JUNIOR LEGION BASEBALL: Marshall splits pair of games to close weekend
MARSHALL – The Marshall Junior Legion Black baseball team concluded its three-game participation in the 19th annual Wood Bat Classic by splitting their final two contests on Saturday against quality opponents in BOLD and Rosemount.
Coach Chace Pollock anticipated the tournament would be a tough test for the young team and came away proud of their effort all weekend long.
“Our margin for error in this tournament is very small if we want to be successful so it’s good to see that we can’t get away with mistakes and expect to win,” said Pollock. “Coming out of here 1-2 we’re happy (with how) we competed and (overall) very happy with the tournament for our junior legion team.”
The margin for error described by coach Pollock turned out to be a single inning for Marshall in its matchup with BOLD as the Warriors were able to capitalize on a four-run second frame to come out on top in a 4-0 final.
“I thought we did a nice job,” said Pollock. “One inning they got four runs and they didn’t really earn any of them, it was kind of walks, hit by pitches and a couple of base hits fell in but I’m proud of the guys. I’m proud of the way we played today.”
On the hill for Marshall was Jack Bly, who went the distance for the club and finished with six strikeouts in the start. Pollock described Bly’s outing as lights-out save for the crooked number given up in the second inning.
“He did a nice job,” said Pollock. “Besides that one inning he was lights-out.”
Facing a tough pitcher in Minnesota-Crookston redshirt freshman Jack Peppel, the Marshall hitters were only able to generate two hits with Bly picking up both on a pair of doubles in the third and fifth innings.
After being limited to a pair of hits in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Tigers went on to match that total in the first inning alone in game two with Rosemount en route to an 8-0 drubbing of the Irish in five innings of play.
With production coming from up and down the lineup, Pollock was impressed by the group effort shown by the ballclub.
“Well everybody was hitting the ball well,” said Pollock. “I felt like everybody in the lineup did a nice job. It was a group effort and it was fun to coach them today.”
The Tigers were led at the plate by leadoff man Chase Douglas, who went three for three and added a pair of RBIs. Five other Marshall hitters were also credited with hits in the win, including Spencer Wambeke, Charlie Jacobson, Cole Felcyn, Noah Blomme and Jaden Pearcy.
Josh Baker got the start on the mound for the Tigers and was dominant in five innings pitched with five strikeouts and only four hits given up in the shutout. Pollock said Baker’s curveball was highly-effective in his outing.
“He threw a lot of strikes mixed in a good curveball,” said Pollock. “That’s his deal, he has a good curveball and it’s just a lot of fun.”
With the win, the Tigers move to 5-2 on the season and will return to action today when they take on Pipestone at home with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
Now that the entire roster is back from a recent football camp, Pollock said one of their focuses in upcoming practices will be to shore up their baserunning.
“We need to get back to practice. We had kids gone at a football camp last week and haven’t had a chance just to get together and work on some things,” said Pollock. “Base running to start with would be a big area for us and once we get our base running shored up we’ll even be better here.”
BOLD 4, Marshall 0
BOLD 040 000 0 – 4 6 1
Marshall 000 000 0 – 0 2 1
HITTING: Marshall (Bly 2-3).
PITCHING (IP-R-ER-H-BB-SO): Marshall (Bly 7-4-4-6-4-6).
Marshall 8, Rosemount 0 (5 innings)
Rosemount 000 00 – 0 4 1
Marshall 215 0x – 8 8 0
HITTING: Marshall (Douglas 3-3, R, 2 RBI; Wambeke 1-3, R; Jacobson 1-2, R; Felcyn 1-1, R, RBI; Bloome 1-1, 2R, RBI; Pearcy 1-2, R, RBI).
PITCHING (IP-R-ER-H-BB-SO): Marshall (Baker 5-0-0-4-2-5).