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Travelers 0-3 at Missouri Clash

Monday, July 9, 2012

Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Cott and Mason Paulus (above) got the Travelers within striking distance of Kirksville in the seventh inning of their 9-7 loss at the Missouri Clash.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
COLUMBIA -- The Marshall summer baseball club didn't come away with any victories over the weekend, dropping all three games in the Missouri Clash Tournament at Columbia.

Only one of the contests was a runaway, host Rock Bridge notching a 10-0, six-inning shutout Friday behind the four-hit pitching of Chandler Wyatt.

The Travelers weren't exactly dominated during that game, loading the bases in the first inning on two walks and Caleb Willis' single. They got runners on base during each of the first five innings, stranding eight in total.

Kyle Teter led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly for the Bruins. Connor Brumfield doubled home two runs in the second and a pair of singles led to two runs on an error in the fourth.

Rock Bridge (17-5) closed out the game with a four unearned runs in the sixth, a rally which began with two outs and was extended by an error. Ryan Bernskoetter singled in two runs and Huggins ended the game on the "10-run rule" with an RBI double.

Marshall was scheduled to play two games later Saturday, the times moved back to avoid the incessant heat. However, rains came before the Travelers could get on the field.

At least when Marshall returned to action Sunday, temperatures were back in double digits instead of the 100-degree highs which had been present throughout July.

The Travelers fell behind Kirksville early and were unable to catch up during a 9-7 loss. The Tigers (15-15) did most of their damage in the top of the second inning, scoring six runs on four hits.

Three straight batters were given free passes with one out before Mike Collop singled home a run. Wyatt Anderson cracked a two-run double and RBI singles by Preston Miller and Zach Playle capped the rally.

Right-hander Canaan Heinzler took over on the mound for Marshall in the third and allowed only two runs, one earned, the rest of the way.

Three walks, Heinzler's single and a sac fly by Willis resulted in two Traveler runs in the bottom of the second. Tyler Cott and Mason Paulus singled and scored following an error in the third and Logan Harris singled in Willis, who had doubled, to close the margin to 7-5 in the fourth.

Marshall trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, which began with doubles by Cott and Paulus. Devin Cott stroked a two-out double and Darion Lawrence walked to put the tying run on first base before Kolton Magers fanned Willis for the game's final out.

A little more than a week after scrimmaging against Lutheran South at the Kirksville Baseball Festival, the Travelers finally met the St. Louis team which finished second in the MSHSAA Class 3 Tournament the previous month -- where the Owls placed fourth.

The Lancers broke out on top with three runs in the bottom of the first, two scoring on a double by Cole Bornhop -- who was singled home by Dirk Otterstein.

After leaving a pair of runners on base during both the first and second frames, Marshall punched in two runs in the third. Tietz walked with one out and stole second base, Tyler Cott singled him in and then took two bases on a swipe and error on the throw from the plate, and Paulus hit a ground ball to close the margin to one run.

That was all Lutheran South pitcher Jake Budrovich allowed, firing four hitless innings to close the outing. The Lancers picked up an unearned run in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The Travelers (15-14) close out their most active summer yet Wednesday with a doubleheader at Pilot Grove.

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