Team wins 3 of 5 contests this week
The Marcus High School baseball team started and ended the week on a high note, beating Kingsley-Pierson on June 26, 11-5, and taking two from South O'Brien on July 2nd, 4-3 and 13-0. In the two games between those high points, the Eagles dropped decisions to West Sioux, 11-4, and Spalding, 15-0.
In the non-conference game with K-P, played at Kingsley, Tim Holmes was on the mound for the Eagles, scattering 11 hits over seven innings, while striking out two Panther hitters and walking one. Jacob Lenhoff went 3-4 at the plate, including a double, and drove in a run, and Jordan Peterson was 2-3, including a home run, and drove in four. Eagle coach Al Vasher felt the Eagle players played well, and played as a team. He felt it was a good win for the team.
On Wednesday, the Eagles traveled to Hawarden to take on West Sioux in War Eagle Conference action, and lost to the Falcons 11-4. Vasher said his team "actually played a good game until the bottom of the 6th inning" (when they gave up four of the Falcon runs). The coach felt that Jared Letsche pitched well and "did a good job of keeping us in the game." The Eagles were down just 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, when they "imploded a little," in Vasher's words, putting the game out of reach. He did say, though, that the Eagle players played hard and never let up.
On Friday, the Eagles were very gracious hosts to the traditionally powerful Spalding Catholic team, giving up seven runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-0 five-inning loss. Vasher said "Their pitcher did a great job of keeping us off-balance. We didn't play a very good game defensively (four errors), and need to be more aggressive at the plate."
The coach ended on a positive note, saying "The kids will come back," and he was right. Finishing up a June 11th game with South O'Brien which had been interrupted, the Eagles beat the Wolverines by a 13-0 score on Monday. Jacob Lenhoff pitched well, said Vasher, but "gave up too many walks." (five) At the plate, the Eagles were awesome in attacking the ball. Holmes went 4-4, including three doubles, and drove in four runs. Lenhoff was 3 for 3, including a double, and Jordan Peterson again conected for a homer, as he went 2-4 with three RBI. Joe Wilcox was 2-3 with 2 RBI. The Eagles pounded out 15 hits, and their defense committed no errors.
In the regularly - scheduled game, Tim Holmes gave up just five hits and k'ed eight, while walking just one South O'Brien batter. Vasher termed it a "beautiful" pitching performance. Holmes certainly helped his cause at the plate, hitting a double and a home run. Steven Wetherell was 2-3 at the plate and Ryan Hanson 3-4. Jacob Lenhoff slugged a triple in the bottom of the seventh to score the winning run in a good game (by both teams). MMC won, 4-3.
M-M-C will start Class 1A District play with a contest against Remsen St. Mary's at Remsen on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
South O'Brien will play Sheldon at Sheldon in Class 2A District action on Monday at 7 p.m.