Marshall County’s baseball Marshals got a grip on the top seed in District 4 play with a pair of wins over Calloway County last week and also recorded a shutout victory over Ohio County.
The Marshals fell 4-3 to Paducah Tilghman on Friday.
MC coach Mike Johnson felt the loss came despite a great effort by his team at Paducah’s Brooks Stadium.
“We kind of struggled early and did a good job of coming back,” he said, alluding to a Marshall County rally that put them ahead 3-2 after 6-1/2 innings.
Tilghman came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win it.
Marshall County bounced back with a vengeance the next day.
“We turned it around Saturday and shut down a very good team,” Johnson said. Ohio County took a 7-6 win over the Marshals at Beaver Dam early in the season. The Eagles, 11-7, are ranked second in Region 3.
Marshals 15-4, half-game behind McCracken Co. (16-4) among Region 1 teams.
THIS WEEK: Marshall County kicked off a three-game week by hosting Livingston Central on Monday. Murray visits today in a District 4 contest at Marshals Field, and the two teams meet again Thursday at Murray to wrap up their district schedule.
Marshall Co. 4
Ohio Co. 0
DRAFFENVILLE – Chase Bright was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Austin Johnson and Logan Forsythe combined for a three-hit shutout Saturday at Marshals Field.
The Marshals went up 2-0 with single runs in the first two innings and added two more in the bottom of the fourth in an eight-hit attack. The Marshals benefited from two Ohio County errors and three walks by Eagles starter Mac Marshall, who took the loss.
Blake Johnson was 2-for-4. He led off with a single and scored the game’s first run on an error.
Dylan Greenfield doubled to lead off the second and scored on another Ohio County error.
Greenfield walked to lead off the fourth and scored again, and Dalton Morton singled and came home with the fourth MC run.
Ohio Co. 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Marshall Co. 110 200 x – 4 8 0
WP: Austin Johnson LP: Mac Marshall
Pad. Tilghman 4
Marshall Co. 3
PADUCAH – The Marshals out-hit Tilghman 8-6 and the Tornado committed three errors, but the game slipped away from the visitors.
Austin Johnson reached on an error and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Dylan Greenfield in the top of the seventh, but Tilghman got a pair of two-out walks and then Nick Shumaker produced a single that drove in the winning run for the Tornado.
Greenfield was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Blake Johnson 2-for-4 for the Marshals.
Starter Cody Clark gave up only four hits, walked one and struck out five in six innings of work.
Marshall Co. 001 000 2 – 3 8 2
Tilghman 110 000 2 – 4 6 3
WP: Miles Butler LP: Logan Forsythe
Marshall Co. 5
Calloway Co. 0
MURRAY – Defense was the difference as Marshall County completed a sweep of District 4 rival Calloway County on the Lakers’ home field Thursday.
The Lakers got six hits, only one fewer than Marshall County, but produced no runs from them. Calloway’s defense was guilty of five errors which led to five unearned runs for the winners.
The one earned run would’ve been sufficient, though. Hunter Jaco scattered five hits, struck out two and walked two in six innings and Austin Johnson closed it with two strikeouts in the seventh.
Seven different Marshall batters singled, five of them against Lakers starter Connor Wagner and one against reliever Lofton Pigg.
Marshall Co. 030 220 0 – 5 7 0
Calloway Co. 000 000 0 – 0 6 5
WP: Hunter Jaco LP: Connor Wagner
Marshall Co. 3
Calloway Co. 1
DRAFFENVILLE – Righthander Dylan Givens struck out eight and scattered five hits on the way to the victory April 15 at Marshals Field.
The Marshals got all three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Blake Johnson got a lead-off double and scored on a wild pitch by Lakers pitcher Bryce Orr. Austin Johnson and Mason Wooten had back-to-back one-out singles and both scored to put the Marshals on top 3-0.
Calloway got a run in the top of the third.
Austin Johnson faced only four batters in closing out the win.
Calloway Co. 001 000 0 – 1 5 1
Marshall Co. 300 000 x – 3 5 2
WP: Dylan Givens LP: Bryce Orr
Cancelations plaguing CFS
Christian Fellowship’s baseball schedule has been hard hit by weather and other circumstances, with a cancelation of last week’s game against Lyon County leaving the team with only three games completed.
“The weather has killed us at the varsity level,” coach Billy Hodge said.
The youthful team has lost all three games played so far.
The Eagles were scheduled to play four games in an eight-day span, starting with a home game against Dawson Springs Monday afternoon.
They host Carlisle County on Thursday and travel to Louisville to play Western on Monday.