Marshall hands Chiefs first loss
Visiting Santa Fe scored the first run, but the Class 4 Marshall Owls gained a 3-1 lead by the second inning, en route to a 5-3 victory Monday.
Wyatt Wilkinson singled, stole second base and scored on a two-out single by Keaton Graf for the Chiefs' initial blow.
Marshall tied the game in the bottom of the first on a single, an error, two walks and another miscue.
The Chiefs failed to put the ball in play in the top of the second, all three batters going down on strikes.
The Owls rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame. A single, a stolen base, a walk and a passed ball put runners on second and third with no outs. An infield ground out scored one run. The other came home on a two-out base hit.
Santa Fe got one of the runs back in the top of the third. Truman Sleeper singled, moved to second on a base hit by Wilkinson and scored on a one-out double by Curry. But on the same play, Wilkinson was gunned down at the plate.
Graf, who started the game on the hill for the Chiefs, wriggled off the hook in the bottom of the third, Marshall getting a runner to second on a walk and an error with two outs. Graf got the next Owls' batter to ground out.
But Marshall broke through to add to its lead with a run in the fourth on a walk, a passed ball and two straight balls back to the mound.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Wilkinson singled. He eventually scored without the Chiefs getting another hit.
Santa Fe reliever Chad Tieman came on and set down the Owls in order in the fifth.
Ben Hinz started a two-out scoring chance for the Chiefs in the top of the sixth with a base hit. Gavin Bargfrede was hit by a pitch. But with runners on first and second, Sleeper fanned on a 3-2 pitch.
Marshall added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff double and a two-out two-bagger in the bottom of the sixth.
Santa Fe, 1-1, went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.
The Chiefs had six hits, including two singles each from Hinz and Wilkinson, a double by Curry and a base hit by Sleeper.
In his four innings on the hill, Graf, the losing pitcher, fanned four. Tieman whiffed two in two frames.