Owls pick up two more wins on court

Friday, April 15, 2016
Senior Garrett Clouse hit his second homer of the season during the Owls' 10-5 victory over Carrollton. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Marshall boys' tennis team survived a strong challenge by undefeated Helias for a 6-3 non-conference win Tuesday at Jefferson City.

Five of the matches came down to tiebreakers, with the Owls winning four of them. Junior Jalal Alhamzawi got by sophomore Dalton Buschjost at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), senior Jack Hemeyer nipped senior Ben Mitan at No. 3, 6-4, 0-6 (10-5) and senior Nick Lueck came from behind to beat senior Dylan Grawe at No. 5, 2-6, 7-5 (10-7).

The only tiebreaker loss for Marshall was at No. 6 singles, where sophomore Tristan Grawe got by junior Will Raines, 6-4, 3-6 (10-6). Senior Nick Smith got the only regulation win in singles for the Owls at No. 4, 6-1, 6-1 over senior Ryan Pollock.

Smith was pushed into an extra set in doubles, with he and junior Isaac Summers pulling out a 9-8 (7-5) decision against Buschjost and Pollock at No 2. Alhamzawi and Hemeyer won at No. 1 doubles, 8-6.

The Crusaders (6-1) also got wins from senior T.J. Hagenhoff at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-4) and the Grawe brothers at No. 3 doubles, 8-2.

The Owls captured their fourth shutout of the season Thursday at Higginsville, 9-0, making up a non-conference tilt rained out on March 24.

Summers, Hemeyer, Lueck and Raines won 8-1 in singles, Alhamzawi was an 8-2 victor to improve his record to 9-0, and Smith beat his opponent, 8-4.

The Huskers (4-5) provided a stiffer challenge in doubles, junior Hunter Martin and freshman Cole Conner taking Smith and Lueck into an extra frame before losing a 9-8 (7-4) tiebreaker at No. 2.

Alhamzawi and Hemeyer won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles and the new combo of Summers and Raines got an 8-3 victory at No. 3.

The Owls (8-1) host the four-team round-robin Marshall Tournament on Friday.

Baseball: Marshall 10, Carrollton 5

CARROLLTON -- Seniors Eric Brayman and Garrett Clouse had fine performances to lead the Marshall baseball team to a 10-5 non-conference victory Monday at Carrollton.

Brayman provided the arm and Clouse the bat for the Owls, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Brayman allowed only two hits and no earned runs while Clouse reached base on all four plate appearances, including a two-run homer in the third inning.

Clouse walked to lead off the second, junior Kaleb Bishop doubled and both scored on grounders. A passed ball gave the Trojans a run in the bottom of the third, but Marshall came back with three runs in the fourth -- which Brayman opened with a double. Senior Lukas Jakubin legged out a squeeze bunt to plate Brayman, with a wild pitch and off-target throw on a fly ball providing the other runs.

Clouse singled and scored the first of two runs in the fifth for a 9-1 lead.

Carrollton (3-5) scored four runs on four walks and two errors in the sixth off a pair of Owl relievers and opened the seventh with a pair of singles. However, sophomore Kyle Weber took the hill and snuffed the threat, getting a line-out to Brayman at shortstop for a game-ending double play.

Weber and seniors Garrett Harvey and Aaron Sims each drove in runs for the Owls (3-6), who will play four games Friday and Saturday during the Marshall Tournament.

Boys' Golf: Owls 15th at SCC

SEDALIA -- The Marshall boys' golf team didn't crack the medal list Monday during the Smith-Cotton Classic.

Although sophomore Evan Weaver knocked five strokes off his score of a year ago on the Sedalia Country Club course, his 84 was only good for 40th place in the 88-player field. The Owls tallied 364 points for 15th place among 18 teams.

Weaver was the only Marshall entry to have competed in the event last year. The rest of the Owls' point total came from junior Grant Maupin (91), freshman Grant Mach (94) and sophomore Logan Evans (95). Sophomore Steven Sims shot a 98.

Marshall will compete Monday in the Helias Tournament at Jefferson City.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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