Amateur baseball: Munkel, Cubs cruise
Aaron HagenDaily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Adam Munkel said his arm was feeling good. And it showed in Wednesday night's amateur baseball game. Munkel threw five shutout innings as the Worthington Cubs defeated the Tracy Express 11-1 in seven innings....
WORTHINGTON - Adam Munkel said his arm was feeling good.
And it showed in Wednesday night’s amateur baseball game.
Munkel threw five shutout innings as the Worthington Cubs defeated the Tracy Express 11-1 in seven innings.
“It felt good tonight,” Munkel said. “The arm felt wonderful on the mound. I was in the groove.”
Munkel allowed no runs on three hits, but walked five and struck out seven. He allowed runners to reach third base in two innings, but was able to get out of it each time.
One of Tracy’s biggest threats came in Munkel’s last inning. Tanner Phelps and Travis Apperson drew walks to lead off the fifth.
However, Munkel responded with three straight strikeouts.
“That mound is crappy,” Munkel said. “I positioned my foot different on the mound instead of that hole. That gave me leverage to push off harder.”
Ryan Swanson threw an inning of relief, allowing an unearned run while walking one and striking out one.
Tracy’s lone run came in the sixth. Cory Apperson drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Mike Solheim reached on an error, which allowed Apperson to score.
Ryan Lee threw the seventh for the Cubs, allowing no hits while walking one and striking out one.
“We had a good start from Munkel in his second game of the year,” Worthington player-manager Josh Wasmund said. “We got Swanson and Lee an inning. That’s what we’re going to have to go because we have some stretches where our pitchers will need to throw innings. I just think the bats will come around better than tonight.”
Offensively, the Cubs scored 11 runs, but did it on just five hits. They took advantage of five Tracy errors to score seven unearned runs.
“They gave us the runs and we’ll take it any way we can get it,” Wasmund said. “Going down the road I think this team is going to hit a lot better than we did tonight. I think it’s hopeful that we can win this way too. If you’re making contact, you can build off of that. If you’re swinging and missing, you have to go back to the drawing board.”
The Cubs started things off in the right direction in the first inning. AJ Hayenga was hit with a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch as Worthington led 1-0 after the first.
In the second, Lee started with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Nate Jensen’s fielder’s choice.
Worthington added two more in the fourth as Justin Saufley singled and Tommy Hayenga reached on an error. Saufley scored on Munkel’s sacrifice fly and Hayenga scored on a wild pitch giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
The seventh is where Worthington broke the game open. The home team scored seven runs on two hits and took advantage of two errors, two walks and a hit batter. With the game-ending runs in scoring position, Tommy Hayenga delivered a one-out single to send the Cubs to a 10-run victory.
“It’s better than last year, that’s for sure,” Munkel said of this year’s team. “Hopefully that will help us out and we have a lot more hitting. As soon as we had opportunities, we took them right away. We didn’t wait.”
The Cubs have a long wait until their next game, which is May 29. But for now, they’ll enjoy being 2-0.
“Hard to complain with 2-0,” Wasmund said.
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