Marshall County picked up three victories and ran its record to 18-13 last week, with one loss and one game canceled because of rain.
The third victory came on Saturday afternoon during the eighth annual Dreammaker Classic, a fundraiser which donated its proceeds this year to the Marshall County Exceptional Center.
In other games, Caldwell County won 5-3 over Ballard Memorial, Heath defeated Franklin-Simpson 6-3, St. Mary won 6-3 over Franklin-Simpson and Graves County defeated Crittenden County 14-1.
A game scheduled Friday night between Marshall County and Franklin-Simpson was washed out.
Coach Mike Johnson’s Marshals wrap up the regular season with three games on tap this week, headed by a visit to Ballard Memorial today at 5 p.m.
Graves County visits on Thursday, the Marshals travel to Mayfield for a Friday afternoon game and the finale is Saturday at Caldwell County.
The Marshals have the fourth-best record in Region 1, but will have to fight their way out of the District 4 tournament next week as a consequence of a 1-3 mark in league play. The tournament will be at Murray’s Tiger Field.
The Marshals will take on Calloway County in the first-round game May 22. The winner will advance to the championship game following at 8:30 p.m.
The Lakers, 10-16 overall and 2-2 in the district, lost 4-3 at home but took a 6-5 win at the Marshals’ field in regular season play.
Murray gets the first-round bye with its 3-1 district mark. The Tigers are 19-5 overall, trailing only Lone Oak (29-5) and Paducah Tilghman (21-5) in the region.
Marshall Co. 10,
Webster Co. 0
Wesley Neal pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out six, as the Marshals won in six innings on Saturday.
The Marshals broke up a scoreless game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. They added seven more in the fifth and reached the 10-run mercy rule margin with a run in the sixth.
Eight players combined for nine hits for the Marshals, with Dalton Morton going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Austin Johnson had a two-run double and Justice Beal also drove in two runs.
After Cody Clark reached on an error to open the fourth, courtesy runner Dylan Greenfield went to second on a balk and Blake Johnson bunted for a single. Beal’s sacrifice advanced both runners, and they scored on an error and a wild pitch.
The next inning, the Marshals sent 12 batters to the plate. Six singles, the double by Johnson, two walks and a hit batter resulted in the seven-up outburst.
In the sixth, Beal was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and came in with the 10th run on a single by Morton.
Webster 000 000 – 0 2 3
Marshall 000 271 – 10 9 1
WP: Wesley Neal LP: Jalen Wallace
Graves Co. 9,
Marshall Co. 6
Devin Chambliss had a 4-for-4 day with three RBI and Dalton Morton scored three times, but the Marshals saw a 4-1 lead slip away, regained command at 6-5 and then were overcome by four unanswered runs on Thursday at the Eagles’ field in Mayfield.
Marshall County scored one run in each of the first four innings to build the lead. Chambliss scored the first run, then drove in Dalton Morton with a go-ahead run in the second inning after Graves tied it at 1-1.
Evan Owen reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch in the third to give the Marshals a 3-1 edge and Morton scored again in the fourth on Austin Johnson’s RBI hit in the fourth.
But the Eagles jumped ahead with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Blake Johnson walked and scored in the fifth and Morton, who was hit by a pitch, crossed the plate for the third time to once again lift Marshall County to the lead.
But that would be the end of the Marshals’ production, while Graves once again came from behind to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth and then added two insurance runs in the sixth.
Lake Henson, who relieved starter Hunter Jaco in the fifth, took the loss.
Marshall 111 120 0 – 6 8 1
Graves 100 422 x – 9 13 2
WP: Clayton Carrico LP: Lake Henson
Marshall Co. 9,
St. Mary 6
Evan Owen, Cody Clark and Dalton Morton each had three hits in a slugfest that saw the two teams combine for 25 base hits. Clark also got the victory, striking out four and scattering eight hits over six innings.
The Marshals built an 8-0 lead before St. Mary cut the lead in the half with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the fourth.
An extra Marshall County run in the seventh proved unnecessary, as the Vikings could only muster two runs in a seventh-inning rally.
Cole Riley walked and Clark got his first hit in the third. Both were driven in by Mason Wooten’s double. Wooten scored when Devin Chambliss reached safely on a fielder’s choice to make it 3-0.
Blake Johnson, Morton and Austin Johnson all singled and scored in the fourth. Chambliss, who reached on an error, and Hunter Jaco, who was hit by a pitch, also scored in the inning, with Wooten picking up another RBI hit. Clark also had an RBI and Austin Johnson drive in two runs with his single.
In the bottom of that frame, St. Mary loaded the bases with two singles and a hit batter and left fielder Ross Whitaker smacked Clark’s first pitch over the right-center fence. Clark struck out the next two batters and got the third out on a ground ball to third.
Clark singled and scored the extra run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Chambliss.
That left the Vikings three runs short despite a double by Brett Quigley, an RBI single by Eamon Hannon and a single by Whitaker, who drove in his fifth run with a single that plated Davis Sims, who was hit by a pitch.
Reliever Lake Henson got Jon Darnell to fly to center to end the rally and the game.
Marshall 030 500 1 – 9 14 0
St. Mary 000 400 2 – 6 11 2
WP: Cody Clark LP: Matthew Higgins
Marshall Co. 11,
Blake Johnson was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead a 20-hit thumping of the Pirates at Heath May 6.
Wesley Neal gave up only three hits in five shutout innings to pick up the victory.
Evan Owen, Cole Riley and Austin Johnson also had doubles and Dalton Morton also drove in two runs.
Hunter Jaco and Austin Johnson scored in the first inning, with RBI hits by Owen and Cody Clark driving them in for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Chase Bright started a big inning with a leadoff walk. Austin Johnson, Owen, Riley, Clark, Blake Johnson and Justice Beal also had singles, with Owen driving in Bright, and all scored as the Marshals pushed the lead to 9-0. Morton drove in the final two runs of the frame with a single.
The lead grew to 11-0 in the sixth when Morton, who singled, and Bright, who drew another walk, both scored on an RBI single by Austin Johnson and Owen’s double.
Heath averted the mercy rule by taking a big bite out of the MC lead, scoring six times in the bottom of the inning. A Marshal error, four walks and a hit batter contributed to the rally.
The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but could not keep the rally going.
Marshall 200 702 0 – 11 20 3
Heath 000 006 0 – 6 5 0
WP: Wesley Neal LP: Shubert Moffatt