Brett Marshall scattered five hits, struck out seven and even helped his own cause as Trinity beat host South Oldham 4-2 in high school baseball action Tuesday afternoon.
The Shamrocks (9-4), winners of four straight, took advantage of 13 walks and four errors by the Dragons to earn the win. In the top of the seventh, with the score tied at 2-2, the Shamrocks’ Tony Timmering led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Mitchell Tompkins. After Tompkins stole second, he scored when Dragons pitcher Adam Fusco committed an error on Connor Carrico’s sacrifice bunt attempt.
Two outs later, Marshall added an insurance run with a single to right field that plated Carrico.
“I was sitting fastball, but I sat back long enough that I read the curveball out of his hand and turned on it down the line,” Marshall said.
GALLERY | Trinity vs. South Oldham
Trinity, the No. 10 team in the latest state coaches’ association poll, had a number of chances earlier in the game to score more runs, but the Rocks stranded the bases loaded in three innings where they failed to plate a run. In the fourth, South Oldham’s Michael Higgins walked the first two batters and allowed an infield single to Matt Higgins, but he roared back by striking out the next three Trinity hitters.
While Trinity had some problems at the plate, the senior starter held his own on the mound. Marshall’s outing was representative of the team’s pitching performance so far this year, Trinity coach Rick Arnold said.
“We rely on him a lot,” Arnold said. “I know with him, if we’re not swinging the bat, we can win close games.”
The University of Kentucky commit also got some help defensively. Carrico, the second baseman, saved a run with a lunging dive to pick off a Brayden Sisson line drive up the middle to end the Dragons’ fifth, when South Oldham had runners on first and second.
After Trinity stranded the bases full in the first, South Oldham took an early lead in their first time up to bat. Dylan Smith walked with one out and moved to second on Sisson’s single. Smith then scored when Tanner Johnson hit a grounder to third. Sisson was out at second, but Carrico’s throw to first for the double play was off target, allowing Smith to score.
Trinity tied the game in the third. Ben Metzinger led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Marshall walk. One out later, Riley Wilbur’s base hit to left tied the game.
A J.T. Berry walk with the bases loaded gave the Rocks the lead in the sixth, but South Oldham countered in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a two-out bloop single by Matthew Reeves.
After Marshall, who threw 109 pitches, helped his own cause in the top of the seventh, he gave way to Blake Harper, and the senior retired the Dragons in order for the save.
Despite giving up the 13 passes, South Oldham coach Todd Driskell said he felt like he got what he wanted out of the game against a tough opponent, except for the victory.
“I’m not majorly concerned with the number of walks,” he said. It would be an issue “if that was a consistent habit for us, but that hasn’t been a big habit for us.”
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