PREP BASEBALL: Sharbono lifts Tigers

MARSHALL – Marshall’s Riley Sharbono had been waiting for his pitch the entire game.

In the top of the sixth inning, he finally found one he liked and drove it into the outfield to stretch the Tigers lead from 5-3 to 7-3 – a score that would hold as the Tigers knocked off New London-Spicer Thursday.

“I had been seeing a lot of curveballs all game,” Sharbono said. Finally he threw me a fastball and I was able to find a gap. Insurance runs were huge in that game.”

Sharbono’s two-RBI day came on the strength of two hits (one double), and he also scored a run. Drew Hmielewski and Bryce Johnson added two hits and one RBI each.

Brad Bahlmann and Mason Campion also drove in one run each for the Tigers.

Carl Douglas got the start on the mound and struggled as the game got to the middle innings.

The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before the Wildcats started to find gaps in the outfield.

Douglas threw four innings and gave up three runs (two earned)on seven hits. Nate Hoeft took over in the fifth and settled things down, allowing no runs on two hits and struck out two against no walks.

NLS cut the Tigers’ lead down to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but Sharbono answered with his two-RBI single in the sixth.

Michael Arnold, Ryan Vraa and Ike Goetzman each had one RBI for the Wildcats. Vraa had two doubles to go with one from Goetzman.

Tyson Gisalson took the loss on the mound, gving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Marshall’s approach at the plate was something that both coaches felt made a difference in the game, as the Tigers used four straight two-out hits to help pull away.

NLS coach Mike Thompson also was impressed with the way the Tigers handled being down in the count.

“Chace has done a phenomenal job with them offensively, as far as their approach at the plate with two strikes,” Thompson said. “When they get to the point of having two strikes, they fight off pitches and keep at-bats alive. When they finally get a mistake from the pitcher, they make you pay.”

It wasn’t the cleanest win of the season – Marshall committed four errors – but when you’re in the consolation bracket, survive and advance is the name of the game.

Marshall coach Chace Pollock knew the Tiger’s loss to Luverne the game before may have had some effect mentally.

“This is the toughest game to come back from,” Pollock said. “After you get beat in an emotional game the game before. We needed to win and find any way we could to win and we did that.”

Marshall will play Morris Area/ Chokio Alberta Saturday in the consolation bracket semifinal with the first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.