Dons pound out 19 hits, take advantage of nine errors in road win
By Paul Lecker
GRANTON — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic baseball team scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and survived a wild game, beating Cloverbelt East foe Granton 25-15 Thursday at Granton High School.
The Dons scored five runs in the top of the first inning before Granton retaliated with nine runs in the bottom of the frame.
The game was tied 13-13 after three innings before Columbus (3-4, 3-3 Cloverbelt East) pulled ahead with a 10-run fourth and ended it via the 10-run rule after five innings.
Charles Payant earned the win despite allowing 13 runs (nine earned) in three innings. He also went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
Evan Nikolai was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, Tyler Fuerlinger was 3-for-6 with three RBIs, and Matthias Gouin hit a home run and also drove in four runs for the Dons.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Dons 25, Bulldogs 15
Columbus Catholic 517 (10)2 – 25 19 2
Granton 904 11 – 15 12 9
WP: Charles Payant. LP: Brock Opelt.
SO: Payant (3 inn.) 6, Matthias Gouin (2 inn.) 1; Opelt (3 inn.) 1, Matthew Tyler (1 inn.) 0, Hunter Martin (1 inn.) 1.
BB: Payant 3, Gouin 2; Opelt 4, Tyler 3, Martin 0.
Top hitters: CC, Gouin 2×4, HR, 4 RBIs; Tyler Fuerlinger 3×6, 3B, 3 RBIs; Payant 4×4, 2 RBIs; Billy Young 2×5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Noah Taylor 2×4, 2B; Evan Nikolai 4×5, 4 RBIs. G, Oplet 3×4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Jordan Martin 2×2, 2 RBIs; Tyler 2×3; Michael Meddaugh 4 RBIs.
Records: Columbus Catholic 3-4, 3-3 Cloverbelt East; Granton 0-5 overall and Cloverbelt East.