MARSHALL - Marshall overcame a slow start and went on to beat Pipestone Area 8-2 Tuesday night. Drew Hmielewski got the start on the mound threw five innings as he and Nate Hoeft combined for a one-hitter.
In his five innings of work, Hmielewski struck out five while walking just two and allowed one hit. Pipestone Area's two runs were unearned as they came as part of Marshall's four errors.
Marshall coach Chace Pollock credited his pitching staff for being able to overcome the early woes by the defense.
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall's Drew Hmielewski prepares to pitch against Pipestone Area during a Southwest Conference game Tuesday at Legion Field.
"The scoreboard is a little off, but it shows that our pitchers did a great job," Pollock said. "We kept them out of the big inning early and we put a band-aid on it and got back in and put more runs up."
Cleanup hitter and third basemen Noah Winkleman led the Tigers at the plate, tallying two RBI as he went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He also recorded a stolen base.
Pollock is pleased with the way Noah Winkleman is swinging the bat right now.
"Noah's swinging a nice bat right now," Pollock said. "He's doing a nice job at the plate. He sometimes sees the ball too well that he can get himself into tough counts sometimes, but he's doing a great job for us."
For Noah Winkleman, his success against Pipestone Area came down to patience as the Arrows used three different pitchers with most having trouble finding the strike zone.
"I just waited for my count and they gave me my pitch and I hit it," Noah Winkleman said.
Connor Winkleman had a solid day at the plate as well with a single and double to go with two RBI and Bryce Johnson went 1-for-3 with a triple.
Pipestone Area coach Rick Zollner knew his team had early-season jitters in this one, but he somewhat expected it.
Zollner also knew that Hmielewski and the rest of the Marshall pitching staff presented a great challenge for his team.
"They had a very good kid on the mound and he just kept peppering the strikezone once he warmed up," Zollner said. "He was just a little bit too dominant for us. It will be tough for anybody he faces."
Zollner saw Hmielewski break an estimated 80 mile per hour mark and also admitted his constand movement gave his hitters trouble.
Pipestone jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as they capitalized on the Tigers errors.
The Tigers answered and tied the game at 2-2 in the second as Dominic Freese walked in two runs, part of an eight-walk performance. Marshall added to its lead in the bottom of the 4th thanks in part to a Derek Rasmussen double, Hoeft reaching on a fielders choice and scoring on a walk.
Connor Winkleman, Hmielewski, Rasmussen and Hoeft each crossed the plate in the fourth.
Marshall 8, Pipestone 2
At Legion Field
Hitting: Marshall (N. Winkleman 2-4, double, two RBI; Johnson 1-3, triple; Sharbono 1-4; Rasmussen 1-2, double) Pipestone Area (Freese 1-2, RBI)
Pitching: Marshall (Hmielewski 5-1-2-0-2-5; Hoeft 2-0-0-0-0-0); Pipestone (Freese 3 1/3-1-2-2-6-3; Mauricio Sada 2 2/3- 2-2-2-2)