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Blue Jays defeat Reeds Spring 10-5

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April 16, 2008

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The Blue Jays held on for a 10-5 win over visiting Reeds Spring High School on Tuesday, April 15 at Ralph Eyler Field in Central Ozark Conference baseball action.

Marshfield, now 5-5 on the season and 1-3 in the league, jumped on top, with starting pitcher Tim Ryan throwing 5 shut out innings. Ryan struck out 8 in the first 5 innings of work while earning the win. Reliever Justin Drane finished up when Reeds Spring scored 4 runs in the seventh.

Marshfield jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning. Chris Bigley singled and Justin Fraker walked to set the table. Senior Chris Arnold drove in a pair of runs with the first of his 4 hits in the game. Tim Ryan batted in the third run of the frame.

Tim Ryan did not allow a hit until the third, and only 2 hits through the first 5 innings.

Marshfield added a run in the third when Chris Bigley singled and scored on another Chris Arnold hit, putting the Jays on top 4-0.

Marshfield almost put the game away in the fifth inning, threatening to end it because of the 10-run rule.

Cameron Keenan started the inning with a single and stolen base. With one out, Justin Fraker walked. Chris Arnold followed with his third hit of the game, driving in Keenan. Nathan VanDiggelen singled to drive in another run. Tim Ryan also had an RBI single during the rally. Zach Hildebrand drove in 2 more runs with a single, giving Marshfield a 9-0 advantage, with the potential game-ending run in scoring position.

But Reeds Spring pitcher Ryan Reed worked out of the jam.

The Wolves scored a run in the top of the sixth when Trevor Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Wes DeWilde. Cody Burke also had a hit in the frame.

Marshfield answered with a run in the sixth. Cameron Keenan belted a triple and scored on a grounder by Chris Bigley. Chris Arnold had his 4th hit of the game in the inning.

In the seventh, Jeff Clevenger hit a 2-run single and Wes DeWilde drove in another run as the Wolves scored 4 times to account for the final score.

Marshfield will be back in action at Nixa on Thursday, then return home to host Mansfield on Friday. Both games starting with varsity action at 4:30 p.m.

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