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Jays stage thrilling rally, top Eagles (Rebroadcast Available)

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March 22, 2008

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The Marshfield Blue Jays moved to 2-0 on the 2008 baseball season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Fair Grove on Friday, winning the second round contest in the Buffalo-Bolivar High School Baseball Tournament 10-9.

The Blue Jays scored 3 runs in their final at bat to pull out the victory.

When Garrett Cardwell laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to putMarshfieldon top 10-9 in the last of the seventh, if was the Blue Jays first lead of the game.

Fair Grove, which lost 9-7 to Catholic in the season opener for the Eagles just before playingMarshfield, jumped on top 4-0 in the first inning.Marshfieldstarter Chris Arnold struck out the first 2 batters in the Eagles lineup. But second baseman Tim Walton walked, first baseman Chad Hartman reached safely on a slow roller, and third baseman Dustin Lenox was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pitcher Ethan Johnson was hit by a pitch to pick up the first run batted in of the game. Left fielder Jared Green followed with a 3-run double to left field, putting the Eagles up 4-0.

Fair Grove extended the lead to 5-0 in the second when right fielder Ryan Hundley singled and stole second, coming all the way in to score on a wild pitch.

Marshfieldgot on the scoreboard in the last of the second when Chris Arnold led off the inning with a home run to center field. Garrett Cardwell was hit by a pitch before Tim Ryan grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Shawn Steele then belted a 2-run homer to center field, cutting the Fair Grove lead to 5-3.

With 2 outs, Cameron Keenan doubled and scored on a single by Jordan Jones, cutting the lead to 5-4.

In the fourth, Fair Grove got a single from Randall Hoskins, and then Ryan Hundley was hit by a pitch. With 1 out, Caleb Schaffitzell blasted a 3-run homer, putting Fair Grove in front 8-4.

Marshfieldreliever Justin Drane entered the game in the fourth, and immediately induced a double-play ball. Drane would be the winning pitcher, working 3 and 2/3 innings, allowing just 1 run and 2 hits while striking out 1 and walking none.

Marshfieldanswered with a pair of runs in the last of the fourth. Tim Ryan singled and Shawn Steele was hit by a pitch. When Shaun Crawford squared to bunt, but missed the pitch, both runners were well off their respective base, and Fair Grove made a throwing error which allowed Tim Ryan to score and Shawn Steele to move to third. Shaun Crawford then delivered a sacrifice fly, cutting the Fair Grove lead to 8-6.

In the fifth, Justin Fraker singled and Nathan Van Diggelen doubled with 1 out. Justin Drane followed with a sacrifice fly and RBI, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 8-7.

Tim Walton led off the top of the seventh inning with a long home run to right, giving Fair Grove a 9-7 advantage.

In the last at bat forMarshfield, Cameron Keenan reached safely on a grounder up the middle. Jordan Jones was hit by a pitch after he squared around to bunt. The duo then performed a double steal when Justin Fraker feigned a bunt.

“I noticed that Fair Grove was charging hard at the corners earlier in the game,”Marshfieldcoach James McAnarney said. “I told Justin to just pull the bat back on the play. It was a steal all the way.”

Cameron Keenan would score on a wild pitch as Justin Fraker drew a walk.

On a slow roller up the third base line by Nathan Van Diggelen, Jordan Jones raced home to tie the score at 9-9, and the Blue Jays runners safely moved up a base. After Chris Arnold walked to load the bases, Garrett Cardwell came to bat with no one out.

“I gave Garrett one chance to swing, and he saw the ball pretty well (on a foul ball). Justin (Fraker) was asking me to squeeze, and Garrett got the job done.” McAnarney said. “This group will do whatever I ask them to, and I couldn’t be more proud of the way they’ve started the season.”

Marshfieldwill face Catholic at 12:30 p.m. today in the final round-robin game, and with a win, will play for the tournament title inBuffaloon Wednesday.

Against Fair Grove, the Blue Jays moved to 2-0 with another balanced offensive game. Cameron Keenan reached base safely 3 times, stole a base and scored twice. Jordan Jones singled, drove in a run, stole a base, was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Justin Fraker walked twice, stole a base, and scored twice. Nathan Van Diggelen doubled, reached base safely twice and stole a base. Chris Arnold homered, walked, drove in a run and scored. Justin Drane drove in a run. Garrett Cardwell was hit by a pitch, singled and drove in the winning run. Tim Ryan singled and scored twice. Shawn Steele homered, was hit by a pitch, scored twice and drove in 2 runs. Shaun Crawford drove in a run.

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