Martins hammer Adrian, 13-4
FAIRMONT — Ethan Hurn made a run at the cycle, Matt Lytle notched his first win of the amateur baseball season and Sam Schwieger hurled three shutout innings of relief for the Fairmont Martins on Wednesday night.
Hurn went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple en route to producing a game-leading five RBIs, while Jon Traetow homered and singled for two RBIs to power the Martins’ 13-4 triumph over the Adrian A’s at Herb Wolf Field.
After the hard-throwing Lytle retired the A’s in order in the top of the first inning, the Martins erupted for eight runs on six hits during the home half of the frame.
Adrian starting pitcher Mike Preuss faced only five Fairmont batters, with all of them reaching base — four via hits — before exiting the mound in favor of Nathan Braaksma. Braaksma could not plug the offensive floodgates until three more Martins crossed the plate.
Spencer Chirpich hammered a leadoff double before circling the bases on Hurn’s RBI single. Hurn then motored to second base when Tyler Tennyson’s fly ball to left was dropped and then scored on Traetow’s run-scoring single to right.
Levi Becker, who would exit the game in the bottom of the second inning after suffering an ankle injury on a foul ball in the batter’s box, followed an Adrian throwing error that plated Tennyson with a towering RBI double to left field for a quick 4-0 lead.
Braaksma stepped to the mound only to watch Fairmont score four more via Adam Schmidt getting plunked, Parker Monsen legging out an infield hit, Mitchell Prafke drawing a bases-loaded walk and Hurn unleashing a three-run triple to deep right-center.
After another 1-2-3 inning by Lytle, Traetow led off the Martins’ second at-bat with a line-drive missile over the right-field fence to extend the Martins’ margin to 9-0.
“I don’t hit’em high,” Traetow said in reference to his solo home run that cleared the fence vertically by less than a foot. “That was like a 2-iron shot.”
Unfortunately for Fairmont, Adrian reliever Nick Harder doused the hometown’s offensive firepower for the majority of his five-inning mound stint as the A’s later chipped away with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Torey Rogers’ two-run single proved the key hit during Adrian’s four-run outburst, with Lytle’s throwing error allowing the latter two runs to cross the plate.
Fairmont nearly created a run-rule margin by plating three runs in the seventh on the heels of Hurn’s RBI double in the sixth.
Nate Russel, Adrian’s third of five relievers, issued consecutive walks to Traetow, Schwieger and Christian Petschke before exiting the hill. Schmidt greeted reliever Jake Olson with an RBI single, Blake Crawmer lofted a sacrifice fly and Monsen connected for an RBI fielder’s choice.
Prafke then singled to put runners at the corners, but Olson got the hot-swinging Hurn to line out to the shortstop to end the threat of an early exit.
Schwieger faced only 10 batters in three scoreless innings of relief, allowing only Preuss’ leadoff double in the eighth. Schwieger recorded three strikeouts and demonstrated outstanding control by not issuing a walk to seal the Martins’ win.
Lytle allowed four runs — two earned — on four hits, struck out four, walked one and hit two batters in five innings of work to notch his first victory in four mound appearances this summer.
Preuss allowed five runs — four earned — on four hits in a starting appearance that produced no outs to take the loss for the A’s.
The Martins (12-2) play host to Windom at 7:30 p.m. Friday night back at Herb Wolf Field.
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Mike Preuss (LP), Nathan Braaksma (1), Nick Harder (2), Nate Russel (7), Jake Olson (7), Jake Stamer (8) and King Blanchette. Matt Lytle (WP), Jon Traetow (6), Sam Schwieger (7) and Blake Crawmer.
LOB–Fairmont 6, Adrian 7. 2B–Spencer Chirpich (F), Ethan Hurn (F), Levi Becker (F), Christian Petschke (F), Preuss (A). 3B–Hurn (F). HR–Jon Traetow (F). SF–Crawmer (F). SAC–Harder (A).