By David Merrill
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Ryan Engels places the tag on Granite Falls’ Shaun Condon, who tried to steal second base in the first inning of the A’s 15-1 win over the Kilowatts on Sunday at American Legion Field.
MARSHALL - Andrew Kinney lead the Marshall A's offensively in a 15-1, seven-inning rout Sunday, as they improved to 3-0 on the year. Kinney finished with four RBI, two of them coming on a two-run home run.
Jimmy Callahan also turned in a strong performance on the mound, going the full seven innings and striking out seven while walking five and allowing just one run on four hits.
This was the first that Callahan had thrown since the Southwest Minnesota State baseball season ended.
"This was the first time that he's thrown in a couple weeks," Marshall coach Matt Suby said. "His arm was fresh and we were going to ride him out as long as we could. He uncharacteristically walked some people early, but he settled in nicely after that second inning."
As with any strong pitching performance, it is hard to do without strong defensive play and a nice cushion to work with.
Callahan had both in getting his numbers.
"I basically just used fastballs and mixed in a slider," Callahan said. "I have a great defense and got a few strikeouts and it really helped."
Jordon Kontz finished the game with two RBI while Jarred Carlson, Austin Stubbs, Ben Korger, Jason Minnet and Callahan all tallied one RBI.
Tyler Kanten had the lone RBI for the Killowats, going 1-for-3 to go with hits from Tyler Damman, Craig Listul and Nick Richter.
After the Killowats took an early 1-0 lead, Marshall didn't waste anytime taking momentum back, scoring five runs in their half of the first and added three in the second and four in the 6th to earn the blowout victory.
Starting pitcher Andrew Brewers took most of the damage and was charged with the loss.
He let up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.
"It was just one of those days," Granite Falls manager Mike Richter said. "They had a few fall in and they hit the ball hard. They found some gaps and they know how to run and pitch well. Our infield needs work. We need to be able to make the routine plays and hustle everything out."
We had a guy on third early in the game and didn't get him in. We need to get that done and pick runners up."
Marshall will take on Granite Falls again on Friday with a second matchup taking place at Granite Falls (1-3).
Granite Falls 1 (7 Innings)
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Marshall 531 024 X - 15 17 0
Hitting: Granite Falls (Kanten 1-for-3, triple, RBI; Listul 1-for-3; Damman 1-for-2, run; N. Richter 1-for-3) Marshall (Kinney 2-for-4, HR, four RBI, run; Korger 3-for-4, triple, RBI, four runs; Carlson 2-for-5, triple, RBI, two runs; Minett 2-for-4, RBI, two runs;Kontz 2-for-3, two RBI, run; Stubbs 2-for-5, RBI, run;Engels 2-for-4, RBI; run; Neale 1-for-3; Sanders 0-for-1, run; Callahan 0-for-1, RBI, run; Zerr 0-for-2, run).
Pitching (IP-H-R-ER-BB-K): Granite Falls (Brewers 1 2/3-7-8-6-3-2; Walters 3 1/3-9-7-5-1-1; N. Richter 1-4-1-1-5-7) Marshall (Callahan 6 2/3-4-1-1-5-7).