Busy week puts Bulldogs at 3-4

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Chauncy Drahn helped the MFL MarMac offense score over 40 runs last week, including a 27-run outburst in the win over Postville. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Kaden Stocker and the Bulldogs held off Kee for most of the game one match-up on May 26, but a late rally gave the Hawks an 8-2 win. Kee also won the second game of the twin bill.

Parker Kuehl reaches first base in the Bulldogs’ game one loss to Kee on May 26.

Bulldog second baseman Bryce Radloff throws to first in the double header against the Hawks.

Ben Krambeer makes contact in MFL MarMac's May 26 games versus Kee.

Carver Blietz-Bentien scored one of the Bulldogs' runs in the 8-2 loss to Kee on May 26.

Outfielder Elias Hatt sends a ball to the infield.

Quinn McGeough drops down a bunt against the Hawks.

Shortstop Jacob Schellhorn prepares to throw to first.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The MFL MarMac baseball team is now 3-4, following a busy week of games that included wins over North Tama and Postville and losses to Columbus Catholic and Kee.

 

The Bulldogs faced North Tama and Columbus Catholic on May 23, at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium. They trailed the Red Hawks 5-3 after the first two frames, but tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then went ahead with a two-run sixth to win 7-5.

 

Carver Blietz-Bentien led the team with three hits, and also drove in a run, stole a base and scored twice. Elias Hatt was 2-2, including a double, and walked twice. His stat line included an RBI and two runs as well. Landon Johnson doubled and knocked in two runs, while Parker Kuehl went 1-4 with a stolen base and RBI. 

 

The win went to senior Chauncy Drahn, who allowed five hits over five innings while walking just one batter and striking out two.

 

MFL MarMac couldn’t keep that momentum going against the Sailors, who scored in all but two innings to win 9-2. Bulldog pitching allowed 14 hits and five walks in the loss; eight of the nine runs were earned.

 

The offense, meanwhile, managed just four hits—singles by Hatt, Drahn, Kuehl and Jacob Schellhorn—but walked five times and stole three bases. Kuehl drove in Stocker and Drahn for the two runs.

 

Offense wasn’t an issue the following night, as the Bulldogs blasted Postville 27-2 for their first conference victory. They were already up 5-1 after the first inning, when a 20-run second put the game firmly in hand.

 

MFL MarMac compiled 14 hits and took advantage of 13 walks and six hit by pitches. Players also stole a whopping 15 bases, including three each by Schellhorn and Blietz-Bentien and two from Stocker, Johnson and Kuehl.

 

Stocker was a perfect 3-3, with two singles and a double, and walked once. He picked up four RBIs and also crossed the plate a team-high four times. Drahn, who was 1-2 and got hit twice, knocked in another four runs and scored two times. Blietz-Bentien finished the night 2-2 with a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored, while  Johnson was 2-3 with a hit by pitch, drove in two runs and scored twice. Schellhorn singled, walked three times, drove in a pair and crossed home plate three times.

 

Junior Austin Evanson picked up the win for MFL MarMac, surrendering only four hits and two earned runs in four innings. He walked three Pirates and struck out four.

 

The Bulldogs wrapped up the week May 26, suffering a tough home double header sweep at the hands of Kee, the preseason number one ranked team in Class 1A. MFL MarMac fell prey to big innings in both the losses, including a six-run rally in game one that gave the Hawks an 8-2 advantage. In the second match-up, Kee held just a 5-4 lead through four innings, but ended up winning 20-4 thanks to four runs in the fifth and 10 in the seventh.

 

This week’s schedule is a little lighter for the Bulldogs, who will travel to Alburnett on June 1, then to South Winneshiek on June 2.

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