Josh Marlin pitched five shutout innings, then moved to shortstop and helped preserve the win with his glovework, as Elk River Legion tipped Zimmerman 3-1 on Monday evening,
Elk River (3-3) turned three double plays in the victory.
“We have a team that can play some defense,” noted coach Tony Williams.
Marlin took a five-hit shutout into the top of the sixth when two walks and a single by Kyle Connelly loaded the bases with none out.
Sam Krick relieved, facing cleanup hitter Kam Crandall. He got Crandall to hit a grounder to the left of second baseman Tyler Brant, who made a nice stop in the hole and a perfect throw to Marlin at shortstop. Marlin made the pivot and fired to first baseman Aaron Pipenhagen to completed the DP with one run scoring.
In the seventh, Marlin made an over-the-shoulder catch of a pop-up into shallow center, and snagged a grounder behind second to throw out the final batter in a close play.
Krick got the save with two hitless innings.
Connelly pitched the distance for Zimmerman (1-4), allowing eighth hits.
Krick hit a triple in the second and scored on Logan Paige’s sacrifice fly, and Matt Williams made it 3-0 in the third period with a two-run double in the gap.
Tucker Morrell was 2-for-3 for Elk River and Connelly was 2-for-3 for Zimmerman.,
Elk River will play at St. Augusta on Tuesday evening.