Photo by Theresa Bolden-Devore
MA catcher Ethan Hilton tags out a Fulton, Ill., player trying to score Wednesday at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
Photo by Theresa Bolden-Devore
Second baseman Jacob Gadd (far right) of Marshall Academy awaits a throw as a Fulton, Ill., player tries to steal. In the background is shortstop Wil Summerlin.
Marshall enjoys five-win week
Marshall Academy got off to a strong start in District 1-AA play last week, scoring 34 runs in a sweep of West Memphis Christian (Ark.).
“We are steadily improving,” head coach Jon Mungle said. “We are swinging the bats well. Things are coming together for us. We just have to keep working hard.”
The Patriots traveled across the big bridge in Memphis, Tenn., leading to Arkansas Tuesday of last week and crushed West Memphis 22-6.
Wil Summerlin and Zane Looney each went two for two on offense with four runs-batted-in.
Peyton Taylor was two for two from the plate with an RBI. Jacob Gadd also went two for two.
Wyle McMillen contributed one hit and three RBIs. Wesley Bolden had a hit and one RBI. Tyler Bolden had a hit and three RBIs. Ethan Hilton also had an RBI.
Taylor earned the win from the mound. He gave up four hits and struck out four in four innings of work.
Then on Thursday, the Black Knights visited Holly Springs. MA had to rally in this one to take a 12-6 victory.
The Patriots were down 5-1 going to the bottom of the fourth. Looney and Gadd had doubles in the inning, with Gadd getting two RBIs. The deficit was trimmed to 5-4.
Marshall surged ahead in the bottom of the fifth. Looney tripled for two RBIs, Summerlin doubled for an RBI and W. Bolden singled to score another run. A fifth run scored in the inning on a wild pitch. MA was up 9-5.
The Patriots added three more in the bottom of the sixth. Looney had another key hit and RBI. A couple of runs scored on West Memphis errors.
Marshall had 11 hits. Looney was three for three in the game and almost hit for the cycle. He had a triple, double and single and three RBIs. W. Bolden was three for three with two RBIs.
Gadd had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Adding one hit each were T. Bolden, Hilton and Summerlin, who also had two RBIs.
Summerlin relieved starter T. Bolden on the mound in the top of the second and earned the win. Summerlin struck out seven and gave up five hits and three runs. T. Bolden struck out one and gave up two hits and three runs.
The Patriots knocked off a team from Illinois Wednesday of last week at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
Tyler Bolden carried the big stick as MA took the steam out of the Fulton Steamers 7-2. He was three for five from the batter’s box with two RBIs.
Adding one hit each were Gadd, McMillen, Hilton, Ryan Brock, Summerlin, W. Bolden and Looney.
Hilton and Brock each knocked in two runs. McMillen had one RBI.
Looney was the winning pitcher. He struck out six, gave up five hits and walked one in five and two-thirds innings.
Summerlin relieved Looney and gave up no hits and no runs in one and one-third innings.
Gadd led the offense Saturday and Taylor pitched a complete game as the Pats knocked off Myrtle 9-4 at home.
Gadd was three for three with an RBI. Adding one hit each, with RBIs, were T. Bolden, McMillen, Summerlin and Hilton.
Taylor threw 107 pitches. He struck out seven and gave up eight hits.
The Patriots rallied from a 6-2 deficit to beat Hickory Flat 8-7 later Saturday on the home diamond.
MA batted around in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs to go ahead 8-6. Getting hits in the big inning were Brock, McMillen, Looney, W. Bolden and T. Bolden. McMillen and T. Bolden had two RBIs each.
The Rebels scored one in the top of the sixth but couldn’t push across the tying run.
Getting two hits each for the Pats were Gadd, Hilton and Looney.
Each team had 10 hits.
W. Bolden was the winning pitcher.
The Patriots hosted Lee Academy (Ark.) Tuesday. They travel to Lee Thursday at 4 p.m. Next Tuesday, April 11, they visit Delta Academy at 5 p.m.