Lakers' Schmitz haunts former team

This article submitted on 5/02/01.

County Line League

Jeff Schmitz Regal 29
Melrose 13

Regal powered past the defending County Line League champions behind two grand slams from Brad Lieser. The Eagles overcame a 6-1 deficit by scoring five runs to tie the game in the third, three runs to take the lead in the fourth, and ten runs to take command in the fifth.

Jeff Schmitz led Lake Henry to a 14-3 victory over his former team, the St. Martin Martins. Schmitz had three hits and five RBIs, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning to break the game open.

In the fifth, the Eagles had eight hits and sent 14 batters to the plate.

In all, Regal had 26 hits and scored 29 runs in seven innings. Lieser led the way with three hits, two homers, and nine RBIs. Mike Tangen added four hits and seven RBIs, and Scott Braun had four hits and three RBIs.

Regal hosts Norway Lake-Sunburg next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Regal-- 015 3(10)5 5 - 2926 3
Melrose-- 420 034 0 - 13 10 5

Regal - Batting: Brad Lieser 3-5 HR-3 RBI-9; Mike Tangen 4-7 2B 3B RBI-7; Scott Braun 4-5 2B RBI-3; Jeff Deming 3-5 RBI-2; Randy Beier 3-5 RBI; Brad Deyak 3-6 RBI-2; Wade Von Eschen 3-7 2B RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Nathan Winter (W) (4-3-6-4-5-8); Von Eschen (2-7-7-5-1-3); Jeremy Glenz (1-0-0-0-0-0).

Melrose - Batting: Chad Hess 2-3 2B RBI-3; Kurt Langer 2-3 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jason Terraway (3-6-6-5-2-0); Nathan Klaphake (L) (2-8-13-8-1-3); Mike West (2-8-10-6-2-4).

Paynesville 6
Norway Lake-Sunburg 5

The Pirates squandered a four-run lead in the top of the ninth, but won their opening game with a run in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates beat Norway Lake-Sunburg 6-5.

Dan Starken allowed four runs in the top of the ninth to knot the score at 5-5, but won the game with an RBI hit in the bottom half of the inning. His hitting heroics gave himself the pitching victory.

The Pirates, who had 14 hits, took a 5-1 lead with two runs in the first, two more in the fourth, and one in the seventh. Jason Schlecht started pitching for Paynesville and allowed only one run in five innings of work.

The Pirates play at Melrose next Sunday at 1:30 p.m..

NL-S-- 010 000 004 - 59 3
Paynesville-- 200 200 101 - 6 14 2

NL-S - Batting: Josh Kettering 3-4; Josh Wanger 3-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kent Gjerde (5-8-4-4-1-3); James Cortez (L) (3.2-6-2-2-4-0).

Paynesville - Batting: Pat Mohs 3-5; Jason Schlecht 2-2 2B; Chris Soine 2-4; Shannon Olmscheid 2-5; Dan Starken 1-3 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Schlecht (5-3-1-1-3-3); Starken (W) (4-6-4-4-2-6).

Stearns County League

Lake Henry 14
St. Martin 3

Jeff Schmitz was right at home in St. Martin on Sunday, even if he was wearing a Lake Henry uniform. Schmitz haunted his former Martin teammates with three hits and five RBIs, as the visiting Lakers opened their Stearns County League schedule with a 14-3 victory.

Schmitz played for St. Martin for more than a decade before moving to Lake Henry in the offseason and switching to the Lakers this season. He had an RBI single in the third as the Lakers took a lead they would not relinquish and then broke open the game with a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Lakers scored 11 runs in the last three innings to put the game away. They had 17 hits and scored 14 runs.

The Lakers' Roger Wuertz earned the victory with five strong innings of work. He allowed only three hits and a walk and a lone run in the bottom of the first. He struck out seven.

The Martins had only seven hits and committed three errors. They did escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth, getting a force out at home followed by a 4-6-3 ground ball double play.

The Lakers host Roscoe next Sunday, and the Martins play at Farming, both at 1:30 p.m.

Lake Henry-- 102 000 353 - 1417 0
St. Martin-- 100 000 101 - 3 7 3

Lake Henry - Batting: Jeff Schmitz 3-5 HR 5-RBI; Adam Miller 3-3 2B SB-2; Chad Spanier 2-5 2B; Doug Fuchs 2-5 RBI-3; Jon Lieser 2-5 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Roger Wuertz (W) (5-3-1-1-1-7); Ryan Wuertz (3-2-1-1-2-2); Doug Fuchs (1-0-1-1-1-1).

St. Martin - Batting: Kenny Arceneau 1-4 2B; Carl Lieser 1-1 BB R-2; Steve Lieser 1-3; Luke Rothstein 1-4 SB RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Arceneau (L) (3-4-3-2-1-6); Chad Rothstein (0-0-0-0-3-0); Luke Rothstein (4-3-3-3-2-3); Jim Arceneau (1-5-5-3-1-0); Tim Schaefer (1-3-3-3-2-0).

Richmond 12
Roscoe 4

Roscoe won the battle of the bats, but Richmond won the war on Sunday, using five Roscoe errors and ten bases on balls to beat the Rangers 12-4.

The Rangers outhit the Royals 12-9, but only had one extra base hit - Tony Orbeck's solo homer in the seventh - despite the wind blowing out to right. Chris VanderBeek had four hits to lead the Rangers at the plate.

In the field, though, the Rangers' five errors led to five unearned runs for Richmond. Roscoe's five pitchers also walked ten Royals' batters.

Roscoe plays next Sunday at Lake Henry at 1:30 p.m.

Richmond-- 102 024 300 - 129 1
Roscoe-- 000 100 111 - 4 12 5

Richmond - Batting: Craig Erlichman 2-3 R-5 BB-3; Joel Torborg BB-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Steve Schreifels (W) (5-5-1-1-0-1); Ryan Hemmesch (2-2-1-1-2-1); Nate Goeter (2-5-2-2-1-2).

Roscoe - Batting: Chris VanderBeek 4-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Greg Heinen (L) (3-0-3-2-4-5); Justin Mackedanz (2.1-5-4-3-3-1); Tony Orbeck (0.2-2-1-0-0-0); Brent Heinen (2-2-3-1-2-4); Chris VanderBeek (1-0-0-0-1-3).

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