Marshall County sits at .500 with two more games left before the postseason starts next week with Fourth District baseball.
The Marshals dropped to 10-10 after back-to-back losses to Warren East and Male Saturday for their fifth loss in the past six outings. Warren East scored four times in the seventh to win, 7-3, and host Louisville Male won on a walk-off single, 7-6.
Brady Ives went 2-for-3 with a double in the Warren East game. Against Male, Chase Hayden went 2-for-2 with a double. Evan Oakley and Ethan Landis were both 2-for-3. Griffin Darnall added a double. Oakley got Marshall on the board in the second inning with a solo home run.
Marshall 15, St. Mary 3
Marshall’s game Thursday turned into a walk-a-thon. Struggling to find the strike zone all night, the Vikings’ pitchers issued 19 walks and threw nine wild pitches in six innings.
Senior Parker MacCauley got the start on the mound for the Vikings and struggled through his 71-pitch, two-inning appearance. He allowed five runs on two hits and eight walks while striking out one. Senior Jack Bell pitched three innings in relief, allowing five runs on four hits and six walks over 79 pitches. Afterwards, Haas couldn’t pinpoint the reason for the seniors’ struggles on the mound.
The Marshals tallied eight hits but did most of their scoring courtesy of St. Mary’s walks and wild pitches. The top offensive performers for the Marshals included sophomore Hayden (2 singles, 3 walks, 4 RBIs), Oakley (single, 4 walks), junior Ty Davenport (4 walks, 2 RBIs), Ives (single, 3 walks), freshman Reese Oakley (single, 2 walks) and junior Conner Mannon (2 singles).
McCracken County 10, Marshall County 2
Despite Marshall County getting an early jump in the top of the second inning, McCracken County earned the win last Tuesday night. The Mustangs’ six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning sealed the victory.
While senior Grant Godwin started for the Mustangs, it was the junior duo of Cooper Ford and Jack Bennett that silenced the Marshals for five innings. Evan Oakley started on the mound for the Marshals and went two innings. Oakley allowed one run on one hit and struck out one. Clay Hale took the loss for the Marshals. The lefty threw 3 2/3 innings and struck out four. He surrendered nine runs on five hits in his relief appearance.
The Marshals tallied two hits, which came from Hayden and Darnall.
Marshall County closes out the regular season at home against Hopkinsville today (Tuesday) and University Heights on Thursday.