PREP BASEBALL: Tigers go small, win big
MARSHALL – With one game between them and the section championship game, two of Marshall’s hockey players came up big on the baseball diamond.
Mason Campion broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a single up the middle, which was followed by a bunt-single from Carl Douglas that scored Derek Rasmussen as the Tigers eliminated the Luverne Cardinals with a 4-2 victory in a Class 2A Section 3 Tournament game Tuesday at American Legion Field.
The win allows MHS, which worked its way back in the the consolation bracket, to play Fairmont for the Section 3 Tournament title at 5 p.m. in Windom. The Tigers must defeat Fairmont twice to advance to the Class 2A State Tournament.
Campion’s hit came against another opponent he’s used to seeing on the ice. It was off of Luverne goaltender Kendall Meyer, who was the Cardinals’ starting pitcher.
Campion’s at-bat started with him trying to lay down a bunt with runners on first and third.
“It felt good to hit it,” Campion said. “When I was in the box, I was shaking right out of my cleats. I’m not really a bunter. So. when I missed the first one, I got a little worried. Kendall and I have a rivalry from hockey. He threw me one right down the middle and it got through.”
Rasmussen, the other hockey player on Marshall’s baseball team along with Campion, had a solid game as well. They combined to go 4-for-5, drive in three runs, while Rasmussen crossed the plate twice and had a double.
The Tigers tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Campion. The hit scored Rasmussen, who got on via a two-out single.
Luverne jumped out to an 1-0 lead in the opening frame before Rasmussen doubled to center field to score Riley Sharbono.
“It was a breaking ball high,” Rasmussen said. “I didn’t really want to swing at it, but I didn’t want it to drop down even more. I swung a little late, but it worked out. It felt great hitting it.”
The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the third with an RBI single from Meyer.
Bryce Johnson and Noah Winkleman each had hits and Winkleman scored a run.
Meyer had the lone RBI for the Cardinals, while Connor Hoffman went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs.
Drew Hmielewski took the win on the mound, going the distance, striking out six against just one walk. He gave up two runs on six hits.
Meyer also allowed six hits on which the Tigers scored four runs, two of which were earned. He struck out five and walked one.
“The last couple games, we’ve hit the ball well with runners in scoring position,” Marshall manager Chace Pollock said. “That’s a credit to our guys and their work ethic and their never-say-die-attitude. It was a fun game.”
Marshall 4, Luverne 2
Luverne 101 000 0- 2 6 5
Marshall 010 102 X- 4 6 2
Hitting: Luverne (Hoffman 2-for-3, double, two runs; 1-for-3, RBI; Crabtree 1-for-2; Verhey 1-for-3; Hiller 1-for-3) Marshall (Campion 2-for-2, two RBI; Rasmussen 2-for-3, RBI, two runs; Winkleman 1-for-3, run; Johnson 1-for-3).
Pitching: Luverne (Meyer 6-6-4-2-1-5) Marshall (Hmielewski 7-6-2-1-1-6).