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The Carlson Marauders (10-13) used a big first inning to grab the lead against Woodhaven then turned to sophomore Zach Kohn on the mound to shore up a victory over the visiting Warriors Thursday afternoon.

The tall right-hander mowed down eight Woodhaven (9-14) batters and walked four en route to a complete game 4-3 win.

“Zach was great. We haven’t used him a whole lot this year because he shores up our defense at short,” said Carlson manager Chad Liptow. “Earlier in the year when he was throwing his arm was getting a little tight so we kind of backed off of him a little bit, but today he stood up and did a heck of a job for us.”

After a quick top half of the first, the Marauders came out swinging in the bottom half and jumped all over Woodhaven starter Remington Sancho.

Mike Harvey raked a triple into the left-center field gap and was driven in two pitches later when Kyle Francek singled. Kyle Howard followed with a deeply hit double, scoring Francek, and was plated two batters later on an Andrew Coleman groundout to give Carlson a 3-0 lead.

“Sancho settled down after that first inning,” said Woodhaven manager Bob Kloss. “The first inning he was going out there and getting behind in counts, but after that he really settled down. I think they (Carlson) only had one hard hit ball after the first inning.”

Woodhaven clawed its way back throughout the game, but its inability to get the big hit in the middle innings cost them.

Three straight walks by Kohn loaded the bases for the Warriors in the fourth and a RBI single by Nolan Schewe followed, but he was able to pitch out of the jam and Woodhaven left them loaded.

Kohn was also able to get out of jams in the fifth and sixth innings to preserve the win as Woodhaven left two men on base in each.

“Towards the middle of the game I lost it a little bit,” said Kohn. “I just kept telling myself ‘Keep pitching, keep doing what you’re doing,’ because it was working.”

Howard had another RBI double in the fifth inning for Carlson and Woodhaven sophomore Kyle Moran recorded his first hit at the Varsity level, a run scoring double, after being called up to replace his injured brother Colin yesterday.

Sancho also threw a complete game for Woodhaven, striking out 1 and walking 2.





Last Updated: 5/9/2014 11:44:17 PM EST

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