Milroy Yankees top Marshall in final tune-up
MARSHALL — With playoffs just around the corner, both the Marshall and Milroy Yankees amateur baseball teams wanted to head into the postseason with some momentum. It was a tight game to start, but a four-run sixth by the Yankees was enough to propel Milroy to an 8-4 victory over the A’s in an exhibition on Friday night at Legion Field.
The back-and-forth affair was evident right from the start, as both sides were deadlocked in a pitcher’s duel early. Milroy’s Isaac Schmitt and Marshall’s Zach Olson got into their respective zones quickly, with both sides combining for only two runs and three total hits allowed throughout the first four innings.
Despite not picking up a hit until the fifth inning, Marshall was able to take advantage on offense beginning in the second frame. Ryan Schwagel reached on an error to lead things off before back-to-back walks by Alex Thompson and Logan Tomasek loaded the bases with no outs. Schmitt would nearly get out of the jam by striking out the next two batters he faced, but a walk by Peyton Grant would bring in the game’s first run and give Marshall a 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless third, the Yankees were able to respond in the top half of the fourth, as Matt Bauer lined the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a solo home run to tie things up at one run apiece.
Milroy then took its first lead of the night when Aaron Mathiowetz and Schmitt drew consecutive walks in the sixth before a wild pitch made it 2-1. A couple of batters later, Derek Rasmussen reached on a single that plated two more runs before an RBI single by Cody Greve extended the Yankees’ lead to 5-1.
The Yankees kept things going an inning later, using a walk by Schmitt before Nathan Deutz connected on an RBI double and Jackson Hughes got an RBI single to push their lead to 7-1. Milroy then added a run on a wild pitch in the ninth to bring it to 8-1, but Marshall wouldn’t go down without a fight, putting together a small rally in the bottom of the frame. Despite being down to their final out, the A’s were able to load the bases before Matt Hmielewski reached on an error to plate a run. Drew Hmielewski then got aboard with a walk to score another before a wild pitch helped make it 8-4, but Marshall couldn’t draw any closer as a strikeout ended the game and secured the victory for the Yankees.
Rasmussen led the way for Milroy with a pair of hits and two RBI while Schmitt and Hughes each added two hits, with Hughes collecting an RBI and Greve, Deutz and Bauer each had a hit and an RBI.
Schmitt earned the victory on the mound, going six innings while allowing one hit and struck out four.
Matt Hmielewski recorded the only hit on the night for the A’s.
Marshall and the Milroy Yankees will begin Region 4C tournament play on Aug. 8 at Minnewaska High School in Starbuck.