VFW BASEBALL: Marshall sweeps doubleheader with Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- The hitting power of the Marshall Blue VFW baseball team was just too overwhelming for Worthington, as Marshall Blue knocked off Post 3958 5-1 and 13-6 in a doubleheader Monday.
"They did a nice job of hitting the ball," said Worthington head coach T.D. Hostikka. "They hit the ball and we didn't."
In the first game, Marshall had 10 hits to Worthington's five.
Marshall got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning.
Nate Hoeft hit a two-run double to score Walker Werpy and Noah Winkelman -- who started the inning with singles -- to put Marshall up 2-0.
Marshall Blue ended up scoring a run in the fifth inning when Nolan Schaffer hit a double, which brought in C.D. Douglas, after Douglas hit a single to left field.
In the top of the sixth inning, Marshall got on the board again.
Winkelman was walked, which led to Adam Kouash hitting a double to drive Winkelman in. Hoeft then proceeded to hit a popup to right field and brought in Kouash. At the end of the sixth inning, the score was 5-0.
Worthington ended up getting on the board at the end of the game when Roque Soto hit a triple to deep center field. A double by Trevor Wietzema ended up scoring Soto to make the score 5-1 in favor of Marshall. A popout and a strikeout ended the game and securing the final score of 5-1.
"Our pitchers both came out and did a really nice job throwing strikes," Marshall coach Matt Suby said. "And our defense took the outs of the game."
R H E
Marshall 000 212 0 -- 5 10 0
WGTN 000 000 1 -- 1 5 1
Worthington drops the second game
In the second game of the night, Worthington would put up a better fight, almost matching Marshall's hits, but it was just too much for Post 3958.
Marshall Blue had a whopping 16 hits to Worthington's 12 in the second game.
Worthington struck first in the bottom of the first inning.
Worthington's Tristan Sorenson hit a triple to right-center field to start off the inning. Then a single by Logan Thuringer had Sorenson come home for the early lead.
"We haven't really hit well up to this point," Suby said. "One through nine, we really hit the ball well and also did the little things.
"Our bunts were down, our hit-and-runs were down, you know those things that can start a big inning."
Marshall had two hit-and-runs for singles at the top of the second inning, followed by Winkelman getting hit by a pitch to load the bags.
Two more singles followed to put two runs on the board. Then two doubles later in the inning scored four more runs for the Blue. Finally, a single at the end of the inning put another run on the board. And with Worthington not firing back in their half of the inning, the score was 7-1 in favor of Marshall at the end of two innings.
Worthington put up a run in the bottom of the third when Ryan Lee hit a single to left field. Roque Soto hit a double to the fence to score Lee and make the score 7-2 at the end of the third.
In the top of the fourth, Marshall fired back by scoring two runs off of two singles and a triple to make it 9-2.
Post 3958 made one last stand in the bottom of the fourth.
Worthington started off with back-to-back singles by Trevor Wietzema and Adrian Mannzo.
Then, after a popout to the Marshall shortstop, Worthington got rolling with the bats.
Three singles from Worthington had Post 3958 sitting with the two men on base after two runs scored.
Then Ryan Lee ended up getting walked which brought in a third run.
Oliver Wolyniec grounded out to score Sorenson for Worthington's fourth and final run of the inning to cut the Marshall lead to 9-6.
"Guys got up and they put the ball where the other team wasn't," Hostikka said. "This time we finally found some places. A couple of gaps, a couple of bloop hits and we finally got something going."
After that comeback from Worthington, Marshall responded by putting in four more runs off of three singles and a triple. Worthington also had a wild pitch, an error, and walked a man to help with the run tally and make it a 13-6 final.
Worthington plays today in Sioux Falls and will play again on Thursday in Slayton.
R H E
Marshall 070 24 -- 13 16 0
WGTN 101 40 -- 6 12 1