For the second time this week, the Marshall A's put up 17 runs against the Willmar Rails. In Thursday's edition of the Corn Belt League matchup, however, Willmar managed to get rid of the goose egg, scoring six runs in a 17-6 loss. Again, only seven innings were needed to settle the decidedly one-sided affair in Willmar.
The A's opened up the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning. Marshall scored nine runs in the second to pull out to an early 12-0 lead.
Willmar cut into the Marshall lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the A's responded quickly by scoring four runs in the fifth.
The Rails scored two runs in the sixth to bring the score to 16-4. Marshall tacked on its last run in the top of the seventh, and totaled 18 hits over seven innings. Willmar scored two runs before A's pitcher Taylor Rignell could end the game.
Rignell pitched all seven inning for the A's, allowing six runs on eight hits and recording five strikeouts. Rignell also put on a dominating performance at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles and six RBIs.
Andrew Kinney also had a strong night swinging. He finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a solo home run in the fifth inning. Zach Olson continued to swing the bat well as he went 2-for-5 with two runs and a double. Ben Korger did a little bit of everything for the A's offensively, hitting 2-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
The A's move to 7-2 in the Corn Belt League (22-5 overall) and continue their busy week as they host Raymond tonight at Legion Field. First pitch of the Corn Belt League game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
M390 040 1-17 18 2
W000 202 2-6 8 3
M-Taylor Rignell; W-Wade Adamson, Eric Bangen (6). WP-Rignell. LP-Adamson. HR: M-Andrew Kinney. 2B: M-Rignell (2), Zach Olson, Kyle Young.