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Paynesville Press - April 28, 2004

Lakers, Martins post shutouts in openers

The Lake Henry Lakers shut out the Roscoe Rangers 4-0 in their Stearns County League opener on Sunday in Roscoe.

Mike Stalboerger and Doug Fuchs combined to shut out the Rangers. Stalboerger pitched six scoreless innings for the victory, and Fuchs pitched three innings for the save.

The Lakers (1-0) scored the only two runs they would need in the third inning, taking advantage of two Roscoe walks and an error. Josh Kampsen singled home the first run for Lake Henry.

Other RBIs for Lake Henry were contributed by Adam Kampsen, Jeff Schmitz, and Ryan Wuertz.

Roscoe (0-1) outhit Lake Henry 8-5 but never scored. The Rangers stranded 11 baserunners, including leaving the bases loaded twice.

This week, the Rangers will host St. Stephen in an exhibition game on Saturday at 12 noon. They will host St. Martin on Sunday in a league game at 1:30 p.m.

Lake Henry-- 002 010 010 - 45 0
Roscoe-- 000 000 000 - 0 8 3

Lake Henry - Batting: Josh Kampsen 2-5 SB-2 RBI; Adam Kampsen 1-1 RBI; Jeff Schmitz 1-3 RBI; Jeff Olmscheid 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Mike Stalboerger (W) (6-6-0-0-2-5); Doug Fuchs (S) (3-2-0-0-1-1).

Roscoe - Batting: Russ Leyendecker 3-5; Brent Heinen 2-4; Mike Heinen 1-1; Todd Leyendecker 1-3; R.J. Leyendecker 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Justin Mackedanz (L) (5-3-3-2-4-3); Brent Heinen (4-2-1-1-2-1).

St. Martin 5, Greenwald 0
The St. Martin Martins shut out Greenwald on Sunday in St. Martin in their league opener 5-0.

Four Martin pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout. Ken Arceneau started and pitched four innings, allowing only one hit. Nathan Schlangen pitched two innings to earn the victory, and Tim Schaefer and Luke Rothstein preserved the victory with three more innings of shutout relief.

The Martins (1-0) scored two runs in the third inning, getting four consecutive hits, and three more in the sixth inning.

Schlangen, in addition to earning the pitching victory, had two hits, scored two runs, drove in two runs, and stole two bases for St. Martin.

This week, St. Martin will play at Roscoe on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Greenwald-- 000 000 000 - 03 3
St. Martin-- 002 003 000 - 5 9 1

Greenwald - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Tim Hopfer (L) (3-5-2-2-1-3); Keith Frieler (3-4-3-1-0-4); Doug Welle (2-2-0-0-0-2).

St. Martin - Batting: Sam Rothstein 3-4 2B; Nathan Schlangen 2-4 R-2 RBI-2 SB-2; Luke Rothstein 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ken Arceneau (4-1-0-0-3-4); Nathan Schlangen (W) (2-0-0-0-1-0); Tim Schaefer (1-0-0-0-0-0); Luke Rothstein (2-2-0-0-1-1).

Roscoe preview
Roscoe (3-10 in the Stearns County League and 6-13 overall in 2003) start their 2004 season with 15 returning players: Bret Aagesen, Curt Christian, Brent Heinen, Mike Heinen, R.J. Leyendecker, Russ Leyendecker, Todd Leyendecker, Chuck Mackedanz, Dale Macke-danz, Justin Mackedanz, Ben Moser, Randy Rothstein, Lee Schleper, Chris VanderBeek, and Jeff VanderBeek.

Returning pitchers are Brent Heinen, Justin Mackedanz, Chris VanderBeek, and Russ Leyendecker.

The Rangers lost longtime players Greg Heinen, Tony Orbeck, and Mark Winter to retirement, but added new players Adam Fuchs, Randy Leyendecker, and Zach Schmitz this year.

New manager this year for Roscoe is Rick Mackedanz, who thinks the team's strengths should be their pitching and team speed. The team's goal is to make the playoffs, said Mackedanz. To do that, according to Mackedanz, the team will need a positive attitude, will need to score more runs, and will need to work hard on defense.

Cornbelt League
The Cornbelt League opens its 2004 schedule on Sunday, May 2, with both local teams on the road. Regal will play at New London-Spicer, and Paynesville will play at Sunburg. Both games will start at 1:30 p.m.

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