Pitchers’ prowess
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Marshall County sophomore Austin Johnson follows through after a delivery to a Mayfield batter. Johnson allowed only five runners on base in a two-hit, 11-0 victory over the Cardinals.
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By David Green

Tribune-Courier Sports


FRANKLIN – Marshall County’s Chase Buchanan and Union County’s Blaine Alvey hooked up in a spectacular pitchers’ duel Friday, with the Braves getting a 1-0 decision in eight innings in the Franklin-Simpson Wildcat Classic.

But the Marshals were winners in four other games last week, including a pair of one-run decisions and a runaway victory during the week and one of two games in the tournament.

In other standout pitching performances, MC’s Austin Johnson and Jordan Winn threw two-hitters.

The week’s action gives the Marshals an 8-6 record.

Coach Billy Thorpe’s team faces a busy week with games Monday, today and Thursday on the schedule before the Kentucky Lake Invitational, a two-day event at the MCHS field featuring the Marshals, Livingston Central, Owensboro Apollo, Graves County and Jackson, Mo.

On Friday, the Marshals meet Livingston Central at 5:30 p.m. and Apollo takes on Jackson at 7:30. Saturday’s slate includes Marshall versus Apollo at 10 a.m., Graves against Apollo at 12:15 p.m., Graves against Jackson at 2:30 and Marshall versus Jackson at 4:45.

Marshall Co. 6

St. Mary 5

DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County rode the no-hit pitching of Jordan Winn through the first three innings Monday, building a 5-0 lead, then had to hang on as St. Mary stormed back.

Winn allowed only two baserunners, on walks to Davis Sims first inning and Tyler Neihoff in the third, before the Vikings began their charge. They picked up two runs in the top of the fourth to make it 5-2, cut the lead to 6-3 in the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth before Marshal reliever Jesse Luebker set the visitors down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.

MC took 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a walk by leadoff hitter Dalton Morton, who then stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chase Bright. Morton scored the first run on an RBI single by Austin Johnson.

The Marshals extended the lead to 5-0 with four runs in the third. Dakota Woodruff singled, Morton was hit by a pitch from Meredith and Bright drew a walk to load the bases.

Mason Wooten drove in Woodruff when he reached on an error. Johnson’s sacrifice fly to right drove in Bright and Wooten scored on Luebker’s two-out single.

Luebker got Reed Vaughn to pop to second, struck out Davis Sims and got Luke Meredith on a grounder back to the mound to end the game.

Johnson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Luebker and Dakota Woodruff had two hits apiece for the Marshals.

All six MC hits were singles. Matthew Higgins’ triple for St. Mary was the only extra-base hit of the game.

SM 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 – 5 5 3

MC 1 0 4 1 0 0 x – 6 6 1

Luke Meredith, Matthew Higgins (4) and John Darnell; Jordan Winn, Jesse Luebker (5) and Evan Owen. WP: Winn LP: Meredith

Marshall Co. 11

Mayfield 0

MAYFIELD – Austin Johnson allowed only five runners in a two-hitter, with only one Cardinal batter getting past first base as Marshall County won in five innings Tuesday.

Mayfield’s Stuart Mills had a first-inning single and William Higginson singled in the third. Chase Sivic reached on an error in the third, went to second on Higginson’s single and to third on Tyler Hall’s fielder’s choice which retired Higginson and ended the inning.

The Marshals got on the board in the second when Mason Wooten drew the third walk of the game off Cardinal starter Mills, took second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball, and after Chase Buchanan struck out, Dakota Woodruff drove him in with a triple in the gap in right center.

The Marshals got three more runs in the third. Jesse Luebker scored from second on a hit by Chase York, Mason Wooten’s hit drove in Austin Johnson and Chase Buchanan drove York home with the fourth single of the inning.

The margin bulged to 8-0 in the fourth. Dalton Morton reached on an error, stole second and then went to third on a passed ball. Chase Bright singled to drive in Morton, went to second on Jesse Luebker’s base hit, and both runners moved up when Austin Johnson drew a walk. Chase York doubled to drive in Bright and Luebker and Johnson scored when Evan Owen grounded to short.

The Marshals pushed the lead past 10 with a trio of runs in the fifth. Woodruff doubled and then advanced two bases on two passed balls to make it 9-0 and after the Cardinals retired the next two batters, Luebker reached on an error and moved to second on a passed ball, Johnson singled to drive in Luebker and then came home on York’s second consecutive double.

Johnson set the Cardinals down in order in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

York was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and scored three 3 runs. He also had a diving catch of a line drive by Shain Ross near the left-field line in the second inning.

Woodruff added a double on a 2-for-3 performance, drove in one run and scored twice.

MC 0 1 3 4 3 – 11 11 2

May 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 2 3

Austin Johnson and Evan Owen; Stuart Mills, Lane Kennemore (4), Chase Sivic (5), Justin Harrison (5) and William Higginson, Davis Mills (4). WP: Johnson LP: Mills

Marshall Co. 7

Ballard Mem. 6

DRAFFENVILLE – Errors plagued both teams Thursday, but Ballard’s 10 miscues resulted in six unearned runs for the winners. The Bombers out-hit the Marshals eight to seven. Mason Weir struck out five but gave up seven hits and walked three.

Ballard enjoyed a 5-0 lead after jumping on Marshals starter Hunter Jaco in the first inning. Two walks, three singles and an MC error gave the visitors and advantage that they enjoyed until the bottom of the third inning.

The Marshals advanced runners to third base in the first and second innings but were unable to get the runners home. In the bottom of the third, MC combined two hits, including a double by catcher Evan Owen, with a walk, three errors by the Bomber infield and a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-3. Dalton Morton, Chase Bright and Jesse Luebker scored, with Luebker getting an RBI on a fielder’s choice that sent Morton home from third.

Marshall County tied it at 5-5 with two runs in the fourth. Once again, errors were costly to Ballard, with three runners reaching base because of bobbles.

Ballard broke the tie in the fifth with Weir opening the frame with a double and coming in on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Evan Lawrence.

But the Marshals forged another tie in the sixth as Woodruff led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice fly by Morton and yet another Ballard error, then scored when Chase York reached on an error.

The Marshals held Ballard scoreless the last two innings and ended it when pinch-hitter Dylan Greenfield walked, took second on a single by Woodruff and went to third and then came home on the final two Ballard errors.

Matthew Lawson took over pitching duties for the Marshals in the second and although the Bombers touched him for five hits, he struck out three and walked none and Ballard got only one run.

Woodruff gave up no hits, struck out two and walked none in final two innings. He faced only seven batters, with one reaching on an error.

Chase York was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Evan Owen was 2-for-4 including a double with one RBI. Woodruff was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

BM 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 6 8 10

MC 0 0 3 2 0 1 1 – 7 7 5

Mason Weir and Jake Wildharber; Hunter Jaco, Matthew Lawson (2), Dakota Woodruff (6) and Evan Owen WP: Woodruff LP: Weir

Union Co. 1

Marshall Co. 0

FRANKLIN – Chase Buchanan went seven shutout innings, giving up only one hit, striking out 11 and walking three, but Union County’s Blaine Alvey was even more impressive.

Alvey had an eight-inning complete game for the Braves, surrendering three hits but striking out 16 and walking one, as Union County took a 1-0 victory in the Franklin-Simpson Wildcat Classic Friday.

Union County won by getting a leadoff hit by Blaine Thomas, a single by Alvey and an intentional walk to Micah Brown. Heath Onan then singled through the left side of the infield, driving home Thomas with the winning run.

The Marshals never got a runner past first base and never had more than one runner on base in any inning.

Buchanan got out of jams with runners in scoring position in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings. The Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on three walks, one of them intentional, but Buchanan struck out Union’s Kyle Griffin and Shawn Williamson to strand the three runners and send the game into extra innings.

Marshall County’s Jesse Luebker had the third hit off Alvey, but the Brave hurler closed out the win by striking out the other three Marshal batters he faced.

MC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 3 2

UC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 4 1

Chase Buchanan, Dakota Woodruff (8) and Evan Owen; Blaine Alvey and Shawn Williamson WP: Alvey LP: Woodruff

Marshall Co. 3

Knox Central 1

FRANKLIN – Marshall County rebounded from the hard-fought one-run loss in their tournament opener by winning another pitching duel, getting a trio of runs to support Jordan Winn’s complete-game two-hitter.

All the scoring came in the second inning, with the Marshals taking a 3-0 lead in the top and Knox Central getting their only run in the bottom of the frame.

Austin Johnson singled, advanced to third on Ryan Scribner’s single, and scored on Cole Riley’s RBI ground out to third.

Scribner scored when Dylan Greenfield reached on an error, went to third on Hunter Jaco’s double to right center, and scored on Chase Bright’s fielder’s choice.

Greenfield came in on a fielder’s choice by Chase Bright.

Knox Central got one run in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Gilbert reached on error, stole second, went to third on another error but was out at the plate on a a ground ball to third by Zach Earls, who reached on the fielder’s choice. KC then loaded the bases and Matthew Barger walked to drive in Earls.

Winn allowed a single and a double and walked two the rest of the way, none of the runners getting past second base.

Hunter Jaco was 2-for-3 with a double and Bright, Riley and Greenfield each had an RBI.

MC 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 – 3 4 2

KC 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 2 2

Jordan Winn and Austin Johnson; Dustin Bingham, Jacob Stewart (7) and Michael Helton WP: Winn LP: Bingham
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