Monarch 17U Elite squad rolls past Benjamin Logan


Marysville Elite second baseman Garret Lobdell is a bit late with the tag as a Benjamin Logan runner swipes second on Thursday. The Monarchs, though, run-ruled the Raiders, 10-0, in six innings.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
After watching his team suffer through two straight shutout losses against ball clubs from Obetz and Springfield, Jarod Yoakam was happy to see some offense Thursday evening.
The Marysville Elite 17U baseball squad rapped 11 hits during a 10-0, run-rule triumph over Benjamin Logan.
“We hit the ball well and got our offense going,” said Yoakam after his team improved its record to 5-3-1.
The Monarchs (who will play at Archbold this evening) put the majority of their offense on the scoreboard with seven runs during the second and third innings.
All seven of those scores, plus one in the fourth, were charged to Raider southpaw Christian Hardman.
Trey Storr led off the second frame with a single.
Garrett Lobdell followed suit when he put down a bunt that rolled dead along the third-base line for a base hit.
A free pass to Blaine Williams loaded the bases before Hardman was able to notch a strikeout.
The Monarchs scored their first two runs without having to hit the ball.
Blake Storr walked to bring in a run and Garrett Seger was hit by a pitch while the sacks were still juiced.
Michael Bonczak was safe on a fielder’s choice to drive in a run.
The fourth score was tallied when the Raiders committed an error on the play.
Hardman got an out to begin the Monarchs’ portion of the third.
Lobdell walked and then was able to race all the way to third on Ben Logan’s errant pickoff attempt. He later scored on a wild pitch.
Casey Welker drew a walk and Noah Brown was retired on a fielder’s choice.
Blake Storr doubled in a run and advanced on a passed ball.
A two-bagger from Andrew VanHoose plated Storr and gave the Monarchs a 7-0 lead.
Hardman did not exit the mound until he was lifted with one out in the bottom of the fourth.
By the time Blaine Ricketts, another lefty, took the bump, Hardman had yielded two more hits and a run.
Christian Colvin singled to lead off the fourth for the Monarchs.
He swiped second, went to third on an error and scored on Trey Storr’s base hit for an 8-0 margin.
Ricketts was able to get the final two outs in the inning.
In the meantime, the Monarchs used several pitchers who would eventually combine for the shutout.
Jack Christian hurled the first two frames and picked up the win.
He allowed only two hits and fanned two.
Christian was followed by Seger and VanHoose, who each pitched one inning. During that time, the Raiders managed a couple of hits.
Lobdell and Garrett Taylor each went one inning to finish the game.
The Monarchs combined to strike out six and did not walk a batter.
The Raiders managed just five hits.
“We used several guys because we wanted to give them some work,” said Yoakam. “All of them pitched well.”
The Monarchs plated two runs in the home half of the sixth inning to invoke the run rule.
Blaine Winans and Gabe Schaeffer began the inning with back-to-back singles.
With one down, Ricketts plunked Lobdell to load the bases.
Welker then ended the contest with a single that drove in Winans and Schaeffer.
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