MARSHALL - After a 15-1 victory over Granite Falls in the previous matchup, the Marshall A's wasted no time in picking up right where they left off, picking up runs late en route to a 12-2 victory.
The A's were playing as the away team due to the game originally being scheduled to be played in Granite Falls and they stretched their lead to 10-2 in the sixth inning and the Kilowatts were never able to recover. Ben Korger opened the game up in the fourth inning with a three-run home run to help the get offense going.
"I was fouling off a bunch of pitches and seeing ones that I should have been hitting," Korger said. "I got one down the middle on 3-2 and gave it a good ride."
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Marshall shortstop Ben Korger throws the ball to first base during the A’s 12-2 victory against the Granite Falls Kilowatts on Friday at American Legion Field.
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Marshall’s Jordon Kontz makes contact with the ball during a game against Granite Falls on Friday at American Legion Field.
Korger finished with a team-high four RBI while the A's got two from Jordon Kontz and two from Andrew Kinney. Zach Olson added one RBI.
Travis McGlauflin picked up the win on the mound, going eight innings and striking out two and walking two. Korger pitched the final inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced.
While the strikeout number was low, McGlauflin didn't need a whole lot, as his defense was strong behind them.
"Travis gave us a good performance," Marshall manager Matt Suby said. "He really attacked the strike zone and the defense played well behind him."
Dylan Lindstrom suffered the loss for GF, going 5 1/3 innings and allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits. He struck out two and walked two.
The two Kilowatts RBI came from Phil Johnson and Travis Enger.
With the win, the A's improve to 4-0 on the season and Suby is pleased with how they got to this point.
"We just come ready to play every night," Suby said. "That's the main thing I asked of them from the beginning. I know everyone has work and things going on, but when you get between the lines, it's a break from the real world. You can just play baseball. I like where were at right now."
For GF coach Mike Richter, he saw some improvements, but felt his team just couldn't make the plays.
"We played better defensively than last time, but we didn't hit the ball very well," Richter said "We just couldn't get anything going. Marshall is a good hitting team. They're patient and if you give them good hitters counts, they're going to make you pay."
Marshall will hit the road and take on Raymond today at 1:30 p.m.
Marshall 12, Granite Falls 2
HITTING: Marshall (Ben Korger 3-for-5, HR, two singles, four RBI, two runs; Jordon Kontz 1-for-4, double, two RBI, two runs; Andrew Kinney 4-for-4, four singles, two RBI, run; Austin Stubbs 2-for-5, two singles; Zach Olson 1-for-4, double, RBI, run; Jason Minett 1-for-5, single, run; Ryan Engels 2-for-3, two singles, two runs; Matt Campion 1-for-2, single, two runs); Granite Falls (Tyler Kanten 1-for-3, single; Dylan Lindstrom 1-for-4, single, run; Cody Fruin 1-for-2, single, run; Adam Brewers 1-for-3, single).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Marshall (Travis McGlauflin 8-3-2-2-2-2; Ben Korger 1-1-0-0-0-2); Granite Falls (Dylan Lindstrom 5 1/3-12-10-8-2-2; Phil Johnson 3 2/3-3-2-2-3-2).