PREP BASEBALL: Tigers Knock off Morris Area to stay alive
MARSHALL – Marshall took advantage of five Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta errors and racked up nine total RBI en route to a 14-4 victory Monday.
“We took advantage of their mistakes at times and other times made our own luck,” Marshall head coach Chace Pollock said. “We did a good job of staying aggressive at the plate and hitting with runners in scoring position.”
After jumping out to a 7-1 lead, MA/C-A cut the Marshall lead to 7-4 in the fourth inning before falling apart in the sixth.
Three errors in that frame, combined with RBI hits from Drew Hmielewski and Noah Winkleman, helped Marshall get six runs across the plate.
“We’re just not a very good defensive team,” MA/C-A coach Mark Torgerson said. “We’re better than what we showed (Monday), but Marshall put a lot of pressure on us and it created a lot of havoc. Our pitcher pitched really well for the way the score ended up.”
MA/C-A’s starting pitcher Noah Grove struck out four and walked four while allowing 12 runs, only five of which were earned.
Pop flies found grass and overthrows to bases were a common sight for the MA/C-A defense.
Three of the MA/C-A errors came as Marshall’s Mason Campion, Adam Kovash, and Nate Hoeft all reached base safely.
Connor Winkleman then singled to right field to score Hoeft and Bryce Johnson got on with a single.
Drew Hmielewski then drove in Connor Winkleman with a single to make it 12-4 before Noah Winkleman doubled to bring in Johnson and Hmielewski, stretching the MHS lead to 14-4.
Marshall used three different pitchers with Connor Winkleman getting the start. He threw three innings, struck out three and walked one.
Noah Winkleman led Marshall, offensively, with three RBI while Riley Sharbono and Connor Winkleman each produced two RBI.
Drew Hmielewski added an RBI on a triple while Noah Winkleman finished with a double. Nate Hoeft also finished with one RBI.
Connor Winkleman served his purpose from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 and crossing the plate four times in the game.
Riley Biesterfeld had the lone RBI for MA/C-A, going 1-for-2, while Cory Storck went 2-for-3 with a double.
With the win, Marshall gets yet another shot at Luverne, a team that handed MHS a 4-3 loss in the second round of the tournament.
This time there is a spot in the section championship on the line.
“It was such a great game last time,” Pollock said. “We just have to come out and play our ballgame and not try to do too much.”Marshall has built some momentum with a two-game winning streak – defeating New London-Spicer and MA/C-A in elimination games.
“We’re coming in on a winning streak, which is always nice,” Pollock said. “Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going, but we’re going to play well. They’re a good ballclub.”
The Cardinals came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the South Division, beating Blue Earth Area 12-3, New Ulm 8-3 and Marshall 4-3 before losing to Fairmont 12-5 on Monday.
Wabasso meets Windom Area in Class A Section 3 Tournament elimination game at American Legion Field at 5 p.m. today, prior to Marshall’s contest against Luverne, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Rabbits have had one of the wildest rides through the postseason, losing 8-1 to Windom Area before coming back from a 7-0 deficit to top Mountain Lake Area 8-7. Wabasso then outlasted Lakeview 2-1 in 12 innings before the weather was on its side in a 4-3 shortened victory over MACCRAY on Saturday.
Marshall 14, MACA 4
Marshall 220 316- 14 12 0
Morris Area/Chokio Alberta 100 300- 4 5 5
Hitting: MACA (Storck 2-for-3, double, run; Biesterfeld 1-for-2, RBI; Jergenson 1-for-3, run; Grove 1-for-3, run; Amundson 0-for-1, run) Marshall (Hmielewski 3-for-4, triple, RBI, two runs; N. Winkleman 2-for-4, double, three RBI;C. Winkleman 2-for-4, two RBI, four runs; Sharbono 1-for-4, two RBI; Johnson 1-for-1, thee runs; Hoeft 2-for-3, one RBI, two runs;Douglas 0-for-2, two runs; Kovash 0-for-1, run).
Pitching MACA (Grove 5-9-12-5-4-4; Jergenson 1-3-2-1-0-0) Marshall (C. Winkleman 3-1-1-0-1-3; Dougals 1-3-3-2-1-2; Kovash 2-1-0-0-2-2).