First-ever Marceline-Brookfield prep baseball clash Friday

Postponed April 8; game time at Brookfield’s Rusk Park 5 p.m.; no-hitter for Northwestern senior

As reported to LCL
Marceline Tigers and Brookfield Bulldogs

BROOKFIELD — Set back by the weather nearly three weeks ago, the inaugural high school baseball battle between Brookfield and Marceline teams is reset for this Friday (April 30) at 5 p.m.

The weather forecast for the action at Rusk Park field in Brookfield is very promising, although not quite as warm as it was early this week. The expectation is there’ll be plentiful sunlight with a game-time temperature around 70 degrees.

Regardless of what happened with their two games each against other foes earlier this week, the first-ever meeting – this is BHS’ first year hosting the sport and Marceline had its first year in 2019 (both were to play last year, but that was canceled by COVID-19) will bring together teams with sub-.500 records to date in 2021.

After winning the debut game in their history, Brookfield’s Bulldogs dropped seven of their last eight (entering this week), defeating only Milan 21-11 at home early last week. BHS hosted Monroe City in Clarence Cannon Conference action Monday and is to visit Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris at Galt tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Last week saw the ’Dogs follow the win over Milan with a 7-6 loss to the Tri-County/Gallatin club at Jamesport on Wednesday and a 15-0 league loss at Palmyra on Friday. Brookfield stands 1-4 in the CCC.

Marceline sat at 3-6 at the beginning of this week and had games slated for Monday at Harrisburg and at home today against Fayette at 5 p.m. Those both are Lewis and Clark Conference contests.

MHS’ squad, on a 5-games losing streak as it headed to Harrisburg, fell at home to Scotland County 10-5 last Thursday in its most-recent outing. That left the Tigers 1-4 in the conference.

In that contest, Marceline had six hits – all singles and all by different players. Additionally, each of the runs was scored by a different Tiger and the five runs batted in were spread evenly among a handful.

In addition to the six hits, MHS drew nine bases on balls, led by two apiece by Jaxon Schmitt, Brendon Catron and Tanner Sayre. Sayre was the only one of the three also to have a hit.

Nearly half (10) of the 21 outs Marceline made were on strikeouts.

No information was shared on who pitched for the Tigers.

NORTHWESTERN

MENDON — Big senior righthander Hunter Stockwell of Northwestern High and the BKN Thunder co-op team almost-totally shackled visiting Bevier last Thursday, firing a 4-innings no-hitter in the Thunder’s 15-0 non-conference victory at the NHS field.

The senior faced only two batters over the minimum, allowing one walk and hitting another Wildcat. He moved down eight of the 14 Bevier batters on strikes. He threw only 58 pitches.

The contest ended early on the 15-runs-lead rule when the Thunder unleashed an avalanche of 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth. When the margin reached 15, play was halted without completing the fourth.

The Brunswick-Keytesville-Northwestern club had put a run on the board in the first and two in the third before erupting.

BKN was pretty efficient, leaving only five runners on base while stroking nine hits, drawing six walks, having four hit batsmen, and benefitting from four Bevier boo-boos in the field.

Individually, H. Stockwell was his own best backer, driving in five runs from the cleanup spot while going three for three and walking once. He scored twice and had one of BKN’s two extra-base hits – a double. The other 2-bagger came off the bat of Christian Brockman, a Keytesville junior.

Northwestern sophomore Jase Adams had the only other multi-hits game for the Thunder (9-1), going two for four with three runs scored and two driven in.

After a week’s break from game action, the Thunder is to travel to face Prairie Home/Bunceton’s co-op Friday.

LINN COUNTY

The Mustangs dipped to 2-7 when they were ripped 19-4 by Tri-County Conference foe Atlanta on April 19.

They were to have had home games against Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris this past Monday  and Salisbury yesterday before getting back into TCC play at La Plata Friday at 5 p.m.