Marysville splits series with Northwest
August 28, 2008 · Updated 11:58 AM
MARYSVILLE The Marysville baseball club defeated the Northwest Timberjacks in the first game of a June 2 doubleheader 6-1.
The win put Marysville, still early in its Mickey Mantle league 16-under schedule, at 4-2 for the season. The early winning record is a pleasant surprise to coach Pat Opel, who said the players are still getting to know each other at this point in the season.
Its a matter of everyones trying to gel, Opel said of a team he estimated is about 70 percent Marysville players with a couple from other area schools, including Cascade High, where Opel served as baseball head coach for five years.
A three-run sixth inning was just icing on the cake for Marysville, who led from the first inning.
Second baseman Eric Eagan was walked by Timberjack pitcher Zach Laws and made it a 1-0 game two bats later when outfielder Devin Peterson hit a double. Another couple batters later and third baseman Jordan Valadez had the game-winning RBI, although the Marysville team couldnt know that until later.
In the third inning, the Timberjacks got hot at the plate, getting four consecutive hits off Marysville pitcher Jazz McCrorey. The fourth single brought in the Timberjacks lone run, and McCrorey ended the inning in the next at bat, striking out Northwests right fielder.
A Northwest walk and error contributed to Eagens second run for Marysville in the bottom of the third, but it was Petersons bat that notched the RBI.
Along with McCroreys third-inning strikeout to leave three Timberjacks stranded on base, the Marysville defense held off a handful more runners at third, thanks to some stellar defense, including a fourth-inning double play at home and third.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, outfielder Josh Kinnard hit a single to begin a second offensive spurt for Marysville. Valadez followed him, and batting 1.000 against Northwest, he hit a double to move Kinnard around the bases. An error allowed Kinnard to score, giving the home team a 4-1 lead.
Left fielder Jordan Craig walked to follow Valadez and first baseman Brad Benson hit a two-run single and inspired the Timberjacks to close the game with relief pitcher RJ Gius.
Opel credited McCroreys pitching for contributing to the win.
Jazz McCrorey is very masterful. He has a bunch of pitches, Opel said.
Though Marysville lost in the afternoon rematch 2-1, Opel said Alex Kelly pitched well, allowing two runs.
And, he added, hes happy to win early in the season.
You play better toward the end of the season because you know each other. So to be winning now is great, Opel said. Theyre catching on really well.
Northwest 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Marysville 2 0 1 0 0 3 x 6