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Chris Arnold lead Jays past Camdenton (Rebroadcast Available)

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April 21, 2008

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Senior Chris Arnold blasted a pair of home runs and picked up the save as Marshfield High School defeated visiting Camdenton 13-7 in non-conference baseball action at Ralph Eyler Field on Monday, April 21.

The Blue Jays improved to 6-7 on the season with the win. Camdenton fell to 4-9.

Arnold’s 2-run blast in the first inning provided the Jays with their first runs, and his solo shot in the sixth was the final run of the game. He also pitched 3 innings, allowing just one hit with 3 strike outs.

Camdenton scored first with an RBI single from Kyle Simpson, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Marshfield scored twice in the bottom half. After 2 were out, Justin Fraker his a wicked grounder to third which struck Lakers third baseman Nick Giordano in the face. Giordano was forced to leave the game and seek medical attention with a split lip. The next Marshfield hitter was Chris Arnold, and the right hander drove a home run to left field, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

Camdenton scored to tie the game in the top of the second, thanks to a long drive off the bat of Nate Buttram, which allowed John Crabtree to score.

Marshfield took the lead for good with a 6-run outburst in the second. Chris Bigley led off with a walk. Shawn Steele walked and Tim Ryan singled to load the bases. Cameron Keenan drove in a run with a walk. Garrett Cardwell singled to drive in another. Justin Fraker delivered a 2-run single and Chris Arnold drove in a run with a grounder.

Camdenton brought in reliever Ryan Moriarety to put out the flame, and the right hander worked 2 and 2/3 innings of strong relief with 4 strike outs. The Lakers kept chipping away at the lead with 3 runs in the third, taking advantage of 2 Marshfield errors, and 2 runs in the fifth with a 2-run single from Cody Moore, cutting the Marshfield lead to 8-7.

But the Blue Jays broke through against Moriarety for 4 runs in the fifth. Chris Bigley started the rally with a walk and Shawn Steele singled. Tim Ryan singled to load the bases. With 2 outs, Cameron Keenan delivered a 2-run single. Garrett Cardwell followed with another 2-run single, extending the Jays lead to 12-7.

Cameron Keenan walked, singled, drove in 3 runs and scored twice; Garrett Cardwell had 2 singles, 3 RBI and scored; Justin Fraker singled twice, scored twice and drove in 2 runs; Chris Arnold finished with 4 RBI and 2 home runs; Nathan VanDiggelen walked and stole a base; Chris Bigley walked twice and scored twice; Shawn Steele walked, singled and scored twice; Tim Ryan singled twice and scored twice and Zach Reed doubled to provide offensive production up and down the Marshfield lineup.

Garrett Cardwell struck out 3 and walked 2 in 4 innings of work, allowing just 2 hits to earn the win for Marshfield.

The Blue Jays will be back in action Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., hosting a Central Ozark Conference game with Willard.

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