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JM baseball 5-14

By Ben Pherson

bpherson@postbulletin.com

Joe Moen deserved a little better.

The Rochester John Marshall pitcher threw a great game Tuesday night at Mayo Field. In fact, JM coach Terry Heiderscheit said Moen deserved a shutout.

But four JM errors and other misplayed balls in the infield allowed Austin to erase Moen’s shutout bid.

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Though the Rockets struggled in the field, there was nothing wrong with their bats. They crushed the ball against three Austin pitchers, to the tune of 15 hits and 14 runs. A five-run sixth inning ended the game, giving the Rockets a 14-4 Big Nine Conference victory.

JM’s fielding woes mainly came in the outfield. Heiderscheit said his outfielders were having trouble seeing the ball.

"It was a tough sky. Once it got dark, it was fine," Heiderscheit said. "But you still have to adjust. It’s a little frustrating, mainly because Joe Moen threw a great game."

Moen earned the win, going all six innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking one.

The Rockets couldn’t have started the game much better. Their first five batters recorded hits, and all five eventually scored.

For the game, the first four Rockets batters — Spencer Brady, Brian Ness, Jordan Rishavy and Bryce Odegarden — accounted for just two outs. Those four batters had 10 hits, six RBIs and 11 runs scored.

"Yeah, the top of our lineup is just killing the ball," Heiderscheit said.

Said Rishavy, "We’ve all been hitting the ball well lately. It’s a total team effort; everyone is putting the ball in play. Everyone has stepped up."

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Rishavy has been the best of the bunch lately, and especially Tuesday night. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and three runs scored. Rishavy’s only out was a hard-hit ball at the second baseman.

For the season, Rishavy, who will play baseball next year at North Iowa Area Community College, is hitting over .500.

"Jordan is on a tear," Heiderscheit said. "He’s hit the ball well all season."

Brady went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double, and a triple that hit off the base of the center-field wall. Odegarden also was 3-for-3. He had two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Brian Anderson had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ness added three runs scored, a double and an RBI.

The Rockets improved to 14-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Nine. They are back in action Thursday against Rochester Mayo at Mayo Field.

JOHN MARSHALL 14, AUSTIN 4, 6 inn.

Austin 000 022 — 4 6 4

John Marshall 530 105 — 14 15 4

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WP — Joe Moen. LP — Dylan Monson.

2B — Spencer Brady (JM), Brian Ness (JM), Brian Anderson (JM), Jordan Rishavy (JM), Nathan Wagner (A). 3B — Brady, Rishavy. RBI — Ness, Rishavy 3, Bryce Odegarden 2 (JM), Anderson 2, Ben Moen (JM). Brett Gwaltney 2 (JM), Steve Rizzi 2 (A). SB — Jason Schmit (A).

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