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Damper on Tigers’ day

Three events were scheduled in Marshall, but rain and lightning left the teams scrambling to change their schedules

May 2, 2012
Marshall Independent

On Tuesday, Marshall High School athletics got thunderstruck.

Originally slated for three home events - baseball, softball and golf - inclement weather in Southwest Minnesota forced the school to reshuffle its games.

The Marshall baseball team got through three innings of Game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader with Sioux Falls O'Gorman before the game was called due to lightning in the area. The Tigers led 5-2 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the third.

Third baseman Matt Campion had a pair of singles, a run batted in and a run scored for Marshall. Shortstop Mason Schnaible had an RBI triple in the second inning and drew a pair of walks against O'Gorman starter Nate Lenz, who the Tigers knocked out of the game in the third inning.

Aaron Mathiowetz started on the mound for Marshall and gave up a two-run home run to O'Gorman's Connor Schaefbauer in the top of the third. He had given up three hits, a walk and struck out a batter by the time the game was called.

Marshall is scheduled to return to Southwest Conference play on Thursday with a game against Redwood Valley at Legion Field.

The Marshall Tiger softball team led 4-2 after four-and-a-half innings of Southwest Conference softball against Luverne Tuesday before the game was suspended.

The two teams will resume play at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The Tigers' non-conference game with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, originally scheduled for Thursday, will be moved to a later date.

Before play was suspended, Marshall senior catcher Kelli VanLeeuwe led the way for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Brooke Louwagie scored a pair of runs, and Jessica Tubbs hit an RBI single to cap off a three-run third inning. Marshall pitcher Callie Graff held the Cardinals to one hit, while striking out seven.

At the Marshall Golf Club, the Marshall boys' and girls' golf teams were in the midst of a conference dual meet with Pipestone, which was a makeup from a previously rained out match. Instead, after three holes, the two teams decided to suspend play, and will be back at MGC on Monday.



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