Area town baseball. . .
Two towns win; two lose in high scoring games

This article submitted on 6/23/99.

Stearns County League

Spring Hill 17
Roscoe 16

By Aaron Ziemer

Roscoe lost a high scoring one-run game to Spring Hill 17-16 on Sunday, in Spring Hill.

Tony Orbeck started on the mound for the Rangers, but only went three innings giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Brent Heinen came in and threw five innings of relief, giving up 10 hits and eight earned runs, while walking one and striking out seven. Russ Schaefer threw the last third of an inning giving up one hit and two runs.

Orbeck led the way for the Rangers going 4-5 with three home runs and eight RBIs. Brent Heinen also had a good game at the plate going 2-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

Roscoe had a huge second inning, by scoring eight runs. Orbeck hit a three-run home run, and Brent Heinen also had a grand slam in the inning.

However, Spring Hill stayed close scoring two in the bottom of the second and four more in the bottom of the third to make the score 8-6, Roscoe.

Orbeck then hit his second homer of the game in the top of the fourth to give the Rangers a 10-6 lead. Roscoe added three more in the top of the fifth on a homer by Mark Winter.

Spring Hill came back with four in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 13-10, Roscoe.

The Rangers would added three more in the top of the seventh to make the score 16-10.

It wouldn't stay that way for long as Spring Hill scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth, and two in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, by a final of 17-16.

Roscoe will play the Pirates on Thursday night in Paynesville at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the Paynesville Tournament. They will either play at 1 p.m if they lose or 3 p.m. if they win on Saturday. The next league game for Roscoe is Sunday at Richmond at 1:30 p.m.

Wuertz pitching Lake Henry 6
Farming 2

By Aaron Ziemer

Lake Henry defeated Farming 6-2 on Sunday, in Lake Henry.

Roger Wuertz started and went four innings. Ryan Wuertz earned the victory in relief of Roger Wuertz, and Mike Stalboerger closed the game out for the Lakers.

Ryan Wuertz, right, led Lake Henry in hitting, going 3-5 with a double. Tom Ludwig and Herbie Weidner also had two hits for the Lakers.

Lake Henry will be in the Paynesville Tournament and will face New London-Spicer in the first round in Paynesville on Friday night, at 7:30p.m.

The next league game for the Lakers will be at Meire Grove on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

County Line League

Sauk Centre 26
Paynesville 16

By Aaron Ziemer

The Pirates lost a slug fest to Sauk Centre on Saturday, in Sauk Centre, by a score of 26-16.

Since Jason Schlecht was gone, and Dan Starken was scheduled to pitch on Sunday, Paynesville was low on pitching. Chris Stanley started the game for the Pirates and went the first three innings. When Stanley came out of the game Paynesville led 11-7.

Jeremy Reiter, Shannon Olmscheid, Chris Soine, Scott Morris, and Steve Barten threw relief. Olmscheid was tagged with the loss. The Pirate pitchers walked 17 Sauk Centre hitters in the game, and gave up seven home runs.

The Pirates didn't have a problem hitting the ball though. They put up 16 runs, 11 of which came in the first three innings.

Ken Leo led the way going 3-3, Reiter and Starken both were 2-3 in the game for the Pirates.

The Pirates scored six runs in the first inning, but gave up three in both the bottom of the first and bottom of the second innings.

Then in the top of the third Paynesville added five more to take an 11-6 lead. Sauk Centre came back as they scored two in both the third and fourth innings to make the score 11-9, Paynesville.

The Titans took their first lead after a three-run home run and managed to hold it for the rest of the game.

Paynesville, just plain and simply ran out of pitching. Many of the pitchers were not effective throwing strikes and that was the major problem for the Pirates.

Paynesville-- 605 023 00 -1614 2
Sauk Centre-- 332518 04 -26 14 1

Norway Lake-Sunburg 10
Paynesville 6

By Aaron Ziemer

Paynesville lost to Norway-Lake Sunburg 10-6, on Sunday in Sunburg.

Dan Starken started on the mound for the Pirates and pitched the whole game, throwing an excellent game.

Jeremey Reiter and Steve Barten were both 3-5 in the game. Pat Mohs also had a good day at the plate going 2-5 with a home run.

Paynesville scored one run in the first inning to take an early lead, Barten drove in Michaelis to take the early lead.

The Lakers came back in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run.

Paynesville then added another run in the top of the third to make the score 2-1.

But the lead was short-lived, as NL-S came back with three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. The Lakers then added one more and the score was 5-2.

Paynesville scored one run in the seventh to make the score 5-3, but once again the Lakers answered back in the bottom of the seventh with two unearned runs to make the score 7-3.

Mohs then hit a three-run home run for Paynesville, the team's second of the season, to make the score 7-6, NL-S.

Dana Molenaar led off the inning with what appeared to be a solo home run for the Lakers, but he missed first base. Paynesville appealed the homer and Molenaar was ruled out.

The Pirates were able to get another out when Starken struck out a pinch hitter.

But with two outs the Lakers were able to score three runs and take a 10-6 lead.

Paynesville had an opportunity to score some runs in the top of the ninth with runners on first and third and no one out, but NL-S dodged a bullet getting Reiter, Aaron Ziemer, and Darren Michaelis out to end the game.

Paynesville has a busy schedule this week. They will play in the Paynesville Tournament on Thursday night against Roscoe. Then they will play Saturday at 5 p.m if they lose, and 7:30 p.m. if they win. The first round game in the tournament is between New London-Spicer and Lake Henry.

The Pirates will also have a rematch against Sauk Centre on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. in Paynesville.

Paynesville--101000 130 -614 2
NL-S--103100 23X -10 82

Regal 7
New London-Spicer 4

By Michael Pauly

Regal defeated New London-Spicer on Sunday by the score of 7-4 in Regal. The Twins started the scoring in the first on a single and two-base error by Chad Christianson and an RBI single by Nate Danielson.

Regal took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on four straight singles by Mike Beier, Tim Haines, Jeff Deming, and Mike Tangen. Tangen's hit scored the first two runs with the bases being full. Wade Thonvold had a sacrifice fly for the third run of the inning.

In the fifth inning New London-Spicer added a run to make the score 3-2 for Regal. Mike Thompson walked and went to third on two ground outs. Earl Rich hit an RBI double to score Thompson.

In the top of the eighth inning the Twins took a 4-3 lead on back-to-back home runs by Chad Lien and Darrin Ogdahl.

Regal scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead for good. Deming came up first and was hit by a pitch. Tangen then hit a line drive to right field that the fielder could not handle and put runners on first and second. Ron Fuchs then hit a three-run home run to right center field to put Regal in front. Thonvold followed with a double, and advanced to third on a pass ball. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Wade VonEschen.

Regal will play at Cold Spring against the Springers on Wednesday night, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 26, Regal will host the Cold Spring Rockies for a 2 p.m. game. On Sunday, June 27, Regal will host Norway Lake-Sunburg for a 1:30 p.m. game.

Regal 15
Norway Lake-Sunburg 11

By Michael Pauly

Regal traveled to Sunburg to take on the Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers Wednesday night. Regal came out the victor by the score of 15-11.

Regal scored two runs in the first to take a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second Regal had three errors which led to eight unearned Laker runs.

In the fifth inning Regal managed to plate two more runs to make the score 8-4 in the Lakers' favor.

Norway Lake made the score 9-5 on an error and a double.

In the sixth Regal duplicated the Lakers second inning scoring. Regal plated eight runs with the help of two errors. This made the score 12-9 for Regal. Regal added three more runs in the seventh inning.

Norway Lake scored two runs in the ninth inning on a two-run home run to make the final score 15-11 in Regal's favor.

Tim Beier pitched the complete nine innings for the win for Regal.

Regal-- 200 028 300 - 15 10 5
NL-S-- 080 010 002 - 11 14 8

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