Owls extend win streak to nine games

Friday, April 30, 2021

As Jerry Reed once sang, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” The Marshall baseball team is experiencing that kind of momentum, winning nine straight games, mostly with good pitching.

However, even when the arms falter, the bats have picked the Owls up, such as in Monday’s 16-9 non-conference win at Smith-Cotton. Marshall posted four crooked innings, including four runs in the top of the first when the first five batters reached on free passes and senior Georgie Ortzian delivered a two-run single.

Senior Chase McMullin homered to lead off the Tigers’ three-run first and they tied the game with senior Trent Grotzinger’s two-run single in the second. The Owls answered with four runs in the third, with junior Zach Martinez and senior Caden Kraft providing RBI singles, and never looked back.

Senior Ben Haug doubled in a run and was singled home by Ortzian and junior Logan Deal plated two more with a single during Marshall’s four-run fifth. Ortzian drove in his fourth run of the game with a double in the seventh.

Deal pitched four-and-two-third innings of relief to keep Smith-Cotton (7-10) in check.

The Owls clinched the NCMC championship Tuesday by shutting down visiting Hannibal for the second time in four days, 12-2 in five innings, senior Ben Haug throwing a two-hitter and allowing no earned runs for his team-high fifth win of the season.

Marshall entered the bottom of the third tied with the Pirates (10-6, 6-4 NCMC), 2-2, then exploded for seven runs. Back-to-back doubles by junior Seth Hoffman and Haug began the rally, senior Hollis Makings doubled in a run and scored on Martinez’s single, Kraft doubled two home and senior Leyton Crawford — who homered in his first at-bat — and Hoffman capped the frame with doubles.

After that, it was merely academic, with Haug striking out eight batters to give him 51 K’s in 28 innings for the season and ended the game early with a fifth-inning single following Deal’s run-scoring double.

Marshall (14-3, 7-0) is now seeking to run the table on the league, continuing Friday at Moberly.

Boys’ Tennis

The Marshall boys’ tennis team has found one opponent who has its number this season: Helias.

For the second time in 10 days, the Crusaders claimed a 5-4 non-conference decision Monday on the Owls’ home court — the same as it did in the opening match at the Marshall Tournament. Helias also tied the Owls for first place in the Smith-Cotton Tournament last Friday, winning a tiebreaker for the title.

The team score may have been the same, but there was a change in winners. The Owls won two out of three doubles matches this time, with seniors Brayden Chumpraphai and Jerome Likorio posting an 8-2 win and junior John Miles and senior Malik Evans claiming an 8-4 decision.

However, Helias (8-3) won all but two singles tilts, including a decisive 9-8 (8-6) tiebreaker by junior Jacob Zerr over Evans — his first singles loss of the season. Marshall won behind Chumpraphai (8-4) and Likorio (8-3).

The Owls came back to beat visiting Jefferson City (1-6) by a 7-2 count Thursday. Chumpraphai (8-3), senior Kolton King (8-1), Likorio (8-4), Miles (8-0) and Evans (8-2) were the singles winners, while the duos of Chumpraphai-Likorio (8-1) and Miles-Evans (8-1) won in doubles.

Marshall (11-3) closes out regular season dual play Tuesday at Moberly.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

Girls’ Soccer

The Marshall girls’ soccer team had a chance to prevent its third loss in a row Monday at Moberly, but lost a 3-2 NCMC decision in a shoot-out.

The Lady Spartans took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a goal by sophomore Kennedy Messer, but a penalty kick by freshman Kiki Simic evened matters early in the second half. Junior Breanna O’Loughlin gave Moberly the lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation, but junior goalkeeper Paige Klinge’s long through ball set up a breakaway for Simic to score her team-best 19th goal of the season with two minutes to go.

The Lady Owls made the first attempt of the shoot-out, Simic finding the mark, but only one of the next six tries. The Lady Spartans (3-7, 3-4 NCMC) made three of their shots.

Marshall came back home Tuesday for a 6-3 non-conference win over Odessa, Simic scoring four times for the second time this season — starting with a penalty kick for a 2-0 halftime lead. The Lady Bulldogs (4-5) tied the score by halftime on shots by freshman Lorelei Burch and junior Abigail Williams.

Simic and Burch traded goals early in the second period before the Lady Owls pulled ahead on Simic’s goal on a pass from junior Deisy Sandoval — who scored the match’s first goal and found the mark again a minute later. Sophomore Chantel Richardson assisted Simic’s final strike.

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