The all-star game didn’t turn out the way Montgomery Mallards Tommy Flicek and Robbie Marshall would have liked, but they were happy to be there on their home field to play for the Dakota-Rice-Scott League against the River Valley League.
RVL won 10-4 in the ninth annual series Friday night at Memorial Park to take a 6-2 lead in the series. It was rained out in 2007.
Flicek played the last four innings, going 0-for-1 with a walk and and RBI. He walked in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded to make the score 10-3.
Marshall pitched the eighth inning, allowing two runs on three hits and one strikeout.
A first-time all-star, Marshall, 25, is in fifth year with the Mallards.
Just before the player and manager introductions, Marshall said that “it means a lot to him to make the team. A lot of guys come out here and show off their stuff, and it’s a just a fun thing to do. Everybody’s here to have a good time. It’s all for the love of the game.”
Comparing it to a regular game, Marshall said, “You get to see a lot better competition, guys who have proven themselves to make the all-star game. You get to see the best.”
Marshall is having one of his best seasons at pitcher.
“I’m 3-2 with a 3.9 ERA, but I should maybe have a few more wins, but we’ve kind of lost them away. It’s happens. It’s baseball.”
Marshall improved his ERA from about 6.0 two years ago to about 4.0 last year.
“I’ve gotten older and smarter,” Marshall said. “The style stayed the same. Our new manager Christian Anderson from Le Center helped me out. It’s a just a change of pace.”
Marshall said he only pitched one inning because, “We’ve got two important games this week. I’m going to be pitching this weekend.”
Asked about goals for the rest of the season, Marshall said, “Hopefully we make it to state. We lost in the first round last year. If we win the next couple of games, we’ll be in the top seven and hopefully get a good first-round playoff game. We started off kind of slow this year, but as we’ve been progressing, everybody’s hitting better and we’re learning the chemistry with all the guys. We’ve got some younger guys that came up this year. We’ve got some veterans. Hopefully we can put it all together.”
In his second straight season as an all-star and 10th year with the team, Flicek, 28, said, “It’s pretty cool. A couple of years ago, I tore my ACL playing. It’s been a long road back, but it’s good now.”
A versatile player who also pitches, last year Flicek played left field last in the all-star game.
“I play pretty much everywhere, but usually second base this year,” Flicek said. “Pat Lloyd plays short, so it’s usually easy for us.”
Flicek said the team put a lot of work into getting ready for the game.
“From painting the stands to getting the field ready and getting everything organized, it’s pretty cool to see it actually happening,” Flicek said. “I don’t think it’s ever looked this good.”
Flicek said he’s a had a “pretty good season. I’ve cooled off a little bit lately, but I’m 3-0 in relief. We were short of guys earlier in the year. Now we’ve picked up Jared Schloesser at pitcher. He really helps.”
The team hopes to get hot at the end of the year and push for a state run, Flicek said.