LUVERNE - Marshall earned a split in a Southwest Conference doubleheader with Luverne on Tuesday, as the Tigers broke a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory in Game 2. Luverne won 10-1 in Game 1.
Sophomore Drew Hmielewski pitched a gem of a game in Game 2 as he went the distance, striking out nine while walking just one and giving up the lone earned run of the game.
"He really commanded the strike zone," Marshall coach Chace Pollock said. "He got stronger as the game went. He's getting stronger every start."
Hmielewski was also a star from the plate in game two as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run.
Game 1 was a dominating performance from the Cardinals as Josh Sliater went the full seven innings, struck out 10 Tigers while walking just three and allowed one run on three hits.
"We just ran into a really good pitcher in game one," Pollock said. "We have run into state-caliber teams the last four games. Our guys are really learning how to compete with those teams and hopefully when the end of the year comes around, we will be ready."
Marshall improved its record to 12-3 on the season and will take on Pipestone Area on the road Thursday with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m.
The Tigers defeated Pipestone Area 8-2 in their first matchup at Marshall.
Luverne 10, Marshall 1
Bryce Johnson and Carl Douglas came up with the only hits for the Tigers and Connor Winkleman came up with an RBI despite going 0-for-3 from the plate.
Kendall Meyer came up with three RBI for the Cardinals as he went 2-for-4 from the plate. Sliater, Logan Norman, Andrew Verhey and Connor Crabtree also finished the game with RBI for Luverne.
Carl Douglas pitched five and two-thirds innings and struck out two while walking one and allowing 10 runs (five earned) on sixteen hits.
The Marshall defense didn't provide much help as they committed four errors in the contest.
Marshall 7, Luverne 1
Hmielewski had plenty of help on the offense to go with his nine-strikeout pitching performance. He finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate and had two RBI.
Johnson, Noah Winkleman, Dylan Criquet-Danielson and Mason Campion all registered RBI for the Tigers.
Connor Winkleman finished 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and scored a run.
Gunnar Olson got the start on the mound for th the Cardinals and struck out four while walking four and allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings of work.
Luverne's defense struggled this time around as they committed six errors on the night.
Luverne 10, Marshall 1
HITTING: Marshall (C. Winkleman 0-for-3, RBI;Johnson 1-for-2; N. Winkleman 1-for-3; Douglas 1-for-2; Bahlmann 0-for-2, run); Luverne (Meyer 2-for-4, three RBI; Hoffman 4-for-4, RBI, two runs; Sliater 2-for-3, RBI, run; Olson 2-for-4, run; Norman 1-for-4, RBI; Verhey 2-for-4, RBI, run; Crabtree 1-for-4, RBI, two runs; Vajart 2-for-3, run; Hiller 0-for-4, run; Sueltar 0-0, run).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Marshall (Douglas 5 2/3-16-10-5-1-2; Messman 1/3-0-0-0-2-0); Luverne (Sliater 7-3-1-1-3-10).
Marshall 7, Luverne 1
HITTING: Luverne (Vajart 0-for-3, RBI; Verhey 1-for-3, run; Sliater 1-for-3; Olson 1-for-3; Norman 1-for-3; Crabtree 1-for-3); Marshall (C. Winkleman 1-for-2, double, run; Hmielewski 4-for-4, two RBI, run; N. Winkleman 2-for-4, RBI; Criquet-Danielson 0-for-3, RBI; Campion 0-0, RBI; Rasmussen 2-for-3, run; Hoeft 0-for-3, run; Buss 0-0, run).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Luverne (Olson 5-7-5-2-4-4; Hoffman 1-2-2-0-0-0); Marshall (Hmielewski 7-5-1-1-1-1-9).
RECORDS: Luverne (11-3, 8-0 Southwest); Marshall (12-3, 6-0 Southwest).
Minneota/Lincoln HI 17, Canby 3
CANBY - The Minneota Lincoln HI Viking baseball team defeated Canby 17-3 thanks to a seven-run second inning.
Austin Buysse went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBI and four runs scored.
Matthew Knutson also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Vikings, who are now 4-5 on the season and 2-3 in Camden play.
With the loss, the Lancers drop to 2-4 overall and 2-4 in the Camden Conference.
HITTING: Canby (Tanner Kack 1-for-2, single, run; Adam Durfee 1-for-2, single, RBI; Kristian Leppke 1-for-2, single, RBI; Christian Full 1-for-2, single, run); Minneota/Lincoln HI (Alec Engler 2-for-4, two singles, two RBI, two runs; Jordan Beck 1-for-3, single, three RBI, three runs; Austin Buysse 3-for-3, three singles, two RBI, four runs; Alex Guttormsson 2-for-5, double, single, three RBI; Peyton Nuy 1-for-4, single, two RBI; Andrew Behnke 2-for-4, two singles, RBI, run; Andrew Fadness 2-for-4, double, single, two RBI, run; Matthew Knutson 3-for-4, double, two singles, RBI, three runs; Brock Buysse 2-for-3, two singles, RBI, three runs).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Canby (Zach Nuy (L) 2.1-11-11-7-0-3; Sawyer Kraus 1.2-5-4-4-1-2; Brett Jelen 1.0-2-2-2-2-1); Minneota/Lincoln HI (Alec Engler (W) 5.0-4-3-2-4-4).
RECORDS: Canby (2-4, 2-4 Camden); Minneota/Lincoln HI (4-5, 2-3 Camden).
MLA 10, MCC 4
SLAYTON - Murray County Central dropped a Red Rock Conference game to Mountain Lake Area 10-4 on Tuesday.
In the loss, Nick Peterson went 2-for-4 for the Rebels. Noah Lupke went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the loss.
Murray County Central fell to 7-4 with the loss. The Rebels host Adrian on Thursday in Red Rock Conference action.
Mountain Lake Area0512002-10111
Murray County Central1102000-463
HITTING: Mountain Lake Area (Nathan Adrian 2-for-4; Levi Kass 2-for-4; Eric Wenner 1-for-3, triple, RBI; Carter Kirk 1-for-4, double, RBI); Murray County Central (Nick Petersen 2-for-4; Noah Lupke 2-for-3, double, single, RBI).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Mountain Lake Area (Andrew Hirsch (W) 7.0-6-4-3-4-6); Murray County Central (Paul Messner (L) 3.1 innings; Jordan Ahlers 3.2 innings).
RECORDS: Mountain Lake Area (8-5, 5-1 Red Rock); Murray County Central (7-4, 3-3 Red Rock).