The recurring theme for the Martin Oil Federation League baseball team so far this season has been the struggling offense. That continued on Friday evening, but they were able to score enough runs all in one inning on Friday evening against Patton Legion.
Martin Oil scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 3-0 deficit and come away with a 4-3 win on Friday at Bellwood-Antis High School.
“Our bats have been struggling,” said Martin Oil manager Brock Anders. “We saw it again today. Luckily we were able to get them out, and get a few runs and get enough to win.”
Patton Legion scored all three runs in the top of the first inning off Martin Oil starter Troy Walker, but Patton Legion was only able to get one more baserunner in the last six innings.
Walker threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out four. Mark Stewart went the rest of the way, recording a five-out save and getting three strikeouts.
“Troy really settled down,” said Anders. “I wanted to get him a lot of innings this year. He had some other obligations, but we finally got him some work in. He pitched really well for us.”
Out of Patton Legion’s four hits on the night, three of them came in the first inning. After a leadoff single from Josh Potutschnig, Seth Link doubled to score Potutschnig all the way from first.
Later in the inning, Cody Schreyer singled with the bases loaded to bring home Link and Kaleb Hilyer to give Patton Legion a 3-0 lead.
Although Martin Oil only had one hit in the first three innings on a single from Alex Schmoke, they still left five on base in that time.
However, Walker was putting up matching zeroes in the run columns as he retired 14 in a row at one point.
In the bottom of the fifth, Schmoke got a one-out double down the left field line. He then stole third base, and scored as the throw to third got into left field for Martin Oil’s first run.
After Owen Shaulis and Stewart walked, Cooper Guer singled to bring home Shaulis, while Walker’s two run single scored Stewart and Guyer to give Martin Oil a 4-3 lead.
Link’s second double of the game with one out in the top of the sixth broke Walker’s string of 14 batters sat down, and Anders went to Stewart right after the hit.
Stewart got out of the jam on a bouncer back to the mound and a strikeout. Stewart also recorded a pair of strikeouts in the seventh before another bouncer back to the mound ended the game.
With the win, Martin Oil improved to 13-6 on the season with one game to play this afternoon against Sheetz at Vets’ Field.
Martin Oil will likely be the No. 3 seed in the Federation League playoffs, which will begin on Sunday.
Martin Oil 4, Patton Legion 3
Patton Legion — 3
Potutschnig ss 3110, Link eh 3121, Elias 2b 3000, Lamont c 3000, Hilyer 1b 2100, Blake p-rf 2000, Schreyer cf 3012, Yeckley 3b 2000, Letso lf 2000, Painter rf 2000, Bearer p 0000. Totals: 25-3-4-3.
Martin Oil — 4
Schmoke ss 4120, Shaulis cf 3100, Stewart 2b-p 1100, Guyer c 3111, Walker p-2b 2012, Kovac lf 3000, Bollinger rf 2000, Pluebell 3b 3000, J. Martin dh 1000, Miller 1b 0000. Totals: 22-4-4-3.
Score by Innings
Patton Legion 300 000 0 — 3 4 2 Martin Oil 000 040 x — 4 4 0 Errors: Lamont, Letso. LOB: Patton Legion 3, Martin Oil 7. 2B: Link 2; Schmoke. SB: Link; Schmoke 2, Shaulis. HBP: Hilyer.