The hit parade kept rolling for the Marshall VFW Blue baseball team Monday.
After pounding Tracy for 15 hits in an 11-1 win last Wednesday, Blue had 16 hits Monday and blew out Adrian 16-6 in six innings at Legion Field in Marshall.
Marshall busted open the game early, piling on seven runs in the second inning and five in the third.
"Hitting is contagious, just like anything else," Marshall Blue coach Matt Suby said. "Once a couple hits fall, three or four more tend to fall. We took advantage of those innings and ended up putting up a lot of runs."
Bryce Johnson had three hits for Marshall in the first two innings, and Nolan Schaeffer finished the game with a double, two singles, a walk and a run scored.
From the top to the bottom of the order, Suby said he liked his team's approach at the plate on Monday.
"We've been coming together offensively, and I think just being aggressive has been the key for us," said Suby, whose team moves to 11-5 on the season. "All these guys that are on this team have the ability to be good hitters, and you're starting to see some of them make the adjustments. That's what's really important is if you swing and miss or have a bad at-bat that you're able to make an adjustment."
Marshall scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game with the 10-run rule. Conner Mesman put on the finishing touches with a two-RBI double that came with the bases loaded.
On the mound, Riley Sharbono pitched five of the six innings for Blue and earned the win. He struck out two batters and walked none.
Pitching in temperatures hovering in the low 90s, Sharbono held Adrian in check over the first two innings, but gave up three runs in the third after waiting for Marshall's offense to get through its big seven-run inning. He also gave up three runs in the fifth before being relieved by Adam Kovash, who tossed a scoreless sixth.
"On a day like this, you kind of know going in that unless he works real quick you're not going to get seven innings," Suby said. "I was hoping for five.
"What happens when you have big innings is your pitcher sits through that. Those were the two innings where he gave up some runs, but he did a good job of stopping the bleeding and keeping them at two or three runs and not five or six."
Marshall Blue is off for the next few days before a three-day tournament in Brookings, S.D. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.
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MB-Riley Sharbono, Adam Kovash (6). WP-Sharbono. 2B: MB-Mason Campion, Nolan Schaeffer, Conner Mesman