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JM Mayo baseball inside 5-16

By Ben Pherson

bpherson@postbulletin.com

Though the scoreboard read 6-4 in Rochester John Marshall’s favor, both JM coach Terry Heiderscheit and Mayo coach Dan Hoefs agreed that the real winners were the fans at Mayo Field on Thursday.

Those fans were treated to a great high school baseball game, featuring two of the state’s best teams.

"It’s one of those things where you just hope people appreciate and understand what great baseball they just witnessed," Hoefs said.

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Hoefs’ Spartans came out on the losing end, though he said a close loss against a great team like JM will prove valuable to his squad during the Section One, Class AAA playoffs.

"I told the guys afterward, it feels bad now, but losing a close game like this teaches us a lot more than coming out and pounding some team by 10 runs," Hoefs said.

There were many positives for the Spartans. Starting pitcher Tim Meyer worked himself out of several jams. Meyer, a left-handed hurler, stranded two JM runners in the first, one in the second, three in the third and one more in both the fourth and fifth innings.

The Spartans also played solid defense. "The scoreboard said we had three errors, but that was deceiving," Hoefs said. "They didn’t hurt us. And two of them were bad hops in the infield."

Heiderscheit said he was impressed with the Spartans’ play in the field.

"Their infield made some big plays, but that’s what a good team does," Heiderscheit said. "This is a great win; it feels good because it’s against a great team, a team that does the little things it needs to win."

Heiderscheit received a solid performance from starting pitcher Derek Hovick. He tossed all seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Hovick struck out four and did not walk a batter (though he hit two).

"Hovick’s a good chucker," Heiderscheit said. "They were hitting him a little bit, but the defense made plays behind him."

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Meyer took the loss for the Spartans. He went five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, while walking three and striking out two. Mitch Anderson tossed the final two innings, allowing one run.

JM appeared to break the game open with three runs in the third inning. Spencer Brady led off the inning with a towering home run over the left-field fence.

Brian Ness walked, and Jordan Rishavy reached on an error. Both scored on Brian Anderson’s two-RBI double.

But back came the Spartans, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the third. Matt Leisen started the rally with an infield single and moved to second after Shawn Palmer was hit by a pitch. Mitch Anderson and Mitch Lund followed with back-to-back RBI singles, and Tony Nierman tied the game with an RBI double.

Mayo took its only lead at 4-3 in the fourth. Travis Nordhus led off the inning with a triple and scored on Zach Sallee’s ground out.

But JM reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Ness smacked a two-RBI triple, driving in Hovick and Brett Gwaltney.

The Rockets added an insurance run in the seventh. Pinch runner Kris Long stole second base then scored on Hovick’s RBI single.

JM’s win avenged an earlier 10-8 loss to the Spartans. "That was an ugly game; it was cold, just not fun to play," Heiderscheit said.

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JM is now in first place in the Big Nine Conference at 13-2 (15-2 overall). Mayo dropped to 14-3 overall and 13-3 in the Big Nine.

The Rockets also are the top team in the final Section One, Class AAA coaches poll.

"We’re in a good spot," Brady said. "It feels pretty good right now."

JOHN MARSHALL 6, MAYO 4

JM 003 002 1 — 6 11 0

Mayo 003 100 0 — 4 6 3

John Marshall: Spencer Brady 3-4, HR; Brian Ness 1-4, R, 2 RBI, 3B; Brian Anderson 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B; Ben Moen 2-3, 2B; Derek Hovick 2-4, RBI, R. WP: Hovick 7 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HBP.

Mayo: Shawn Palmer R; Mitch Anderson 1-3, R, RBI; Mitch Lund RBI; Tony Nierman RBI, 2B; Travis Nordhus 3B, R; Zach Sallee RBI; Matt Leisen R. LP: Tim Meyer 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 3 BB, 7 H.

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