Bulldogs score victories over NFV, Postville

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Ben Krambeer celebrates with his teammates after his first career homerun in game one of the Bulldogs’ doubleheader against the TigerHawks. He also doubled in the game, drove in two runs and scored twice. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Cullen McShane, shown here scoring a run against NFV on June 21, had an exciting week highlighted by his first two career homeruns.

Quinn McGeough catches a pitch from battery mate Max Havlicek in game one of MFL MarMac's doubleheader sweep of NFV.

Kaden Stocker singled, walked, knocked in a run and scored three times in MFL MarMac’s game one doubleheader victory against NFV on June 21. The Bulldogs swept the TigerHawks that night, picking up two of their three conference wins last week.

After an uncharacteristically tough first inning, Havlicek rebounded to hold NFV scoreless in the following three innings of game one of a doubleheader. He gave up six hits and three walks, in addition to hitting a batter, while striking out seven.

Shortstop Jacob Schellhorn was part of a stellar defensive effort by MFL MarMac last week.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The MFL MarMac baseball team improved its overall record to 10-13 and Upper Iowa Conference mark to 8-6 last week, with a combined three wins over North Fayette Valley and Postville followed by a close loss at Turkey Valley.

 

The Bulldogs kicked off the week June 21, sweeping NFV in a home doubleheader. Game one started out rough, with the TigerHawks jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead. MFL MarMac chipped away, though, scoring two runs in the second inning, then crossing home plate an impressive eight times in the third to go up 10-4. The Bulldogs scored three more times in the fourth inning and once in the fifth to win 14-4.

 

The MFL MarMac offense put up nine hits in the game, including the first career homeruns for Ben Krambeer and Cullen McShane. The team also walked seven times and stole seven bases, four of which were by Max Havlicek.

 

Krambeer was 2-4, and had a double along with his homerun. He drove in two runs and scored twice. McShane was 1-4 with the homerun, and drove in a run and scored twice. Havlicek singled, walked twice and scored three runs. Chauncy Drahn doubled, walked, picked up two RBIs and scored a run, while Kaden Stocker singled, walked, knocked in a run and crossed home plate three times.

 

After an uncharacteristically tough first inning, Havlicek rebounded to hold NFV scoreless in the following three. He gave up six hits and three walks, in addition to hitting a batter, while striking out seven. Drahn also pitched one inning for the Bulldogs, allowing just one hit and striking out a batter.

 

Game two was much of the same for the Bulldogs, who cruised to a 12-2 victory. It was the fourth inning when the team did much of its damage this time, scoring six runs. In all, the Bulldogs had 10 hits and three walks and stole five bases.

 

Austin Schlee was 2-3, driving in three runs. Krambeer continued to roll, with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also stole a base. Drahn singled, walked, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Karter Decker went 2-3, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a game-high three runs.

 

The MFL MarMac defense also continued to play well, committing just one error. That aided a stellar pitching performance by Stocker, who allowed only two earned runs on four hits over five innings. He walked three batters and struck out eight.

 

The Bulldogs’ strong play carried over to June 22, as they easily defeated Postville 13-2. The team cranked out nine hits against the Pirates and took advantage of eight walks and a whopping 13 stolen bases, including four from Stocker and three by Krambeer.

 

Stocker was a perfect 3-3 in the game, in addition to walking once, and had three RBIs and two runs scored. McShane was 2-3, doubling and hitting his second homer of the week. Drahn doubled, drove in a run and scored three times, while Havlicek doubled, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs.

 

Drahn was the winning pitcher, surrendering only three hits and one earned run in three innings of work. He walked three batters, hit one and struck out one. McShane also pitched an inning, allowing three hits, a hit batter and one earned run. Jacob Schellhorn pitched one perfect inning, striking out two batters.

 

Unfortunately, MFL MarMac’s winning streak was snapped June 24, as Turkey Valley eked out a 7-5 victory. The Trojans put up two runs in the first inning, and the Bulldogs cut the deficit in half in the third, but Turkey Valley scored twice more in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead. They added another two in the fourth, going up 6-1, before MFL MarMac scratched a run across in the fifth. The Trojans then responded with one run in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-2. Although the Bulldogs scored three times in the seventh, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

 

MFL MarMac has four games on the schedule this week, starting with a big conference doubleheader at South Winneshiek on June 28. The team then hosts Decorah on July 1 and Maquoketa Valley on July 2.

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