Smith, Schmidt combine on 1-hitter in Martins’ shutout over Bulls
Traetow cranks 3-run HR to fuel Martins' 8-0 win
NORTHROP — Fairmont starting pitcher Josh Smith and reliever Adam Schmidt combined to keep the Jackson Bulls off the scoreboard on Father’s Day, while Jon Traetow supplied the Martins’ key offensive blast during amateur baseball action in Northrop.
Smith allowed one hit in four shutout innings, Schmidt hurled three hitless and scoreless frames, while Traetow drilled a three-run home run in the third to engineer the Martins’ 8-0 triumph over the Bulls.
“My arm felt pretty good today. Overall, I thought a had decent command of my pitches, with a couple getting away from me,” said a grinning Smith. “Not too bad for not actually throwing since last summer.”
Ironically, Smith gave up a single to leadoff batter Andy Wolf to open the contest before retiring 13 of the next 15 Bulls hitters. Smith, who notched five strikeouts and issued two walks to earn the victory, turned over the final three frames to Schmidt.
Schmidt retired the first seven Bulls he faced before issuing his lone walk and hitting a batter in the seventh. Schmidt struck out two in three near-perfect innings to seal the combined one-hit shutout.
The Martins produced all of the offensive firepower they would need during a two-run bottom of the first inning. Jack Waletich led off with the first of his 3-for-3 hitting performance before being replaced on base via Ethan Hurn’s fielder’s choice.
Luke Becker, who homered and doubled in Fairmont’s 9-3 loss to the Bancroft Those Guys on Saturday in Bancroft, Iowa, followed with a single before Derek Shoen lined an RBI single for a quick 1-0 lead. Luke Becker, who reached third on Shoen’s opposite-field hit, crossed the plate on Levi Becker’s hit-and-run fielder’s choice.
The Martins doubled their lead with two more runs during the home half of the second inning. Spencer Chirpich hammered a leadoff double to center before wheeling to third on Blake Crawmer’s perfect push bunt hit by the pitcher’s mound.
Chirpich scored on Waletich’s RBI single to right before Crawmer tagged and slid safely home on Hurn’s line-drive sacrifice to left-center for a 4-0 margin.
Traetow nearly doubled Fairmont’s lead again during the third with one swing of the bat. Shoen reached second base on an infield hit and throwing error before Levi Becker’s towering fly ball to center was dropped. Traetow then swatted Jackson starting pitcher Ben Scheevel’s delivery over the centerfield fence for a three-run homer and 7-0 advantage.
Waletich crushed a leadoff double in the Martins’ fourth, took third on a wild pitch and trotted home on Luke Becker’s sacrifice fly.
Lance Becker contributed a single to Fairmont’s 10-hit performance.
Hurn delivered a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Fairmont to a 5-4 victory over Lonsdale during Saturday’s split doubleheader in Bancroft, Iowa.
Scheevel allowed seven runs — six earned — on nine hits, struck out one and did not issue a walk in three innings of work to absorb the loss for the Bulls.
The Martins (7-2) travel to Windom on Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Pirates.
JAX 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
FMT 223 100 x — 8 10 0
Ben Scheevel (LP), Gavin Jacobsen (4), Tom Hady (5), Kevin Holm (6) and Blaise Jacobsen, Zach Neal (5). Josh Smith (WP), Adam Schmidt (5) and Ethan Hurn, Blake Crawmer (5).
LOB–Fairmont 2, Jackson 5. 2B–Jack Waletich (F) and Spencer Chirpich (F). HR–Jon Traetow (F). SF–Hurn (F) and Luke Becker (F).