MARSHALL - Jordon Kontz pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits in a 5-2 victory over the Bird Island Bullfrogs Wednesday.
Kontz struck out five while walking just one batter.
A's Manager Matt Suby was pleased with his pitcher's performance.
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Jordon Kontz prepares to pitch against Bird Island during a Corn Belt League game Wednesday at American Legion Field. Kontz was the winning pitcher with a complete game two-hitter and also hit a home run during the A’s 5-2 win.
"You have to tip your hat to Jordon Kontz," Suby said. "He threw a great ballgame for us. He worked quick and threw strikes. He had only pitched a couple innings so far this summer. That was by far his longest outing."
Kontz was able to last the entire game with the help of good defensive play behind him and by mixing up his pitches.
His pitch location helped conserve energy.
"I didn't throw a lot of balls," Kontz said. "I was able to spot my curveball really well and I didn't have to deal with a lot of baserunners."
Bird Island held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and took a 5-2 lead when Bullfrogs third baseman took the ball on a bad hop and over threw first base with the bases loaded.
That gave the A's a 5-2 lead following an RBI single from Austin Stubbs that scored Kontz.
Kontz and Stubbs had the two RBI for the A's while they also got two hits from Andrew Kinney and one from Tanner Neale.
Brad Gass had a solid game on the mound for Bird Island, he struck out seven while walking just three and allowed just one earned run.
Bird Island coach Mike Nagel knew his team is usually better defensively.
"It was a great pitchers dual going into the bottom of the sixth, then we boot two balls and they score four unearned runs. If you make errors against a team like Marshall, you are going to lose."
"We have to be better defensively."
Mark Nebauer drove in both of the Bullfrogs runs.
Looking to Milroy
The win kept the A's undefeated and sets up their game on the road against the Milroy Yankees.
The Yankees vs A's rivalry is always a hyped contest around the area and it brings back memories for Suby.
"The A's and Yankees go back a long time," Suby said. It's always a fun atmosphere. That's what you love about amateur baseball in Minnesota. You go to a game and get to see the bleachers filled."
"They always give us a good game and we're looking forward to going and playing them on Friday."
Marshall 5, Bird Island 2
HITTING: Bird Island (Tyler Hebrink 1-for-4, run; Mark Neubauer 1-for-3, two RBI); Marshall (Jordon Kontz 1-for-4, RBI, two runs; Andrew Kinney 2-for-4, run; Austin Stubbs 1-for-4, RBI, run; Tanner Neale 1-for-2).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Bird Island (Brad Gass 8-5-5-1-3-7); Marshall (Jordon Kontz 9-2-2-2-1-5).