Eric Zamrykut came around to score on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Brandon Marlins opened their best-of-five Manitoba Senior Baseball League semifinal with a 5-4 win over the Reston Rockets on Wednesday at Andrews Field.
Ty Webber, who hit the ground ball that led to the error, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Paul Thompson also drove in a pair of runs for the Marlins.
Jesse Goertzen pitched a complete game for the win, giving up five hits and striking out six along the way.
Mitch Olson took the loss for the Rockets, who trailed 4-0 after three innings but rallied with three runs in the eighth to tie the game. He was charged with one run in 1 2/3 innings of work. Brody Pinkerton started and was pulled after four innings.
Zane Sawyer was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Rockets, who host the Marlins in Game 2 on Friday at 6:30 p.m..
The other semifinal between the pennant-winning Brandon Cloverleafs and the Neepawa Farmers, who won the 4-vs.-5 playoff game, begins on Friday at Andrews Field at 7 p.m.
Mike Tarleton threw a complete-game five hitter Wednesday for the Minnedosa Mavericks as they won the opening game of their best-of-five Santa Clara Baseball League semifinal 8-0 over the visiting Plumas Pirates.
Colton Spraggs went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Andrew Richards was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI for Minnedosa. Kain Kramer took the loss for Plumas.
In Carberry, Torey Scott was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as the host Royals evened their semifinal at a game apiece with an 8-4 victory. Daylon Creasy threw a complete-game three hitter for the win, while Tyler Boehm took the loss in relief for Portage, which got a three-run home run in the first inning from Daylon Laramee.
Dana McNish hit a double and threw three shutout innings for the Joe Beeverz Young Guns as they beat the Cubs 3-1 in the Andrew Agencies Senior AA Baseball League at Brandon Field on Wednesday.
Ben Van Walleghem singled and scored for the Cubs.
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