13-year old all-stars finish second in tourney
The Marshall County 13-year old all-stars hosted the District 8 Tournament at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Babe Ruth Field in Lewisburg over the weekend and came in second place to Lawrenceburg.
The two squads had a major tussle in Friday night’s opening round as they combined for just 11 hits in the contest.
Carson Cheek turned in a spectacular performance on the mound for Marshall County, tossing all six innings in a tough luck 3-2 loss.
Cheek gave up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking three Lawrenceburg batters.
Cheek and Lawrenceburg starter Luke Boswell were locked in a pitcher’s duel as both hurlers tossed hitless baseball for the first three innings.
Marshall County put up two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning, beginning with a one-out base hit by Cheek.
Marshall County catcher Tristan Griggs followed with a base on balls before both runners moved up on a passed ball.
John Morgan Thomas knocked in Cheek with a fielder’s choice RBI and Hunter Bennett followed with a shot to the left field fence to drive in Griggs, making it 2-0.
Brayden Bowyer and Garrett Meade walked to load the bases, but Boswell got out of the jam with an inning ending strikeout.
Ayden Luffman led off with the first base hit off Cheek in the bottom of the inning, but was quickly erased when he was gunned down by Griggs trying to steal second base.
Josh Porter followed with a walk before Boswell hit a grounder to Blake Moreland at shortstop where he stepped on the second base bag and fired to first for an inning ending double play.
Each team had one hit apiece in the fifth inning, but no runs were scored.
Marshall County did not score in the top of the sixth inning, but in the home half of the stanza, Lawrenceburg took a 3-2 lead with the big blow coming on a Luffman two-run double.
Marshall County had the tying run on second base with no outs in the top of the seventh, but failed to score in the one-run loss.
Marshall County took on longtime foe Giles County in round two and they did not waste any time putting away the Pulaski squad, scoring five runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning as they cruised to a 13-0 shutout win.
Manager Bo Griggs’ squad banged out 11 hits in the contest with Cheek leading way with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with 3RBIs.
Bryson Smith (RBI, 2RS) and Thomas (2RBI) had three hits apiece for Marshall County and Grayson Miller (BB, 2RS) had one base knock.
Brayden Bowyer (2RBIs) walked three times and scored twice, while Griggs (2BB) and Blake Moreland each drove home one run apiece.
Bennett walked four times and scored two runs for Marshall County and Griggs picked up the win on the mound.
In Saturday night’s district title game, Lawrenceburg came up with a 13-0 shutout win as Marshall County managed just three hits off Ayden Luffman, who struck out seven and walked three in a complete game effort.
Marshall County will be back in action next week when they travel to Lebanon for the state tournament, beginning on July 14.
The 14-year old Marshall County all-stars went 1-2 at the District 8 Tournament at Pulaski and will host the state tournament beginning on Friday at Lewisburg.
The 15-year old stars had a bye and they will also the state tournament, beginning on July 14 at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Babe Ruth Field.
Thursday, June 29
Marshall County 000 200 0-2 6 3
Lawrenceburg 000 003 X-3 5 1
Marshall County: Bryson Smith 2-for-4, Carson Cheek 2-for-3, Blake Moreland 1-for-4, Hunter Bennett 1-for-3
RBI: Bennett, John Morgan Thomas
LP: Carson Cheek (6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 5K, 3BB)
Lawrenceburg: Kade Shultz 2-for-3, Ayden Luffman 1-for-3, Ashtin Cottrell 1-for-2, Avery Tidwell 1-for-1
RBI: Luffman 2
WP: Kade Shultz (1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB), Luke Boswell (3.2IP, 2H, 2R, 2Er, 5K, 3BB), Josh Porter (2.1IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 4K, 1BB)
Friday, June 30
Marshall County 540 001 0-10 11 2
Giles County 000 002 0-2 5 4
Marshall County: Carson Cheek 4-for-5, Bryson Smith 3-for-4, John Morgan Thomas 3-for-4, Grayson Miller 1-for-3
RBI: Cheek 3, Thomas 2, Brayden Bowyer 2, Tristan Griggs, Blake Moreland, Smith
WP: Tristan Griggs (2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 2BB), Grayson Miller (2.2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3K, 1BB), John Morgan Thomas (2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3K, 0BB)
Giles County: Tre Brown 2-for-3, Sawyer Phillips 1-for-3, Cobe Gordon 1-for-3, Justin Johnson 1-for-1
RBI: Phillips, Brown
LP: Will Hargrove (5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 8K, 5BB), Cobe Gordon (0.0IP, 1H, 4R, 2ER, 0K, 3BB), Tre Brown (2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5K, 3BB)
Saturday, July 1
Marshall County 000 000 0-0 3 9
Lawrenceburg 000 148 X-13 9 0
Marshall County: Bryson Smith 1-for-2, Grayson Miller 1-for-3, Blake Moreland 1-for-3
LP: Blake Moreland (6IP, 7H, 8R, 3ER, 3K, 1BB), Ashton Grubbs (0IP, 1H, 5R, 2ER, 0K, 3BB), Brayden Bowyer (1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB)
Lawrenceburg: Kade Shultz 2-for-5, Ayden Luffman 2-for-4, Samuel Bradley 2-for-4, Josh Porter 1-for-3, Ashtin Cottrell 1-for-3, Spencer Fontenot 1-for-2
RBI: Bradley 3, Shultz 2, Porter 2, Camden Bosheers, Ayden Luffman, Boswell
WP: Ayden Luffman (7IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 7K, 2BB)