Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Marshfield scored late in a crucial five-run sixth inning to down the Hillcrest Hornets on the road, 11-2. The Blue Jays had an excellent game all around, including 13 hits from their top five batters, and six strike outs by their starting pitcher, Ben Noel.
“We have been struggling to hit, but it seems like our focus has been better in the last few games,” said Marshfield head coach James McAnarney. “We’re starting to put some hits together, score some runs, and anytime you score late, it’s a bonus.”
Marshfield took the lead early, closing out the first inning with a two-run lead. The first run came off Dillon Harms’s solid hit to right field that plated Brendan Maxwell. The second Jay run came off Logan McAnarney’s well-placed single to left field, which scored Josh Powell.
All but one of Marshfield’s hits came from their top five batters. Hillcrest’s hits, by contrast, mostly came from the team’s bottom four. According to Hillcrest’s head coach, Ryan Schaffitzel, this contributed to the Hornets lack of runs.
“Their top five hitters got 13 hits, our top five got two,” Schaffitzel said. “Our defense was okay I think, we had one error, so the difference in the game was that our top five didn’t hit.”
The Jays were already up by six to start the sixth inning, but they had five more runs to put on Hillcrest.
To start, Mitch Freeman ran Tatum Shephard in on a drive to right field, and Lawfton Summers followed up minutes later with a two-run RBI single.
Hillcrest switched out starting pitcher Tyler Ray, for Adam Barton in an attempt to foil the Jays, but that did not stop Harms from hitting in his second RBI of the night.
“We put Adam Barton into a tough spot, he hadn’t warmed up, but considering the position we threw him into I think he did fine,” Schaffitzel said.
The Jays would go on to knock off Hillcrest by a margin of nine runs, improving their record to 4-5.
On April 16, Marshfield will host Rogersville at 4:30 p.m., while Hillcrest travels to Joplin.
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