Tigers squeeze past familiar spring foe
The Tigers welcomed the Cowboys from just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio to Lewisburg on Saturday for a doubleheader a day after both teams played Lawrence County with Marshall County winning 8-7 before the weekends match with the Cowboys.
"They've been coming down through here the past couple of years, it's been three or four years now," MCHS coach Mike Reese explained. "We have a little mini-tournament here during their spring break, so we've been knowing these guys awhile now."
The Tigers took a 10-5 lead after five innings, but the Cowboys made a final push to cut the lead to 10-8 with runners in scoring position before Brent McGehee withstood the Wyoming comeback attempt to give the home team its fourth straight win.
The game started in the Cowboys favor as the visitors racked up four hits in the first inning off pitcher Madison Peete, but the Tigers settled down to take an 8-4 edge after just four innings.
"I just told them to relax, don't put no pressure on yourself, we're the home team," Reese said. "One batter at a time, one run at a time, get some base runners on, get some hits, and after that we got some good pitching out of it and some key defensive plays to climb back in the ballgame."
After giving up the initial four runs Peete settled down and controlled the remainder of the game, giving up just one more run before being relieved by McGehee at the top of the fifth with a four-run lead.
"My game plan was to go out there and do the best I can, work as a team and throw strikes to win the game," Peete said. "I really look to my teammates to help me pick up the slack and I try to do the best I can, and what I can't do my teammates really do a good job of picking up where I can't."
The Tigers stole the lead from the Cowboys in the third innings when Ethan Poteete drove in two runs to cut the lead to 4-2.
Stuart Warner drilled a single for another run and Tristan Underwood capped the inning off with a three-run blast as the Tigers regained the lead at 6-4 heading into the fourth.
"Well, it was a 3-1 count and coach said if it was my pitch, hit it," Underwood said. "It was right down the middle so I tried to do the best I could with it."
Wilson Limbaugh and Poteete would each drive in a run in the fourth inning to push the lead to 8-4 and the Tigers would run away with the 10-8 win.
Wyoming, Ohio 400 100 3-8 10 2
Marshall County 152 020 X-10 12 1
Wyoming: Sam Marty 2-4, Grady McMichen 2-4, EJ Klee 2-3, Owen Wolski 2-4, Andrew Marty 1-3, Branden Madden 1-3.
RBI: Wolski 2, McMichen 1, Klee 1, Andrew Marty 1, Gabriel Cruz 1.
Marshall County: Ethan Poteete 3-4, Madison Peete 2-3, Wilson Limbaugh 2-5, Stuart Warner 1-4, Tristan Underwood1-3, Austin Wood 1-2.
RBI: Warner 4, Underwood 3, Poteete 2, Wilson Limbaugh 1.
WP: Madison Peete (4IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 5K, 1BB)
Save: Brett McGehee (3IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 5K, 1BB)
LP: Ike Mitchell