Just three days after Marshall's fourth-place finish in the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships at Springfield, many of the Owls' underclassmen were back on the diamond to begin the summer season.
The Marshall Travelers played four doubleheaders in the first week of action, going 4-4.
The campaign didn't begin well, despite Marshall playing on its home field for the first time in more than a month during its June 5 twinbill against Southern Boone. The Travelers suffered a pair of five-inning losses, Henry Tietz smashing a solo homer for the only run in the 11-1 opener and Zach Bishop's RBI double being among only three hits in the 17-2 nightcap.
Marshall righted itself two days later at Sedalia, sweeping a pair of high-scoring affairs, 15-13 and 14-10.
The Travelers gave up 10 runs in the third inning of the early contest, but began their comeback with seven runs in the fourth -- getting singles from Jared Harris and Joe Damiano and successive doubles by Devin Cott, Darion Lawrence, Caleb Willis and Bishop ahead of Tyler Cott's three-run homer.
Harris' three-run triple in the sixth put Marshall ahead for the first time at 13-12 and an error and Tyler Cott's single plated needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
In the late game, the Travelers jumped in front with a seven-spot in the third with four free passes, three flubs by Sedalia's defense and two hits -- the key one Devin Cott's two-run single. Lawrence tripled and scored on Willis' single and Cott knocked in a run with a base hit in the fifth, Marshall adding three runs on a walk, two errors and singles from Bishop and Canaan Heinzler in the seventh.
Bishop allowed only four hits Friday during the Travelers' 14-1, five-inning victory at Macon. Mason Paulus and Damiano had RBI singles during a six-run third. Macon came back to win the second game with a three-hit shutout, 7-0.
Back home Sunday, Marshall defeated Kirksville, 13-9, coming from behind to do so. Bishop doubled in a pair of runs during a four-run third to put the Travelers ahead, 6-2, but the visitors got seven runs in the top of the fourth.
That was the last of Kirksville's scoring, though. Lawrence singled to drive in a run in the fourth and Marshall scored five times in the fifth, Paulus' RBI single followed by a two-run double by Logan Harris.
Bishop doubled and scored in the sixth and tied the nightcap at 4-4 with a two-run single in the fifth. However, Kirksville extended the contest with a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning and scored twice in the eighth to pull out a 7-5 decision.
The Travelers got a little rest earlier this week, but return to the field today to host Sedalia.