STATE CENTER – The West Marshall baseball team suffered a rollercoaster return to defeat Lynnville-Sully in the opening game of the Rose Festival three-team round robin on Saturday, and closed the title by beating PCM in the final.
The Trojans (16-5) trailed Lynnville-Sully 4-0 before crossing out the equalizer just in time to force extra innings. Dakota Cobb delivered an RBI single in the sixth, and West Marshall managed to charge the goals with two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh before Kinnick Christensen’s three-point double at left field tied the game at 4-all.
In the 10th inning, the Trojans loaded the goals without anyone coming out. Cobb suffered a simple decay, Dru Wilder was stepped on, and Cody Braddy was hit with a throw. West Marshall opted for the suicide squeeze but the batter failed and two Trojan baserunners were wiped out.
From loaded goals and no one out to courtesy runner Asher Nichols, second with two strikeouts, the Trojans nearly missed their opportunity. But Lynnville-Sully relief pitcher Bryce Richards started from the wind-up and Nichols took third, trying to steal, and the catcher’s throw slipped out and allowed Nichols to score the winning run.
He made a winner for Wilder, who gave up a three innings of scoreless relief. Starting pitcher Will Dawley allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings, allowing nine hits, one walk and one hit to the batter while putting out six.
Cobb and Kaden Davis had two hits each to lead the Trojans, including a brace for Davis. Owen Siegert, Peyton Hart, Braddy and Wilder each added singles.
West Marshall took a 5-0 lead over PCM in the final game of the day, but PCM pushed it back to make it 5-4 in three innings. Les Troyens scored two more points in the fourth set and another in the fifth to bring the score to their final, 8-4.
Vincent Clawson allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks in four innings for the win, and Dylan Thompson allowed just one hit and two walks in three relief innings. He took one out.
Seven different players scored runs for West Marshall, who had just five hits but added three walks and two hits from pitches. Wilder and Christensen both had a brace, scored and produced a run, while Parker Reese had two runs without the benefit of a hit. Clawson went 1 to 1, walked twice, scored once and drove in a race.
Caleb Duinink was 2-for-4 with a solo homerun to lead the PCM, which beat Lynnville-Sully 7-0 in the second of three games of the day at State Center.
Winning 11 of their last 12, the Trojans host Nevada tonight in a Heart of Iowa Conference clash.