JUNIOR LEGION BASEBALL: Marshall Black sweeps doubleheader against Brookings
MARSHALL – Powered by a pair of strong pitching performances and plenty of clutch hits, the Marshall Junior Legion Black baseball team (17-5-1) earned a doubleheader sweep of Brookings (S.D.) on Thursday at Legion Field.
With the two victories, Marshall Black has now won five straight games and have outscored opponents 38-5 in their last three contests.
Marshall’s offense took an inning to find its rhythm but could not be contained for the rest of the game as the club jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the second and never looked back.
Marshall was led at the plate by Chase Douglas, who drove in the team’s third run of the game with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cole Felcyn. Josh Baker, Jack Bly and Jaden Pearcy also added run-scoring hits en route to a seven-run frame.
The team’s final three runs came in the fourth and fifth innings via a sacrifice fly from Bly in the fourth to score Benson Kuecker, and a two-RBI double by Douglas in the fifth to end the game at 10-0.
Earning the win on the mound for Marshall was Bly, who pitched all five innings giving up only four hits and striking out three.
Marshall 10, Brookings 5
The scorching-hot display at the plate carried over into the final game of the doubleheader as Marshall would do all of its damage offensively in the first three innings to beat Brookings 10-5.
The scoring began in the bottom of the first when Douglas and Spencer Wambeke each got aboard and later scored on a Brookings fielding error and a triple by Bly. Braden Meyer concluded the scoring for Marshall with a groundout to make it 4-0 after one complete.
A.J. Toulouse and Pearcy each walked to begin the bottom of the second inning and later scored on a double by Douglas and a single by Felcyn two batters later. Baker and Meyer each tallied run-scoring singles before the final out was recorded to give Marshall a commanding 9-0 lead.
Following a one-run frame by Brookings in the top of the third inning, Marshall scored its 10th and final run when Toulouse drew another walk and later scored on an error to make it 10-1.
Brookings best inning at the plate came in the top of the fifth when Jamison Honkomp connected on a two-run home run to cut the deficit to seven runs. A Marshall fielding error later in the inning and another in the seventh scored Brookings’ final two runs.
Baker earned the victory on the hill for Marshall going six innings and giving up a total of two earned runs on seven hits and nine strikeouts. Felcyn closed out the game in the seventh giving up one unearned run on two hits.
Marshall Black will return to Legion Field on Monday when they host Willmar for another doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.
Marshall 10, Brookings 0 (5 innings)
Brookings 000 00 – 0 4 1
Marshall 070 12 – 10 9 0
HITTING: Marshall (Douglas 2-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI; Felcyn 1-2, RBI; Baker 1-3, 2B, R; Bly 1-1, R, 2 RBI; Meyer 1-3, R; Toulouse 1-2, R, RBI; Schultz 1-1, R; Pearcy 1-2, 2R, RBI).
PITCHING (IP-R-ER-H-BB-SO): Marshall (Bly 5-0-0-4-0-3).
Marshall 10, Brookings 5
Brookings 001 030 1– 5 9 2
Marshall 451 000 x — 10 9 4
HITTING: Marshall (Douglas 2-2, 2B, 2R, RBI; Felcyn 2-4, R, RBI; Baker 1-4, 2R, RBI; Bly 1-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI; Meyer 1-2, 3 RBI; Toulouse 1-1, 2R; Pearcy 1-2, R).
PITCHING: Marshall (Baker 6-4-2-7-2-9; Felcyn 1-1-0-2-0-0).