CADIZ – Marshall County dropped a 3-2 decision to Trigg County in the baseball season opener for the Marshals Saturday.
The game was the debut of new Marshals coach Mike Johnson.
“We played like it was our first game,” Johnson said. “Nervous and a little unsure of situations that happened in the game. We are looking forward to our home opener [today] and getting back on the field.”
Trigg got two unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead and then starting pitcher David Wease got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Marshals first baseman Ryan Scribner.
The two unearned runs scored after a hard ground ball to second by Trigg’s Jacob Green, with Ean Sholar on first, hit the umpire, costing the Marshals a chance at a double play and putting runners on first and second. Dillion Dawson reached first on an error by Marshals starter Wesley Neal to load the bases.
Neal got Caleb McIntosh to fly to right, but Ben Wygand’s grounder to first was mishandled by first baseman Ryan Scribner, allowing Scholar to score. Then Corbin Estes bunted and Green scored when the ball rolled dead in fair territory.
The three-pitch strikeout, Wease’s fifth, came after he walked three straight batters to drive in the Marshals’ second run.
Dalton Morton and Chase Bright had back-to-back singles to open the fifth, but Morton was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. With Bright on, Chandler Foust flied to center for the second out.
Then Devin Chambliss, Austin Johnson and Mason Wooten drew the three walks, with Wooten getting the RBI as Bright scored to make it 3-2.
The Marshals got the tying run in scoring position in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, but could not plate the runner.
“We had several opportunities to drive in runs but couldn’t get the hit,” Johnson said.
The Marshals took a 1-2 lead in the second when designated hitter Wooten walked, advanced on a groundout by Scribner to third, and then scored on an RBI double to left center by Evan Owen.
Trigg County tied it in the third. McIntosh drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wygand, and scored on a single by Estes.
Trace Kuberski then drew a walk, but Wildcats left two on when Nick Allen popped to short.
Wease and reliever Justin Markel combined for eight strikeouts, but Wease walked five and surrendered all six Marshall County hits. Bright was two-for-four and scored a run. Owen had the game’s only extra-base hit.
Neal took the loss, but struck out four, walked two and gave up only one earned run. Johnson pitched two innings in relief and struck out three more Wildcat batters.
“Wesley and Austin threw well and kept us in the game,” Johnson said. “It was a good sign for early in the season.”
Trigg, playing its seventh game, moved to 4-3.
The Marshals entertain a visit today by Livingston Central.
Four games are on tap this weekend in the Wilson Central Shootout in Tennessee, with the Marshals taking on Mt. Juliet and Ezell-Harding (Antioch, Tenn.) at Mt. Juliet on Friday and meeting host Wilson Central and Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Saturday at Lebanon on Saturday.
The Marshals visit Reidland on Monday.
MC 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 – 2 6 3
TC 0 0 1 2 0 0 x – 3 3 2
Wesley Neal (L), Austin Johnson (5) and Owen; David Wease (W), Justin Markel (7) and Trace Kuberski
n Christian Fellowship’s baseball Eagles meet Fulton County at the CFS field in Briensburg today in the first of four games scheduled this week that will open the season for coach Billy Hodge’s team.
Lyon County visits on Thursday and a third home game is slated for Saturday against Portland Christian.
On Friday, the Eagles visit Cairo, Ill.
Also on tap Saturday at the Eagles field is a game between Fulton City and Portland Christian in a split double-header.