Marshall counts on its seniors for leadership. Mason Penske is one of them.
The right-handed pitcher threw a two-hitter, leading the Tigers past Red Wing 3-1 in the Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Siebert Field. He struck out seven and walked two.
“I had to keep the ball down, and hit my spots,” Penske said. “I struggled through the middle innings, but had my best stuff in the seventh.”
Penske and Teddy Tauer of Red Wing were locked in a pitchers’ duel before Marshall (19-6) scored twice in the top of the sixth, breaking a one-all deadlock. The go-ahead run scored when the Wingers’ second baseman made two errors — a missed pop up followed by a throwing error — on the same play. Logan Tomasek followed the miscue with a run-scoring single to right field.
Marshall opened the scoring in the second on Tomasek’s solo home run to left field. Red Wing (17-8) tied it two innings later when Tyler Defore matched the homer.
“We did just enough to get it done,” Penske said.
The Wingers’ Tauer also went the distance, only allowing four hits while striking out 11 and walking two.