Tigers clip Falcons on senior night
When you see eight kids on one team stand for senior night ceremonies, it's a little melancholy to say the least when you have seen them grow up on the diamond since Little League.
Thursday night at Lewisburg, the Tigers had eight seniors in the starting lineup at Joe George Field and each played a role in a 4-3 win over Lincoln County, breaking a seven game losing streak.
"It was exciting tonight, we had to come to play," MCHS senior Ethan Poteete said. "It is a "W" in the column and we just want wins."
Good mound work
Senior Josh McKnight started on the mound for the Tigers and after surrendering a first inning unearned run, McKnight pitched brilliantly into the sixth inning when fellow classmate Hunter Bradford came on to squelch a Lincoln County scoring opportunity.
McKnight went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking zero Falcon batters.
Bradford came on in the top of the sixth with the Tigers leading 4-2 and Falcon runners on second and third and proceeded to whiff the next two batters to put out the fire.
The Tigers, who got away with four errors in the contest, gave up another unearned run in the top of the seventh and Gentry relieved Bradford with two on and one out.
Like Bradford in the sixth, Gentry struck out the next two Lincoln County batters to end the game, earning the save.
Falcon starting pitcher Ryan McAdams held the Tigers scoreless for the first inning, but MCHS tied the game in the bottom of the second, scoring an unearned run without a hit.
The Lincoln County defense let down McAdams again in the bottom of the third when Bradford reached on a leadoff error.
Bradford went to second on a fielder's choice before senior Wilson Limbaugh drilled a single to right field, tying the game.
Poteete, who had two hits for Marshall County, beat out an infield single to put Tiger runners on the corners.
Poteete, who should go to acting classes, fooled the Falcons badly at first base when he faked a steal attempt and plopped on the ground a few feet from the first base bag.
First baseman Caleb Crabtree fell for the spoof and tried to tag Poteete out, while Limbaugh raced home, beating the throw in a cloud of dust to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
"It's called the 'Gator'," said Poteete. "You kinda just take off like your running for second base and fall down and the runner scores from third. We practice that and I'm really good at falling down."
Seniors Madison Peete and Poteete had hits in the bottom of the fifth that produced the Tigers' final run on a sac fly RBI by senior Stuart Warner.
Bradford got the first out of the seventh inning on a groundout before Kirby Smith reached on an infield error.
Crabtree and Landon Koehler came up with back-to-back base hits to make it a 4-3 contest, but Gentry slammed the door shut to preserve the victory.
Asked about finishing his career with so many classmates still playing baseball on the team, Poteete said, "Once you start this game, you can't quit and this is where friends are made, these guys will be friends for life."
MCHS (13-16, 3-7) finished up its regular season schedule on Monday with an 8-1 loss at Shelbyville and will play at home on Thursday versus Giles County (7-18, 2-8) in the first round of the District 12AA Tournament.
"We just want to finish strong and send a strong message going into district," Poteete said. "Once you get to district, anything can happen."
Lincoln County 100 001 1-3 9 1
Marshall County 012 010 X-4 7 3
Lincoln County: Jacob Dickenson 2-for-3, Landon Koelher 2-for-2, Garrett Holland 2-for-3, Joe Allen Alcorn 1-for-4, Caleb Crabtree 1-for-4. Ethan Pruett 1-for-3
RS: Ryan McAdams,
3B: Holland, Dickenson
RBI: Holland, Alcorn, Koehler
HBP: Koehler, Davin Gifford, Koehler
Marshall County: Ethan Poteete 2-for-3, Madison Peete 1-for-3, Wilson Limbaugh 1-for-2, Stuart Warner 1-for-2, Derrick McKnight 1-for-2, Thomas Hawkins 1-for-1
RS: Nathan Thomason, Limbaugh, Tristan Underwood, Bradford
RBI: Warner, Limbaugh
SAC: Limbaugh, Peete
FC: Brayden Gentry, Underwood
SB: Poteete, Limbaugh
WP: Josh McKnight (5.1IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, 2K, 2BB)
HOLD: Hunter Bradford (1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)
SAVE: Brayden Gentry (0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)
LP: Ryan McAdams
Marshall County at Shelbyville
Marshall County 000 001 0-1 7 0
Shelbyville 100 115 X-8 13 1
Marshall County: Brayden Gentry 2-for-3, Ethan Poteet 1-for-3, Stuart Warner 1-for-3, Brett McGehee 1-for-3, Nathan Derryberry 1-for-3, Derrick McKnight 1-for-2
FC: Derrick McKnight, Poteete, Wilson Limbaugh
Shelbyville: Noah Mason 2-for-4, Logan Landers 2-for-4, Colt Williams 2-for-3, Walker Neal 2-for-3, Trevor Sanders 1-for-3, Wesley Griggs 1-for-4, Chase Smith 1-for-3, Jay Blackburn 1-for-2
2B: Landers, Mason, Neal 2, Griggs
RBI: Landers 2, Sanders, Williams, Neal 2
SAC: Luke Davidson
WP: Addison Woods
LP: Nathan Derryberry (3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 1BB), Stuart Warner (2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0K, 0BB), Hunter Bradford (.1IP, 5H, 5R, 0K, 0BB), Brayden Gentry (.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 0BB)