Martins power past Cubs
TRUMAN — The Fairmont Martins bats came alive in the fourth.
The Worthington Cubs jumped ahead early in the amateur baseball matchup Wednesday in Truman, but the Martins started one rally after another in the middle innings, leading to a 13-3 Martins run-rule shortened win.
Derek Shoen got the Martins’ first big inning started with a hard ground ball for a single, but was quickly erased on a fielder’s choice.
With Levi Becker now on first, Jon Traetow showed his power, sending a high fly ball to the deepest part of the park in center field.
Traetow’s fly hit the top of the high center-field wall, traveling as far as possible without it leaving the Truman park.
Becker scored from first, while Traetow was stuck with a single.
He then stole second before Tyler Tennyson sent a ground ball into left field, scoring Traetow.
Christian Petschke followed with a double lined down the right-field line to the fence for an RBI.
The Martins scored another run in the fifth when Spencer Chirpich walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a Shoen double, another ball hit high off the center-field wall.
Player/coach Levi Becker said the late burst of runs is what he expects from the Martins’ lineup.
“It started in the middle, we got a couple hits and really got going,” Becker said. “That’s kind of what our lineup does, it comes together a little later. That’s what we’ve done all year and that’s what we’re gonna keep trying to do.
“It was a slow start after coming from a week off, but we got it going in the middle innings. … Going forward we’ve got a lot of games before the playoffs and we want to score a lot of runs, for sure.”
Fairmont then sent nine batters to the plate in back-to-back innings, building to their 10-run eight-inning win.
The Cubs got the first two outs of the sixth quickly, but three walks, a Blake Crawmer single and a Levi Becker bases-clearing double led to a five-run sixth.
Four walks, a Chirpich single to right and a Shoen sacrifice fly — which barely reached the outfield grass, caught by the Cubs’ first baseman, allowing Crawmer to score — added another three runs in the seventh.
The Martins neared a seven inning run-rule win with the bases loaded, but a pop out ended the inning and continued the game.
The final game-ending run scored in the next inning when Eli Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice, then scored from first on an error Crawmer hit into.
Traetow started on the mound for the Martins, pitching four solid innings and giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Traetow added four strikeouts to his performance.
Worthington scored its two runs in the first.
Brayden Donkersloot started the game with a single to left, then after Traetow got the next two outs without incident, Worthington starting pitcher Ryan Swanson sent a line drive over the left-field wall to go ahead two runs.
Traetow then worked through his final three innings, only facing trouble in the top of the fourth. He got two quick outs, then a single, a hit by pitch and a walk loaded the bases, but Traetow forced weak contact to get the third out without a run scoring.
Tennyson came on for the Martins’ final four innings.
He allowed one run on two hits and two walks. Tennyson’s lone trouble came in the sixth inning when a Logan Huisman single up the middle and a Swanson double to right gave the Cubs their third run of the day.
Tennyson worked through the seventh and eighth innings without issue for a four-inning save.
Swanson pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs, allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out one.
Ethan Duffy came on in relief and pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs on one hit and three walks.
Starting catcher Eli Gaul then went to the mound for the final 1 2/3 inning and allowed one run on one walk and one hit.
Luke Becker led off the game with a double for the Martins and added two walks late in the game, while Chirpich had a single and two runs scored.
Shoen had a double, single, run scored and three RBIs, Levi Becker had a three-RBI double, and a run scored, while Traetow had a single and an RBI.
Ethan Hurn added a double, walk and run scored for the Fairmont offense, while Tennyson had a single and two runs scored. Petschke hit a double and walked and Crawmer had two runs scored on a single and a walk.
Donkersloot reached base twice for the Cubs and scored a run, while Huisman had a single and a run scored.
Swanson led the Cub offense with a home run and a double, while Tyler Linder added a single for Worthington.
The Fairmont Martins (11-2) go to Johnson Park in New Ulm to face New Ulm at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
W 200 001 00 — 3 5 1
F 000 315 31 — 13 10 0
Game-ending run scored with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
Jon Traetow (WP), Tyler Tennyson (5, S) and Ethan Hurn.
Ryan Swanson (LP), Ethan Duffy (6), Eli Gaul (7) and Eli Gaul, Brayden Donkersloot (6).
LOB–Fairmont 9, Worthington 6. 2B–Ryan Swanson (WOR), Luke Becker (FMT), Ethan Hurn (FMT), Christian Petschke (FMT), Derek Shoen (FMT), Levi Becker (FMT). HR–Ryan Swanson (WOR). SAC–Ethan Duffy (WOR). SF–Derek Shoen (FMT).