Blue Devils play Altoona in tourney finale Sunday
By Paul Lecker
EAU CLAIRE — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball team dropped a pair of games at the Eau Claire Tournament on Saturday, losing to Winona (Minn.) LeJetz 9-1 and host Eau Claire 6-1.
In the loss to Winona, Marshfield struck first with a run in the second inning, but that was all it could muster against Winona starter Easton Gamoke, who allowed just one hit and three walks in five innings while striking out six.
LeJetz tied the game with a run in the third and then busted it open with a six-run fourth against Marshfield starter Jacob Neve.
Marshfield (8-10) was held to four hits in the loss to Eau Claire. Paul Maguire had an RBI double to score Ryan Krueger for the Blue Devils’ only run.
Marshfield wraps up play at the tournament with a game at 11 a.m. Sunday against Altoona, and the Blue Devils will play their home finale Tuesday against Plover at 7 p.m. at Hackman Field.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Winona LeJetz 9, Marshfield 1
Winona 001 62 – 9 15 2
Marshfield 010 00 – 1 1 0
WP: Easton Gamoke. LP: Jacob Neve.
SO: Gamoke 6; Neve 3. BB: Gamoke 3; Neve 0.
Top hitters: W, Nash Kramer 3×4, 2 runs; Joe Brinkman 2×2, 2B, 2 RBIs; Daniel Rohde 2×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Jacob French 2×2; Parker Nelton 3B, 2 RBIs; Austin Lenhardt 2×2; Josh Bade 2×3, 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.
Eau Claire 6, Marshfield 1
Marshfield 001 000 0 – 1 4 1
Eau Claire 012 201 x – 6 7 1
WP: Tanner Halvorson. LP: Hunter Korger.
SO: Korger 4; Halvorson 15. BB: Korger 3; Halvorson 2.
Top hitters: M, Paul Maguire 2B, RBI. EC, Zac Stange 3B, 2 RBIs; Adam Krajewski HR, 2 RBIs; Jeffrey Pippenger 3×3, 2 runs; Jaxon Koska 2 RBIs.