Travelers roll to fifth blowout win
SMITHTON -- An outing that promised to be shorter than scheduled due to oncoming storms Monday was made even briefer by the offense of the Marshall Travelers 18-and-under baseball team.
The Travelers scored at least four runs in each of their three at-bats for a 16-0 victory at Smithton, their fifth game that ended early by the "mercy" rule.
The Tigers only managed one baserunner off of Marshall starter Hollis Makings, who retired nine straight batters -- five by strikeout -- after Ethan Bohlen led off the bottom of the first inning with a single.
By the time Smithton got to the plate, the Travelers had already tallied six runs. The first three Marshall batters walked, one scoring on a wild pitch before a second run came on Isaac Yung's dropped pop-up.
Another run crossed on Trafton Thompson's grounder, with bobbled bouncers off the bats of Seth Hoffman and Dylan McKinney letting in two more runs. Spencer Kerksiek's roller produced the sixth run of the hitless rally.
A walk and two errors allowed the Travelers' first of four second-inning runs to score. Another touched the plate on an error and a walk loaded the bases before Kerksiek's RBI single -- Marshall's first hit of the game -- and a wild pitch made it 10-0.
The lumber was finally unlimbered in the third inning, which began with a dropped third strike. Yung doubled to set up a two-run triple by Caden Kraft, who scored on Thompson's single. A walk and two hit batters stuffed the sacks and forced in a run.
The game's final two runs scored on grounders by Kerksiek and Logan Deal. Kerksiek drove in four runs for the Travelers -- who only had four hits, but benefited from six errors and 10 free passes.
Marshall (5-0) will be on the road again Thursday for a doubleheader rematch with Versailles.
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