MFL MarMac baseball team is off to 3-1 start

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Max Havlicek sends the ball from third to first in the game against the War Eagles. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Chaise Ziegler went 2-4 with two RBIs in MFL MarMac’s 9-5 win over Clayton Ridge/Central on June 16.

Senior pitcher Kaleb Tilson tossed five innings against Clayton Ridge/Central, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs. He struck out four War Eagles.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team is off to a 3-1 start, with wins over Waukon, Clayton Ridge/Central and Kee and a tough loss at Jesup last week.

The 8-6 win at Waukon on June 15 was a comeback affair for the Bulldogs. The team trailed 5-3 heading into the sixth, before scoring three times in the top of the inning and twice more in the seventh to earn the victory.

Senior Cedrick Drahn was 2-3 in the game, driving in one run and scoring twice. Senior JT Stocker also tallied two hits—including a triple—and scored two times. In a 2-4 night, sophomore Cullen McShane had two RBIs and scored once.

Drahn pitched three innings for MFL MarMac, allowing just one hit and two earned runs. He struck out three batters. 

On June 16, the Bulldogs defeated Clayton Ridge/Central 9-5, scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie.

MFL MarMac was busy on the base paths. In addition to nine hits, the team walked a combined nine times and stole 11 bases. Stocker and fellow senior Ethan Stubbs had three apiece. Stubbs also had two of the Bulldog hits, drove in a run and scored twice. Senior Chaise Ziegler went 2-4 with two RBIs, while senior Kaleb Tilson racked up two hits and a run scored. 

On the mound, Tilson tossed five innings for the Bulldogs, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs. He struck out four War Eagles.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs’ winning momentum was halted June 17, in a 17-11 loss at Jesup. MFL MarMac jumped out to an early 7-4 lead through the second inning, but the J-Hawks crossed the plate eight times in the bottom of the third, going up 12-7. Although the Bulldogs scored twice in both the fourth and fifth innings, they couldn’t close the gap.

Stubbs was 3-3 in the game, stole four bases and scored three times. Junior Max Havlicek was 2-3 and also scored three runs. In another solid game, Ziegler picked up two hits and two RBIs, while Stocker was 1-4 with two RBIs.

The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss June 18, with a big 9-1 conference victory over Kee. The team did most of its damage in the top of the fifth inning, scoring seven times to break a 1-1 tie.

Drahn picked up the win, allowing just five hits and one earned run in six innings. He whiffed 11 Kee batters.

Offensively, Drahn was also one of MFL MarMac’s leaders, going 2-3 with an RBI and run scored. Freshman Karter Decker doubled, drove in two runs and scored once.

This week, MFL MarMac will take on Turkey Valley in a Thursday, June 25 doubleheader, then host Kee for two games on Friday, June 26.

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