Marshall County’s baseball Marshals ran their winning streak to eight games, but then lost two straight, including a 6-5 loss to District 4 rival Calloway County, creating an early logjam in the race for the district title.
The Marshals defeated Calloway 4-3 on the Lakers’ field Tuesday, but came up short in a seventh-inning rally as they tried to overcome a 6-1 deficit on Saturday.
The second game was postponed by rain from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon, bumping a scheduled game against Reidland on Saturday.
In between the two meetings with Calloway, the Marshals dropped a 4-3 decision Friday to Paducah Tilghman.
The results leave coach Mike Johnson’s team with a 13-7 record, third-best in the region behind Lone Oak (18-3) and Tilghman (14-5).
In the three-team district race, the Marshals and Lakers are even at 1-1 while Murray, with a 12-4 overall mark, opens district play when Marshall County visits this afternoon. The Tigers then are scheduled to come to Draffenville on Thursday.
Murray is slated to meet its crosstown rival Calloway in a Tuesday-Thursday pair of games next week.
The Marshals were scheduled to open this week’s slate with a visit by Lone Oak on Monday. They travel to Livingston Central on Monday of next week.
Calloway Co. 6,
Marshall Co. 5
After seeing Calloway score two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to push its lead to 6-1, the Marshals got two walks and a single to load the bases on Laker reliever Tyler Greer.
Designated hitter Cody Clark scored from second on Dalton Morton’s single and Chase Bright came in to make it 6-3 on a sacrifice fly to center by Hunter Jaco.
Austin Johnson then drew a third walk from Greer and Mason Wooten laced a single into center to score Morton.
Evan Owen had an RBI single to bring Johnson in and cut the lead to a single run, but Chandler Foust’s chopper to third was fielded by the Lakers’ Andrew Fraher, who stepped on the bag for the game-ending force out.
The Lakers scored two in the first inning to take the advantage. Marshall County made it 2-1 in the bottom of the second when Foust singled and scored on a single by Clark.
Clark was 2-for-2 and Wooten was 2-for-4. Each had an RBI, along with Owen, Jaco and Morton.
Lakers starter Connor Wagner and Greer were each 2-for-4. Wagner struck out five.
Calloway Co. 200 002 2 – 6 9 1
Marshall Co. 010 000 4 – 5 9 1
WP: Connor Wagner LP: Wesley Neal
Marshall Co. 4,
Calloway Co. 3
At Murray Tuesday afternoon, Marshall County fell behind 1-0 in the first, went ahead with two runs in the fourth and pushed the advantage to 4-1 in the fifth.
Starter Hunter Jaco and the Marshall defense held Calloway to two runs in the bottom of the fifth to maintain the lead, and Austin Johnson pitched two perfect innings to get the save.
The Marshals went ahead in the fourth on a pair of singles, two walks and a run-scoring ground out. Evan Owen’s shot to short brought in Jaco, who walked to open the inning, and designated hitter Cody Clark drove in the lead run with a single that scored Johnson, who had singled moved to second on a balk by Laker starter Andrew Fraher and took third on Owen’s ground out.
Dalton Morton opened the fifth with a single, advanced on a ground ball by Devin Chambliss, who reached on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaco. Chambliss then came home on a single by Johnson, who was thrown out trying to go to second.
Clark and Morton were 2-for-3 and Johnson was 2-for-4 for the Marshals. Wade Carter was 2-for-4 for Calloway.
Marshall Co. 000 220 0 – 4 8 3
Calloway Co. 100 020 0 – 3 6 3
WP: Hunter Jaco LP: Andrew Fraher SV: Austin Johnson
Pad. Tilghman 4,
Marshall Co. 3
On Friday, errors proved the undoing of the Marshals as the Blue Tornado snapped the Marshall County eight-game win streak.
Tilghman combined two singles, a walk, a fielder’s choice and the first Marshal error to take the lead in the first inning. Nathan Hawkins drove in the two runs.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the third when pitcher Jeremiah White singled and went to third on a double by catcher Caleb Farley. Hawkins drove in White with a sacrifice fly and when Matt Moore, after reaching on an error, was caught in a rundown trying to advance to second, Farley scampered home with what turned out to be the deciding run.
Marshall County got three runs in the bottom of the frame. Dalton Morton reached on an error and Devin Chambliss doubled to left center. After Hunter Jaco grounded out, Austin Johnson walked to load the bases and Mason Wooten drove in two runs with a single.
Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Evan Owen, but Chandler Foust looked at a third strike to end the rally.
Underhill, the lefthanded Tornado pitcher, allowed only three more Marshall baserunners the rest of the way. He struck out five, scattered five hits and walked three.
Cody Clark was tagged with the loss. Lake Henson pitched three no-hit innings of relief, striking out four and walking one.
Tilghman 202 000 0 – 4 7 2
Marshall Co. 003 000 0 – 3 5 5
WP: Jacob Underhill LP: Cody Clark