by sports writer, Malachi David
The Marshfield Chaparrals hosted the Medford Moon Dogs on Sunday afternoon for a Dairyland League game.
The Chaps had a huge offensive day as they beat the Moon Dogs 12-3.
The Moon Dogs struck first in the 2nd inning with a one run.
The Chaps got their scoring started in the bottom of the second. The inning started with Sam Schwanebeck getting walked. Lucius Messerschmidt followed that up with a single.
Then Alex Steines had a sacrifice bunt that advanced Schwanebeck and Messerschmidt.
Bobby Pilz then hit a single that scored Schwanebeck. Nate McDonald, Riley Erickson, and Curtis Engelbret were each walked to score Messerschmidt and Pilz.
The Moon Dogs got on the board with one more run in the top of the fourth to make it 3-2.
The Chaps added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 4-2. That run was scored by Steines on a passed ball.
The Moon Dogs closed the gap once again in the top of the seventh with another run to make it 4-3.
The Chaps came out in the bottom of the eighth with victory on their minds. They had a total of 13 at-bats. The inning started off with four straight singles by Justin Rayburn, Erickson, Engelbret, and Luke Wirtz. After the Chaps tallied six hits and four walks in the inning, they scored eight more runs.
The Chaps had Jack Donahue on the mound for seven innings. Donahue put together a good game that saw a lot of easy plays for the defense. He finished with 97 pitches, seven hits, and three runs.
Ryan Metz came in for Donahue in the eighth and finished out the game by not allowing anymore runs. After getting out of a jam in the eighth, Metz was greeted with chants from the crowd of “Fear the beard!”.
All nine of the Chaps batters got on base at least once.
The Chaps also finished the game having been walked by the Moon Dogs 12 times.
The Chaparrals have a brief hiatus before they play again at home on July 12. That game will be at 7:30. They will host the Everest Merchants.