It was a struggle in the field for the Marshall A's Friday night against the visiting Raymond Rockets. The A's committed four errors in the game, but fortunately for them, the Rockets had twice as many and Marshall was able to pull out an 11-7 victory at Legion Field for its fifth win in a row.
A four-run fourth inning helped the A's take control of the game as they hit the ball well off of 6-foot-10 Raymond right-hander Tyler Knott. Three more runs in the seventh pushed the A's lead to 10-4 and they were able to hang on for the win.
Marshall collected 12 hits in the game and put itself in good position early by scoring in each of the first four innings on its way to its second Corn Belt League win of the season against a tough Raymond team.
"Knott's a good pitcher. I don't know when the last time we beat him was," said A's manager Sean Culhane, whose team moves to 7-1 overall. "He throws hard and keeps you off balance. Jumping on him like we did, scoring seven runs in the first four innings, you can't ask for much more than that. We hit the ball well the whole night."
Ben Korger followed up a four-hit night on Wednesday with a 3-for-5 performance on Friday to lead the A's at the plate. Andrew Kinney added a pair of doubles in the win.
Marshall started Nate Dickhausen and he got through the first two innings with ease before the Rockets struck for three runs in the third inning and caused Culhane to make a visit to the mound to calm his pitcher down. Dickhausen lasted four more innings and earned the win to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Raymond 003 010 021-7 11 8
Marshall 111 400 31X-11 12 4
R-Tyler Knott, Calvin Kosminskas (6), Zach Nelson (7). M-Nate Dickhausen, Cody Curry (8). WP-Dickhausen. LP-Knott. 2B: M-Andrew Kinney 2, Tanner Neale; R-Tyler Steen. 3B: R-Steen.
"We got more out of Nate than we expected, especially after he gave up three runs in the third," Culhane said. "I didn't know if we could have him go into the eighth, but we got out of him what we could. He threw seven strong innings and he had to throw a lot of pitches."
Cody Curry came in to pitch in the eighth and recorded the final six outs for the A's.
The errors were the big blemish in the game, and Culhane said his team was fortunate that its four miscues in the field didn't cost it a win.
"Errors were just killing both teams tonight," he said. "You see eight on the board for one team and four for the other, it's just one of those things where both teams know what they have to fix."
Friday marked the beginning of a busy weekend for the A's. They travel to play Sacred Heart for a 6 p.m. game today, then are back home Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. game against Bird Island at Legion Field.