CHARLESTON, S.C. – Marshall County takes a three-game winning streak and a 5-4 overall record into the Hanahan Invitational high school baseball tournament this week.
The Marshals were scheduled to open against James Island, S.C., Monday night.
Going into the tournament, the Marshals traveled to Reidland and took a 15-4 win over the Greyhounds on Monday and then won a pair of games in the rain-plagued Marshall Invitational tournament Thursday and Saturday of last week.
Tournament play continues this week. After spring break, the Marshals visit Crittenden County on Monday of next week and then return home against Mayfield on April 9.
Marshall Co. 8,
Moore Co. (Tenn.) 3
Evan Owen and Ryan Scribner had doubles and Wesley Neal gave up only three hits and two runs in a four-strikeout performance to get the victory over visiting Moore County from Lynchburg, Tenn.
The Marshals went ahead 2-0 after one inning, but Moore tied it in the top of the third.
Marshall answered with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the third and added three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to put the game away.
Chandler Foust walked to open the third and scored the tie-breaking run on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
Moore got out of that inning with only the one run, but failed to score in their half of the fourth. Owen led off for the Marshals in the bottom of the inning with a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on Austin Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
Then, with two outs, Hunter Jaco was hit by a pitch from Moore starter James Dougherty, then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Mason Wooten drove him in with a single.
Wooten then scored on Scribner’s double.
Owen and Johnson came in with insurance runs in the fifth. Jaco and Wooten crossed the plate in the bottom of the second, with Chase Bright getting an RBI on a bases-loaded walk and Devin Chambliss driving in the second run with a sacrifice fly.
The tournament schedule was shuffled because of rain on Friday. The Marshals were originally supposed to play fellow Kentucky team Hancock County on Saturday afternoon, but instead met Moore County in the morning.
Moore Co. 002 001 0 – 3 6 1
Marshall Co. 021 320 x – 8 6 1
WP: Wesley Neal LP: James Dougherty
Marshall Co. 8,
Trinity (Pa.) 3
Devin Chambliss and Dalton Morton powered a nine-hit attack by getting three hits apiece to support Hunter Jaco’s pitching effort as the Marshals defeated the visitors from Camp Hill, Pa., on Thursday.
The Marshals erased a 1-0 Trinity lead with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning, parlaying two singles, a walk and three batters hit by pitches, plus a Trinity error, into a big inning.
Chambliss, Owen, Austin Johnson, Chandler Foust, Mason Wooten, Jaco, Wesley Neal and Morton all reached in succession to open the frame All but Morton scored, with the Marshals shortstop on third base when Johnson flied to right in his second at-bat of the inning.
Trinity, which went up 1-0 in the first inning, had only one hit through the first five frames. After Jaco struck out Nick Riotto to open the sixth, Conner Fritz smacked a home run to left center, making it 7-1. Lou Fanetti then singled, but the Marshals retired the next two batters.
Marshall County added another run when Morton singled to open the fifth, moved to third on a single by Chase Bright and a bunt single by Chambliss, and scored on an RBI walk by Owen.
Trinity 100 101 0 – 3 4 4
Marshall Co. 007 010 x – 8 9 1
WP: Hunter Jaco LP: Don McWreath
Marshall Co. 15,
Playing in swirling snow and low-30-degree temperatures, the Marshals bounced back from three losses in four games in a tournament in Tennessee the week before.
Evan Owen had a double and four RBI in a 2-for-5 performance to lead the Marshal attack. Austin Johnson and Wesley Neal also had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Cody Clark struck out five, walked four and gave up four hits and four runs in getting the victory. Johnson pitched one inning of relief.
The Marshals pounded out nine hits off Reidland starter Hank Flournoy, and the Greyhound defense was guilty of five errors. Four of the Marshals’ runs were unearned.
Dylan Humphrey was 2-for-2 with two RBI for Reidland.
Marshall Co. 160 035 – 15 9 4
Reidland 101 200 – 4 4 5
WP: Cody Clark LP: Hank Flournoy