Marshall Blue rolls over Worthington in first round

MARSHALL – Marshall Blue used an eight- run first inning to cruise to a 16-7 victory over Worthington Friday.

Nick Fosvick and PJ Bot each drove in two runs on singles as part of an eight-run first inning.

Worthington tried to get back in the game, scoring six runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 11-7, but that was as close as they would get.

Marshall came right back at them in the bottom-half of the inning, adding the final five runs of the game including a RBI single by Ryan VanMoer.

Mitchel Pauling picked up the win on the mound for Marshall Blue, allowing seven runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out two Worthington batters and walked three.

Fozvick finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate. He drove in three runs and scored twice. VanMoer and Mason Penske also had two-hit nights for Marshall Blue.

Despite the high number of errors, Marshall Blue manager Chace Pollock saw positive things out of his team.

“There’s not really any errors that stand out,” Pollock said. “For the most part, I thought the guys played very well. We’re really hitting the ball well. We’ve come a long way hittingwise.”

Marshall Blue 16, Worthington 7

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HITTING: Marshall Blue (Ryan VanMoer 2-for-4, two singles, RBI, two runs; Mason Penske 2-for-4, double, single, RBI, two runs; Cricquet Danielson 1-for-3, single, walk, two RBI, three runs; Nick Fosvick 2-for-3, double, single, walk, three RBI, two runs; PJ Bot 1-for-4, single, two RBI, two runs; Jacob Buysse 1-for-3, single, RBI, run; Shane Greenslit 1-for-2, single, walk, RBI, run).

PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Marshall Blue (Justin Mettling 1 2/3-1-0-0-0-0; Mitchel Pauling 3 1/3-6-7-5-3-2).

Elk River 12

Marshall Orange 4

The Marshall Orange suffered a 12-4 loss at the hands of Elk River in the opening round of the VFW Tournament Friday.

Marshall’s bats came alive in the fourth inning, but it wasn’t enough.

Jack Boerboom, Kenny Morris and Brandon Labat all had an RBI in the contest.

Marshall also got hits from Logan Tomasek and Trey Nelson (double).

Chris Allen took the loss on the mound, going three innings and giving up four runs on four hits and walked two while striking out one.

Marshall Orange coach Paul Blanchard knew his team ran into a tough test against Elk River.

“Elk River has a very good team,” Blanchard said. “They threw a very good pitcher at us to start. They swung the bats pretty well. They’re probably the best team we’ve played so far.”

Blanchard’s main concern with the Orange team right now is their hitting. He knows they need to do a better job of finding their pitch and also finding the strikezone on defense.

The Orange are slated to play Watertown, S.D. at 9 a.m. today before playing Sioux Falls East at 2 p.m.