Marshfield’s first-inning homer ends Sixers’ season
By Jacob Heid
PLOVER – The Stevens Point Sixers played in another close battle, this time vs. the Marshfield Blue Devils.
In an elimination game for both sides in the AAA American Legion regionals, Marshfield got the best of Point, 1-0, on Jul. 20.
On the second consecutive day where the Sixers ended in a 1-0 game, they came out on the losing end in both.
Marshfield got that run right away in the second at-bat of the game.
Brock Bennington drilled a Deacan Koback pitch to left field that was a no-doubter over the fence.
Peyton Flees tried to help the Sixer offense by leading off the top of the second with a walk.
He moved to third, but Stevens Point couldn’t cash him in.
Koback, despite the home run, pitched a great game for Stevens Point. He threw the full six innings that Marshfield took the plate, collecting eight strikeouts.
He allowed two base runners in a few innings but kept his team within a score.
Koback helped himself out in the top of the sixth by hitting a one-out double.
A lineout and pop-up kept Koback stranded at second, and the score remained 1-0.
Down to the final outs, the Sixers went down swinging.
Infield singles by Josh Opiola and Tyler Giese put runners on the corners after Opiola advanced to second on a wild pitch in Giese’s at-bat.
With two outs, Jacob Garth swung on and missed an 0-2 pitch that ended the game.
The Stevens Point Sixers end the summer season with an overall record of 15-14.