PLYMOUTH — Mishawaka Marian opened and closed the door on John Glenn all in one inning.
The Knights got off to a bumpy start as two errors and a base hit loaded the bags with no outs in the top of the first, but Marian ace Taylor Krugh came right back at Glenn batters for three straight strikeouts to wiggle off the hook, and the Falcons barely threatened again in a 4-0 Marian win at the Class 3A Plymouth Baseball Sectional at Bill Nixon Field Monday.
The Knights went on to win the championship with an 8-0 shutout of Rochester, which rallied past Plymouth 9-8 in the late semifinal Monday afternoon.
“That first inning was the game. They opened the gate and they closed the gate,” said Glenn head baseball coach John Nadolny. “He slammed it. Give them credit, they’re a great ball club. They’re very, very solid up and down the lineup.”
Krugh struck out nine with no walks and scattered four hits in the win over Glenn.
“I think some people thought we were going to hold him back,” said Marian head coach Tim Prister. “But I knew we’d have a hard time hitting (Glenn pitcher Sean) Liedtky, and I didn’t want to leave a bullet in the chamber as well say.
The Falcons almost scored a run on a Ross Columbia single to right in the fifth, but Mark Einhorn hesitated starting from first and was thrown out at the plate. He was the only runner to reach scoring position for Glenn after the first.
Meanwhile, the Knights put up just six runs off Glenn’s Sean Liedtky but scratched out an unearned run in the top of the first on an infield error, then scored another run after a lead-off single from Andrew Price in the third. Robert Norell doubled in a run and scored when Price put a ball in play to third for Marian’s final runs in the sixth.
“We had one of the most prolific hitting teams in the history of our school, and it’s dried up the last few games,” said Marian head coach Tim Prister. “We’ve had to scratch and claw for everything that we get offensively.”
John Glenn closes out its season at 17-10 after winning sole possession of the Northern State Conference championship.
The team loses just three seniors in Columbia, Liedtky and all-time hits leader and shortstop Brock Solmos with Monday’s defeat.
• MISHAWAKA MARIAN 4,
JOHN GLENN 0
At Class 3A Plymouth Baseball Sectional
Glenn: 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Marian: 101 002 X — 4 6 3
Taylor Krugh (W) and Josh Turnock; Sean Liedtky (L) and Charlie Dreessen.
2B: Robert Norell (M), Andrew Price (M).
Record: Glenn 17-10 (Final).