By David Merrill
Photo by David Merrill
Marshall’s Connor Winkleman celebrates with his teammates after hitting a home run in game two of the doubleheader against Brandon Valley Thursday.
MARSHALL - The Mudcats earned a split with Brandon Valley Thursday night, losing the second game 8-6 after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
They won the first game 7-4 with a late-game rally.
Marshall manager Mitch Maxwell saw both positives and some room for improvement after the split.
"We made some physical mistakes," Maxwell said. "It was physical as opposed to mental. Those are things we have to do better to win. If we give away free bases, it hurts us. I thought we hit the ball well at times and Connor threw well in game one."
Maxwell was also pleased with the pitching performance of Adam Kovash, with the exception of one bad inning that saw Brandon Valley use smallball to get a big inning.
Even with the split, BV coach Grant Hieb knew his team had to play better.
"It wasn't pretty," Hieb said. "We played a lot better the second game. We weren't focued and ready ti play. It was nice to see them bounce back the second game.
Even with a loss in the second game, Marshall's Connor Winkleman provided a highlight, hitting a home run over the left field fence.
It was the first home run to leave the yard in the fall and summer seasons combined.
"It felt good," Winkleman said. "I had never even come close to hitting a hom run, so I was really shocked when I hit it. I didn't think it was going over, so I was sprinting to first base."
Mitchell Hoover lead Brandon Valley offensively with two RBI while they got one each from Jacob Adams, Lucas Lunstra and Jake Haan.
Reid Grode picked up the win on the mound, going seven innings and striking out five while walking two.
Adam Kovash was saddled with the loss for Marshall.
Kovash threw five innings and struck out three while walking three. He gave up two earned runs on six hits.
Dylan Criquet Danielson continued his strong play with three more RBI while Noah Winkleman and Connor Winkleman each had one.
Mason Campion lead the way with two RBI on two sacrifice flie's while Noah Winkleman, Connor Winkleman and Walker Werpy each had one RBI.
Connor Winkleman earned the complete game victory on the mound, striking out five and walking seven.
Reid Grode took the loss for Brandon Valley. He didn't record a strikeout and walked two.
Granite Falls 1
Jacob Neu and Cody St. Aubin each had one RBI for Cottonwood to go with one hit each while Travis Varpness also had a hit.
St. Aubin's hit was a double.
Seth Boerboom picked up the win on the mound, going the full five innings and striking out seven while walking three.
Dylan Johnson took the loss for Granite Falls. He pitched four innings and stuck out five while walking none.
Jordan Olgard had the lone RBI for Granite Falls.
Brandon Valley 8, Marshall 6
Brandon Valley 100 502 0- 8 4 4
Marshall 111 020 3- 6 7 4
Hitting: Brandon Valley (Adams 1-for-4, double, RBI; Lunstra 1-for-4, double, RBI; Petersen 1-for-3, run; Hoover 1-for-2, two runs; Grode 0-for-4, run) Marshall (C. Winkleman 1-for-3, HR, RBI, run; Criquet-Danielson 3-for-4, double, three RBI, run; N. Winkleman 3-for-4, RBI; Rasmussen 1-for-4)
Pitching (IP-H-R-ER-BB-K): Brandon Valley (Grode 7-6-2-7-2-5) Marshall (Kovash 5-3-6-2-3-3; Polejewski 2-1-2-0-2-1).
Marshall 7, Brandon Valley 4
Brandon Valley 001 102 0- 4 6 4
Marshall 200 014 X- 7 7 0
Hitting: Marshall (Campion 2-for-3, two RBI; Rasmussen 2-for-3, RBI, three runs; C. Winkleman 1-for-1, RBI, run; N. Winkleman 1-for-2, RBI; Werpy 0-for-3, RBI; Buss 0-for-2, run; Hoeft 0-for-2, two runs) Brandon Valley (Adams 2-for-4, two doubles, two runs; Johnson 1-for-4, two RBI; Petersen 1-for-3, RBI; Lunstra 1-for-2, RBI; Finch 0-for-1, run; Bauske 0-for-2, run).
Pitching: Marshall (C. Winkleman 7-6-4-4-7-5).
Cottonwood 3, Granite Falls 1
GRANITE FALLS 000 01 -- 1
COTTONWOOD 200 1x -- 3
Hitting: Cottonwood (Neu 1-for-1, RBI, two runs; St. Aubin 1-for-2, RBI; Travis Varpness 1-for-2, run; Schreier 1-for-2; Gregoire 1-for-2) Granite Falls (Olgard 0-for-1, RBI; Sennerud 1-for-2; Fischer 1-for-2, run; Jensen 1-for-1).
LOB--GRANITE FALLS 6, COTTONWOOD 3. ERR--Zach Fischer, Blake
Lindstrom. 2B--Zach Fischer, Cody St. Aubin. 3B--Jacob Neu.
HBP--Jordan Olgard, Jacob Neu. SACF--Jordan Olgard.
GRANITE FALLS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Dylan Johnson 4.00 5 3 3 0 5 0
Seth Boerboom 5.00 3 1 1 3 7 0
SO--Jordan Olgard, Dylan Johnson, Chase Richter, Derrick
Grund (2), Zach Fischer, Blake Lindstrom, Ramzi Gregoire,
Travis Varpness, Jacob Rausch, Cody St. Aubin, Cory
Schreier. BB--Chris Jensen, Austin Vikander, Blake
NOTES: Cottonwood 4-6