(Butch Shaffer/Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune)
The American Legion Post 25 Cardinals, coming off a 14-10, 11-inning loss to Boonville on Sunday, held Marshall to four hits while sweeping a doubleheader, 8-0 in the opener and 11-1 in the six-inning nightcap.
The Travelers were blanked in the early game by Trenton Troyer, who tossed a two-hitter -- although he had to work around nine walks. Marshall didn't get a hit until Logan Harris singled with two outs in the fifth, with its only other safety Canaan Heinzler's two-out double in the sixth.
Chillicothe plated four runs in the second, which began with a triple by Justin VanHoutan -- who came in on Troyer's single. Three walks, a hit batter and ground ball produced the next three runs.
An error and Troyer double brought in a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, Steven Cooper slashed an RBI single in the fifth and two more errors gave the Cardinals a tally in the sixth.
Marshall scored its only run in the first inning of the second contest, which Darion Lawrence led off with a single. The Travelers loaded the bases, with Heinzler drawing a walk to force in Mason Paulus.
Two walks and a hit batter led to a game-tying run for Post 25 in the bottom of the first, but Marshall threatened in the second with singles by Anthony Inzunza and Lawrence, only to strand both runners.
The Travelers didn't get that close to scoring again off of Chillicothe starter Josh Allen, who struck out eight batters. Zac Douglas and Stephen Whelan singled for a run in the third and the Cardinals banged out six hits for five runs in the fourth -- getting an RBI double from Austin Norris, run-scoring singles by Cole Upton and Andrew Bottorff, and Trey Toedebusch's two-run double.
Chillicothe (9-9) got two runs on an error and three walks in the fifth and ended the game on Cooper's single with none out in the sixth.
The solo run was the fewest in the summer campaign for Marshall (8-6), which scored only three runs during a sweep at the hands of Southern Boone on opening day. The Travelers will be home for a pair of weekend dates, against Lee's Summit on Friday and Macon on Sunday.