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Marshall lays down law to Halfway

July 10, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

HALFWAY - South Mountain manager Terry Hartle said starting pitcher Tyler Marshall wasn't at his best during the winners' bracket semifinal of the District 1 11-12 Tournament at Halfway on Friday.

That's a scary thought, considering Marshall fired a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts as South Mountain edged Halfway 4-3 to advance to today's winners' bracket final against Maugansville.

"I know and he knows that he can pitch better than he did today," Hartle said. "He pitched decent, but he didn't have his best stuff."

Marshall breezed through the first four innings, allowing only one baserunner and fanning nine batters. He didn't allow a hit until two were out in the fifth inning.

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Consequently, the fifth was the only trouble spot for Marshall.

With a 4-0 lead, he opened the fifth by beaning Brennan Deener, followed by issuing a walk to Chris McSherry on four straight pitches. Then, after two strikeouts, Marshall allowed a base hit to Brandon McCauley, which scored pinch runner Zach Weber. McSherry and McCauley later scored on passed balls to cut the lead to 4-3.

"(Marshall) got a little wild there in the fifth and that's not him," Hartle said. "He handled the pressure well and got us out of the inning with the lead."

"We tried to take advantage of the chances that we got on base because we knew there weren't going to be that many," said Halfway coach Tony Green. "We scrapped back to get close, but (Marshall) was too much for us."

Marshall's arm wasn't the only issue facing Halfway.

The pitcher broke a scoreless tie in the fourth by sending a Josh Green pitch over the right-field fence to give South Mountain a 2-0 advantage. Prior to the hit, Green had kept pace with a one-hit shutout.

Scott Haupt matched Marshall's hit in the fifth, belting a pinch-hit two-run homer to striaghtaway center field for a 4-0 South Mountain lead.

"We had timely hitting because take away those two home runs and we don't have any runs," said Hartle. "Scott (Haupt) came off the bench huge for us. Everybody has a role on the team and his is to come into the game and hit the ball hard."

With the exception of the home runs, Halfway pitching kept the South Mountain hitters in check with just five hits. Green pitched four innings, allowing four hits while striking out five before being relieved by Deener, who pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball. Aaron Stotelmyer pitched to the final South Mountain batter, forcing a pop out.

Halfway will get the weekend off before playing in the losers' bracket on Monday.

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