The Brandon Houstons Marlins got timely hitting early and stellar pitching all night from Eric Zamrycut as they beat the Oak River Dodgers 11-2 on Friday at Andrews Field to sweep the best-of-three first-round Manitoba Senior Baseball League series.
Nolan Jago got the Marlins going early as he came around to score in the first inning and drove in two runs with a double in the second. That was all the offence Zamrycut needed as he held the Dodgers to two runs on eight hits while striking out five in nine innings of work.
The Marlins added some insurance as they scored five runs in the third and two more in the sixth.
Brandon manager Jeff Wiebe liked what his team did early and said that made all the difference in the contest.
“We got hitting the ball early and that helped us a lot,” he said. “Eric Zamrycut pitched a great game today, so that made it easy on our hitters to relax and get swings.”
Jago went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs while Bret Heselwood was 3-for-4 with a triple and came around to score twice for Brandon. Nate Andrews added a two-run home run in the sixth.
Dana McNish took the loss on the mound for Oak River after surrendering four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Alexis Hernandez and Colin Bates scored the Dodger runs.
The Marlins now advance to the league semifinals against the regular-season champion Neepawa Farmers. The best-of-five series starts on Tuesday in Neepawa at 6:30 p.m.
The other semifinal will feature the Brandon Cloverleafs and the Reston Rockets. That series starts on Wednesday at Andrews Field at 7 p.m.
Wiebe knows the Farmers will be tough, but he’s hoping his team can get on a roll.
“It’s nice that we can swing the bats like we did today,” he said. “Hopefully that carries over to the next series.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 21, 2012