The Marshall County Marshals defeated the Callaway County Lakers in a blowout victory thanks to a second inning boost that left the Lakers at a loss. Five runs in the second inning led the Marshals past the Lakers to an 8-2 win during the Tuesday night District Four Championship game.
The offensive onslaught came during the second inning off a single by Gavin Clark that drove in two runners and a home run by Ethan Landis that gave them a five-run advantage. The Marshals maintained their momentum into the third inning when Clark draws a walk to add another run to the board and Carter McKinney singles to further lengthen their lead to eight runs, alongside a scoreless Calloway County.
The Lakers got on the board in the fourth with a double by Bryson Dennis that drew one run, adding another run in the sixth inning after Cadwell Turner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Despite a hard fight from the Lakers, the early lead garnered by the Marshalls allowed them to take the title game and establish themselves as District Four Champions.
McKinney took the win after pitching 5.2 Innings with two runs on four hits and 11 strikeouts; Jace Driver pitched one inning with zero runs on zero hits and two strikeouts; and Reese Oakley pitched 0.1 Innings with zero runs on zero hits and zero strikeouts.
Landis went 2-4 with three RBI and a home run; Wilson Shadowen and Reese Oakley went 1-1; Clark went 1-2 with three RBI; and McKinney went 1-2 with two RBI.
Keagan Rollins took the loss, pitching 1.1 innings with four runs on two hits and zero strike; Iziah Cruz pitched one inning with four runs on two hits and one strikeout; and Braden Pingle pitched 3.2 innings with zero runs on two hits and one strikeout.
Turner went 1-3 with one RBI; Kameron Starks went 1-4 ; Dennis went 1-3 with one RBI and a double; and Zachary Aiken went 1-1.
MARSHALL COUNTY: Ethan Landis, Carter McKinney, Alex Staples, Jace Driver
CALLOWAY COUNTY: Braden Pingle, Cadwell Turner
MURRAY HIGH: Carson Tucker, Carson Garner, Jack Elmore
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