PREP BASEBALL: Marshall’s offense keeps rolling in doubleheader sweep over St. Peter
MARSHALL — Despite not playing in a week, that didn’t stop the Marshall baseball team from putting on an offensive display during their doubleheader against St. Peter, as Marshall used a trio of high-scoring innings to earn 9-2 and 10-5 victories Friday at Legion Field.
“We played well, especially offensively,” Marshall coach Chace Pollock said. “We saw a good pitcher in that first game and we grinded it out on some at-bats and made him work and then were able to cash in at the end.”
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Marshall jumped out to a quick lead in the opener, as Josh Baker connected on a single and Connor Neubeck drew a walk before Cole Felcyn plated the first run on a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 after an inning of play. After a scoreless second, St. Peter got on the board with a string of base hits in the top half of the third before taking a 2-1 lead in its next at-bat on an error, but MHS was quick to respond.
In the bottom of the fourth, Charlie Jacobson drew a leadoff walk before Jacob Hughes connected on a single and Chase Douglas brought in a run on a groundout to tie things up at 2-2. Marshall wasn’t done there, though, as Baker plated another run on a single before coming around to score on an error. Felcyn then stepped up and smacked an RBI single to push Marshall’s lead to 5-2 after four.
MHS kept up its offense in the sixth, with Baker getting aboard on a walk before Connor Neubeck connected on a single and Felcyn reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. AJ Toulouse then brought in a run on a single before Jack Bly got a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2. Jacobson and Jaden Pearcy followed things up with back-to-back base hits to ultimately bring it to the 9-2 final.
Felcyn led Marshall with two hits and two RBI while Baker and Pearcy each added two hits and an RBI, Neubeck had two hits and Toulouse and Jacobson each had a hit and an RBI.
Baker earned the victory on the mound, tossing six innings while allowing two runs on seven hits and struck out seven. Mitchell Bouwman threw one inning in relief, allowing no runs and no hits and struck out one.
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In the nightcap, Marshall once again had a solid start, this time using consecutive walks from Douglas and Baker, a sacrifice fly by Neubeck and an RBI double from Felcyn to plate two runs and take an early 2-0 lead. Marshall added a run in the top of the third on back-to-back singles by Neubeck and Felcyn but it was in the next at-bat where MHS broke out the bats.
Marshall batted around the order in the top half of the fourth, as Jacobson led things off with a double before coming around to score on a wild pitch. Bensen Kuecker then drew a walk before Douglas, Baker and Neubeck drove in four runs on consecutive hits to push their lead to 8-0.
St. Peter wouldn’t go down without a fight, though, and answered with a walk and an RBI triple to get on the board before a wild pitch and an RBI double brought in two more runs to make it 8-3. But Marshall had a timely response, and after Seth Radtke walked, Baker smacked a two-run shot to left to make it 10-3 in the fifth.
After both teams traded scoreless at-bats, the Saints got a pair of runners in scoring position before an RBI single and a wild pitch made it 10-5, but Marshall used a double play and a strikeout to get out of the inning and limit the damage and held on the rest of the way for the doubleheader sweep.
Baker led Marshall with two hits, including a home run, and four RBI while Neubeck added three hits and two RBI and Felcyn had two hits and two RBI.
Pollock said their key on offense was just getting more at-bats and experience at the plate overall.
“We’re getting better offensively and it starts with just at-bats and experience,” Pollock said. “The more we play, the better we’ll be and I thought we took a step in the right direction and we just need to continue to get better.”
Jacobson earned the victory on the mound, going 3 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits and struck out four. Jacob Eben threw 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up three runs on five hits and struck out four and Bouwman tossed the final frame, striking out two.
Pollock added all of their pitchers did a good job attacking the zone and sticking to their game on the mound.
“Josh threw well in the first ballgame and Mitchell closed both ballgames for us and did a nice job,” Pollock said. “In the second game, Charlie came out and attacked the strike zone and gave it everything he got.”
Marshall (5-2) will have a busy week next week, going on the road on Tuesday to take on Worthington at 5:30 p.m. before coming back home to face Fairmont in a doubleheader on Friday and wrapping up the week with a road matchup at Mankato East on Saturday. Pollock said they’re learning more and more about their team as the season progresses and they need to be ready to go from the start next week.
“We’re learning more about our team and we’re starting to figure out what we have,” Pollock said. “We have a busy week coming up, we play Tuesday, two on Friday and then Saturday so we need to be geared up and ready for that.”
Marshall 9, St. Peter 2 (Game 1)
St. Peter 001 100 0 – 2 7 1
Marshall 100 404 x – 9 11 0
Hitting: Marshall (Douglas 0-4, RBI; Baker 2-3, RBI; Neubeck 2-2; Felcyn 2-4, 2 RBI; Toulouse 1-3, RBI; Bly 0-2, RBI; Jacobson 1-1, RBI; Pearcy 2-3, RBI; Hughes 1-3).
Pitching (IP-R-ER-H-BB-SO): Marshall (Baker 6-2-2-7-3-7; Bouwman 1-0-0-0-1-1).
Marshall 10, St. Peter 5 (Game 2)
Marshall 201 520 0 – 10 11 1
St. Peter 000 302 0 – 5 9 0
Hitting: Marshall (Douglas 1-3, RBI; Baker 2-3, HR, 4 RBI; Neubeck 3-5, 2 RBI; Felcyn 2-4, 2 RBI; Eben 1-1; Jacobson 1-2; Pearcy 1-3).
Pitching (IP-R-ER-H-BB-SO): Marshall (Jacobson 3.1-2-2-4-2-4; Eben 2.2-3-3-5-2-4; Bouwman 1-0-0-0-0-2).