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Martins erupt for 16 runs to coast to exhibition win over Springfield

BANCROFT, Iowa — The Fairmont Martins’ potent batting order kept piling up runs on the scoreboard at Vince Meyer Field on Wednesday night at Bancroft Memorial Field.

Levi Becker hammered a three-run home run, Luke Becker drilled a two-run triple and Derek Shoen cranked a bases-loaded triple to help engineer the Martins’ 16-7 triumph over Springfield during another cross-the-border amateur baseball exhibition game in Bancroft, Iowa.

Luke Becker singled, stole second base and crossed the plate with Fairmont’s initial run when Shoen’s sharp grounder was mishandled in the bottom of the first.

Levi Becker then capped the Martins’ four-run third-inning outburst by going yard with two runners on base. Luke Becker and Shoen each singled, Tyler Tennyson lined an RBI single and Levi Becker followed with a HR.

After Springfield knotted the game at 5-all, Ethan Hurn and Jack Waletich each singled before scoring on Luke Becker’s two-run triple in the last of the fourth. Luke Becker later scored on Shoen’s sacrifice fly for an 8-5 lead.

Luke Becker later tripled in the sixth before Shoen was plunked. Becker scored on a double steal before Shoen crossed the plate on a throwing error.

Shoen’s three-run triple highlighted the Martins’ six-run outburst during the home half of the seventh. Hurn and Waletich each singled before Spencer Chirpich reached on an error. Luke Becker delivered an RBI single before Shoen drilled the pivotal triple. Shoen later scored on Tennyson’s sacrifice fly.

Paxton Gravlin recorded five strikeouts and did not issue a walk in two perfect innings of relief for the Martins. Tennyson gave up seven runs on 13 hits, struck out nine and walked only one in six innings to notch the win. Adam Schmidt fanned one in working the seventh inning.

Fairmont (3-1) plays St. Clair at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Bancroft.

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