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MMC Eagles win one of three

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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Jacob Lehnhoff of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fires a pitch to the plate in recent baseball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck.
The busy Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn baseball team won one of three recent games in War Eagle Conference action, falling 11-3 to rated Le Mars Gehlen in Marcus, and 12-4 at Hinton last week, and defeating Akron-Westfield 10-5 in Marcus Monday night.

Jacob Lehnhoff took the pitching loss for the Eagles in the loss to Gehlen, allowing 11 runs on 10 hits and one walk, with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work. Nate Dammann relieved Lehnhoff and retired one batter in the 1/3 an inning.

Jordan Petersen cracked a three-run home run for MMC's brightest moment, and Ryan Hanson registered two hits for the Eagles.

Mitch Kurth shut down the MMC attack on three runs and five hts and four walks, with 12 Ks.

"Mitch did a good job of keeping us off balance," said MMC coach Al Vasher. "We faced one of the better pitchers in the conference and watched too many pitches go by. We need to be more aggressive early in the count."

Tim Holmes took the pitching loss for MMC, allowing 12 runs on 11 hits and one walk, with three Ks in 6 1/3 innings. Will Hanson relieved and retired two batters in 2/3 an inning.

Ryan Hanson had a super night at bat with a 4-4 effort, an RBI, and two runs scored. Lehnhoff had two hits, a double and RBI.

"We played a good game offensively, but need to make more plays for our pitchers. We did a good job of hitting with two strikes, but couldn't seem to get the big hit when we needed it."

Lehnhoff fired a six-hitter and struck out nine in leading the Eagles to victory over the Westerners. He walked two and gave up five runs.

Holmes led the productive MMC offense with a 3-4 night, including a three-run home run and two runs scored. Lehnhoff was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Brandon Brady was 2-3 with a run scored and a double.

"Jacob did a good job of keeping them off balance and mixing up his pitches," said Vasher. "We had too many three-ball counts. At the plate, we hit the ball well. It was a good win for us.

MMC is now 6-11 this season, and 3-9 in the tough WEC. The Eagles play at West Sioux in Hawarden tonight, and host rated Granville Spalding Frday night.



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