The Marshfield summer league baseball club played in an out-of-state tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, last week that also gave them the opportunity to stop in on a game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday.
In their own tournament, the Marshfield boys managed only one win in the series of five games that took place on Thursday and Friday. Thursday afternoon saw the club fall twice, once in a 3-8 loss to Roncalli Catholic out of Omaha and then in a closer 3-6 failed comeback against the South Dakota Bulls, a team out of Sioux City.
On Friday, the team claimed their one win of the tournament in a 6-2 attack on Oneida, Illinois. Recent Marshfield graduate and Evangel University prospect Truett Gardner stood on the mound for the entirety of that victory and tallied eight strikeouts across seven innings.
Unfortunately for Marshfield, the victory did not signal a change in fortune. The team followed up the win with a pair of high-margin losses to Fargo (4-16) and West Line (0-8) in the afternoon and evening.
“We’ve had a tougher time this summer than in the spring, but we’ve played some tough teams,” said head coach William Pate. “It’s good, though. It’s good for them to know we’ve got to grow.”
The real highlight of the trip came later on Friday night, when the Marshfield squad got to attend game 12 of the College World Series clash between Vanderbilt and Louisville.
“It was a lot of fun for the guys, and it was great for them to get to see competition at such a high level,” said Pate. “They really enjoyed it and got something out of it.”
The summer leaguers will next come closer to home with a trip to the Hillcrest tournament on Friday and Saturday.