Marshall County ran into formidable competition in the Wilson Central Shootout high school baseball tournament Friday and Saturday, winning one game but getting shut out in three other contests.
The win came by an 11-7 margin over Gallatin on Friday.
Combined with a 14-4 win over Livingston Central on March 19, the week’s action left coach Mike Johnson’s team with a 2-4 record going into a scheduled Monday afternoon game at home against Reidland.
The Marshall County Invitational, featuring 10 games among 10 teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Pennsylvania, gets under way Thursday with Clayton, Mo., taking on Murray at 6 p.m. and Trinity of Camp Hill, Pa., playing Marshall County at 7:30.
Friday’s schedule includes two games at the MCHS field and two at Mike Miller Park. Watertown and Moore, Tenn., and Kentucky teams Hancock County and Graves County join the mix, with Watertown playing Trinity and Graves County at the MCHS field at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and Moore taking on Graves County and Hancock County at Miller Park at the same starting times.
On Saturday, Moore plays Caldwell County and Trinity at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Murray plays Hancock County and Marshall County plays Hancock County at 3 and 5:30 p.m., all games at the Marshals’ field.
Meanwhile, Clayton plays Watertown at 10 a.m. and Webster County at 12:30 p.m., Watertown meets Caldwell County at 3 p.m. and Webster County plays Murray at 5:30 p.m., all games at Miller Park.
Next action for the Marshals will be in the Hanahan Invitational in Charleston, S.C., April 1-5 during spring break.
Marshall Co. 0
LEBANON, Tenn. – The first four Marshall County batters reached, on a single, a hit batter, a walk and another single. But two of them were caught stealing and the third out came on a grounder to first.
That left intact a 3-0 lead Oakland built in the top of the first, and the Patriots from Murfreesboro didn’t let the Marshals get any closer.
Devin Chambliss, Chandler Foust, Mason Wooten and Logan Forsythe had singles for the Marshals.
Oakland 322 080 – 15 17 0
Marshall 000 000 – 0 4 0
WP: Devin Cairo LP: Austin Johnson
Wilson Central 10,
Marshall Co. 0
MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Wilson Central survived a first inning in which the Marshals loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an error, and plated five runs in the bottom of the inning to take control.
The Marshals got only three more baserunners the rest of the way.
Mason Wooten and Hunter Jaco had the only two hits for Marshall County.
Marshall 000 000 – 0 2 2
Wilson C. 500 131 – 10 10 1
WP: Cody Haley LP: Wesley Neal)
Marshall Co. 11,
LEBANON, Tenn. – Mason Wooten and Blake Johnson each went 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Marshals to victory Friday. Johnson and his older brother, Austin, had doubles and Wesley Neal also drove in two runs with a single.
After going up 1-0 in the first, the Marshals ran the lead to 7-0 in the top of the second, taking advantage of six walks and two base hits.
Neal, Chandler Rogers and Dalton Morton walked to load the bases, and Blake Johnson singled to drive in two runs.
Chase Bright popped out and Chandler Foust grounded out, but Austin Johnson and Mason Wooten drew passes to run Gallatin starter Sawyer Schults. But reliever Austin Graves walked Devin Chambliss with the bases loaded to plate another run, and then Neal singled to drive in two more.
Graves got Rogers to ground out to finally end the big inning.
Chambliss became the eighth run after he was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on Neal’s ground out and then scored as Rogers reached on an error.
The Johnson brothers both doubled in the fifth and both scored, along with Wooten, who singled.
Gallatin sent 10 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell four runs short.
Hunter Jaco scattered seven hits and picked up the victory for Marshall County.
Marshall 160 130 0 – 11 7 3
Gallatin 010 011 4 – 7 7 4
WP: Hunter Jaco LP: Sawyer Schults
Mt. Juliet 10,
Marshall Co. 0
MT. JULIET, Tenn. – The home team got seven runs in the second inning to put the game away and ended it with a 10th run in the bottom of the fifth.
Devin Chambliss and Ryan Scribner had the only hits for the Marshals, back-to-back singles in the second inning.
Those hits came after Mt. Juliet loaded the bases but stranded all three runners in a scoreless first inning. The runners advanced on a passed ball, but were left on base when Chandler Rogers flied to left and Cole Riley grounded to first.
The Marshals had a rally in the top of the fifth, with the first three batters reaching base, but Chandler Foust flied to right and Mt. Juliet doubled up on Dalton Morton at third base to end the threat.
Marshall 000 00 – 0 2 3
MJt. Juliet 072 01 – 10 8 2
WP: Austin Smith LP: Logan Forsythe
Marshall Co. 14,
Livingston Cent. 4
The Marshals took a three-run lead after three innings, fell behind in the fourth, and then roared back with 11 runs to end the game at six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
A pitching duel between Marshals starter Austin Johnson and Livingston’s Peyton Curnel blew up early, as the Marshals had a two-out rally, fueled by a single, a walk and two hit batters, to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the second.
The Marshals then got a two-run home run from Johnson in the third to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Marshall County ran into problems when Logan Forsythe relieved Johnson in the top of the fourth. He gave up three hits and an RBI sacrifice fly to the first four batters he faced and hit the fifth one.
Cody Clark took over and, after walking two, got the final two outs. The Cardinals ended up with four earned runs to take a 4-3 lead.
The advantage was short-lived. Marshall County got four runs on two hits, including a two-RBI single by Johnson and an RBI double by Mason Wooten, to make it 7-4.
They added a run in the sixth, with Chase Bright’s sacrifice fly driving in Chandler Rogers.
The Marshals sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs to end the contest. Johnson drove in the final run, his fifth RBI of the game. His younger brother, Blake, added two RBI to the attack, which featured only five hits.
Clark walked four but gave up no hits or runs and got the victory. Curnel gave up three hits and five runs in three innings pitched and was tagged with the loss.
The win evened the Marshals’ record at 1-1.
Livingston Central dropped its second in a row and fell to 1-3.
Liuvingston 000 400 – 4 3 5
Marshall 012 416 – 14 5 0
WP: Clark; LP: Curnel
Lyon Co. 17,
EDDYVILLE – Lyon County starter Jonah Melton and a reliever combined for a no-hitter against CFS.
However, the Eagles averted a shutout by scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning.
Josh Choate was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a ground out by Charlie Powell and then scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles are 0-1.
CFS 000 10 – 1 0 7
Lyon Co. 394 1x – 17 10 2
WP: Melton LP: Hodge