Legion baseball's Marro capitalizes on pitching opportunity Tuesday
JANESVILLE Ryan Marro hasn't seen many opportunities on the mound. But when he's earned a chance as a starting pitcher, he's made the most of it.
The primary catcher for the Janesville American Legion baseball team—and for Janesville Craig High during the high school season—Marro started just his third game of 2013 on Tuesday night.
He went the distance, allowing five runs—just three earned—on five hits, while walking four and striking out nine hitters. Janesville topped Genoa City 8-5 at Veterans Field in Riverside Park.
"There's just a lot to change from catching to pitching, so everything's got to be timed out perfectly with my starts," Marro said. "I'm just trying to build up my arm strength. I got my full seven (innings) and that's what I was looking for."
In a start for Craig during the spring season, Marro tossed a complete-game one-hitter, as well.
"He's going to be in our rotation now," Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. "He threw well tonight, and we hit the ball well again."
Janesville improved to 7-3-1 this season.
It was a big night for Post 205's battery mates.
While Marro did his job on the mound, catcher Will Theisen helped Janesville build up a lead offensively.
Theisen doubled in the bottom of the first inning and scored the first of his three runs as the two teams traded runs—and leads—over the first three-plus innings.
"I've been seeing the ball well for the past couple weeks," said Theisen, who went 3-for-4 and also added two stolen bases. "When we're hitting, this is one of the best hitting teams I've been on. We're all loose and everyone's fearless swinging the bats."
Janesville trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning when a two-out error sparked a rally.
Riley Quinn scored the tying run on the fielding blunder, then Theisen punched an RBI single into left field. Logan Coulter walked and later scored on a wild pitch, and first baseman Brandon Hughes drilled a run-scoring single to center field.
"It's confidence," Schenck said. "When you're No. 1 hitter (Justin Graham) is batting .500 and your No. 2 hitter (Theisen) is hitting .480, and those guys get on base, it just snowballs."
Post 205 provided enough offense for the right-handed Marro, who struck out at least one batter in all seven innings.
Genoa City scored a pair of runs in the sixth, but Marro retired the side in order in the seventh to close out his complete game.
"There's a lot of differences between catching and pitching," Marro said. "I just try to do the best I can."
His best has been plenty good when he's been awarded the opportunity.
JANESVILLE 8, GENOA CITY 5
Genoa City (ab-r-h-rbi)—Andresen, cf, 4-1-1-0; Nixon, ss, 2-0-0-0; Bobula, 2b, 1-0-0-0; Barry, rf, 4-0-0-0; Zeinert, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Huber, dh, 2-1-0-0; Crowder, 2b-ss, 3-2-2-1; Alexander, 1b, 2-1-0-0; Kremers, c, 2-0-1-1; Van Kampen, lf, 3-0-1-1. Totals: 26-5-5-3.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Graham, 3b, 4-1-0-1; Theisen, c, 4-3-3-1; Coulter, lf, 3-1-3-1; Hughes, 1b, 4-0-1-1; Olson, cf, 3-0-1-1; Cul. Osmond, rf, 4-1-1-0; Bailey, ss, 4-1-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 3-1-1-0; Faust, dh, 2-0-1-1. Totals: 31-8-11-6.
Genoa City 110 102 0—5
Janesville 120 401 x—8
Errors—Genoa City 2, Janesville 3. LOB—Genoa City 4, Janesville 7. SAC—Quinn. SB—Bobula, Theisen 2. 2B—Crowder, Kremers, Theisen. 3B—Crowder.