0-2 7 0

Marshall County 121 043 x-11 12 0

Giles County: Bryce Gibson 2-3, Nick Foust 1-3, Mack Young 1-3, Matt Dunnivant 1-3, Max Jett 1-3, Sam Hatfield 1-2.

RBI: Gibson 2.

HR: Bryce Gibson

Marshall County: Tristan Underwood 3-3, Madison Peete 2-3, Wilson Limbaugh 1-2, Ethan Poteete 1-2, Stuart Warner 1-2, Brett McGehee 1-3, Nathan Derryberry 1-4, Brayden Gentry 1-2, Derrick McKnight 1-3.

RBI: Underwood 3, Warner 3, Poteete 2, McGehee 1, Gentry 1, Derrick McKnight 1.

HR: Tristan Underwood

WP: Stuart Warner (7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 9K, 0BB)

LP: Matt Dunnivant

Senior ace Stuart Warner picked up his second complete game victory of the season on the mound for MCHS, tossing seven innings in a yeoman like effort.

Warner gave up one earned run on five hits, while striking out nine and walking zero Bobcat hitters in the contest.

"Stuart throws lots of strikes and you have to play defense behind him," Reese said. "He usually doesn't strike out a lot, but he did tonight with his knuckleball and we did play great defense."

Marshall County banged out 12 hits in the contest and did not make any errors in the field behind Warner.

"No errors tonight, that will win a lot of ballgames," Reese said. "But, the key was we had some guys step up at the plate and hit that baseball tonight."

Warner also drove in three runs at the plate and fellow senior Tristan Underwood slammed a solo home run and also knocked in three runs with a perfect 3-for-3 night at the dish.

Nick Foust led off the game with a base hit off Warner, but was gunned out at second trying to steal by MCHS catcher Derrick McKnight, and in the home half of the frame, senior third-sacker Ethan Poteete knocked in a run with an RBI single.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Bryce Gibson belted a home run over the left field fence, tying the game at 1-1, but Underwood matched the blast with a leadoff shot in the bottom of the inning.

Rattled by Underwood's' home run, Giles County starting pitcher Matt Dunnivant hit Brett McGehee and Nathan Derryberry followed with an infield single before Brayden Gentry moved both runners up with a bunt.

Derrick McKnight gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead on an RBI fielder's choice and in the top of the third, Warner set down the Bobcats 1-2-3.

Warner drew a base on balls with two outs in the home half of the inning and Underwood drove home pinch runner Austin Wood with a run scoring double to right field, making it 4-1.

Gibson, who had two hits in three at bats for Giles County, drove home the last run in the game for the Bobcats with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

Marshall County went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning and Warner struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning.

The Tigers busted the game open in the home half of the fifth inning, scoring four times as Warner knocked in two with a double, McGehee lashed an RBI single and Gentry made it 8-2 with an RBI double down the line in right field.

Marshall County scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, while Warner caged the Pulaski cats the rest of the way to secure the win.

"I'm proud of the kids tonight, they came focused on spring break," Reese said. "We haven't played in a week, not intentionally, the rains came last week, so not to play in eight days and come out and hit the ball like we did tonight was really big."

Giles County 010 100 0-2 7 0

Marshall County 121 043 x-11 12 0

Giles County: Bryce Gibson 2-3, Nick Foust 1-3, Mack Young 1-3, Matt Dunnivant 1-3, Max Jett 1-3, Sam Hatfield 1-2.

RBI: Gibson 2.

HR: Bryce Gibson

Marshall County: Tristan Underwood 3-3, Madison Peete 2-3, Wilson Limbaugh 1-2, Ethan Poteete 1-2, Stuart Warner 1-2, Brett McGehee 1-3, Nathan Derryberry 1-4, Brayden Gentry 1-2, Derrick McKnight 1-3.

RBI: Underwood 3, Warner 3, Poteete 2, McGehee 1, Gentry 1, Derrick McKnight 1.

HR: Tristan Underwood

WP: Stuart Warner (7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 9K, 0BB)

LP: Matt Dunnivant