East Marshall slugs out a pair of victories

GILMAN – East Marshall brought out the bats for its home tournament Saturday, racking up 23 runs in a pair of wins to take the championship.

The Mustangs defeated Cardinal of Eldon, 13-3 in five innings in the first game of the day, and then turned back PCM 10-6 in the title match.

In the opener, East Marshall got a five-hitter from Adam Puumala and the bats backed him with 11 hits. Sam Benzing finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and four runs scored, and Luke Svendsen was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Kyle Harris went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, and Nate DeBondt was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Nick Long added the Mustangs’ only extra-base hit, a triple, and scored twice.

Puumala struck out four, walked two and hit a batter in going all five innings for the win.

In the nightcap, DeBondt and Caleb Benzing teamed up on the mound, with DeBondt earning the win for his 4 2/3 innings of work.

Nick Mommer led the Mustang offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sam Benzing was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs, while Kyle Harris was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs. DeBondt drove in a pair as well.

Next up for East Marshall (9-8) is Monday’s showdown with West Marshall at 7:30 p.m. in State Center.

Royals split at home

ZEARING – Colo-NESCO capitalized on 10 walks issued by CMB pitching, needing only three hits to knock off the Raiders 8-5 at Royals’ home tournament here Saturday.

Colo-NESCO (5-7) fell 9-2 to Pleasantville after the Trojans tallied five runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game. Mark Frohwein, in his first start on the mound this season, wore down and walked five batters in the fifth. Each of them eventually scored.

The Royals’ Brandon Jacobs hit a two-run homer in the second inning to cut Pleasantville’s early advantage in half. Steven Cutler, Matthew Hill and Frohwein each added singles in the loss.

Against CMB, the Royals racked up five runs in the bottom of the fourth to break a 3-all tie, and Tanner Clatt preserved the lead for the pitching win. He allowed six hits and four earned runs, walking one and striking out three over seven innings.

Colo-NESCO’s first five batters in the fifth reached on walks. Free passes to Brady Stoeffler and Christian Reischauer plated runs, and Jacobs added an RBI single in the frame.

Grant Tiarks had a double and Hill singled in the win for the Royals, who host Tripoli on Monday for an Iowa Star Conference doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.