All-Stars open with win over East Nashville
The defending state champion Marshall County 13-15 year-old all-stars opened up the 2018 state tournament with a 9-1 win over East Nashville at the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Memorial Field in Lewisburg Friday night.
Marshall County had three, three-run innings on offense, while Carson Cheek and Logan McKnight combined for a two-hitter on the mound.
Cheek started the game and picked up the win, giving up two hits and one earned run in three innings of work, while striking out eight and walking two East Nashville batters.
Ryon Travse Lewis had both hits for East Nashville and scored their only run when he tripled to lead off the top of the second inning before coming home on Cheek wild pitch.
McKnight came on for Cheek in the top of the fourth inning and blanked East Nashville the rest of the way, striking out 11 out of the 14 batters he faced.
Marshall County picked up all the runs they needed in the bottom of the first inning as J.W. Beasley led off with a base on balls and quickly found his way to third on an errant pickoff attempt at first base.
Javarria Rucker drilled a two-strike pitch up the middle to score Beasley before scooting to third base on a ground ball out to second.
Zach Graves doubled in Rucker to make it 2-0 and Luke Terry walked.
Marshall County manager Mike Mills called the double steal and both runners moved up one base before Conner McVey knocked in Graves on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Cheek ran into trouble in the top of the second inning as East Nashville loaded the bases and scored a run with one out, but Cheek was up to the fight as he whiffed the next three batters in order to end the threat.
Marshall County did not score in the bottom of the inning and Cheek struck out the side in the top of the third before leaving the game.
After being hit by pitches on back-to-back at bats with one out, Cheek and Graves pulled off another double in the bottom of the third inning and it paid off when McVey knocked them both in with two outs to make it a 5-0 ballgame and McVey came around to score moments later on an RBI double by Bryson Whaley.
McKnight struck out the side in order in his first inning of work on the hill and Marshall County added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on four consecutive bases on balls and a bunch of passed balls and wild pitches from the East Nashville pitching staff.
McKnight dominated the rest of the way, striking out eight as Marshall County cruised to the 9-0 win.
East Nashville 010 000 0-1 2 4
Marshall County 303 300 X-9 6 2
East Nashville: Ryon Travse Lewis 2-for-2.
BB: Lewis, Rufus Lancio, James Bassow, Riley Bub.
ROE: Hudson Pregont 2.
Team LOB: 7
E: John Boyd 2, Lewis, Lancio.
LP: John Boyd.
Marshall County: Zack Graves 2-for-2, Javarria Rucker 1-for-3, Conner McVey 1-for-3, Bryson Whaley 1-for-3, Kel Greer 1-for-1.
RS: Brady Calahan 2, Graves 2, J.W. Beasley, Rucker, McVey, Logan Courtemanche, Caleb Grooms.
BB: Beasley 2, Luke Terry, Courtemanche, Logan McKnight, Grooms.
2B: Whaley, Graves.
RBI: McVey 3, Whaley, Rucker, Graves.
HBP: Grooms, Carson Cheek, Graves.
SB: Calahan 3, Graves 3, Beasley 2, Terry, Grooms.
CS: Greer, Beasley.
Team LOB: 3
E: Courtemanche, McVey.
WP: Carson Cheek (3IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 8K, 2BB), Logan McKnight (4IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 11K, 2BB).