A's Get Much Needed Corn Belt Win


Ryan Van MoerJake Hess


Ryan VanMoer and Jake Hess combined for six hits and seven RBIs on Wednesday night as the A's rallied past the Sacred Heart Saints 10-7 for a crucial Corn Belt League win.

Jordon Kontz (3-2) gave up just one run over 5 1/3 innings in relief of Hess to get the win. Kontz struck out five and walked just one batter.

The Saints jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the second inning, aided by a rare catcher's interference call that got the inning jump-started for the Saints.

Sacred Heart added a run in each of the third and fourth innings and took at 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth when the A's bats finally erupted.

Joey Blanchard singled with one out and moved to third on Alex Thompson's double. Both scored when VanMoer singled them in to cut the A's deficit to 5-2.

Barry Meyer and Hess followed with RBI hits of their own as the A's would score four in the inning.

Sacred Heart got a run back in the top of the sixth, but the A's played small ball in the bottom half and it paid off handsomely. Nick Klaith started the inning off with a perfect bunt base hit. Blanchard drew a walk and then Thompson bunted for a hit of his own to load the bases. VanMoer singled in a pair and tied the game at 6-6.

Kontz singled home Thompson to give the A's their first lead of the game and then VanMoer came in on a groundout by Barry Meyer.

The A's added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.

Marshall will host Willmar on Sunday night in another Corn Belt League game. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm at Legion Field.

SACRED HEART SAINTS (6) AT MARSHALL A'S (10)

SACRED HEART SAINTS  AB  R  H BI  MARSHALL A'S         AB  R  H BI
Trent Novotny         4  0  3  2  Ryan VanMoer          5  3  3  4  
Nate Hebrink          2  0  0  0  Jordon Kontz          4  0  2  1  
Ryan Hebrink          4  0  0  0  Jon Ellis             3  1  1  0  
Jeremy Hinderks       5  1  1  0   Mason Penske         1  1  1  0  
Jose Ortiz            4  0  1  0  Barry Meyer           5  0  2  2  
Shane Freiborg        3  1  1  0  Jake Hess             5  0  3  3  
Mike Kuschel          3  1  0  0  Logan Tomasek         5  0  0  0  
Brady Holwerda        4  0  1  0  Nick Klaith           4  1  2  0  
Colin Thompson        3  3  2  1  Joey Blanchard        2  2  1  0  
Mike Nelson           3  0  1  2  Alex Thompson         4  2  2  0  
TOTALS               35  6 10  5  TOTALS               38 10 17 10

SACRED HEART SAINTS           031 101 000 -- 6  
MARSHALL A'S                  000 044 02x -- 10 

LOB--SACRED HEART SAINTS 9, MARSHALL A'S 8. ERR--Nick
Macchio, Mason Penske, Alex Thompson. 2B--Trent Novotny,
Jake Hess (2), Alex Thompson. HBP--Jon Ellis. SACB--Shane
Freiborg, Nate Hebrink. SB--Shane Freiborg, Colin Thompson,
Jordon Kontz.

 SACRED HEART SAINTS             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Dalton Struxness (L)           5.00    7    5    5    2    3    0
Jeremy Hinderks                3.00   10    5    5    1    2    0
 MARSHALL A'S               
Jake Hess                      3.67    5    5    3    3    1    0
Jordon Kontz (W)               5.33    5    1    1    1    5    0

PB--Nick Macchio (2). SO--Shane Freiborg, Jose Ortiz, Jeremy
Hinderks, Brady Holwerda (2), Colin Thompson, Ryan VanMoer,
Logan Tomasek (2), Nick Klaith, Joey Blanchard. BB--Jose
Ortiz, Mike Nelson, Mike Kuschel, Colin Thompson, Jordon
Kontz, Joey Blanchard (2).


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