The Marquette Explorers will bring the 3rd place trophy back to the Riverbend after a come from behind, 6-2 victory over Lena-Winslow yesterday at the Class 1A state baseball tournament in Peoria.
Freshman Carter Hayden was called on to start the game after junior Brogan Fischer was scratched 30 minutes before the game due to shoulder soreness. Hayden was sharp, hurling five shutout innings before pitching into a jam in the 6th inning. Hayden allowed two runs on five hits while issuing three walks and striking out over five innings of work. Junior Tommy Anderson was called into relieve Hayden, inheriting a bases loaded, no out jam. Anderson kept his cool and didn't allow the Panthers to score another run.
The Explorers got their bats working in the bottom half of the 6th, scoring six runs on five hits. Senior Derrik Starrett led off the inning with a single. Sophomore shortstop Austin Siener delivered a two-run triple to tie the game. Jack Milner followed with an RBI single, to give Marquette a 3-2 lead. After a Carter Hayden single, Geoffery Ferguson launched a triple over the right fielder's head to plate two more runs. Starrett followed with his 2nd hit of the inning, a blast to the wall in left center field that would bring home the 6th Explorers run of the inning.
Anderson returned to the mound and pitched a scoreless 7th to secure the Explorers 28th win of the year and their first state tournament trophy since 1988.