MARSHALL - When the Marshall A's traveled to Raymond, they escaped with a 10-9 victory.
This time, Raymond made sure they finished the job, beating the A's to hand them their first loss of the season.
Raymond Manager Bush Steen was happy with the way his starting pitcher performed.
Photo by David Merrill
The Marshall A’s Brandan Alfson fields a bunt and throws to first for the out during the A’s 7-3 loss to Raymond Sunday.
"The difference was the pitching," Steen said. "Sawatzky did just a fantastic job and we got some timely hits, whereas they didn't get the timely hits."
The A's had the bases loaded twice during the game and were unable to capitalize.
Marshall manager Matt Suby was quick to give credit the Rockets their due.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Raymond," Suby said. "They came out and hits the ball well right away. That's what you want to do as a team. We didn't get going right away and that happen sometimes.
The Rockets did most of their damage to start the game, putting up five runs in the first few innings of the game before an RBI double from Brandon Madsen pushed the Raymond lead to 7-3.
Andrew Kinney did his best to put a spark into the A's in the fourth inning, which was followed by an RBI double from Zach Olson.
Marshall added one more in the sixth inning via an RBI double from Tanner Neale.
While the A's hadn't played a game in two weeks due to rainouts, they weren't going to use that as an excuse.
"Anytime you take the field, you need to be ready to play," Suby said. "It took us a little while to get going offensively. Their pitcher threw a great game. We just couldn't get those big hits, but I'm happy with where were at. We'll be fine."
Raymond's John Sawatzky picked up the win, going the full nine innings and striking out seven while wlaking three.
Jordon Kontz took the loss on the mound for the A's, letting up six runs (three earned) in five innings of work. He didn't record a strikeout and let up three walks.
Steven Wehr pitched in relief and recorded four strikeouts and no walks.
Jason Meyer fueled the rockets offensively with four hits in five at-bats while recording two RBI and scoring a run.
Raymond also got RBI from Justin Koenen, Tyler Steen and Sawatzky.
Neale and Kinney had the two RBI for Marshall while they got hits from Kontz, Austin Stubbs, Zach Olson, Jarred Carlson and Brandan Alfson.
The A's are scheduled to take on Willmar on the road tommorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Raymond 7, Marshall 3
RAYMOND ROCKETS 121 101 001 -- 7 12 3
MARSHALL A'S 000 201 000 -- 3 9 6
Hitting: Raymond (Meyer 4-for-5, two RBI, run; Steen 2-for-5, RBI; Sawatzky 1-for-3, RBI, run; Jeseritz 2-for-6, two runs; Koenen 0-for-3, RBI, run; Knott 1-for-4; Madsen 1-for-5, run; Kosminskas 1-for-4, run) Marshall (Kinney 1-for-5, HR, RBI, run; Neale 1-for-4, double, RBI; Kontz 2-for-4; Stubbs 1-for-4, run; Alfson 1-for-4, run; Carlson 2-for-4).
LOB--RAYMOND ROCKETS 13, MARSHALL A'S 11. ERR--Justin Koenen
(2), Brandon Madsen, Leo Zerr, Jordon Kontz (2), Ben Korger,
Steven Wehr, Jarred Carlson. 2B--Tyler Steen, Jason Meyer,
Zach Olson, Tanner Neale. HR--Andrew Kinney. HBP--Justin
Koenen, Calvin Kosminskas, Zach Olson. SACB--Justin Koenen,
John Sawatzky, Jordan Smith, Jason Minett.
RAYMOND ROCKETS IP H R ER BB SO HR
John Sawatzky 9.00 9 3 3 3 7 1
Jordon Kontz 5.00 7 6 3 3 0 0
Steven Wehr 4.00 5 1 1 0 4 0
SO--Justin Koenen, Calvin Kosminskas, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Daugherty, Jason Minett (3), Andrew Kinney, Brandan Alfson
(2), Jarred Carlson. BB--Justin Koenen, Kyle Knott, John
Sawatzky, Jordon Kontz, Ben Korger, Austin Stubbs.