Bullfrogs hold A’s offense in check, win 5-1

Bird Island starter Jesse Bjur worked all nine innings and held the Marshall A’s to six hits in a 5-1 win for the Bullfrogs Sunday afternoon in a Corn Belt League game in Bird Island.

The Bullfrogs scored one run in each of the first four innings before Marshall scored its lone run in the top of the sixth.

The A’s drop to 11-4 overall and 4-3 in Corn Belt League play. After starting the season 9-1, they have now lost three of their last five.

Marshall manager Sean Culhane said his squad hit a lot of balls at Bird Island players and couldn’t come up with key hits to keep pace.

“They had a crafty lefty that kept us off balance,” Culhane said. “They got the timely hits and we just couldn’t get the timely hits ourselves. We left close to a small army out there. With our hits, walks and a hit-by-pitch, we probably stranded nine or 10 guys on base.”

While Marshall’s offense struggled, A’s starter Cody Curry was also a little off his game. Curry lasted just 2 2/3, giving up a run in each inning. Ben Korger held Bird Island to two runs the rest of the game.

“Curry threw against them last year and beat them,” Culhane said. “With him, it was pretty noticeable right away that he didn’t have it (Sunday). It wasn’t a horrible performance, though, and Korger came in and threw well for us.”

Bird Island had 10 hits Sunday, with Shawn Dollerschell striking for a home run and a double to pave the way for his squad.

Marshall had no extra-base hits in the game and Jordon Kontz was the only A’s player to register multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

The A’s won’t have to wait long for their opportunity to bounce back from their weekend loss. They take on the Milroy Yankees at 7 p.m. today in Milroy for another league contest. Marshall defeated the Yankees 10-0 in seven innings when the two teams met May 31 in Marshall.

“Right back at it for another good Corn Belt League game,” Culhane said. “It would be nice to get a win in there and get some momentum going into the Fourth (of July).”