Written by Stacy Atkison
Published under News
April 21, 2008
Marshfield High School lost a heartbreaker to visiting Mansfield, falling 4-3 in non-conference baseball action at Ralph Eyler Field on Friday, April 18.
The Blue Jays fell to 5-7 on the season with the setback.
Marshfield jumped on top in the last of the first when Cameron Keenan doubled and Garrett Cardwell delivered an RBI single.
Mansfield played small ball in the top of the second, taking a 2-1 lead while getting just one hit in the frame, a single by starting pitcher Vert. Berry walked, Turley laid down a sacrifice bunt and Box hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. The go-ahead run scored on an error.
Marshfield tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the single, getting a triple from Chris Bigley and an RBI double from Shane Harms. But for the second inning in a row, the Blue Jays lost a base runner, a trend the continued throughout the game.
“We lost too many base runners,” Marshfield coach James McAnarney said. “There were at least four innings that ended because of base running mistakes.”
In the fourth, Mansfield scored what would be the winning runs, taking advantage of 2 errors and getting a key 2-out single from Jarrett.
Marshfield left a runner in scoring position in the third and lost a runner. The Blue Jays cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth when Cameron Keenan doubled and scored on an error. In the sixth, the Jays lost a base runner and left another on base, and in the seventh, Marshfield stranded a runner at third.
Justin Drane was the hard luck losing pitcher, working 7 innings and allowing just 4 hits, striking out 2 with 2 walks. Vert was the winning pitcher for the Lions.
Cameron Keenan was the hitting star, smacking a pair of doubles and a single and reaching safely in all 4 trips to the plate for Marshfield.
Garrett Cardwell had an RBI single and a sacrifice for the Jays.
Justin Fraker added a double to the Marshfield attack; Nathan VanDiggelen walked; Shawn Steele singled; Tim Ryan walked, Chris Bigley tripled and was hit by a pitch; Zach Reed scored a run, and Shane Harms doubled, drove in a run and reached base safely twice in the game as the Blue Jays got offensive production up and down the line up.