Travelers split two at Tipton meet
TIPTON -- The Marshall summer baseball team had a chance to test itself against programs whose players compete at Class 4 schools during the high school season, and acquitted itself well by splitting a pair of two-run games over the weekend at the Tipton Tournament.
After falling to the Jefferson City Baseball Inc. junior varsity squad Saturday, 7-5, the Travelers knocked off the Zach Wheat American Legion Post 624 club from Camdenton on Sunday, 6-4.
Still with three starters missing due to schedule conflicts, Marshall was in the catch-up mode against the Jays from the start. Singles by Dan Haynes and Scott Stegman, with an error between them, gave Jefferson City a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
John Lozano continued his torrid hitting with a lead-off double, scoring on Khristian Chamberlain's single, but the Travelers left the bases loaded.
The Jays banged out five hits -- singles by Haynes, Kyle Puent, Dillon Brauner, Stegman and Sam Atkinson -- for four runs in the third.
Lozano's double, a hit batter and walk packed the sacks for Marshall with one out in the third, but the only hit after that was Jordan Pannell's two-run double and three runners were again stranded.
Pannell blanked Jefferson City over the next two frames and Lozano's two-run homer, his third of the season, pulled the Travelers to within a run. However, Rex Robinson allowed only two hits the rest of the way, neither runner getting into scoring position, and Jefferson City (6-1) tacked on an insurance run in the seventh.
The Lakers also took an early lead, on Levi Calvert's double in the first, but Marshall answered with four runs during its half of the inning and stayed in front.
Lozano and Chamberlain walked and Aaron Skinner was hit by a pitch to begin the rally. Zach Bishop's grounder for one run in, but the big blow was Pannell's double with the bags full for three runs.
Back in action after a week of other activities, Ryan Smith walked and Brock Musick singled with two outs in the third, an error allowing Smith to score.
Robbie Hoffman doubled in a run for Camdenton in the fifth, but Bishop walked and courtesy runner Mike Castle scored on a dropped fly to get that run back.
The Lakers (6-3) jammed the bases with one out on two singles and a walk by Smith in the sixth, bringing the tying run to the plate and Lozano to the hill. Austin Martin singled in two runs, but Lozano then got a ground ball double play started by Smith at shortstop and set the side down in order in the seventh for the save.
The Travelers (7-3) had only four hits in the getaway game, but took advantage of nine walks and didn't hurt themselves by an errorless performance in the field.
Marshall is scheduled to play a pair of doubleheaders this week, starting with Tuesday's tilt at Moberly.