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M-P defeats Stanwood in sixth-inning thrashing
MARYSVILLE After Stanwood staged a seventh-inning comeback to defeat the Tomahawk baseball team 9-8 in Stanwood April 3, M-P came back like a team with something to prove, defeating the Spartans 8-3 at home, with seven runs coming in the sixth inning.
In the April 4 rematch, senior outfielder Shane McKinley hit a home run in Marysvilles first at bat in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tomahawks an immediate 1-0 advantage. Stanwood answered by snuffing any further offense, including a double play to stop designated hitter Ricky Holm and third baseman Sean Moser to end the inning.
For the next couple innings, strong pitching from senior Brandon Kizer helped his team hold its one run lead. Kizer struck out a pair of Spartans to end their second inning offensive drive with the bases loaded, and threw every one of the Spartans third-inning outs for a total of seven game strikeouts.
Stanwood got on the board in the fourth inning as Mike Vaughan ran in to tie the game at a run apiece.
The Spartans, who made a vigorous effort to keep Tomahawk runners from stealing second, used their game-long defense at first base to trick Holm into a fourth inning out at home, preventing the senior from answering Vaughans run. With M-Ps Ryan DiMascio at the plate, Spartan pitcher Howie Phillips once again threw to first, but rather than tagging Moser, the Stanwood first baseman quickly redirected the ball toward home securing the out.
The game remained tied 1-1 into the top of the sixth, when another Stanwood runner crossed home plate. As the umpires consulted one another, though, the runner was declared out, having left third base early in a call that infuriated Stanwood fans and players.
Rather than allow Stanwood fans to leave the game grumbling about the decision, M-P silenced them at the plate in the bottom of the same inning. Phillips walked Marysvilles Kyle Mallory with one out in the bottom of the sixth and the Stanwood defense secured a second out when Moser unleashed a hit to run Mallory in. In the next at bat, catcher Ryan Botham nearly hit a home run, slamming a hit to the center field fence and batting Moser in for the Tomahawks third run.
After Bothams hit, Stanwood rotated in a new pitcher, but he proved unable to stop the bleeding as his pitches hit both DiMascio and Jake Newman, walking them both. Marysville first baseman Chayce Pepin then faced down the Spartans with a big grounder to right field, batting Botham and DiMascio in.
Pepin said that despite the hits to his teammates before batting, his motivation at the plate came primarily from a desire for self-improvement.
I havent been hitting really well so far, so I was just trying to make contact, Pepin said. We didnt want to get swept.
Newman and Pepin ran in on a single from McKinley and Mike Gange stole home before Mallory struck out in his second at bat that inning.
Marysville coach Josh Rosenbach credited a fifth-inning double play of DiMascio to Gange to Pepin for sparking the guys hitting streak in the sixth and compared the Tomahawks play between the two Stanwood games.
(April 3) we walked a lot of guys, Rosenbach said after the win. Today we made the big plays, including that double play. Yesterday, we never had control of the game and made a lot of mistakes.
Once we got the lead, guys relaxed and we were able to get those runs, he added.
At Stanwood H.S. (April 3)
M-P 2 0 1 1 0 4 0 8
Stanwood 0 3 1 1 1 0 3 9
At M-P H.S. (April 4)
Marysville 1 0 0 0 0 7 x 8
Stanwood 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3
Two days later, M-P faced Lake Stevens at home, and once again the Tomahawks allowed seventh-inning runs to give up a lead and the series opener.
The Vikings, who are undefeated in Wesco North play, took the lead in the first inning, but Marysville battled back on the offensive play of Kyle Bottin, who is batting .409 this season. Against Lake Stevens, Bottin was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Ricky Holm also had a double for Marysville in the loss.
At M-P H.S.
Lake Stevens 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 8
M-P 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 7