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Johnson County Little League Marlins ‘dodge’ Dodgers by ‘fin’ margin

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Seth Condor fires a pitch for the Marlins.
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Nathan King scores the Dodgers’ first run.
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Payton Pavusek goes up to catch a third strike pitch.

By Tim Chambers

It was only fitting that the Marlins came in a little “eel” against the Dodgers after losing to the Angels last week. That “crappie” feeling vanished after their 4-2 victory on Saturday at Cunningham Park.
The Fish and Halos are currently tied for the league lead with two losses each. This time the Marlins had to battle hook, line and sinker to get the win.
They got off to a good start in the first inning.
Chris Reece walked, then scored on a base hit by Zack Parsons. He later crossed the plate on a wild pitch allowing the Marlins to take a 2-0 advantage.
“We got off to a good start,” said Marlins’ manager Gary Woodard. “This was one game we had to have to remain tied for first place. We tried to mix our pitching up and it worked out good for us today. We play a lot of games so it’s very important that you have a few pitchers in reserve for every game. We’re in pretty good shape going into next week.”
Zack Parsons and Matthew Moses tossed the first two innings for the Marlins and held the Dodgers scoreless. Seth Condor came on in the third to close out the game.
The Dodgers had some chances to score in the early going but couldn’t get that key base hit.
Payton Pavusek hit safely in the third inning and Hank Sauer got on but both were left stranded at second and third.
They finally got on the board in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Nathan King swatted a two-out single and would score on a wild pitch after Sauer walked.
The Marlins put the game away by scoring twice in the bottom half.
Condor’s double scored Moses who had singled and Parsons to put them up 4-1. But the Dodgers didn’t quit.
Ethan Icenhour smacked a one-out double, then scored on a single by Dakota Holt. But Condor was able to record the final out, giving his Marlins the victory.
“I’m proud of our kids for the way they played,” said Dodgers’ manager Kevin Icenhour. “We’re closing the gap on teams and our kids are all starting to play better. You could see that today.”
Parsons, Moses and Condor combined to strike out 13 Dodgers with Condor picking up eight.
Icenhour pitched well for the Dodgers despite taking the loss. He ended the day with 10 strikeouts before being relieved due to exceeding the 85 pitch total.
“I thought Ethan pitched a great game against us,” added Woodard. “All these kids played their hearts out today. It was a good game to be a part of. I hope everyone enjoyed it.”