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Monday, June 29, 2009

10th-rated Eagles sport shiny 15-1 record

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn baseball team, finally getting some notice with a #10 rating in Class 1A in Iowa, ran its shiny record to 15-1 with three more recent victories over tough War Eagle Conference foes.

Baline Dammann of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn revs it up on his way to first base after a hit as first base coach Lonnie Boekhout, yells instructions in recent baseball action in Marcus. Photo by Sarah Gengler
The Eagles of coach Al Vasher pounded Orange City Unty Christian 9-0 in Orange City last week, and then slipped past traditional power Remsen St. Mary's 2-0, and bombed Class 3A Sergeant Bluff-Luton 11-1 in six innings, both of those games played in Marcus.

Jacob Lehnhoff got the pitching win for MMC over Unity Christian, firing a one-hit shutout at the Knights, while walking three batters and striking out 13 in seven innings.

Lehnhoff also paced the Eagles at the plate with a superb 5-5 night, including two RBI, three runs scored, and a triple and double to his credit. Jordan Petersen was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Jerad Letsche 2-3 with a run scored, and Jordan Boekhout 2-4 with two RBI.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn pitcher Jacob Lehnhoff fires a pitch to the plate during recent baseball action in Marcus. The talented Eagles are 15-1 and rated 10th in Class 1A in Iowa. Photo by Sarah Gengler
"We really did a nice job of situational hitting," said MMC coach Vasher. "The kids hit the ball where it was pitched and did a nice job of moving runners and scoring them when we were given the opportunity. Jacob pitched well and the defense made plays when they were needed."

MMC rode the shutout pitching of Will Hanson in the big win over St. Mary's, who gave up five scattered hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Tanner Kockler took the mound lott for the Hawks, allowing two runs on just one MMC hit, and six walks, with 10 Ks.

Lehnhoff had the Eagles' lone hit and scored a run.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Jerad Letsche slides safely into home during the 10th-ranked Eagles impressive win streak that has blossomed into a sizzling 15-1 record. Photo by Sarah Gengler
"Whenever these two teams get together it's going to be a great game," said Vasher. "Tanner and Will both pitched well, we were just able to plate a couple of runs and cut them down from scoring. Defensively we did a great job of making plays starting right away in the first inning. We had a double play and then a couple innings later Jerad cut down a run at home. You don't realize how important those types of plays are until later in the ball game."

The MMC bats smacked 15 hits in the decisive six-inning win over SB-L, with Lehnhoff getting the win, alowing just one run on two hits and no walks, with 10 Ks. The Eagles scored five runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth to end it all early.

Again Lehnhoff was 5-5 with two runs scored, one RBI, and a double and triple to lead MMC on offense. Petersen was 2-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a double, while Blaine Dammann was 2-3, and Jesse Kunzweiler 2-4 with a run scored.

"We came out a little sluggish," said Vasher. "I liked how we hung in there through some rocky moments early in the game. We didn't play our best, but Jacob threw well enough to keep us going until our defense caught up. It was nice to see our bats come alive later in the game."

The busy MMC boys play at Hinton tonight, host Akron-Westfield Wednesday, play at West Monona Thursday, and at West Sioux Friday.

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