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|Paynesville Press - June 28, 2006|
Martins top Lakers on suicide
St. Martin scored in the bottom of the 11th inning on a suicide-squeeze bunt by Nathan Beier to beat Lake Henry 10-9 on Sunday and tie for the league lead in the Stearns County League South.|
The Martins, playing at home, built a 9-1 lead over the first three innings, but the Lakers rallied to tie the game. Josh Kampsen hit a grand slam in the top of the eighth for Lake Henry to tie the game 9-9.
With the game still tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 11th, Ryan Nett drew a leadoff walk for St. Martin with Kyle Berg pinchrunning. Berg advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a long fly out to centerfield, putting the winning run on third with one out.
St. Martin's Kyle Berg scored the winning run in the 11th inning on Sunday on Nathan Beier's suicide-squeeze bunt. Lake Henry's Brent Lieser tried to make a barehanded play and throw to catcher Josh Kampsen, who hit a game-tying grand slam homer in the eighth, for the force out.
The Lakers intentionally walked Jesse Thelen and Luke Rothstein to load the bases, making a play at the plate a force out in case of a bunt. But Beier's bunt down the third-base line scored Berg, who sprinted towards home with the pitch.
Both games between the Lakers and Martins were decided on suicide-squeeze bunts this year. The Lakers beat the Martins in May 8-7, scoring the winning run on a suicide-squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth. The Lakers also beat the Martins in 2004 with a suicide-squeeze bunt in the tenth inning.
With the win, the Martins (7-4) tied the Lakers (7-4) for the lead in the Stearns County League South. Two weeks remain in the regular season for both teams.
Both teams had chances to win the game after the Lakers tied the score 9-9. In the eighth inning, Ryan Wuertz tried to score for Lake Henry on a bobbled fielder's choice but was thrown out at home to end the inning. Lakers manager Keith Lieser was ejected for arguing this call at home.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Martins stranded the bases loaded and in the ninth Wuertz, playing centerfield for Lake Henry, threw out Luke Rothstein of St. Martin trying to score from second on a single, ending the inning.
The Martins took a 9-1 lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and five in the third. Luke Rothstein hit a two-run homer in the first inning for St. Martin, and the Martins got RBI doubles from Thelen and Rothstein and a two-run single by Nathan Schlangen in the third inning.
The Lakers loaded the bases and scored two runs in the fifth and scored another run on Mike Stalboerger's RBI double in the seventh inning. Pat Mohs walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to plate a run before Kampsen tied the game with his grand slam.
Rothstein pitched four scoreless innings in relief for St. Martin to earn the victory, while Roger Wuertz pitched eight shutout innings for Lake Henry.
A moment of silence was held before the game in honor of the late Dennis Lieser, who played for both Lake Henry and St. Martin during his amateur baseball career.
This week, St. Martin will host Richmond on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. while Lake Henry will play at Roscoe on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Lake Henry - Batting: Josh Kampsen 3-6 HR RBI-4; Doug Fuchs 2-5 RBI; Ryan Wuertz 2-5 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Doug Fuchs (2.1-6-9-7-3-0); Roger Wuertz (8-5-0-0-2-1); Pat Mohs (L) (1-0-1-1-3-0).
St. Martin - Batting: Luke Rothstein 4-5 HR 2B RBI-3; Nathan Schlangen 2-6 RBI-2; Jesse Thelen 1-5 2B RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Scott Schlangen (4-5-3-2-2-4); Josh Harrison (3-4-6-6-2-3); Rothstein (W) (4-1-0-0-3-4).
Spring Hill 10, Roscoe 3
The Chargers led 5-0 before adding five runs in the top of the sixth inning, taking a 10-0 lead.
Rick Lieser pitched six shutout innings for Spring Hill. Roscoe scored two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to make the final score 10-3.
This week, the Rangers (2-8 in league) will host Lake Henry on Saturday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Spring Hill - Batting: Dave Stalboerger 2-2; Jamie Terres 1-2 R; Eric Schoenberg 1-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Rick Lieser (W) (6-3-0-0-1-5); Chris Spanier (S) (3-4-3-2-3-0).
Roscoe - Batting: Bret Aagesen 2-3 2B-2 R; Chuck Mackedanz 1-4 RBI-2; R.J. Leyendecker 1-2; Jake Mackedanz 1-2; Ben Moser 1-2; Lee Schleper 1-2; Brett Savelkoul 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brent Heinen (L) (5-4-9-7-3-2); Russ Leyendecker (1-1-1-1-3-1); Zach Schmitz (3-1-0-0-1-3).
Roscoe 4, St. Martin 3
Bret Aagesen drove in the winning run for Roscoe with an RBI double in the bottom of the tenth inning.
St. Martin led 3-0 before a rain delay, and the Rangers rallied to tie the game with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth and another run in the bottom of the eighth.
Justin Mackedanz pitched a complete game for Roscoe, going ten innings to earn the victory. He allowed a solo homer to Jesse Thelen in the second inning and a two-run homer to Nathan Schlangen in the fifth inning, but then shutout the Martins for the final five innings.
Jake Harrison pitched six innings for St. Martin, throwing five shutout frames before yielding two unearned runs in the sixth.
The loss dropped the Martins (6-4) a game behind Lake Henry in the Stearns County League South, but they tied the Lakers at 7-4 by winning on Sunday.
St. Martin - Batting: Sam Rothstein 2-4 2B; Nathan Schlangen 1-4 HR RBI-2; Jesse Thelen 1-3 HR; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jake Harrison (8-2-2-0-4-4); Schlangen (L) (2-3-1-1-3-1).
Roscoe - Batting: Bret Aagesen 2-5 2B RBI; Brett Savelkoul 2-4 R; Justin Mackedanz 1-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Justin Mackedanz (W) (10-8-3-3-5-4).
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