MARSHALL - Sacred Heart carried a 5-4 lead into the final frame against the Marshall A's Tuesday night and hung on to win by that score as Marshall loaded the bases in the ninth, but a flyout from Zach Olson sealed its fate.
Tanner Neale started the inning off with a walk before Ben Korger was able to reach on an error by Sacred Heart's Trent Novotny, one of three errors on Sacred Heart in the game,
Jordon Kontz then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third.
Photo by David Merril
Marshall’s Jordon Kontz slides into third base for a triple during the A’s 6-5 win over Sacred Heart Tuesday night.
The Saints walked Andrew Kinney to set up the force out and it payed off as Jarred Carlson hit a groundball to third that forced the out at home before Olson's flyout.
Marshall players were visibly frustrated as the game progressed, but A's manager Matt Suby feels this is a positive.
"Frustration isn't neccesarily a bad thing," Suby said. "When guys buy in and a game doesn't go your way, it's good that they get a little frustrated. Now that we got this out of our system we can focus on the next game tomorrow."
Jeremy Hinderks led the Saints offensively with two RBI while they got one RBI from Jeff Hinderks.
Seven of the nine hitters in the Sacred Heart lineup recorded hits.
Jason Minett drove in two RBI for Marshall with a triple to go with one RBI each from Andrew Kinney and Jarred Carlson.
Travis McGlauflin got the start on the mound and pitched six innings, striking out five and walking three.
Kontz pitched the final three innings in relief and took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk.
Matt Koenen went the full nine innings for Sacred Heart, striking out four and walking three.
His perfomace was able to keep the A's off balance jus enough to earn the victory.
"Koenen pitched a great game," Suby said. "Sacred Heart has had a good team for a lot of years and they made the plays they needed to tonight and we didn't make enough. That's the difference right there."
Marshall also got offensive contributions from Kontz, who finished 3-for-4, including a triple and scored a run.
Austin Stubbs had an identitical stat line, going 3-for-4, scoring a run and finishing with a double.
Minett recorded a triple in the game and finished 2-for-4 and had two RBI.
Marshall takes on the Milroy Yankees tonight at 7:30 as part of the annual "Whopper Night" at Legion Field.
This is something that amateur baseball fans look forward to.
"It should be a good contest," Suby said. "Milroy has a good team and usually brings a lot of fans. It should be a lot of fun."
Sacred Heart 5, Marshall 4
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Hitting: Sacred Heart ( Jer. Hinderks 2-for-4, two RBI; Jef. Hinderks 0-for-4, RBI; Hebrink 1-for-3, two runs; Novotny 1-for-4, run; Treml 1-for-4, run; Eschen 1-for-3, run; Fransen 2-for-5; Lippert 1-for-4) Marshall (Minett 2-for-4, triple, two RBI; Carlson 1-for-5, RBI; Kinney 0-for-4, RBI; Kontz 3-for-4, triple, run; Stubbs 3-for-4, double, run; Korger 1-for-5, run; Olson 0-for-5, run).
LOB--SACRED HEART SAINTS 9, MARSHALL A'S 10. ERR--Jeremy
Hinderks, Trent Novotny, Ryan Hebrink, Brandan Alfson (2).
2B--Jeremy Hinderks, Trent Novotny, Mitch Treml, Austin
Stubbs. 3B--Jason Minett, Jordon Kontz. SACF--Jeff Hinderks.
SACB--Matt Koenen, Jordon Kontz. SB--Jordon Kontz, Ben
Korger, Austin Stubbs.
SACRED HEART SAINTS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Matt Koenen (W) 9.00 10 4 3 3 4 0
Travis McGlauflin 6.00 4 2 0 3 5 0
Jordon Kontz (L) 3.00 5 3 3 1 3 0
WP--Travis McGlauflin (3). SO--Tom Lippert (2), Matt Koenen,
Tim Tanner, Darren Eschen (2), Ryan Fransen (2), Zach Olson,
Tanner Neale, Brandan Alfson, Jarred Carlson. BB--Jeremy
Hinderks, Trent Novotny, Ryan Hebrink (2), Andrew Kinney,
Tanner Neale, Brandan Alfson.