Marshall splits games at Gopher Classic

ST LOUIS PARK- The Marshall Mudcats went 3-2 in the Gopher Classic this past weekend, beating Aurora Regis Jesuit on Sunday after a loss to Papillion (Neb.) on Saturday.

They wrapped the tournament up with a 6-5 win over New Ulm Gold on Sunday.

Marshall 4

ARJ 2

Brad Bahlman, Derek Rasmussen and Walker Werpy each had RBI for the Mudcats while they also got a hit from Dylan Criquet-Danielson.

Hoeft picked up his second win of the tournament on the mound, going the full seven innings and striking out four while walking just one.

Austin Choinard and Tim Jones drove in a run each for ARJ while they got two hits from Brendan Boylan.

Caleb Sloan took the loss on the mound, going four innings and allowing four runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked six.

Papillion (Neb.) 9

Marshall 7

Brad Bahlman led the way offensively for Marshall, driving in two runs while Nate Hoeft, Scott Buss, Derek Rasmussen and Walker Werpy all finished with one RBI.

Aaron Polejewski took the loss on the mound. He lasted just 1 2-3 innings and walked four while allowing six runs on five hits.

He didn’t record a strikeout.

Dylan Criquet Danielson pitched three innings in relief and struck out one while walking one.

Mason Campion pitched the final 1 1-3 innings and let up one run on two hits.

Jack Kalina gave the Mudcats fits all day, driving in four runs while batting 3-for-4 and also scored two runs.

Papillion also got RBI from Eric Lange, Ethan Wolbach and Tony Ripa.

B.J. Sparks took the win on the mound, going 5 2-3 innings, striking out eight and walking four.

He allowed five runs on seven hits.

Sean Chandler picked up the save with two strikeouts and no walks.

Marshall 6

New Ulm Gold 5

(9 inn.)

Derek Rasmussen hit a walk-off double in the ninth inning to lead the Mudcats to a 6-5 victory over New Ulm Gold in the 2014 Jim Hanus Gopher Classic. Rasmussen finished the game 2-for-4.

He also was credited with the win on the mound in relief of starting pitcher Adam Kovash. Rasmussen entered the game in the fourth inning and allowed just one run on five hits over the final six innings.

Dylan Criquet-Danielson went 2-for-4 and drove in three RBI in the Marshall win.

Despite the loss to Marshall, New Ulm Gold won the pool and will play winner of Eden Prairie pool at Eden Prairie’s Round Lake Stadium on Monday at 9 a.m.

Mudcats manager Mitch Maxwell was pleased with his teams overall effort on Sunday.

“Both games were great team efforts,” Maxwell said. “We had multiple people with multiple hits. We had everyone contributing. Nate Heoft did his job once again and mixed up his pitches. It was good to go up to that tournament and go 3-2.”