CPA knocks Marshall County out of tourney

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
MCHS senior Stuart Warner pitched brilliantly in the District 12-AA Tournament at CPA Monday, but the Lions won 3-0 behind a shutout effort turned in by Cooper Reynolds. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

After coming up with a 6-1 win over Giles County on Saturday, the Marshall County Tigers had the imposing task of traveling to host CPA on Monday with elimination from the District 12-AA Tournament facing Lewisburg.

"I was really proud of our guys, real proud of what these seniors have accomplished," MCHS coach Mike "Monk Reese said. "We are in the best district in double 'A' baseball and I would not be surprised if we have two teams go on and do well in the state."

Close, as usual

The defending 2A state champion Lions had beaten Marshall County three times already this season, but all the games were close until the end.

Monday's tilt was no different as MCHS senior Stuart Warner and CPA standout Cooper Reynolds squared off in a pitcher's duel, won by Reynolds and the Lions 3-0.

"That's why they were the state champions last year," Reese said. "Their pitchers have a lot to do with not being able to get those scoring opportunities."

Reynolds went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and striking out five and walking five Tiger batters.

Devin McKnight came on for the save for CPA, shutting out the Tigers for the final 1 1/3 innings.

Good effort

The knuckle balling Warner was magnificent in defeat, giving up just six hits to the potent CPA squad.

"Stuart pitched a terrific ballgame," Reese said. "Every time we have played them our pitching staff has done an excellent job, we just have not been able to put together enough timely opportunities."

Warner struck out four and walked two in the contest and had one of the three Tiger hits in the game.

Elusive plate

Marshall was able to get runners on base due to Reynolds' wildness, but the Lewisburg boys were not able to get the runs across home plate, due to a couple of questionable calls and the inability to get the big hit at the crucial times in the game.

Marshall County left five runners on base, including the bases loaded with one out in the second and two on with no outs in the sixth inning.

CPA got the only run they needed in the bottom of the third inning when a Marshall County error and an RBI single by Lane Harris made it 1-0.

Final hopes

Reynolds kept the Tigers off the board and left with one out in the sixth inning with MCHS runners in scoring position, but McKnight slammed the door to end the frame.

CPA added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI infield single by Seth Townsend and a trick play that resulted in a steal of home by Earley Holley.

Marshall County went down 1-2-3 in the seventh to finish the season with a 15-18 record.

Monday, May 9


Marshall County 000 000 0-0 3 4

CPA 001 002 X-3 6 0

Marshall County: Stuart Warner 1-for-2, Tristan Underwood 1-for-1, Thomas Hawkins 1-for-3

SAC: Derrick McKnight, Underwood

FC: Poteete, Brett McGehee

CPA: Sam Knell 2-for-3, Lane Harris 2-for-3, Phillip Clarke 1-for-2, Cooper Reynolds 1-for-3

RS: Knell, Harris, Earley Holley

2B: Knell

RBI: Harris, Seth Townsend

SAC: Jacob Webster, Wallace Barrett, Harrison Whiteside

FC: Harris, Townsend

SB: Townsend 2, Cain Patterson

CS: Cooper Reynolds

WP: Cooper Reynolds (5.2IP, 3H. 0R, 0ER, 5K, 5BB)

Save: Devin McKnight (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)

LP: Stuart Warner (6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4K, 2BB)

Saturday, May 7


Giles County 000 100 0-1 4 2

Marshall County 001 500 X-6 8 2

Giles County: Matt Dunnavant 2-for-3, Dylan Carmen 1-for-3, Jayson Hamilton 1-for-3

RS: Nick Foust

FC: Blade Matthews, Hamilton

HBP: Foust

SB: Hamilton

Marshall County: Madison Peete 3-for-3, Wilson Limbaugh 1-for-3, Logan Bailey 1-for-3, Ethan Poteete 1-for-2, Brayden Gentry 1-for-2, Derrick McKnight 1-for-2

RS: Austin Wood 2, Peete, Limbaugh, Bailey, Gentry

2B: Peete 2, Poteete

RBI: Poteete 2, Peete 2, Limbaugh

SAC: Limbaugh, Gentry

SF: Poteete

HBP: Poteete, Peete

SB: Bailey, Limbaugh, Peete

WP: Nathan Derryberry (6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 6K, 4BB)

Save: Hunter Bradford (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB)

LP: Sam Hatfield