It's been an up and down season for the Barnum baseball team but Monday's 6-2 win over Carlton may help right the team's ship just before the playoffs.
The Bombers (3-5) got a complete-game win from Isaac Golen who struck out two and walked two enroute to the win. Max Salzer had three hits including a triple and Jacob Hultgren also had two hits.
Austin Parker had a pair of safeties for Carlton (4-8) and Jacob Hultgren added two more hits.
"It was a good game for us," Barnum coach Tony Bender said, "following a few first inning mistakes. We played a solid defensive game and pitched well after the first inning."
That the win came in a makeup game originally scheduled on the first day of the season shows the troubles all teams have had with the weather this spring.
"We really haven't handled it well," Bender said. "We don't have good indoor practice facilities and our field is always in poor shape. The weather has not been good for two years in a row. It hurts our teams as we don't get much time outside to work on game like situations."
That has led to some inconsistent play - not surprisingly.
"We have made too many mental and physical mistakes in the games we have lost," Bender said, "In the games we have won pitching and defense have been excellent."
Salzer has been a big spark for the Bombers, with eight extra-base hits in eight games.
"He's a great leadoff hitter and starts our game offensively," Bender added. "Issac Golen has had two very solid outings and pitched very well for us too."
Barnum has scheduled games remaining against Sandstone East Central, Floodwood, Crosby-Ironton and Rush City on its schedule. There's still time to fix small issues and Bender knows what they are.
"We need to concentrate and focus more, and eliminate mistakes in the field," he said. "Offensively, I'd like to see more production from the bottom of the order."