A’s rip up Rails, 16-1

Though he’s not a regular pitcher for the Marshall A’s, Taylor Rignell looked like a staff ace on Monday night as he brought a no-hitter into the final inning against the Willmar Rails. The Rails broke up the no-no with a pair of hits in the seventh, scoring a run to spoil the shutout as well, but Rignell still picked up the win as the A’s rolled to a 16-1 victory.

Rignell allowed just two hits for the game, walked three and struck out four while pitching his first innings of the season. The A’s are in the midst of a stretch of seven games in seven days and needed Rignell’s 2013 debut to be effective in order to have enough pitching for the upcoming weekend.

“It’s one of those things where when you have a big week like this, people are going to throw who don’t always throw,” A’s manager Sean Culhane said. “It was a big outing. That’s back-to-back nights where we’ve had nice outings from guys.

“Taylor is just consistent,” Culhane added of Rignell. “He’s always around the zone, he let’s his defense work. He doesn’t strike out a lot of guys, but he’s effective.”

The Marshall bats also did their part in making sure Rignell’s first outing of the season got off to a good start. Marshall scored 12 runs over the first three innings to take hold of the game. In total the A’s mashed 16 hits, including six for extra bases, while scoring 16 runs in just six innings of offense.

Andrew Kinney led the way, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Cody Curry also ripped off a perfect 3-for-3 night, scalding two doubles and driving in three runs in the process. Tanner Neale was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

“Guys hit some really hard balls. In the first inning it was back-to-back-to-back line drives. Kinney leads it off with a nice single, then Curry hits a double and Neale hits a double,” Culhane said. “That was with two outs. All of a sudden you have two outs and we actually ended up getting two runs out of that inning just because guys took a good approach and hit the ball hard.”

Ben Korger added a double as well, while Ben Sanders and Jaron Christenson were a combined 4-for-7 with six runs scored. Despite not recording a base hit, Jason Minett plated three runs as well, reaching base via three walks.

The A’s (13-5 overall) will look to stretch their winning streak to three games tonight when they continue their stretch run with a home game against Corn Belt League opponent Bird Island.

“You’ve got to keep with the same approach,” Culhane said. “They’ve all kind of been through the grind before where you play a bunch of games in a short period of time. You need to mentally stay in it. That’s the biggest thing.”

The Bullfrogs defeated Marshall 5-1 in Bird Island on June 30.

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W-Andrew Bangen, Jason Gunvalson (4), Matt Horning (7); M-Taylor Rignell. WP-Rignell. LP-Bangen. 3B: M-Andrew Kinney. 2B: M-Kinney, Cody Curry 2, Tanner Neale, Ben Korger.