AMATEUR BASEBALL: A’s claim home opener

MARSHALL – The Marshall A’s played their first home game of the season Friday night against Hadley and moved to 2-0 with a 8-3 victory. The A’s win accounted for the Buttermaker’s first loss on the season.

Brandan Alfson and Leo Zerr put Marshall up 4-3 in the third with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly, respectively, before Jordon Kontz added to the A’s lead in the sixth with a sacrifice fly of his own, increasing the lead to 5-3.

Austin Stubbs got things started in the first inning for Marshall, knocking a two-run home run over the left field fence before Joe Larson evened the score in the second with a two-RBI double.

For Hadley coach Myron Bennett, coming to Marshall was more about the experience.

“That’s why we come up here,” Bennett said. “We come to play against good teams on a legion field. They are a good team.”

The A’s got a solid starting pitching performance from Travis McGlauflin, who settled in once the game hit the middle innings after a shaky start.

Steven Wehr threw the final three innings in relief.

“Hadley is a good hitting team,” Marshall coach Matt Suby said. “We didn’t start out the way we wanted to, but we we’re hitting the ball hard all day long. They just kept at it. That’s what we have to do sometimes, is just keep at it and grind it out.”

Austin Stubbs lead the way with two RBI with his home run, while they got RBI from Andrew Kinney, Jordon Kontz, Brandan Alfson, Jarred Carlson and Leo Zerr.