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Chargers fall to Tomahawks 13-1 | SLIDESHOW
MARYSVILLE — Marysville’s two high schools faced off on the baseball diamond March 21 and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks walked away with a five-inning, 13-1 victory.
“Offensively we did okay, we got off to a bit of a slow start,” said M-P head coach Kurt Koshelnik. “Getchell had a submarine pitcher [sophomore Rylan Faucett] — a guy who came from way down low and you don’t see that very often. He was pretty good and was spotting up. It took us a while to adjust, but when we got there some good things started to happen.”
Koshelnik said that both John Naff and Joe Morgan had good games at the plate with each getting three hits and a couple of RBIs.
“They’re the top of the order guys for us so we need them hit for us to get going,” said Koshelnik. “And eventually they did and we started getting hits and scoring runs.”
In addition to his team doing well at the plate, Koshelnik praised the work of his team’s pitchers.
“Jake Johnson was our starting pitcher,” said Koshelnik. “He did everything we asked him to do. He went out and threw strikes and got ahead of the batters. He only gave up a couple of hits, worked fast and really pounded the strike zone.”
Although 3A Marysville Getchell was playing 4A Marysville-Pilchuck in the non-league matchup, Charger head coach Gerry Klep said his team wasn’t focused on their opponents.
“We don’t focus on who we’re playing, we focus on playing our game,” said Klep. “Our focus has been on our defense. If you can’t stop guys from scoring and moving around the bases, you won’t win games no matter how well you hit the ball.”
This is the inaugural season for MG baseball and first-year head coach Klep pointed out that this team has no players with varsity experience.
“I’m really proud of these guys and their approach to the game, and how well they have united together,” Klep said. “It couldn’t be a better situation for a new coach and a new program. We’re just trying to win games and build confidence in these kids, and make sure they enjoy their time playing baseball.”
“I was impressed with Getchell and their coaching staff, especially Gerry Klep in particular, for going out and building that program from the ground up and teaching the players the right things,” said Koshelnik. “The program is on the right track and they’re going to be a good team.”