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A throw gets away from Putnam County first baseman Jake Kasperski as Marquette’s Logan Sparks crosses the bag Wednesday during the Crusaders’ 12-4 victory in a Tri-County Conference game in Granville. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Marquette’s Bryce Hinkelman (No. 12) runs to first base after hitting a line drive past Putnam County first baseman Jake Kasperski during the Crusaders’ 12-4 victory Wednesday in Granville. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
GRANVILLE — He may just be a freshman, but Marquette’s Evan Snyder continues to pitch like he is much older.
Snyder kept the Putnam County baseball team in check for most of the game Wednesday as the Crusaders topped the Panthers 12-4 in Tri-County Conference action at Ken Jenkins Field.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers were looking to get something started against the young Crusader hurler.
Austin Pletsch singled to left field, but Snyder snagged a ground ball from Christian Carboni and started a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning.
“We were able to turn a couple of double plays today to keep them from getting a rally going,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said. “That’s not something we have been able to do a lot of this year, so I hope that this is the start of getting those type of plays more often with regionals coming up next week.”
Marquette got the bats going in the top of the fifth when Curtiss Johnson crushed a lead-off double to centerfield. Logan Sparks followed with an infield single and then stole second base.
The Crusaders then loaded the bases when Snyder walked with no outs.
Marquette took the lead for good with an RBI walk from Elliott Kowalski.
Putnam County’s Jack Egan then took the mound for the first time since he was hit by a line drive against Ottawa on April 2.
Egan got the first batter he faced to fly to center and Xavier Warren prevented another run from scoring with a hard throw home to keep the Panthers’ deficit at 2-1.
The Crusaders, though, took a 3-1 lead when Egan walked Skip Martini before Patrick Killelea hammered a three-run double into the right-field gap for a 6-1 lead.
PC’s Justin Pettit walked to lead off the bottom half of the inning, but Jake Kasperski flied out to center and Evan Kreiser grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Sparks doubled to lead off the top of the sixth and then later scored on a squeeze by Kowalski for a 7-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Crusaders put the game away for good as they added five runs.
Martini walked and Killelea smacked a double to center before Austin McDonnell loaded the bases with a one-out walk.
Johnson then picked up his second double of the contest to make it 9-1.
Sparks added a two-run double of his own with a shot to right field before Snyder helped himself out with an RBI double to left for a 12-1 lead.
Putnam County picked up three runs in the bottom half of the inning with the help of an RBI single from Pettit and a two-run single from Harold Fay, but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders ran away with a 12-4 victory.
“The game of baseball is pretty simple,” Putnam County coach Dave Garcia said. “You can’t walk 10 batters against anyone let alone a good team like Marquette. They are a good team and well coached and that Snyder kid is going to be something special. He’s just a freshman, but he does a great job out there.” Marquette was led by Killelea with four hits and three RBIs, while Sparks added three hits and a pair of RBIs as well.
For the Panthers, Fay, Ballerini and Kasperski all had two hits apiece. Fay also added two RBIs for Putnam County.