Tigers fall apart after foul strikes Patriot in face
The Marshall County Tigers missed a chance on Monday to stay in the heat of the District 12-AA race with a heart breaking 3-2 loss at Page, who was coming off a disappointing loss to last place Giles County three games prior.
Marshall County would have one more shot to stay in the top three spots in the district standings in a rematch against the Patriots on Tuesday at Joe George Field in Lewisburg, but an unfortunate accident knocked the wind out of the Tigers sails in the fifth inning and Page prevailed 7-4.
Good start, but...
Starting pitcher Nathan Derryberry gave up two early runs before settling down to retire six straight in the second and third innings before the Pats would rally to take the lead for good in the top of the fifth.
Cole Giles started the game with a hit for the Patriots and would make the rounds to third base on passed balls before a throw out to second base allowed Giles to steal home for the first run of the game.
Christian Denton hit a single to right field to score Garrett Sharp for the 2-0 Page edge before Derryberry retired the next two batters to end the Patriot scoring threat.
Page pitcher Peyton Wiggington mowed through the top of the Tiger batting order in the first inning before encountering a little trouble in the bottom of the second.
Tristian Underwood led off the inning with a walk and reached third base on a Brett McGehee single before an errant throw to first base during the next at bat allowed the Tiger first baseman to score and chip the lead to 2-1.
The Tiger's bats stayed hot in the third inning when Stuart Warner hit a shot to left field to score Wilson Limbaugh to tie the game before Brett McGehee continued his recent batting success with a hit into right center field to score Warner and give Marshall County its first lead of the game at 3-2.
Derryberry found his control after the first inning and retired nine batters in a row over the next three innings before the Patriots came alive in the fifth.
Giles came up big again for Page with a triple to score Christian Redwood to knot the game back at three and after loading up the bases, Derryberry walked Derrick Beatty to give the Patriots the one run lead.
With the top of the order due up for the Tigers tragedy struck the Patriots.
Ethan Poteete drilled a line drive foul into the Page dugout and struck a player in the face which required an ambulance ride to Marshall Medical Center and a long delay.
The delay in action seemed to deflate the home team and Page would outscore the Tigers 3-1 to end the game, handing Marshall County its third straight loss.
The loss set the Tigers down in fourth place in the district behind Spring Hill (5-3), Page (5-3), and number one ranked CPA (7-0).
Marshall County lost a tough game to Coffee County Central 2-0 on Wednesday night for its fourth loss in a row after a successful showing at the Mountain Valley Classic over the weekend with wins over Cannon County, Whitwell, and Sequatchie County.
The Tigers travel to Fayetteville on Friday to take on 3A Lincoln County at 6 p.m. before jumping back into district action for the last time of the season with a home and away series with CPA on Monday and Tuesday.
Page 200 023 0-7 8 2
Marshall County 012 000 1-4 7 1
Page: Cole Giles 3-for-4, Christian Rector 2-for-3, Christian Denton 1-for-2, Garrett Theide 1-for-2, Riley Chambers 1-for-4.
RBI: Giles 2, Denton 1, Sharp 1, Theide 1, Peyton Wigginton 1
Marshall County: Wilson Limbaugh 2-for-4, Brett McGehee 2-for-3, Ethan Poteete 1-for-3, Stuart Warner 1-for-4, Derrick McKnight 1-for-3.
RBI: Warner 1, Poteete 1, McGehee 1.
WP: Peyton Wigginton
LP: Nathan Derryberry (5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3K, 6BB), Hunter Bradford (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 3BB)