MARSHALL – After earning a come-from-behind win against Benson on Thursday, the Marshall Legion watched baseball teams keep pace as they met Watertown (SD). It was a tight match, but Marshall came just as short in a 5-4 loss in nine innings on Monday at Legion Field. The two teams were originally scheduled to play a double header today, but that was changed to a nine-inning competition on Monday.
Marshall manager Mitchell Maxwell felt they were doing a good job of responding to Watertown each time, praising reliever Jacob Eben for keeping them in the game on the mound, but they just did not have enough to get away with a win.
“The way we have in a way learned to play Marshall baseball is scrap and that’s what we saw. We fought back and forth, but we had an answer, “ In Maxwell. “I thought Jacob did a good job on the mound; we had Charlie [Jacobson] on a limit for the court because he opens the Princeton tournament this weekend, so he reached the limit, and Jake came in and great credit for him, he hit 6 2/3 innings and kept us in the game. ”
Watertown jumped out to an early lead and got a one-out turn before an RBI double made it 1-0 in the opening round. They would then put a run in the top half of the third on a sacrificial fly to push the lead to 2-0, but Marshall had an answer. After Seth Radtke was hit by a pitch to lead things, Chase Douglas and Tyler Maeyaert followed it up with back-to-back RBI base hits to tie things together at 2-2. Marshall would then get turns in a row from Connor Neubeck and Jacobson to load the bases without outs, but Watertown managed to escape the jam with three straight lines to end the frame and keep it tied after three.
Neither side scored in the fourth, but the stalemate did not last long, with Watertown capitalizing on a pair of two-out doubles to take a 3-2 lead at the top of the fifth. A couple of rounds later, they put in their favor, again with two outs on back-to-back RBI singles to go up 5-2, but Marshall again had a timely response.
After Douglas connected to a leadoff double, Maeyaert posed for an RBI single. Neubeck then followed it up on the following bat with a single before Jacobson reached a fieldman’s choice, and AJ Toulouse brought in a run on an RBI ground to bring Marshall within a 5-4 by seven.
After a pointless eighth, Watertown had another chance to get on the board at the top of the ninth, putting ground runners in scoring position with two outs, but Marshall relief Zach Allen was able to get a flyout to maintain the one-run margin . But Marshall was unable to get a base runner on board in his final battle, as Watertown held on for the 5-4 victory.
Douglas led Marshall with three hits and one RBI while Maeyaert added two hits and two RBIs, Neubeck had one hit and Toulouse had one RBI.
“Chase has always done a good job for us to give a spark. You saw it in the match against Benson when he was 3 against 4, and here he had another double and put the ball in play, “ In Maxwell. “Tyler also did a great job on the plate, he came through with a clutch hit to help us, and he is a sophomore and will be a junior next year, and he has done a great job playing Legion baseball this summer. The top of our lineup did a nice job and the bottom struggled. ”
Eben took the loss on the mound, went 6 2/3 laps in relief while he allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven. Jacobson earned the start, going two innings while allowing two runs on one hit and hitting five.
Marshall (7-5) will participate in the Princeton Tournament this weekend. Maxwell said their main takeaway is to keep playing their game and limit their mistakes while exploiting the opponent’s mistakes at the same time.
“Just playing Marshall baseball and then limiting mistakes. It’s something we talked about after the game, when you play good teams, it seems like every little thing means something, and on the back it’s how we have earned a living, ” In Maxwell. “We have benefited from living by waiting for teams to make mistakes and take advantage of it, throwing well and playing good defense. We did it here and almost made it a win, and it ended up being a loss, so we have to limit our mistakes and take advantage of other teams’ mistakes, and hopefully when we go into the playoffs, that’s what we win ball games . ”