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Paynesville Press - May 10, 2006

Lake Henry rallies to defeat St. Martin 8-7

By Michael Jacobson

The Lake Henry Lakers rallied to defeat the St. Martin Martins 8-7 on Sunday in Lake Henry, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to win the Stearns County League game, evening both teams league records at 1-1.

Scoring run The Lakers led 5-0 before the Martins scored seven unanswered runs in the fourth thru seventh innings. The Martins took the lead 6-5 on Sam Rothstein's three-run homer to right, into the wind, in the sixth inning. They added a run in the seventh to lead 7-5 when the Lakers botched a rundown between home and third.

Pinch runner Wes Lieser scored the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning for Lake Henry as the throw home bounced away from st. Martin catcher Jake Thelen.

The Lakers got within one run again in the bottom of the seventh on Josh Kampsen's RBI double.

Trailing 7-6, Jeff Spritzer and Brent Lieser singled to start the eighth inning, with pinch runner Wes Lieser scoring the tying run on a grounder to second, beating the throw to the plate. After Jon Lieser hit an infield single deep into the hole, Kampsen plated the winning run on a suicide squeeze bunt.

The Lakers built a 5-0 lead with an RBI single by Brent Lieser in the second inning and on a grand slam homer to left in the third by Mike Stalboerger. The Martins walked the bases loaded before Stalboerger cleared them with his homerun.

Diving for the ball The Martins loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, scoring two runs in the fourth, on a fielder's choice and an error, and one run in the fifth, on a fielder's choice, to cut the Lakers' lead to 5-3, setting the stage for Rothstein's go-ahead homer in the sixth.

Jon Lieser - diving in vain for a ground-ball single - went 3-3 for Lake Henry on Sunday and earned the pitching victory in relief for the Lakers.

Four Lakers pitched on Sunday with Jon Lieser earning the victory in relief and Schmitz earning a save. This week, the Lakers (1-1 in league, 1-2 overall) will host Roscoe on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The Martins (1-1 in league) will travel to Richmond on Sunday for a league game at 1:30 p.m.

St. Martin-- 000 213 100 - 77 1
Lake Henry-- 014 000 12x - 8 9 3

St. Martin - Batting: Sam Rothstein 2-4 HR RBI-3 R-2; Nathan Schlangen 2-3 2B; Jesse Thelen 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kenny Arceneau (2.2-3-5-5-4-0); Ryan Nett (L) (5.1-6-3-3-2-3).

Lake Henry - Batting: Jon Lieser 3-3 R-2; Brent Lieser 2-4 R RBI; Mike Stalboerger 1-3 HR RBI-4; Josh Kampsen 1-3 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Doug Fuchs (4.1-3-3-1-7-3); Stalboerger (2-2-3-3-3-1); Jon Lieser (W) (1.2-0-1-0-0-2); Jeff Schmitz (S) (1-2-0-0-0-0).

Regal 1, Paynesville 0
Chris Beier threw a two-hit shutout as the Regal Eagles defeated the Paynesville Pirates 1-0 in Regal on Sunday in the Cornbelt League opener for both teams.

Chris Beier pitching Beier, backed by error-free defense, retired the first 11 Pirate batters and allowed only two hits and one walk. Justin Butkofski had a fourth-inning single off of Beier, and Shannon Olmscheid had a single in the fifth inning for the only Pirate hits.

Chris Beier pitched a two-hit shutout for Regal on Sunday as the Eagles beat the Paynesville Pirates 1-0 in a Cornbelt League game.

Regal, after stranding 11 baserunners in their first three at bats, loaded the bases for the third time with two outs in the fourth inning on a Paynesville error, a single by Beier, and a walk to Josh Krupke. Shane Rademacher, who had reached on an error, scored the game's only run on a wild pitch.

Butkofski was the tough-luck loser for the Pirates, throwing eight innings and allowing no unearned runs. He allowed seven hits and two walks but stranded all of the other Regal baserunners.

Regal (2-0 overall) also won an exhibition game on Friday night at Farming 7-3 with catcher Ryan Schneider leading the way with two hits and three RBIs.

Regal (1-0 in league) will host Spring Hill on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in an exhibition game. They will host Norway Lake-Sunburg on Sunday in Regal in a league game, also at 1:30 p.m.

The Pirates (0-1) will play at Starbuck on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Paynesville-- 000 000 000 - 02 3
Regal-- 000 100 00x - 1 7 0

Paynesville - Batting: Justin Butkofski 1-3; Shannon Olmscheid 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Butkofski (L) (9-7-1-0-2-7).

Regal - Batting: Josh Krupke 2-2 BB-2; Chris Beier 2-4; Mike Mueller 1-3; Chris Rohe 1-4; Josh Eckstein 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Beier (W) (9-2-0-0-1-6).

Elrosa 1, Roscoe 0
The Elrosa Saints scored the game's only run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, ending a pitcher's duel with the Roscoe Rangers and getting a 1-0 win in the Stearns County League.

John Olmscheid doubled for Elrosa in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on a single by Andy Mages.

The game featured only six hits, with two for Roscoe (by Bret Aagesen and Brett Savelkoul) and four for Elrosa. Saints starting pitcher Aaron Vogt threw six innings of hitless ball before giving way to reliever Dustin Breitbach, who got the win in relief.

Brent Heinen pitched a complete game for Roscoe, allowing only four hits in the game, including two in the bottom of the ninth.

Roscoe (1-3 overall, 0-2 in league) will travel to Lake Henry on Sunday to face the Lakers at 1:30 p.m.

Roscoe-- 000 000 000 - 02 2
Elrosa-- 000 000 001 - 1 4 0

Roscoe - Batting: Bret Aagesen 1-3; Brett Savelkoul 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brent Heinen (L) (8.2-4-1-1-3-4).

Elrosa - Batting: John Olmscheid 1-1 2B R; Randy Duevel 1-2; Andy Mages 1-4 RBI; Matt Bauer 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Aaron Vogt (6-0-0-0-3-5); Dustin Breitbach (W) (3-2-0-0-2-2).

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