DRAFFENVILLE – Calloway County, with one of the state’s top prospects living up to his reputation on the mound, ended Marshall County’s season with a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the District 4 baseball tournament at the Marshals’ field Tuesday.
Senior lefthander Dylan Dwyer, who will take his talents to the University of Kentucky next year, threw a one-hitter, striking out 19 batters.
Jesse Luebker, who will also pitch in college next year on scholarship at Brescia University, got the only hit off Dwyer, a single up the middle to lead off the second inning.
After Evan Owen popped out to Calloway catcher Caleb Brannon, Lueber stole second to give the Marshals a runner in scoring position. But Dwyer struck out Mason Wooten and then, after Marshall pitcher Chase Buchanan drew a walk, Dwyer fanned Dakota Woodruff to strand the two runners.
That was as much of a threat as the Marshals were able to muster. Only two other runners reached base. Dalton Morton was Dwyer’s second strikeout victim in the first inning, but reached first safely when the pitch got away from Brannon, and Chase York drew a third-inning walk.
Dwyer has a combination of an adequate but not overwhelming fastball and a mean curve.
“The speed of the breaking ball makes the fastball look a lot faster,” Luebker said. “It’s just a big adjustment you’ve got to make, but he’s just a good pitcher all in all.”
Another Marshal, pinch hitter Jordan Winn, made solid contact on an 0-1 offering from Dwyer in the sixth inning, but the line drive went straight into Calloway shortstop Tyler Greer’s glove for one of the few outs the Laker defense was required to execute.
“He threw me a fastball right down the middle so I just cranked it,” said Winn, a senior pitcher-outfielder. “He threw the first one in the same place. I was expecting another fastball to come in there, ‘cause that’s what he usually does early in the count. He gets people down on his fastballs, and then with that curveball... He brought that fastball in a second time, so I took a chance and swung at it.”
Buchanan got off to a good start, allowing only one baserunner and striking out three in the first two innings. But the Lakers’ No. 8 and 9 hitters drew walks to open the third and after Buchanan struck out Greer, he hit Wade Carter to load the bases.
Dwyer then smacked a single to drive in the first two runs. Carter scored on a passed ball and an error, the second of five the Marshals committed, before Buchanan got a called third strike and a ground out to end the inning with Dwyer stranded on second base.
The Marshals finished with a 17-20 record.
In Tuesday’s first game, Murray staged a late rally to oust Community Christian Academy of Paducah 4-3 in eight innings. The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning, then plated the winning run in the extra frame.
Calloway went on to defeat Murray 7-1 in the championship game Wednesday, with both teams advancing to the Region 1 tournament this week at Brooks Stadium in Paducah.
CC 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 – 4 6 0
MC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 5
Dylan Dwyer and Caleb Brannon; Chase Buchanan and Evan Owen WP: Dwyer LP: Buchanan
Comm. Christian 3
DRAFFENVILLE – Community Christian clung to a 3-1 lead after six innings despite getting only a single hit off Murray pitchers John Lollar and Austin Adams, with Seth English scattering five hits and seven walks and limiting the Tigers to a single run.
But the Tigers got a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and held CCA scoreless to force an extra inning, then got the go-ahead run in the eighth and Adams, who relieved Lollar in the fifth, struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to complete the rally.
Mur 100 000 21 – 4 6 2
CCA 030 000 00 – 3 1 2
Calloway Co. 7
DRAFFENVILLE – One night after Dylan Dwyer’s one-hit shutout win over Marshall County, Calloway County defeated cross-town rival Murray on a no-hitter by Garret Cowen.
The Tigers, who staged a rally to edge Community Christian by one run in their opening-round game, managed only a single unearned run in the seventh inning.
Dwyer was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in for the Lakers.
Mur 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 0 4
CC 0 2 1 0 0 4 x – 7 7 2