Marshals Sweep Doubleheader with Strykers
After transportation issues forced a postponement of Thursday night's game between the Texas Marshals and Woodlands Strykers, the two teams met in Dallas on Friday night for a doubleheader. The Marshals won both games to sweep the two-game series, winning game one by a final of 6-5 and game two 3-1. It marked the first time this season that the Marshals have won back-to-back games.
In game one, the Strykers were able to get out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Mark Whitehead singled, stole second and third, and came into score on a throwing error by the Marshals catcher.
Whitehead was in the middle of things again in the top of the third inning as he singled, advanced to third on a base hit by Garrett Lozano, and scored by stealing home in-between pitches as the caught the Marshals battery off-guard.
The Marshals answered in the bottom of the fourth inning as Chase Daughdrill scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Daniel Rushing.
The Strykers broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning as Whitehead came into score on an RBI triple by Lozano. Lozano would come into score on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Santana before Dirk Masters drilled a solo home run to left-centerfield to put the Strykers ahead 5-1.
However the Marshals would answer in the bottom of the fifth inning as Daughdrill hit his first home run of the season, a three run shot to left-centerfield, to pull the Marshals within a run at 5-4.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and runners on second and third, Carlos Contreras slapped a base hit to left field to score Daniel Rushing and Carson Shaddy. The throw from left field looked to have beat Shaddy to the plate, but Shaddy did a great job of avoiding the catcher's tag to put the Marshals on top 6-5.
Chad Nelson retired the Strykers in order in the top of the seventh inning to earn the save and preserve the 6-5 win for the Marshals. Collin Sherrod picked up the win as he tossed a scoreless sixth inning with one strikeout.
Daughdrill led the Marshals offensively in game one as he went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
Austin Brooks tossed a gem for the Marshals in game two to pick up his second win of the season. Brooks went 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Oliver Christensen led things off for the Marshals with a double in the bottom of the first inning and would later score on an RBI single by Carlos Contreras to put the Marshals ahead 1-0.
The score would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth inning as Christensen delivered a clutch two-run double down the right field line to score Casey Mullennix and Adonis Askew putting the Marshals ahead 3-0.
Brooks went back out in the top of the seventh inning to try to close the game out, but was lifted after giving up a sacrifice fly to Conner Kalisky. Jeff Harvill came on in relief and picked up the save as he preserved the 3-1 win for the Marshals.
Christensen led the way offensively for the Marshals in game two as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a runs scored.
With the two wins, the Marshals improve to 6-17 on the season. The Strykers fall to 8-18 with the losses. The Marshals will head to Victoria on Saturday to begin a two-game series with the Victoria Generals starting at 7:35pm.
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