Titans pick up 1 victory
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By David Green

Tribune-Courier Sports

sports@tribunecourier.com

A pair of weekend double-headers were canceled and another was rained out, but the William A. Doyle Post 236 Titans American Legion senior baseball team picked up one win in five games last week.

The Titans won one of three games at home against Mayfield Post 26 and dropped both ends of a double-header against Jackson, Mo.

Twin bills scheduled against Bowling Green on Saturday and Dyersburg, Tenn., on Sunday were canceled by the visiting teams, so Post 26, which took a victory in a single game against Post 236 at Mike Miller Park on July 2, came back to Draffenville for a pair of games on Saturday.

The week opened wjem a visit by Henderson was called off because of weather.

The results left the team with a 5-15 record going into this week’s action, which was scheduled to open with a home game against Lyon County Post 68 on Monday. The Titans defeated Lyon County 6-3 on June 16 at home in the William A. Doyle Senior Round Robin tournament and fell 10-4 at Eddyville on June 20.

Post 236 travels to Paducah to meet another District 1 opponent, Chief Paduke Post 31, at Brooks Stadium on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m. The Paducah team defeated the Titans 7-2 June 19 at Miller Park.

The Titans travel to Missouri for a double-header against the Jackson Legion team to wrap up the week’s schedule.

Mayfield 9, Titans 1

Post 26 pulled away from the Titans with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Eamon Hannan went the distance for Mayfield, giving up only four hits and one walk.

But the visitors, batting as the home team in the second half of the double-header, led only 3-0 before the fifth-inning outburst, which began with a leadoff home run by Hunter McSwain. Mayfield got six of its 11 hits in the frame, including a triple by Collin Aldridge.

The Titans averted a shutout when Cody Gilbert’s single drove in Taylor Ballard, who had singled and advanced to third when Will Carr’s fly ball was misplayed by the Mayfield defense.

Calvert City 000 000 1 – 1 4 2

Mayfield 102 060 x – 9 11 3

Cameron Gudgell (L, 0-2), Bryce Orr 5 and B.J. Elder; Eamon Hannan (W, 3-1) and Caleb Brannon

Titans 6, Mayfield 5

A bizarre last-inning, two-out rally, fueled by a weak roller that came to a stop in fair territory on the third base line, lifted the Titans to a win over Mayfield, snapping a three-game losing skid.

Trailing 5-4, the Titans got a leadoff single by Tanner Foster, who was replaced by pinch runner Shubert Moffatt. Aaron Armstrong forced Moffatt at second but beat the throw to first to avoid the double play.

Kalen Parker popped up to the catcher on a bunt attempt, but Bryce Orr walked to put runners on first and second and then Taylor Ballard squibbed a slow grounder down the third base line. As Mayfield defenders waited for it to roll foul, the ball came to a stop on the line, and the bases were loaded.

Mayfield reliever Tyler Hicks then walked Will Carr on four pitches to drive in Armstrong with the tying run, and then walked Andrew Harris on four pitches to drive in Orr with the winning run.

Post 236 also scored two runs in the second and third innings.

In the second, Armstrong walked and Parker singled. Armstrong scored when Orr singled to left and the ball was misplayed by the Mayfield outfielder. Carr walked to load the bases and Cody Gilbert drew a walk to drive in Parker, tying the game at 2-2.

In the third, after Mayfield pushed ahead to a 5-2 lead, it was Armstrong and Parker again who reached base and scored. Orr singled to score Armstrong from second and Ballard’s shot to left field scored Parker.

Hicks replaced starter Clayton Carrico and retired the side, and he and Moffatt settled into a pitcher’s duel for the next 3-1/2 innings. Moffatt went the distance to even his record at 2-2, scattering nine hits, striking out three and walking only one.

Mayfield 113 000 0 – 5 9 1

Calvert City 022 000 2 – 6 10 1

Clayton Carrico, Tyler Hicks (L, 2-1) 3 and Caleb Brannon; Shubert Moffatt (W, 2-2) and B.J. Elder

Jackson 9, Titans 2

In the nightcap, Jackson again capitalized on a potent offense, with 11 base hits, and a porous Titan defense, which committed five errors.

The power that was displayed in the first game was absent, with only one extra-base hit, but the visitors cruised to a second easy win just the same.

Post 236 got a run in the bottom of the first inning to forge a momentary 1-1 tie and scored again in the bottom of the last frame.

After Jackson went up 1-0, leadoff batter Cody Gilbert singled, went to second and third on two passed balls. He scored on Tanner Foster’s infield single.

Gilbert also scored in the seventh, reaching on a fielder’s choice and moving to second on Coby Massey’s walk and advancing to third when Aaron Armstrong walked to load the bases. Gilbert scored with Bryce Orr’s ground ball was booted by the Jackson shortstop.

Jackson 122 022 0 – 9 11 1

Calvert City 100 000 1 – 2 4 5

Tate (W, 3-1), Parzelt 5 and Simmons; Ryan Alderson (L, 0-2) and B.J. Elder

Jackson 13, Titans 0

Jackson pitcher Joe Elfrink held Titan batters to three hits and the Titans committed three errors to compound their problems in the opener of Friday’s twin bill.

The visitors had one big inning, a seven-run third, but hit the ball hard off Titan starter Cody Gilbert and relievers Aaron Armstrong and Taylor Ballard, with six doubles, a triple and a solo home run among their 13 base hits.

The Titans loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a single by Tanner Foster, a walk by Armstrong and another single by Shubert Moffatt, but Elfrink got Ballard and Will Carr on called third strikes to strand the three runners and put down Post 236’s only threat.

Jackson 107 41 – 13 13 0

Calvert City 000 00 – 0 3 3

Joe Elfrink (W) and Chase Simmons; Cody Gilbert (L), Aaron Armstrong 3, Taylor Ballard 5 and B.J. Elder

Mayfield 12, Titans 7

A nine-run explosion carried Mayfield to victory for the second time this season. Post 126 defeated the Titans 8-1 on June 14 in the William A. Doyle Senior Round Robin tournament.

Marshall County High School graduate Wesley Neal got the win in that game and again last week.

Tuesday’s outburst came after Calvert City had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Post 236 got a one-out walk by Coby Massey, who went to second on Tanner Foster’s groundout and to third on Aaron Armstrong’s single. Kalen Parker then singled to drive in Massey and Shubert Moffatt singled to drive in Armstrong.

But Post 126 put together four hits, two of them doubles, plus three walks, a hit batter and an error.

The Titans came back with three more runs to cut the lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the frame, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Mayfield 090 011 010 – 12 9 2

Calvert 230 011 000 – 7 12 6

Wesley Neal (W), Colten Algridge 4, Tyler Hicks 9 and Caleb Brannon; Ryan Alderson (L, 0-2), Bryce Orr 2, Cody Gilbert 9 and Aaron Armstrong, B.J. Elder 9
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