Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 6/18/2014 Amsterdam Assignment Schwartz Law's third baseman Jake Nasadoski puts a tag on MCT Federal Credit Union's Cooper Priamo as he gets back to the base during a pickoff attempt in their youth baseball minor leaque playoff game on Wednesday evening at Isabel's Field.
Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 6/18/2014 Amsterdam Assignment MCT Federal Credit Union batter, Noah Marshall watches as he hits a ball to the right side of the infield during their youth baseball minor leaque playoff game against Schwartz Law on Wednesday evening at Isabel's Field.
Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 6/18/2014 Amsterdam Assignment Schwartz Law's pitcher Ben Huckans delivers a pitch to an MCT Federal Credit Union batter during their youth baseball minor leaque playoff game on Wednesday evening at Isabel's Field.
By ADAM SHINDER
There was only one inning Wednesday night when MCT Federal Credit Union's pitchers had any struggles finding the strike zone in their Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Minors Division playoff game against Schwartz Law, and given the result, it could easily be shrugged off with a smile.
"We had that one inning where we had a few walks," MCT coach Ross Marshall said, referring to the four walks that allowed Schwartz Law to pick up a run in the third inning.
His son, Noah Marshall, who pitched the first three innings, quickly chose that moment to chime in.
"But, Dad, it's 9-5," the younger Marshall said.
The third inning was the only real spot of trouble for either Noah Marshall or Ryan Visco, as the two combined to scatter five hits and combined to rack up 16 strikeouts -- eight apiece -- in a 9-5 win over Schwartz Law to advance to the Minors Division semifinals.
Both MCT pitchers recorded their first eight outs via strikeouts, with the only two outs made in the field coming on a groundout to second to end the third inning and a runner thrown out trying to get an extra base on an overthrow to finish off the game in the sixth.
Schwartz Law's Nos. 4 and 5 hitters, Ben Huckans and Jake Nasadoski, combined to rip all five of their team's hits, but beyond that, Visco and Marshall were nearly untouchable.
"Noah and Ryan have been doing that for us the whole last month of the season," Ross Marshall said. "They're a good pitching duo."
Offensively, MCT got off to a strong start with a Visco double and a Cooper Priamo RBI single to start the game. Noah Marshall's RBI groundout added another run in the top of the first, then MCT picked up all the cushion it would need thanks to a five-run rally in the top of the third.
Cody Rogers provided the big blow of the inning with a two-run double to left, with MCT's other three runs in the game coming as the product of aggressive baserunning.
"That's the name of this game -- passed balls, throw strikes and take advantage of every opportunity a team's gonna give you," Ross Marshall said.
MCT added runs in the fourth and sixth through similar aggressive tactics on the basepaths, and could've added more in the fifth, only to be stymied when Rogers' hard line drive was snagged by MCT third baseman Carter Bogdan, who then stepped on third base to complete the unassisted double play.
Visco recorded eight straight strikeouts before hitting Lucca Quatrini with a pitch in the sixth, with Huckans and Nasadoski following with RBI hits -- Huckans on a triple to deep center, Nasadoski on an infield single -- but the MCT defense recorded only its second putout of the game to finish the victory and send the team into the semifinal round Friday against second-seeded Cappies.
"We started off losing a bunch of games, and now here we are winning some," Ross Marshall said. "We'll come back Friday, and then we'll go from there."
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