There was definitely something in the air on a hot and windy Tuesday afternoon in Worthington.
That something was baseballs.
Southwest Conference rivals Marshall and Worthington combined for 39 hits in a crazy game that saw the Trojans score 13 runs in the bottom of the sixth to draw even with the Tigers at 15 before Marshall scored seven in the seventh on its way to a 22-16 victory.
Even with a massive lead late in the game, Marshall head coach Chace Pollock said he had an uneasy feeling against the conference-leading Trojans.
"We were leading 15-2 and I was still not comfortable with the lead. It was just that kind of day, that kind of feeling," Pollock said. "It's not a discredit to our kids, our kids threw strikes, balls were just finding holes and bouncing around in the infield and they had a lot of hard-hit balls."
The Tigers and Trojans were supposed to play a doubleheader Tuesday, but Game 2 was suspended due to darkness with Marshall leading 11-4 through three innings. The contest will be resumed at a later date.
Marshall 202 345 7-22 20 4
Worthington 000 02(13) 1-16 19 3
M-Colton Peterson, Conner Messman (6), Carl Douglas (6). W-Aaron Pavelko, Turner Hagen (4), Blake Rogers (7). WP-Douglas. LP-Rogers. 2B: M-Peterson 2, Aaron Mathiowetz, Riley Roth, Drew Hmielewski, Leo Zerr; W-Tyler Hatterman, Nathan Ray. HR: M-Buysse; W-Rogers.
Marshall moves to 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the Southwest Conference after Tuesday's win. Worthington is 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
The Tigers entered the game slumping at the plate. They had just one hit in a loss to Fairmont Friday, and got just two hits in a 2-1 win over Morris Area Monday.
They sure got the bats going Tuesday. Colton Peterson went 5-for-5 with two doubles, Leo Zerr was 3-for-4 with a double and Derek Buysse was 2-for-6 with a home run. Buysse and Zerr also had homers in the second game before play was suspended. In all, Marshall totalled 20 hits in its Game 1 win.
"The bats came around today and that was nice to see," Pollock said. "I think we've finally seen enough pitching and are getting hot at the right time. It's a credit to our kids, they've been working hard and battling. The previous two games we had just three hits, and it's good to see us bust out for a nice win."
Marshall's run distribution was much more even than the Trojans. The Tigers scored two runs in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth to build a commanding lead.
Meanwhile, Peterson pitched well on the mound, holding the Trojans scoreless for the first four innings before they scored a pair in the fifth. Conner Messman came on in the sixth and had to be taken out after recording just one out. Carl Douglas pitched the rest of the way as Worthington clawed back for its 13-run inning to tie the score before Marshall responded with seven runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away.
Marshall hopes to have its bats stay hot Thursday when the Tigers play host to Jackson County Central for a conference doubleheader.