Triton dimes Marquette in 5 at Culver
CULVER — Coming into the Trojans’ Sectional 51 game against Marquette Catholic, Triton head coach Jim Shively had a hunch the outcome would hinge on his players’ performance at the plate.
The Trojans put up 13 hits and capitalized on some wild pitching by the Blazers to win in a five-inning runs-ahead rule diming, 21-11 at the Culver Community Sectional Friday.
“I really wanted us to come out and hit the ball well tonight; that’s really what I was looking for,” said Shively. “Obviously we don’t want to make mistakes on defense, but I wanted to just attack them on the mound and go after them, and if they hit it, they hit it. I wanted us to come back and hit the ball right back at them. That’s what ended up happening, and eventually we had enough to take care of them.”
The Trojans put up 10 runs batting through the order during a big fourth inning, culminating in a Bryson Mosier grand slam straight out to center to give Triton a 19-7 lead. Not finished yet, Marquette answered back with four runs of its own in the top of the fifth on three walks and two hits as Trojans reliever Cole Creighbaum began to struggle with control issues after taking a line drive in the back last week, cutting the Blazers’ deficit to eight runs.
But Marquette lefty Patrick Cannon walked the bases loaded, hit Cody Shively with a pitch and gave Creighbaum a base on balls to score the walk-off and the five-inning defeat.
All total, Blazers pitchers hit nine Triton batters and walked another six to hand the Trojans the game.
“I’ve never told kids to let yourself get hit, but the kids need to kind of encourage each other. Not saying jump in front, but tournament time good teams don’t move out of the way all the time,” said Shively. “Obviously you don’t want to let yourself get hit in the head, but it’s part of the game. I know when we won state one year I think we got hit more in that state tournament than we did in the three years before that, and that’s because guys were going to take their base and take advantage of what they got.”
Marquette jumped on top early with two runs in the top of the first as Marc Shively opened the game giving up back-to-back doubles, and Nate Shinn advanced to third and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Triton responded with three runs of its own to take a 3-2 lead off five hits in the bottom half of the inning, including a two-run single by Cody Shively.
The Blazers retook the lead with a four-run second that included a three-run homer from Cannon before Creighbaum was called in to relieve Lindsey and induced a groundout to second with the bases loaded to end the side with the Trojans trailing 6-3.
Triton responded with a big inning of its own, however, plating six runs on four hits — including Pete Kauffman’s two-run double — two hit batsmen and a walk to put the Trojans back in the driver’s seat 9-6. Creighbaum pitched a shutout inning in the third, then gave up just one run as Marquette punished him for a lead-off walk in the fourth before Triton’s big 10-run frame that put the game out of reach.
The Trojans were led at the plate by leadoff hitter Mosier, who went 3-for-5 with a grand slam, a walk, five RBI and three runs scored, while Kauffman also finished 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run for Triton in the win.
The Trojans advance to the tournament semifinal Monday against host Culver in a game scheduled for 12:30 p.m. following an earlier semifinal between Oregon-Davis and South Central at 10 a.m. EDT. The championship is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Triton is looking for its third win this season against the defending sectional-champion Cavaliers after handing them a pair of losses in Northern State Conference play this year. Culver enters the game after winning eight of its last 12 games following an 0-12 start to the season, and Shively is wary of overlooking them.
“They’ve gotten a lot better as the year’s gone on,” said the Triton skipper. “They struggled early on, but they’ve really seemed to find their stride here. They’re a very good team. It’s going to be an even game, and if we play well I think we’re going to be OK, but if we come out and make mistakes — it’s high school baseball. The team that makes the least mistakes is usually the team that’s going to win.”
• TRITON 21,
MARQUETTE 11 (5 inn.)
At Culver Sectional
Marquette: 240 14 — 11 11 6
Triton: 360 (10)2 — 21 13 5
Isaiah Papineau, Nate Shinn (L, 4), Patrick Cannon (5); Marc Lindsey, Cole Creighbaum (W, 2)
2B: Cannon (M), Daniel Miller (M), Shinn (M), Pete Kauffman (T)
HR: Cannon, Bryson Mosier (T)
Records: Triton 12-15, Marquette 5-20 (final).