MARSHALL - Marshall improved to 8-0 overall with 13-3 and 9-0 Southwest Conference wins over Windom Area on Thursday night.
Drew Hmielewski picked up the win on the mound in the first contest and Nate Hoeft tossed for a victory in the second game. Hmielewski finished Game 1 with just three walks as he struck out two, while Hoeft struck out five in 6 2/3 innings of work, didn't walk a batter and allowed just four hits.
Hoeft's efficiency in the second contest came on the strength of his two best pitches.
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Mason Campion scores a run against Windom Area during Game 1 of a Southwest Conference doubleheader on Thursday at American Legion Field.
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Nate Hoeft
prepares to pitch against Windom Area in Game 2 of a Southwest Conference doubleheader on Thursday at American Legion Field.
"I was able to locate my pitches pretty well and having a good defense behind me helped," Hoeft said." It was mainly just my fastball, but I threw in the curveball a little bit."
Marshall coach Chace Pollock has grown accustomed to seeing this type of performance out of his junior pitcher.
"That's what we've seen out of Nate during his career," Pollock said. "He's a strike-thrower and he challenges the hitter and lets our defense work. Our defense did a great job behind him. We didn't have an error all day."
While the pitching was solid for Marshall in both games, it was the Tigers bats that spoke the loudest as they tallied 11 RBI between both games. This is coming on the heels of a 17-run performance in a victory against Lac que Parle Valley on Saturday and a seven-run output at Worthington on Tuesday.
Pollock feels getting more reps against live pitching outside and gaining more experience has helped his ballclub.
"We're in a groove hitting out there," Pollock said. "The more we're able to get outside and see live pitching, the better we're going to become. The guys are doing a good job of working at it and persistence is paying off."
Marshall wasted no time in jumping out to a 10-3 lead by the time the third inning hit in Game 1 before the Eagles were able to get their pitching under control. Adam Kovash came off the bench in the fifth inning and delivered the knockout punch in the form of a two-run double to give the Tigers the victory in five innings.
The Tigers struck late in Game 2 as they held just a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh as Windom Area served as the home team for the second contest. Marshall broke the game open in the final frame as Bryce Johnson, Drew Hmielewski, Riley Sharbono, Alex Marks and Brent Andries all tallied RBI in the inning.
Windom Area coach Brad Scholmann knew the Eagles were in for a challenge, but was proud of the way his team performed.
"Up-and-down the lineup, Marshall hit the ball really well. Then, we came out and pitched really well in Game 2," Schlomann said. "We can't make some of those mental mistakes against good teams. You give them the fourth out and they put five extra runs on the board."
WINDOM?AREA 3 (5 INN.)
HITTING: Windom Area (Severson 2-for-2, double, run; Stevens 2-for-2, RBI; Gotto 0-for-2, RBI; Larson 0-for-2, RBI; Mellstrom 0-2, run; Pfeffer 0-2, run); Marshall (C. Winkleman 2-for-3, three runs; Johnson 3-for-4, double, two RBI, three runs; Himielewiski 3-for-4, double, three runs, three RBI; N. Winkleman 2-for-3, double, two RBI, run; Sharbono 1-for-3, RBI, run; Kovash 1-for-1, double, two RBI; Campion 2-for-3, double, two RBI, run; Douglas 1-3 double, RBI; Hoeft 1-2, run ).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Windom Area (Wieneke 2 2/3-5-3-3-2-2; Turner 2/3-7-7-3-0-1); Marshall (Hmielewski 5-4-3-3-3-2).
Windom Area 0
HITTING: Windom Area (Huska 2-for-3; Mellstrom 1-for-3; Bartosh 1-for-3); Marshall (C. Winkleman 1-3, double, run; Johnson 2-for-4, RBI, two runs; Hmielewski 1-for-3, RBI, run; N. Winkleman 2-for-4, RBI, run; Sharbono 2-for-4, two RBI, run; Marks 1-1, RBI, run; Bahlman 1-for-2; Hoeft 0-2, run).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Windom Area (Huska 6-6-5-2-4-4; Mellstrom 1-5-3-2-0-2); Marshall (Hoeft 6 2/3-4-0-0-0-0-5; Buss 1/3-0-0-0-0-1).
RECORDS: Windom Area (3-6); Marshall (8-0).