A night after struggling to find the timely hit against the Sacred Heart Saints, the Marshall A's experienced no such difficulties against the Willmar Rails on Thursday in Willmar. The A's had hits, 21 to be precise, while scoring 19 runs in a 19-2 walloping of the Rails in just seven innings.
Marshall led 3-2 after two complete, but erupted for 10 runs in third inning. The A's added a pair of runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings each while the combo of Dylan Shoemaker and Ben Korger held the Rails off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
"The third (inning) helped us out, obviously," A's manager Sean Culhane said. "We put it together and started hitting the ball. We made good contact. We hit the ball well (Wednesday) night too, it's just it was a lot more at people. In this game we found some gaps and really got guys moving."
After a night where nothing seemed to break Marshall's way in a 7-3 loss to Sacred Heart, the A's could seemingly do no wrong against the Rails, especially at the plate.
"Offensively it went right, but we struggled again right away," Culhane said. "The runs that they (Willmar) scored weren't runs that they should have got. Defensively we were really poor the first two innings. We went up 1-0, put two up to go up 3-1 and it felt like things could go our way really quickly. Defensively we made another lapse in the outfield and now they've got guys on again. It was one of those things where Dylan settled down and defensively we got it going in the right direction."
Along with nearly two dozen hits, the A's also prospered from eight Willmar errors.
Marshall12(10) 202 2-19 21 2
Willmar110 000 0-2 5 8
M-Dylan Shoemaker, Ben Korger (6); W-Tanner Thunstadt, Derek Weiss (3). WP-Shoemaker. LP-Thunstadt. 2B: M-Jordon Kontz, Zach Olson, Doug Mead
"A lot of their errors came late, I think they had six errors after that (third inning)," Culhane said. "It was basically a lot of hits that inning, a lot of solid contact. We just had good at-bats, really good at-bats."
Shoemaker got the start and the win for the A's, striking out three over his five innings of work. Ben Korger fanned two in two innings of relief duty for Marshall as well.
Jordon Kontz was the primary weapon offensively for the A's, ending the night a perfect 6-for-6, scoring four runs, driving in two and belting a double. Doug Mead finished an impressive 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a double.
The A's (11-3 overall) return to action on Sunday for a day game at Corn Belt League foe Bird Island.