Marlins split twin bill on road trip
The Marlins split a double header on Monday, March 12, after a lengthy road trip to Sabinal, losing to a team of San Antonio home-schooled players, 2-9, but whipping Charlotte, 7-4 in the second game.
Port Aransas managed only one run in the second and sixth innings and committed four errors in the loss to the home schoolers. Coach Brian Flack said players came out flat and stayed that way against the San Antonio team.
“Maybe it was a combination of Spring Break, waking up early (for the trip) and a long drive, I don’t know. We have played better,” he said.
However, he also pointed out that it’s only the team’s eighth day together after the close of basketball post-season play.
John Amundsen pitched the first three innings for the Marlins, walking five and allowing six hits and seven runs, five of which were earned. The loss went to him.
Christian Johnson took over for another 1 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking three, while allowing two hits and two runs.
Blue Shodrock finished the game, striking out three and walking one while allowing no runs in 1 2/3 innings.
The offense came from Tyler Pate, who went two for three; Jake Roberts, one for two; and Alex Groseclose and Shodrock, each of whom got one hit in three trips to the plate.
Perhaps the Marlins had awakened by the time they faced the Charlotte Trojans, still on the Sabinal diamond. They put together four runs in the first inning and three in the second on their way to the 7-4 victory, picking up 11 hits on the way.
Pate took the mound for three innings and struck out five, walking three and allowing three hits and all four of the Eagles’ runs, two of which were earned.
Caleb Rogers took over for three innings and struck out four. He allowed one hit and one walk, with no runs scoring, and picked up the win.
Andrew Groseclose pitched the final inning, fanning one and allowing two hits and no runs.
The offense came from Alex Groseclose, three for three with a walk and two RBIs; Shodrock, two for four and an RBI; and Nick Maxham, two for two and two RBIs.
Also, Rogers was one for two, including two walks; he scored twice. Roberts was one for four and batted in a run; Andrew Follett got one hit and an RBI in three at-bats and Zach Cleveland went one for one and scored a run.