2017-03-16 / Sports

Marlins return to mound

Shawn Mitchell
Sports writer

Port Aransas, led by three hits from leadoff hitter Logan Kreutziger, did not look completely out of sorts during its basketball-delayed varsity baseball opener on Tuesday, March 7.

The Marlins pieced together some decent at-bats, got a pair of outstanding two-inning efforts from pitchers Ryan Brown and Kreutziger and trailed visiting Skidmore Tynan 5-4 after five innings.

But few teams, if any, are going to win a game in which they commit nine errors and walk 11 batters, as the Marlins did in an eventual 15-4 loss.

“We were right there, but giving up nine runs in the last two innings will kill you,” Port Aransas coach James Garrett said. “We’ve got to eliminate those errors and those walks.”

Kreutziger led the Marlins in minutes during a basketball season that ended with a regional semifinal loss to Mumford three days prior.

He was sharp on the mound, striking out five of six batters, and ripped three base hits into center field. But Kreutziger struggled at shortstop, where he committed four errors.

“It was expected to come out with one day of practice and be a little rusty,” Kreutziger said. “We made a couple of errors that we usually would never have. But that will come with time.”

Skidmore left- hander Westin Keese threw six strong innings for the Bobcats. He struck out eight, walked two and allowed a single earned run.

“We didn’t look like we were completely lost at the plate,” Garrett said. “We need to be a little more aggressive and stop waiting around, but we’ll get that rust off and be OK.”

The Bobcats batted around in a wild 5-run third inning against Zach Brown, who threw 42 pitches in his only inning of work.

The Marlins answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and cut the lead to 5-4 when Kreutziger scored an error in the bottom of the fifth.

But the Bobcats combined to score 10 runs off Marlins pitchers Jace Maxham and Michael Mendoza in the sixth and seventh innings, blowing open a once-close game that served as the Marlins’ only true varsity test before it opened district play against small-school power Refugio in a game postponed until Monday, March 13, by rain.

“It’s Refugio, and then three against the other teams that are supposed to be right there at the top (of the district),” Garrett said. “So, it’s jump right in.”

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