Martins homer past Cubs, 14-4

GONE — Fairmont Martins outfielder Jon Traetow rockets a sixth-inning home run during an amateur baseball game against the Worthington Cubs on Sunday. Cubs’ catcher Eli Gaul (right) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

NORTHROP — The Martins batted around in back-to-back innings to overpower the Cubs.

Fairmont beat Worthington 14-4 in a seven-inning run-rule shortened amateur baseball game Sunday in Northrop.

The Martins offense got moving in the fifth inning.

Levi Becker got the inning started with a first-pitch home run into the trees past the right-center field wall in Northrop, then walks to Jon Traetow and Matt Lytle and singles from Christian Petschke, Adam Schmidt, Paxton Gravlin and Spencer Chirpirch combined to put a five-run inning on the scoreboard.

Fairmont did it again in the sixth, this time with Tyler Tennyson leading off with a double to deep center field and Traetow following with a homer into the trees past right field.

Schmidt reached on an error, then Blake Crawmer hit a soft line drive over Cubs’ third baseman Ryan Swanson.

Gravlin reached on an error and Lytle singled past short for an RBI. After a fielder’s choice, Becker lined a ball off the center-field wall for a single and two RBIs.

Becker’s single gave the Martins their 13th and 14th runs of the game and 10th in the final two innings.

Player/manager Becker said the Martins’ offense erupted because it got more aggressive.

“We just started attacking, that was the big thing,” Becker said. “We popped out a bunch early and we sat back, anticipated and hit some balls over the fence.”

The Martins offense got started with three runs in the third inning when Lytle led off with a walk, Chirpich doubled to deep center and Becker brought in Lytle with a single through the left side of the infield.

Becker then stole second and Tennyson got both Chirpich and Becker across the plate with a high-hopping single back up the middle.

Tennyson started on the mound for Fairmont as well.

He gave up four runs, all earned, through six innings of work and allowed six hits and a walk.

The hard-throwing righty gave up a run in the first on three hits, then two runs in the third on a walk and a Tyler Linder home run to right center.

Tennyson gave up his final run in the sixth when Easton Saverbrei hit a leadoff single then advanced to second on a passed ball, third on a groundout and made it home on another passed ball.

Paxton Gravlin came in for the final inning on the mound for the Martins.

After a leadoff single, Gravlin struck out the next two batters, then forced a flyout to end the game after seven innings.

Becker said Tennyson pitched well to earn the win.

“We had kind of a slow start, but we finally got on some balls and T-Ball (Tennyson) pitched well,” Becker said. “He pitched to contact and the defense made some plays.”

Chirpich hit a double and two singles for the Martins, while Becker had two singles and a home run. Tennyson had a double and a single, while Traetow hit a home run and walked.

Petschke had a single, while Schmidt and Crawmer each had two.

Gravlin had a single and Lytle had a single and took two walks.

Fairmont (15-4, 14-4) plays host to Mountain Lake on Wednesday in Fairmont.

WOR 102 001 0 — 4 7 2

FMT 003 155 x — 14 16 0

Tyler Tennyson (WP), Paxton Gravlin (7) and Blake Crawmer. Shawn Hurley (LP), Eric Heidebrink (6) and Eli Gaul.

LOB–WOR 4, FMT 7. 2B–Adam Russel (WOR), Spencer Chirpich (FMT), Tyler Tennyson (FMT). HR–Tyler Linder (WOR), Levi Becker (FMT), Jon Traetow (FMT).