Grizzlies take out frustrations in 15-2 win

Pieper holds Marion/Tigerton to 7 hits

Chris Caporale,

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel Legion’s Brent Pieper slides into home plate for a run as part of a six-run first inning in Bonduel’s 15-2 road victory over Marion/Tigerton on Tuesday.

Before Brent Pieper even got on the mound for the Bonduel Legion baseball team, he had a six-run lead.

With the help of three errors, the Grizzlies, who had lost six consecutive games over the past 12 days, dominated Marion/Tigerton in a 15-2, five-inning road victory Tuesday night.

“We needed an inning like that, the way we’ve been slumping lately. So, it was nice to see something go our way for the first time in a week,” Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt said.

Jordan Boldt and Brandon Olsen, the first two batters of the game, reached on errors, and then Pieper singled to left to drive in the first two runs of the game. After Josh Richter reached base on an error, Bryce Weier and Isaac Boldt hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 4-0 game. Parker Bohm hit a sac fly, and then a wild pitch brought across the final run of the frame.

“They were on the field, but they weren’t mentally on the field,” Marion/Tigerton head coach Tyler Marquardt said.

Pieper and Richter each added RBIs in the second inning to jump ahead 8-0 before Marion/Tigerton got its first hit of the game in the bottom of the inning.

Pieper pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits over five innings and two earned runs. He struck out one batter and did not allow a walk.

“He throws strikes and uses his defense,” Jason Boldt said, “and we didn’t make any mistakes other than that first error of the game. … So that was nice.”

The Marion/Tigerton hitters were way out in front of Pieper’s pitches and popped up multiple times.

Marquardt said the team settled in and was able to rattle off some better at-bats later, which accounted for more base runners, even when the game was out of hand.

“Got a couple of hits toward the end there, a couple of doubles we hit, so it helped a lot,” Marquardt said.

Logan Moderson drove in Mitch Elandt in the second inning on a single to center field. Hayden Harris hit a sac fly to score Conner Harris in the bottom of the fifth inning for the team’s final run of the game.

Elandt led Marion/Tigerton (4-4) with two hits, including a double that made it to the 294-foot fence in left field in the second inning.

Isaac Boldt had three singles, while Pieper, Bailey Dingeldein and Brandon Olsen each had two against Conner Harris.

Harris allowed 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking one. He gave up six earned runs, including four in the fifth inning.

Bohm ripped a triple to deep right field, plating Issac Boldt during a stretch of six hits over seven batters to add four runs onto the already large margin.

Logan Moderson pitched the final 1/3 of an inning, with two runners reaching on errors before a fielder’s choice ended the Bonduel half of the inning.

It was a positive night for Bonduel (4-6), which ends its regular season Wednesday night in Shiocton.

“We’ve been aggressive the past six games, but we’ve lost. We just couldn’t get any of those timely hits or little cheap ones to fall in,” Jason Boldt said. “Finally.”

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Bonduel 6 2 0 1 6 15 13 1

Marion/Tigerton 0 1 0 0 1 2 7 6