The Marshall A's went 2-1 over the weekend in the Section 7B playoffs, highlighted by an 11-inning, three-hit shutout of the defending state champions from Sauk Rapids by Brandon Wilhelmi on Saturday.
Marshall began play Friday night against the Ultimate Sports Snappers, of St. Cloud, in Cold Springs. The A's led the Snappers 4-1 after the fifth inning when inclement weather forced the suspension of the game.
The two teams resumed play on Saturday. Marshall added a run in the sixth inning and went on to win 5-1.
Nate Dickhausen got the win for Marshall, allowing one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts over nine innings. The A's elected to have Dickhausen finish the game he had started the night before. Dickhausen allowed the only Snapper run in the first inning and silenced their bats for the remainder of the game.
Andrew Kinney went 4-for-5 in the game and also scored a run. But it was Kyle Young's three-run home run in the top of the fifth that proved decisive. Young finished 1-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Ben Korger went 2-for-5 and scored once, while Derek West went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
After defeating the Snappers, the A's immediately moved on to face the defending Class B state champions from Sauk Rapids. That's when Wilhelmi stole the show.
Wilhelmi had just three strikeouts over his 11 innings, but allowed just three base hits. Sauk Rapids continued to fly out and ground out over the 11 innings, and the A's defense committed just one error.
West broke a scoreless tie that had persisted for 10 innings when his single in the top of the 11th drove in Zach Olson. The A's had eight total hits off of Sauk Rapids hurler Jeff Hille, who also pitched the complete game.
Young went 2-for-5 and Chace Pollock hit 2-for-4 in the game.
Marshall ran into a wall on Sunday, falling to former Southwest Minnesota State pitcher Ryan Morse and Cold Spring 9-2. Morse allowed just two runs on five hits over nine innings of duty.
His counterpart, Olson, was not so fortunate. He was tagged for nine runs over 4 1/3 innings. The first four came in the top of the first, while the second five came in the fifth inning. Pollock relieved Olson in the fifth and held Cold Spring scoreless over the final 4 2/3 innings. The loss was the first of the year for Olson.
The A's got on the board in the bottom of the seventh before scoring again in the ninth, but could only muster two runs on three hits. Kinney had a double for Marshall. Pollock and Young picked up the RBIs.
The A's will now face the winner between Sauk Rapids and Brainerd Saturday at 1 p.m. in Cold Spring.
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A-Nate Dickhausen; S-Brad Haag, Cronenberg (6). WP-Dickhausen. LP-Haag. HR: A-Kyle Young.
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CS-Ryan Morse; M-Zach Olson, Chace Pollock (5). WP-Morse. LP-Olson. 2B: CS-Jack Fimrite, Drew Vanloy, Ben Griffin, Jungels, Geislinger; M-Andrew Kinney.