Blue Devils improve to 4-0By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball team swept a non-league doubleheader from Holmen on Saturday, winning 4-1 and 9-8 at Jack Hackman Field.Hunter Korger tossed a complete game in the opener, striking out five and scattering five hits without a walk to earn the victory for Marshfield, which is now 4-0 to start the 2017 season.Logan Jakobi and Jacob Neve each had two hits for the Blue Devils. Jakobi scored twice, and Jared Klein drove in two runs as well.In Game 2, Marshfield led 9-3 after six innings before Holmen’s bats erupted to make it tight.Holmen scored five runs before Marshfield’s Jake Brueggen struck out the final batter of the game to earn the save for Neve, who was the winner after throwing six innings.Brueggen had three hits and scored twice at the plate for Marshfield, Jared Johnsrud scored three times, Klein was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Conner Berry and Korger each drove in a pair for the Blue Devils.Marshfield hosts Stevens Point at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hackman Field.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Marshfield 4, Holmen 1Holmen Post 248 100 000 0 – 1 5 0Marshfield Post 54 201 001 x – 4 8 1WP: Hunter Korger. LP: Braund.SO: Braund 6; Korger 5. BB: Braund 1; Korger 0.Top hitters: H, Fonstad 2×3, run. M, Logan Jakobi 2×3, 2 runs; Jared Klein 1×2, 2 RBIs; Jacob Neve 2×3, RBI.—Game 2Marshfield 9, Holmen 8Holmen Post 248 100 110 5 – 8 12 3Marshfield 000 324 x – 9 11 3WP: Jacob Neve. LP: Byum. SV: Jake Brueggen.SO: Byum (5 inn.) 5, Fonstad (1 inn.) 0; Neve (6 inn.) 0, Austin Palacek (2/3 inn.) 0, Brueggen (1/3 inn.) 1. BB: Byum 2, Fonstad 1; Neve 1, Palacek 0, Brueggen 0.Top hitters: H. Becker 3×4, 2B, 2 runs; Fonstad 2×4, 2 RBIs; Torud 1×3, 2 runs; Braund 3×4, 2 RBIs; Wall 1×3, 3 RBIs. M, Brueggen 3×4, 2 runs, RBI; Paul Maguire 2B, run; Jared Johnsrud 1×3, 3 runs, RBI; Jared Klein 3×3, run, 2 RBIs; Conner Berry 2B, 2 RBIs; Hunter Korger 2×3, 2 RBIs, run.Records: Holmen not reported; Marshfield 4-0.
Around 600 differently-abled athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships, held in Ghaziabad, were in for a rude shock after they were allotted unhygienic and difficult living conditions. They complained that the wheelchair-bound athletes were unable to use the ramp. “We have not got proper food, eating poori and one vegetable dish for the last four days. We walk with sticks and we have been put up at second floor. They don’t even have ramps for wheelchair-bound athletes. Toilets are dirty, there are no fans, no water,” said Yogesh, a participating athlete.”I fell down three times while taking bath today, we are drinking water from a tanker and it has not been cleaned and the toilets are filthy,” added Vinay, another participant.Taking a strong view of the shocking incident, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours.Sonowal said he has asked for a detailed report from Paralympic Committee of India as well as from his secretary after athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships at Janhit Para Sports Grounds (Madhuban, Bapudham) at Ghaziabad were asked to stay at messy and unkempt rooms at a building.”Well-being of all athletes is a priority for us. Differently-abled athletes and their well-being is a priority for us. We are examining the matter and looking into the reasons for mismanagement of the event,” Sonowal said.”I have asked my sports secretary to take immediate action and submit a report within 24 hours, based on that I will take action. On our part, there is no discrimination between able-bodied and differently-abled athletes. The national federations, whether of able-bodied and differently-abled, have a duty and responsibility to look after the well-being of athletes. If they have any problem, they (the organisers) should have approached us. We are always there to help,” he added.advertisementThe championship was organised by the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Paralympic Committee of India.