Marshall A’s start playoffs today against Sauk Rapids

MARSHALL- The Marshall A’s begin postseason play today with a 3:30 p.m. contest against Sauk Rapids with Cold Spring acting as the host site.

The A’s enter as the No. 2 seed while Sauk Rapids has the No. 3 seed.

This will be a rematch from earlier in the season. Marshall took the first contest 10-7, but manager Matt Suby knows his team will have a tough test on its hands.

“They have some talent on that roster,” Sub said. “They are a team that will play until the end. We had a lead on them last time and they battled back and tied it on us before we were able to win it.”

The A’s enter the playoffs with an 18-3 record.

Their last loss came on a 5-4 decision to Cold Spring, the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Marshall has won its last four games.

The past week has been spent sharpening their skills for the regional tournament.

“We’ve been working on a lot of everything,”Suby said. “I left it up to them a couple days this week. They know what parts of their game they want to keep sharp.”

Marshall has built its success on both a strong pitching staff and being able to produce runs from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

Jordon Kontz enters with a .413 batting average on the season. He has driven in 20 runs and scored 24 of his own.

Austin Stubbs leads the team with 28 RBI on the season while hitting .321 for the season. He is also second on the team with three home runs.

Andrew Kinney, who is second all-time in home runs for Southwest Minnesota State has a team-high four home runs.

Steven Wehr, who has anchored the pitching staff all season, will get the start in the opening game of the tournament.

“Steven has been solid for us all summer,” Suby said. “We’re hoping to get some good things out of him and get off to a good start.”

Scoring on Wehr, with solid defensive play behind him, has been a tough task for opponents.

His ERA sits at 1.50 through a team-high 48 innings pitched.

He has given up just eight earned runs all season and allowed just one home run.

Wehr owns 70 of the team’s 188 total strikeouts.

Brandan Alfson will provide yet another valuable arm in the rotation.

Through 22 innings, pitched he has a 1.22 ERA with just three earned runs given up and hasn’t allowed a home run.

Travis McGlauflin carries a 2.19 ERA through 37 innings pitched. He has tallied 30 strikeouts.

While Sauk Rapids has played just 13 games this season, the A’s haven’t played a game in 10 days.

Suby feels that this will put the teams at an even playing field come game time.

“10 days is long enough,” Suby said. “We’re all anxious to get going. We’re making sure that when the game starts, were ready to go because anything can happen.”