MARSHALL - Tuesday night belonged to the visitors as the Tyler VFW team took a pair of games from Marshall VFW Orange at Legion Field. Tyler crushed 15 hits to claim the opener 16-7 in seven innings, while starting pitcher Steve Snow silenced the Orange bats in a 5-0 victory in five innings in Game 2.
Tyler put up crooked numbers in all but two innings during Game 1, bouncing Orange starter Thomas Fischer after giving up seven runs in the first three innings. Mitchell Pauling relieved Fischer, but had no more success at taming the Tyler bats as he was stung for nine runs over the final four innings and ultimately took the loss.
Dain LaRock led the Tyler attack with a 3-for-4 performance in the first game. Brandon Verly reached base three times via two hits, two walks and an error and scored all five times. He also roped a double as did Tyler third baseman Brent Wiering.
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Marshall Orange second baseman Jacob Deines, left, is late to apply a tag to Tyler’s Jaden Lowell during a VFW baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Legion Field.
"They're a little older, but give credit to them. They hit the ball well, a lot of timely hitting," Marshall Orange assistant coach Darrick Allpress said. "We put a lot of guys on. We had almost eight walks, lots of passed balls. A lot of free bases, but they hit the ball well."
Despite the absence of head coach Tanner Neale, who returned home to Castlewood, S.D. for a game with the Marshall A's, Orange hit the ball well in the opener. Striking for seven runs off of nine hits, Orange was unable to put together more than one big inning. Marshall scored four runs in the third and added two more in the fourth to get within three of Tyler.
Rather than maintain their patience at the plate, however, Orange jumped on the first strikes they saw from Tyler starter Ryan Fischer. As a result, Marshall scored just one run over the final three innings and left the bases loaded to end the game.
The impatience continued into Game 2, as Marshall mustered just two hits off of Tyler pitchers Steve Snow and Jared Bartman in the five-inning game.
"That's something we need to work on. They get a little anxious and they swing at the first pitch they see," Allpress said of his team. "It's just like that last inning in the second game where we're down five runs. Take a couple pitches, see something before you jump out there and start hacking."
Tyler plated five runs off of six hits in the game, taking advantage of three Orange errors in the process.
Orange trailed 1-0 after two innings, but three hits, a sacrifice fly and an error brought the Tyler lead to 4-0 after three innings. LaRock led off with a single before Ryan Fischer doubled him in. Following a fly ball to center, Fischer advanced to third on Wiering's one-out single. Verly hit a sacrifice fly to center for the game's third run. Wiering, who advanced to second on the throw home, scored on a throwing error one batter later for Tyler's fourth run.
Tyler added one final run in the fourth when Ross Johnson scored on an error after reaching via a leadoff single.
Nick Fosvick's swinging bunt to leadoff the fourth broke up Tyler's no hitter, while John Botsford nearly ended the shutout with a single to right field in the next at-bat. Fosvick, who was a combined 3-for-6 with two runs and a double on the day, was thrown out at the plate after trying to take advantage of an overthrow. Orange grounded out for the final two outs of the inning.
Marshall Orange finds itself in the midst of a three-game losing streak after being swept Tuesday and drops to 2-5 on the season. After struggling to hit the ball at all to start the year, the goal for Orange now becomes to get more productive at-bats from its lineup, and to clump those hits together.
"(Fosvick) is hitting the ball well. We're getting better hitting, we just need to string together our hits," Allpress said. "We're scattering our hits. Once we get guys on base, we're first pitch swinging, hacking away and popping up. We're playing better, we're getting there."
Orange will be back in action on Thursday, as it hosts another doubleheader at Legion Field against Pipestone.
Tyler improves its overall record to 3-4 for the summer.
Tyler 421 212 4-16 15 2
Orange 004 200 1-7 9 1
T-Ryan Fischer; O-Thomas Fischer, Mitchell Pauling (4). WP-R. Fischer. LP-Pauling. 2B: T-Brent Wiering, Brandon Verly; O-John Botsford, Nick Fosvick.
Orange000 00-0 2 3
Tyler013 1X-5 6 1
O-Jacob Buysse, Justin Mettling (4); T-Steve Snow, Jared Bartman (5). WP-Snow. LP-Buysse. 2B: T-Ryan Fischer.