PREP SOFTBALL: Tigers rally for split

MARSHALL – Marshall and Worthington matched up in a Southwest Conference doubleheader on Thursday, when runs were plentiful as the two teams combined to score 58 runs before it was all over.

It was the Tigers third game of the season and there was still some evident rust on that side of the ball.

“We really need to work on defense,” Marshall coach Jack Houseman said. “We did a good job with our at-bats at times, but we have a lot of work to do as far as staying calm and throwing the ball over to first.”

Marshall dropped the first game 13-12 after holding a 9-6 lead after four innings. In the second game, the?Tigers kept the bats going en route to a 20-13 victory.

This was the first two games of the season for Worthington, and coach Josh Wasmund saw some rust on his side as well.

“These were two pretty good hitting teams,” Wasmund said. “We heard they we’re going to turn the lights on, so I figured we might as well not let them ten-run us and play a few more innings. Pitchers getting behind in the count too often was our biggest problem tonight.”

Game 1

Callie Graff and Miranda Fischer produced most of the offense for the Tigers in this matchup as they hit No. 1 and No. 2 in the order. Graff had two singles and a double and she crossed the plate four times. Fischer scored three runs while finishing with a home run, two singles and a double, compiling six RBI.

The Tigers also got offensive production out of Sadie Zahrbock, as she went 2-for-2 with a single and a double. She also scored three runs herself.

Jayme Citrowske scored one run in the second game as she reached on a fielders choice in the first inning. Julie Marshall singled and scored a run while Tori Azdorf doubled.

Worthington was able to get production from a good chunk of the lineup, as five different players recorded at least one RBI. Brooke Henning led the Trojans in RBI with two in the first game.

Game 2

The Tigers got production from everyone in the lineup as all nine batters finished the game with at least one hit. Ashley Stattleman had an outstanding day at the plate, going a perfect 6-6 with two doubles and four singles. Graff turned in a solid performance, going 5-6 from the plate with three singles and two doubles. Zahrbock finished 4-5 with a pair of doubles and singles.

Blanchette led the team with five RBI to go with four from Graff and two from Zahrbock. Citrowske, Wenker, Marshall and Blanchette each had one RBI.

Worthington did most of its damage late in this contest, scoring two in the first inning, but then not scoring another until the fifth, when they scored two followed by four in the sixth and two in the seventh, avoiding the ten-run rule.

Game 1

WORTHINGTON 13, MARSHALL 12, 8 INNINGS

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Marshall 32410100 -12103

HITTING: Worthington (Thompson 1-for-5, single, run; Kinley 1-for-2, home run, RBI, four runs; Linder 2-for-4, double, single, RBI, run; Henning 2-for-3, RBI, two runs; Bruns 2-for-4, RBI, three runs; Carstensen 2-for-5, two runs). Marshall (Graff 3-for-4, double, four runs; Fischer 4-for-4, home run, double, six RBI, three runs; Zahrbock 2-for-2, double, two runs; Wenker 2-3, run; Marshall 1-for-5, run; Arzdorf 1-for-5).

PITCHING: Marshall (Fischer 8-12-10-7-2-2).

Game 2

MARSHALL 20, WORTHINGTON 13

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Marshall2055152 -20220

HITTING: Worthington (Kinley 1-for-2, home run, RBI, run; Linder 3-for-4, double, two singles, two runs; Henning 3-for-5, double, two runs; LeBrun 4-for-5, double, three singles; Carstensen 2-for-5, double, single; Hayenga 2-for-4, double, single). Marshall (Stattleman 6-for-6, two doubles, four singles, five RBI; Graff 5-for-6, two doubles, three singles, four RBI, Zahrbock 4-for-5 two doubles, two singles, two RBI; Citrowske 2-for-4, two singles, RBI; Wenker 1-for-4, double, RBI; Marshall 1-for-4, double, RBI; Bernardy 2-for-5; Blanchette 2-for-3, RBI.

PITCHING: Marshall (Graff 7-16-13-13-1-4).