The Marshfield Post 54 Senior American Legion baseball team came up on the short end of a pair of one run games, losing to Plover in nine innings 3-2 on Tuesday at home and 4-3 at Stevens Point on Wednesday at Bukolt Park.
Against Plover, the teams exchanged runs with Marshfield tying the game 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
The score held until the ninth when Plover struck for a run against Marshfield reliever Preston Wagner.
Dylan Baumgartner had a one-out single, stole second, and scored on an error to give Plover (21-10, 11-1 Wisconsin Valley Legion League) a 3-2 lead.
Jacob Earll had a two-out double for Marshfield in the bottom of the ninth, but pinch runner Tragen Bogdonovich was stranded when Dylan Davis struck out Cole Hediger to end the game.
Kenny Schultz earned the win for Plover, striking out 11 in eight innings of work.
Riley Boushack, Isaiah Baierl, Eli Drexler and Ty Pankratz each had two hits for Marshfield.
Marshfield jumped on Stevens Point with a run in the top of the first on a fielder’s choice RBI by Devyn Palmer.
Stevens Point struck back in the bottom of the inning when Zach Zimmerman scored on a double steal. Justin Morton was thrown out stealing second, but Zimmerman, who led off with a single, scored on the play to tie the game.
Point went ahead for good in the fifth when Praefke scored on a groundout by Cychosz, and Morton smacked a two-run homer in the sixth to push the Sixers up 4-1.
Marshfield mounted a rally in the seventh as Mason Coffren singled and Palmer doubled.
Coffren was throw out at home after a groundball by Ben Gust, and after another fielder’s choice out, Drexler singled home Gust.
With Earll batting, Drexler stole second and Pankratz came home to score when the throw to second went errant.
With Drexler on third, Earll grounded out to finish the game.
Hediger was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing just three hits.
Marshfield will host Stevens Point on Thursday as part of a Junior-Senior doubleheader that begins at 4:30 p.m.
Plover 3, Marshfield 2 (9 inn.)
Plover 010 010 001 – 3 13 0
Marshfield 100 010 000 – 2 10 0
WP: Kenny Schultz. LP: Preston Wagner. SV: Dylan Davis.
SO: Schultz (8 inn.) 11, Davis (1 inn.) 2; Will Voss (7 inn.) 2, Wagner (2 inn.) 3. BB: Schultz 1, Davis 0; Voss 4, Wagner 1.
Top hitters: P, Kaden Roberts 2×5, run; Jack Kelly 3×5, RBI; Cam Stampfli 2×4; Austin Beyer 2×4; Mike Glodosky 1×4, RBI. M, Riley Boushack 2×4, 2B, run; Isaiah Baierl 2×4; Eli Drexler 2×3, RBI; Ty Pankratz 2×4; Jacob Earll 2B.
Records: Plover; Marshfield 11-13, 5-6 Wisconsin Valley Legion League; Plover 21-10, 11-1 WVLL.
Stevens Point 4, Marshfield 3
Marshfield 100 000 2 – 3 7 1
Stevens Point 100 012 x – 4 3 2
WP: Zach Zimmerman. LP: Cole Hediger.
SO: Hediger 2; Zimmerman 0. BB: Hediger 3; Zimmerman 0.
Top hitters: M, Mason Coffren 2×3; Devyn Palmer 2B, RBI; Eli Drexler 1×1, RBI. SP, Justin Morton HR, 2 RBIs; Isaac Cychosz RBI.
Records: Marshfield 11-14, 5-7 Wisconsin Valley Legion League; Stevens Point 14-8, 4-7 WVLL.