By David Merrill
Photo by David Merrill
Ben Sanders crosses the plate for the first run of the game on a two-RBI single from Zach Olson. Andrew Kinney would also score on the play in a 14-2 Mashall win.
MARSHALL - On a night when youth teams were honored for their winning ways before the game, the Marshall A's kept up their own winning tradition, ending the regular season with a 14-2 win over the Aurora (S.D.) A's.
The win helped complete an 18-3 season.
Marshall opened the game up in the third inning pouring in eight runs, stretching the lead to 11-1 after three and Aurora was never able to recover.
Zach Olson, who had a two-RBI double to plate Marshall's first two runs of the game, led off the third inning with a triple and then was doubled home by Austin Stubbs.
Tanner Neale, Ben Sanders, Austin Stubbs, Leo Zerr and another RBI hit from Olson helped Marshall pull away in the third inning.
Olson wen on to finish with four RBI to go with three from Tanner Neale and two each from Stubbs and Kontz.
Marshall manager Matt Suby praised Olson for his hitting, something that he has shown for a number of years.
"Zach has been a pretty consistent hitter for us, not just for this summer, but for a lot of years," Suby said. "He's a guy we rely on to drive in runs out of the five spot and he was able to come through for us in situations where we had guys on base."
Sanders and Zerr each had one RBI.
Suby used a bevy of different players in this game in order to get a tune-up before the playoffs start August 8.
Steven Wehr picked up the win on the mound, throwing two innings in which he struck out six batters.
Kontz and Jimmy Callahan each worked two innings and struck out eight batters each.
Andrew Kinney worked the final inning and struck out three.
Despite the loss, Aurora manager Terry Anderson felt like his team made some strides during the game.
"They're a good hitting team," Anderson said. "If you throw it right down the middle like we did on some of their at-bats, they aren't going to miss. We were more concerned with just getting some at-bats. We accomplished what we wanted to."
With the playoffs approaching Suby knows his team is going to have to stick to what it does well.
"We need to stay aggressive offensively and put pressure on the other team," Suby said. "We want to continue to pitch well and play defense. We have a few days before playoffs, so we'll practice some things and try and stay sharp."
The Marshall A's game was sponsored by Bendrite and brought attention to the new arch adorned above the scoreboard at American Legion Field, which was installed this past June.
Harry Weilage of Marshall Community Services talked about the pride structures such as the one on the scoreboard, bring to the city.
The Bendrite team in charge of those structures is led by Bill Martin
"We've been working really hard on branding in Marshall," Wielage said. "All the green arches you see all over the city and the kiosks, Billy makes them and makes them well. "
Martin has sponsored baseball teams in the past and was happy to have his team add a nice touch to the scoreboard.
While Martin may be in charge, he gives plenty of credit to his helpers.
"We can pretty much build them anywhere," Martin said. I don't get all the credit. I have a pretty good team behind me. I just oversee the things. I can't take all the credit."