AMATEUR BASEBALL: Milroy Yankees outlast Marshall A’s, 5-1

Photo by Sam Thiel Milroy’s Nathan Deutz winds up a pitch during their game against Marshall on Friday. The Yankees outlasted the A’s 5-1 in 13 innings.

MARSHALL – With a packed attendance and the smell of hot dogs and grilled food in the air, the Marshall A’s and Milroy Yankees squared off underneath the Legion Field lights Friday. It would only be fitting the game featured a pitcher’s duel and a low-scoring affair to start, as the game went into extra innings. The Yankees then outlasted the A’s with five runs in the top of the 13th inning to hold on 5-1.

Neither team could find the scoreboard to start, as both starters found their groove early. The A’s finally struck in the bottom of the second, as Travis McGlauflin connected on a RBI single to put Marshall up 1-0.

Milroy had an opportunity to score in the top half of the fourth inning when the leadoff hitter Brian Dolan slapped a single to get aboard. After Darrick Allpress moved him over on a sacrifice, Marshall had a throwing error that advance the runner to third with one out. But A’s pitcher Jacob Leighton coaxed two fly balls for outs to get out of the jam and preserve the one-run lead.

Both team’s starting pitchers would then continue to battle in a pitcher’s duel over the next few innings, as Marshall held its one-run lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.

Down to their final three outs, the Yankees started off the frame with a leadoff single by Brian Dolan before Dolan stole second base. After a sacrifice moved him over to third, Matt Bauer hit a fly ball to right field to bring in the game’s tying run on a sacrifice. Marshall couldn’t capitalize on a Milroy error in the bottom half of the ninth, and the game would head to extras.

In the top of the 10th, Riley Carpenter reached on a single before taking second base. He then advanced to third on a pickoff attempt, but Leighton struck out the next batter to extinguish the Milroy threat.

The bottom of the 10th started with a one-out single by Matt Felton. After a flyout by Leighton, Jordon Kontz reached on another single to put runners on first and second. But a popout by Derek Branson snuffed out Marshall’s threat and the game would head to the 11th.

Neither team would score in the 11th, as the game went into the 12th. After Milroy failed to score in the top of the 12th, the A’s got a Felton walk, a Branson double and a Jon Ellis walk to load the bases, but Marshall couldn’t capitalize and the game headed to the 13th.

The Yankees then struck for five runs in the top half of the 13th inning and held on in the bottom half for the 5-1 win.

Nathan Deutz was the starter for Milroy, going 10 innings while allowing six hits and one run while striking out nine.

Leighton finished the game going 12.1 innings while allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out eight.