Farming's Chris Theis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Flames over the Roscoe Rangers 6-4 Sunday in Farming.
The loss eliminated the Rangers from the Stearns County League playoffs, which start next weekend.
The Rangers took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Tony Orbeck hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Jeff Welle delivered a two-run single in the second for Roscoe.
Andy Theis hit a two-run homer for Farming in the bottom of the second, and the Flames tied the score at three in the bottom of the third.
Welle drove in Brent Heinen again in the fourth, as the Rangers took a 4-3 lead, which lasted until Chris Theis' blast. The Flames added a run in the eighth for insurance and kept the Rangers scoreless over the last five innings to win.
The Flames earned the third seed in the playoffs with a league record of 6-7. The Rangers finished with a league record of 4-9.
Roscoe - Batting: Chris VanderBeek 3-4; Jeff Welle 2-5 RBI-3; Brent Heinen 2-4 R-2; Dale Mackedanz 2-5 2B; Tony Orbeck 1-5 HR; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Greg Heinen (L) (6.1-7-5-4-2-2); Brent Heinen (1.2-3-1-1-1-0).
Farming - Batting: Ryan Nett 2-5 R RBi; Craig Klein 2-3; Cris Theis 1-4 HR RBI-2; Andy Theis 1-4 HR R-2 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Andy Theis (2-6-3-3-1-2); Aaron Nett (W) (7-5-1-0-1-8).
St. Martin 11
Lake Henry 9
St. Martin secured a playoff spot by scoring six unanswered runs over the final three innings to beat Lake Henry 11-9. Carl Lieser capped the Martins' rally with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Lake Henry's Mike Stalboerger hit a two-run homer and pitched three innings for the Lakers on Sunday.
Lake Henry scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Five of the runs were unearned as Ryan Wuertz's fly ball to deep center, with the bases loaded was dropped, scoring three runners. Mike Stalboerger followed with a two-run homer to left center.
The Lakers scored two more on Doug Fuchs' homer in the fifth to take a 9-5 lead, but the Martins' Sam Rothstein closed the door when he came on to pitch. He threw five shutout innings and allowed only two hits while striking out eight.
The Martins scored three times in the eighth inning to tie the score at nine. Then won on Lieser's homer in the ninth.
The Martins finished the season with a league record of 6-7. They are the fourth seed in the south division and will play at Richmond to start the playoffs next Sunday.
The first round of the playoffs in the Stearns County League are a best two out of three series with the higher seed hosting the first and third games.
Lake Henry, with a league record of 7-6, already had second place clinched. They will host Farming next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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St. Martin - Batting: Jake Thielen 3-5 HR; Luke Rothstein 2-4 HR RBI-2; Kenny Arceneau 2-3 HR; Carl Lieser 2-2 HR 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Luke Rothstein (3.2-2-4-1-4-1); Chad Rothstein (0-1-3-2-1-0); Kenny Arceneau (0.1-1-2-0-0-1); Sam Rothstein (W) (5-2-0-0-0-8).
Lake Henry - Batting: Mike Stalboerger 2-5 HR RBI-2; Doug Fuchs 1-4 HR RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ryan Wuertz (3.2-1-3-3-8-4); Stalboerger (3.1-6-3-3-0-1); Fuchs (1-3-3-3-1-0); Roger Wuertz (L) (1-2-2-2-1-0).
Final standings in the south half of the Stearns County League are: Richmond, 10-3; Lake Henry, 7-6; Farming, 6-7; St. Martin, 6-7; and Roscoe, 4-9.
In the north half, the standings are: New Munich, 10-3; Elrosa, 8-5; Spring Hill, 6-7; Meire Grove, 5-8; Greenwald, 3-10.
County Line League
New London-Spicer 2
Regal played some long ball and beat New London-Spicer 5-2 behind a complete game by Mike Beier.
Ron Fuchs 9right) give Mike Beier a pat on the back after Beier pitched a complete games on Sunday.
Playing at home in the first round of the County Line League playoffs, Regal scored in the bottom of the first on home runs by Tim Haines and Ron Fuchs. Haines hit a solo shot, and Fuchs had a two-run shot.
The Twins scored their first runs in the fourth, but Regal answered with another two-run homer. Brad Lieser hit a drive to give the Eagles a 5-2 lead. Neither team scored in the last five innings, as Regal prevailed by that score.
Beier scattered ten hits for the complete-game victory.
The Eagles, now 6-4 in the league, will play at Sauk Centre next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NL-S - Batting: Mike Thompson 3-5; Alex Kohls; Chris Thompson 2-4; Chad Lien 2-3 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Chris Thompson (L) (7-7-5-5-1-0); Dane Kelvig (1-1-0-0-0-0).
Regal - Batting: Mike Beier 3-4; Brad Lieser 1-3 HR RBI-2; Ron Fuchs 1-4 HR RBI-2; Tim Haines 1-4 HR; Randy Beier 1-3 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Mike Beier (W) (9-10-2-2-4-8).
Sauk Centre 12
The Sauk Centre Titans pounded the Paynesville Pirates in their first playoff game by a score of 12-2 in seven innings.
The Titans built an 8-0 lead after four innings and a 10-0 lead after six. The Pirates scored twice in the top of the seventh to avoid the ten-run rule, but Sauk Centre scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
The Pirates had only five hits, while committing seven fielding errors.
The Pirates, now 4-7 in league, will have to beat top-seeded Melrose next Sunday to stay alive in the playoffs. They will play at Melrose at 1:30 p.m.
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Paynesville - Pitching: (ip-h-r-bb-k) Dan Starken (L) (5-9-8-1-2); Jason Schlecht (1-2-2-0-2); Jeremy Reiter (1-2-2-0-2).
Sauk Centre - Batting: Mike Blank 3-5 HR RBI-2; Jon Haskamp 2-3 HR RBI-3; Paul Kane 2-4 2B; Ron Moritz 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-bb-k) Chris Bartosiewski (W) (6-2-0-3-4); Ben Dirkes (1-3-2-0-0).
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