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Marshals Win 5-4 over Cane Cutters in Dramatic Fashion

July 5, 2014 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - Texas Marshals News Release

The Texas Marshals earned a 5-4 win over the Acadiana Cane Cutters in Dallas on Friday night with some late inning heroics and a dramatic ending. Austin Hilton received the Independence Day start for the Marshals on the mound and pitched well, but did not factor in the decision. Hilton tossed five innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Cane Cutters plated two runs to take a 2-0 lead. The first came on an RBI single by Trey Hicks. James Ziegler came into score later in the inning on an error by the Marshals defense.

The Marshals big inning in the ballgame came in the bottom of the fifth as they were finally able to get to Cane Cutter's starting pitcher Cody Coll. Chase Daughdrill smashed an RBI double down the left field line to score Mason Mantle for the Marshals first run of the game. Carson Shaddy then launched his second home run of the season, a three-run line-drive shot over the left-field wall, to put the Marshals in front 4-2.

The Cane Cutters would respond in the top of the seventh inning against relief pitcher Jeff Harvill. Taylor Walker hit a two-run single back up the middle to score Connor Barron and Justin Holt to tie the ballgame up at 4-4.

Alex Gosser led off the bottom of the eighth inning for the Marshals with a single. Casey Mullennix came on as a pinch runner for Gosser and immediately stole second base. The throw from the Cane Cutters catcher got into centerfield allowing Mullennix to move up to third on the error with no outs. Later in the inning, Mullennnix came into score on an RBI groundout off the bat of Mantle to give the Marshals a 5-4 lead.

Jonathan Lycan pitched brilliantly in relief as he closed the door on the Cane Cutters in the ninth inning. After allowing a walk, he struck out the final two batters of the inning to secure the 5-4 win for the Marshals.

There was a little drama that came along with the last out of the ballgame though. Daniel Cucjen struck out swinging, but thought that Marshals catcher Carson Shaddy had dropped the pitch, so he immediately took off for first base. Shaddy held the ball up for the home plate umpire to see, but no c all was immediately made. Shaddy fired the ball down to first base, but the throw sailed into right field allowing, what looked to be, the tying run to score. Marshals head coach Brent Lavallee immediately came out of the dugout to ask that the play be appealed to the field umpire. After a lengthy conference between the two umpires, it was determined that Shaddy did indeed catch the pitch for the final out of the game, giving the Marshals the 5-4 win.

Lycan earned the win for the Marshals as he tossed 2.1 innings without allowing a run or a hit. He struck out four and walked just one. Colton Lee took the loss for the Cane Cutters.

With the win, the Marshals improve to 9-20 on the season and 1-1 in the second-half. The Cane Cutters fall to 15-14 with the loss and 1-1 in the second-half.

The Marshals will host the Brazos Valley Bombers on Saturday and Sunday for a two-game series at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Both games will start at 7:05pm.

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