Postseason baseball offers teams a fresh start, and for four innings, Edgewood-Colesburg looked like a team poised to take advantage, before MFL MarMac exploded for 10 fifth-inning runs to take a 10-0 five-inning win in Class 1A, District 6 play at New Albin, July 13.
Ed-Co starter Alex Jones was in command through the first four frames, allowing no hits, before the wheels came off in the disastrous fifth.
MFL MarMac stroked four hits in the inning and took advantage of three walks, three Ed-Co errors, a run scoring balk and four batters hit by pitch to break open the contest.
“Alex Jones was spectacular on the mound after not seeing significant action as a pitcher since early June,” said Ed-Co coach Aaron Hamann. “We knew he wouldn’t have the endurance to go the distance.”
“Once MFL MarMac scored a couple of runs and we misplayed a ball in the outfield that gave them two more runs, the floodgates opened,” added Hamann. “It didn’t matter who we put on the hill, the Bulldogs were determined to keep scoring. The frustrating part of the inning was that we never had a chance to respond being the visiting team.”
MFL’s big inning came after Ed-Co had a chance to get on the board and grab the lead in the top of the fifth.
Andrew Hoeger-Pint doubled and advanced to third on Tony Wright’s bunt single, giving the Vikings runners on first and third with one out, but a strikeout for the second out led to a baserunning error that ended the threat.
“Miscommunication both on the field and in the batter’s box left us empty-handed going to the bottom of the fifth,” said Hamann.
Offensively, Ed-Co was limited to three hits — a second inning single by Quintin Hess, Hoeger-Pint’s double and the bunt single by Wright.
Jones pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs — two earned — on only two hits while striking out five, walking three and hitting two batters. Hess relieved and allowed five runs — three earned — on two hits while walking one and hitting three batters in the fifth. Spencer Staner pitched to the final two hitters.
“The 10-run inning brought the careers of our dedicated seniors to an abrupt and unintended end,” concluded Hamann.