OTTAWA — The Marquette Academy baseball team pounded out 14 hits as the Crusaders blanked Putnam County 10-0 in Tri-County Conference action at Masinelli Field on Thursday.It was the second time this week that the Crusaders invoked the 10-run rule against the Panthers.
On Tuesday, MA (12-0 overall, 4-0 in the Tri-County) rode a no-hitter by Bryce Foster in an 11-1 Marquette Academy win. On Thursday, the Blue and Gold handed the ball to sophomore righty John Thompson (4-0), who ended up going five innings, allowing no runs on four hits, striking out two and not issuing a free pass.
“Thompson had a workman-like effort today,” said MA coach Todd Hopkins. “He didn’t have his best stuff. He was wicked when we played Dixon last week. He battled today and showed he was a tough kid. When you don’t have your best stuff, you have to compete out there, and I thought he did that.”
Junior Bryce Jones came on in relief to pitch the sixth inning and set the Panthers down 1-2-3.
The game was a pitchers’ duel between Johnson and PC junior right-hander Luke Carlson (3-2) for the first two and a half innings.Scoreless heading into the bottom of the third, Marquette drew first blood by scoring three runs.
Kyle Cook got the inning started when he reached on an infield single and went to second on a single to right by Nate Melvin. Cook came into score with the first run of the game after Logan Komater ripped a 3-2 Carlson (3-2) pitch into the right-center field gap for the first of his two doubles. Bryce Foster then came to the plate and hit a groundball to PC third baseman Dan Sobatta who tried to tag out Komater, but Komater went around the tag and was safe at third as Melvin ran home to make it 2-0 Cru. Komater then scored when the next batter, Zach Dyche, grounded out.
Connor Durdan started off the Crusader fourth with a single to right and went to second when a Carlson pitch hit Jack Snook in the back.The bases became loaded with Crusaders on Cook’s second hit of the game, a single to center field.Melvin then came up, hit the ball off of Carlson’s glove and was able to beat the throw to first as Durdan came home to give the Cru a 4-0 lead.It became 5-0 when Couch hit into a fielder’s choice, and Komater sent Cook and Couch home when he singled to right.
Marquette struck the final blow in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring three runs to send the Marquette fans home happy with the 10-0 win.Couch led off the inning by ripping a double on a 1-0 pitch just fair inside the third-base line and went to third on a Komater (4-for-4, two runs, three RBIs) single.
“He (Komater) saw the ball real well today and didn’t try to do too much,” said Hopkins. “He hits the ball hard.”
The Crusaders wrapped up the game when Foster came home on a wild pitch by Putnam County (7-8-1, 4-3) relief pitcher Luke Olson.
“You can only hold down a lineup like Marquette’s for so long,” said PC coach Chris Newsome. “They put the ball in play well. We knew they would do that, and we knew we would have to play clean, and we didn’t play as clean as we wanted to.”
Along with Komater’s four hits, Marquette got two hits from Melvin, Durdan and Cook, while Couch added a double.
At Masinelli Field, Ottawa
Marquette 10, Putnam County 0 (6 inn.)
PUTNAM CO. (0) — Holmes ss 3-0-1-0, Dzierzynski 2b 3-0-1-0, Huffstodt lf 3-0-0-0, Whitney cf 3-0-0-0, Kreiser 1b 3-0-1-0, Carlson p 2-0-0-0, Just 3b 0-0-0-0, Colby rf 2-0-0-0, Tonozzi c 2-0-0-0, Olson dh-p 2-0-1-0 Sobatta 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-0-4-0.
MARQUETTE (10) — Melvin ss 4-1-2-1. Couch 2b 4-2-1-1, Komater cf 4-2-4-3, Foster 3b 3-1-0-2, Dyche c 3-0-0-1, Dougherty ph 1-0-0-0, Killelea 1b 4-0-1-0, Durdan dh 4-1-2-0, Thompson p 0-0-0-0, Jones p 0-0-0-0, Snook rf 3-1-1-1, Cook lf 3-2-2-0. Totals 33-10-14-8.
Putnam Co. (7-8-1, 4-3) 000 000 — 0 4 2
Marquette (12-0, 4-0) 003 403 — 10 14 1
LOB – Putnam County 5; Marquette 6. 2B – Komater 2, Couch. SB – Dzierzynski, Couch.
Putnam Countyip r er h bb k
Carlson (L, 3-2) 5.0 10 8 14 1 4
Olson 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
Thompson (W 4-0) 5.0 0 0 4 0 2
Jones 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Foster scored with two outs to enforce the 10-run rule.