Marauders toss combined one-hitter

Starter Leach, three relievers silence Hammerheads' bats

Brian Leach struck out 88 batters at Class A West Virgina in 2009. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images)

By | April 19, 2010 9:33 PM ET

The Bradenton Marauders blanked Jupiter, 6-0, on Monday on the strength of a combined one-hitter from starter Brian Leach and relievers Michael Colla, Tom Boleska and Noah Krol.

Leach (2-0) allowed the Hammerheads' lone hit en route to the win after striking out four batters over five shutout innings. Colla and Boleska added two strikeouts apiece, while Krol took Jupiter's Jake Smolinski down swinging in the ninth for the Marauders' ninth strikeout of the game.

Bradenton's pitchers stranded six Hammerheads on the day.

Left-handed batters are only hitting .167 against Leach this year. A 25th-round pick in 2008, Leach held South Atlantic League hitters to a .221 batting average last season while posting a 2.96 ERA.

With two scoreless innings of relief, Colla reduced his ERA to 1.50. While opponents are hitting .313 against the former Arizona Wildcat, he has yielded only one run.

Krol has given up two runs -- one earned and one unearned -- this year, but the Wichita State product has held opponents to a .158 batting average.

Boleska bounced back from a rough outing last Thursday with a solid inning of relief. The Montreal native yielded three earned runs the last time he took the hill, but struck out two and didn't allow a baserunner Monday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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