Travelers split final four home games
The Marshall baseball team closed out its summer home schedule this week by splitting four games, sweeping Boonville on Tuesday and dropping both ends of a doubleheader Thursday against Chillicothe.
The Travelers defeated the Alliant Bank Senior Babe Ruth squad in Tuesday's opener, 9-5, getting an early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning from Zach Bishop, his fourth of the season.
Caleb Willis singled in a run in the second, while Jared Harris cracked a two-run single and Canaan Heinzler's sacrifice fly plated a third run in the third.
Right-hander Mason Paulus tossed three scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, to start the game on the mound for Marshall.
Boonville scored two runs in the fifth on a double by Kelsey Callaway, who came home on an error. Callaway added a two-run single in the sixth.
Logan Harris doubled and was plated by Henry Tietz' single in the sixth and Devin Cott doubled in the seventh, crossing on Jared Harris' single.
The Travelers mounted a pair of eight-run rallies to win the nightcap in four innings, 18-4. Two-run doubles by Paulus and Trent Toliver highlighted the first-inning explosion, with Paulus driving in a pair of runs with a single in the second.
Tietz and Toliver had two-run doubles and Willis and Paulus added RBI singles during the second Marshall onslaught in the third.
Callaway's second-inning single knocked in two of the four runs for Boonville (2-8).
As was the case two weeks earlier, Chillicothe American Legion Post 25 -- a team consisting partly of older players, including college-level -- disposed of the Travelers, 10-3 and 14-2, behind three homers from Justin VanHoutan.
Derrick Leeper cracked a two-run double in the top of the first inning as the Cardinals broke out to a 4-0 advantage, but Marshall got two runs back in the bottom half of the frame on Tyler Cott's single and a Heinzler double.
VanHoutan hit a three-run shot in the second and Chillicothe added two more runs in the third on singles by Steven Cooper and Trenton Troyer.
Darion Lawrence shut out the Cardinals for three frames before VanHoutan's solo blast in the seventh, but Marshall couldn't come back -- scoring only when Jared Harris doubled home Heinzler in the fourth.
The finale only went four innings, Chillicothe using an eight-run third to put the game away. Stephan Whelan doubled in two runs, Cooper and Troyer cracked RBI singles and VanHoutan went deep with a runner on board.
Troyer and Zach Douglas plated runs with singles as the Cardinals (20-10) tallied four times in the fourth.
Both of the Travelers' runs came in the fourth on singles by Paulus, Heinzler, Jared Harris and Logan Harris.
Marshall (15-11) is playing in the Missouri Clash Tournament at Columbia this weekend, starting with today's contest against host Rock Bridge.