Wotell's homer helps MR keep win streak alive
MARVIN — Sophomore Max Wotell hit a sixth inning home run and Zach Kuchmaner went the distance on the mound as Marvin Ridge High's baseball team defeated Porter Ridge 5-2 on Tuesday.
The Mavericks (14-2, 7-0 SCC) extended their winning streak to 11 by scoring five runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Marvin Ridge coach Mark Mennit was worried about his team's focus coming off a short vacation after going 3-0 at the East Meck Spring Break Classic early last week.
"We had a good practice yesterday but sometimes you have an aura about you and I wasn't sure when we started today," Mennit said. "We were focused and you've got to be."
Kuchmaner was locked in a pitcher's duel with Pirates (10-5, 6-1 SCC) starter Chase Shuford. Neither gave up a hit over the first three innings and Shuford had faced the minimum nine batters thanks to a pick off in the first and an inning ending double play in the third.
Jacob Henderson scored the first run of the game after leading off the bottom of the fourth with a single.
Joe Tietjen drove in Henderson right away with a double to left and came across the plate two outs later on Zach Kuchmaner's RBI single.
Kyle Corgan pushed the Mavs' lead to 3-0 in the fifth with a one-out double. He moved to third on a balk and scored on a passed ball.
The Pirates fought back in the top of the sixth with Zach Blalock's one-out single followed by Jerrick Robbins' double that put runners on second and third.
Blalock scored on Jake Sullivan's single up the middle. Robbins eventually scored when Sullivan left first early and created a run down that allowed Robbins to cut the lead to 3-2.
Wotell gave his team an insurance run with a solo homer to right that gave MR a 4-2 lead.
Zach Kuchmaner followed with a single to left. He scored the final run when his brother Vic Kuchmaner singled to right. An errant throw allowed Zach to cross the plate for a three-run cushion.
"That's a good club we just played right there," Mennitt said. "They had a good arm on the mound with a plus-breaking ball. I thought we had some good swings early and they made some plays. We finally scratched a run here and there. We didn't get that many hits but we swung the bat and we got the big runs late. That was huge coming back, after giving up two, and getting two of our own. That was big."
The Pirates couldn't get anything going in the top of the seventh as they went three up, three down to end the game.
Shuford took the loss. He went six innings, giving up seven hits, five runs (three earned) and two walks while striking out three.
Kuchmaner held the Pirates to four hits and both runs were earned. He struck out five and walked two.
Sullivan led the Pirates at the plate with a 2-for-3 day and also had an RBI.
Zach Kuchmaner was the only Maverick with more than one hit; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.