NWCART Game 5: Marsh Valley (ID) 8, Service (AK) 4

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 7, 2021


Marsh Valley (ID) 8, Service (AK) 4

Braxton Foster and Karter Howell each drove in two runs and Jason Jones allowed only three hits in five innings of work as Marsh Valley doubled up Service in a loser-out game on Day 2 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Foster went 2-for-3 and continued his terrific tournament production as he now has five RBIs in two games. His two-run single in the third inning made it 5-0.

Shortstop James Bodily batted 2-for-3 with a walk to push his tournament batting average to a robust .714. He singled and scored in the third inning and singled in another run in the fifth inning for the Eagles of Arimo, Idaho. His bunt for a base hit was a thing of beauty, the way he deadened the ball. A lost art in today's Legion game.

Defensively, Bodily made the play of the game after laying out to snag a bouncer up the middle and throwing out the batter at first from his knees. Cue the SportsCenter theme song.

Jones carried a shutout into the sixth inning, but it was no walk in the park. He battled, getting out of a bases-loaded, one-out ja m in the second inning, working around a leadoff double in the fourth inning and a runner on third with no outs in the fifth inning.

Marsh Valley (37-4) pushed its lead to 8-0 with a three-run outburst in the fifth, getting RBIs from Alex Vaughan, Bodily and Howell.

At that point, the game looked like a mismatch. But Service battled back to make it a game.

The Cougars loaded the bases in the sixth inning and got finally got on the scoreboard on Jake Rafferty’s RBI HBP. One out later, Hunter Christian and Carson Maltby delivered back-to-back base hits. Christian plated two runs with his single and Maltby brought home the final run for the Cougars.

Christian’s base hit snapped Service’s 0-for-17 streak with runners in scoring position in the tournament. Then Maltby did it as well. Hitting is contagious.

Maltby also played well in left field, making five putouts, including a twisting, turning catch at the left-field wall to rob extra bases. He also made a nice throw home to deny a tag up and another nice catch with his hand on the fence in foul territory.

Service was eliminated from the NWCART and finished the season 21-10.


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