Late rally lifts orange

MARSHALL – Slayton was able to push two across in the top of the seventh before Joe Blanchard helped preserve a 7-5 win for Marshall Orange Tuesday.

Orange carried a 7-3 lead into the inning before an RBI single from Slaytons’ Landon Like and Kyle Schreier plated a run on a fielder’s choice.

Blanchard recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Marshall manager Paul Blanchard feels Joe’s ability to find the strikezone is key in late game situations.

“He’s always had the ablity to throw strikes,” Paul Blanchard said. “He can come in and throw strikes and that’s what the game is about. Hopefully, if they put it in play, we can make the plays.”

Making plays was the key for Marshall, committing just one error and putting up their 10 runs on seven hits.

Five different Marshall players had at least one RBI in the game.

Marshall blew the game open in the sixth as RBI hits from Brock Boerboom, Brandon Labat, Blanchard and Chris Allen gave them a four run cushion to work with in the seventh.

Orange took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning when Kellen Johnson, Noah Lupke and Landon Like all had RBI singles to not the game up at 3-3.

Kenny Morris got the opening run on the board in the second with an RBI single before Labat and Blanchard brough home a run each with a single and a sacrifice bunt.

Logan Tomasek got the start on the mound for Marshall and picked up the win. He went six innings and struck out two while walking two.

Slayton scored three runs on four hits during Tomasek’s outing.

Paul Mesner pitched the full six innnings for Slayton, recording six strikeouts and one walk.

He let up seven runs on nine hits.

Despite the loss, Slayton manager Joel Herrig knew his team saved the best for last.

“This was our best game of the year,” Herrig said. “We hit the ball a lot better today. Our approach at the plate, was much better today, which was big. We’ve struggled with getting runners in scoring postion. Today, we put the ball in play. Unfortunately we didn’t get the key hits. That’s something Marshall did in their last inning.”