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MMC baseball squad competitive

Monday, June 16, 2008

Will Hanson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fires a pitch during recent Eagle baseball action. The young MMC club is very competitive in the rugged War Eagle Conference this season. Photo by Paul Struck
The competitive Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn baseball Eagles got 'close, but no cigar' in four recent games, falling 8-3 at Hinton, 4-0 to Akron-Westfield in Marcus, 13-9 at West Sioux, and 15-12 to Granville Spalding at Marcus.

At Hinton, Jordan Petersen led the Eagle offense with a home run and two RBI, while Jerad Letsche took the pitching loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.

"Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance," said MMC coach Al Vasher. "We weren't really able to get any momentum going offensively, and defensively we had too many mental breakdowns. Our kids are playing hard."

In the loss to A-W, Jordan Boekhout and Neil Bunt led the Eagle bats with two hits apiece. Will Hanson pitched 1 1/3 innings, and Letsche 4 2/3 innings. "Again, we really struggled to get into any rythmn offensively," explained Vasher. "We had runners in scoring positions and couldn't get them across."

Petersen cracked two home runs for four RBI to lead MMC against West Sioux, while Jacob Lehnhoff stroked two doubles and scored twice, and Boekhout rapped two hits. Will Hanson got the pitching loss, aloowing four earned runs on nine hits and four wallks, with six Ks in five innings of work. Blaine Dammann pitched one inning and struck out one.

"We gave up too many unearned runs," said Vasher. "We really hit the ball well, but couldn't stop them from scoring."

Peterson poked another home run in a 3-5 night to pace the Eagles against Spalding. Letsche and Trevor Coombs also had hits for MMC. Dammann pitched three innings and had two Ks, and Hanson three innings with three Ks and no walks.

"I was real happy with the fact the kids didn't give up when we were down 10-2," said Vasher. "We need to find a way to shut the door when we score some runs. We are starting to come together a little bit as a team and gel."

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