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Paynesville Press - July 12, 2006

Richmond tops Roscoe in 13 innings

By Michael Jacobson

Roscoe scored three runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings and another run in the top of the 13th inning to take a 7-6 lead, but host Richmond scored two runs in the bottom of the 13th to beat the Rangers 8-7 in the regular season finale. The victory by Richmond left the Rangers (3-10), the Royals (3-10), and Farming (3-10) tied in the league standings.

Ryan Wuertz The Royals took a 6-1 lead over the first two innings on Sunday in Richmond. The Rangers scored two runs in the top of the sixth to get within 6-3 and three in the top of the ninth to tie the game 6-6. In the ninth, R.J. Leyendecker doubled for Roscoe and then the Rangers got four straight singles by Russ Leyendecker, Brent Heinen, Justin Mackedanz, and Bret Aagesen to score three runs.

Ryan Wuertz blasted two homeruns for Lake Henry on Sunday, as the Lakers crushed Greenwald 14-5 in their regular season finale. The Lakers will host a playoff game next Sunday at 1:30 p.m., but due to the uncertain status of St. Martin, their opponent has not been determined.

In the top of the 13th, Aagesen drove home Mackedanz with a single to take a 7-6 lead, but Cory Niewind delivered a game-winning hit for Richmond in the bottom half of the inning.

The playoff situation for the Stearns County League South was unsettled at press time. St. Martin (9-4) finished first in the league but were disqualified by the league board after using players from the other team during an exhibition game this season. St. Martin is appealing its expulsion from the league playoffs before the state board on Saturday.

In 2004, Richmond was excluded from the league playoffs after using 21 players (rules limit teams to using 20 players after June) in a league game.

Should St. Martin's playoff expulsion be upheld, Lake Henry (8-5) would be the top seed for the playoffs, with Farming second, Roscoe third, and Richmond fourth (with the final spots determined by a coin flip).

Should St. Martin be reinstated for the playoffs, though, a coin flip is not a valid way to determined the fourth playoff team.With Farming winning the tie-breaker, Richmond and Roscoe are playing on Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. in Cold Spring to determine the fourth playoff spot. This game would become null if St. Martin is not reinstated for the playoffs.

Roscoe, then, would play at Farming on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. if St. Martin is excluded from the playoffs. The Rangers would need to beat Richmond on Tuesday and then would play at St. Martin on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. if the Martins are reinstated to the playoffs.

Roscoe -- 100 002 003 000 1 - 714 6
Richmond-- 330 000 000 0002 - 8 10 4

Roscoe - Batting: Brent Heinen 4-7 2B R-2; Justin Mackedanz 3-7 2B R-2 RBI; Bret Aagesen 2-6 RBI-3; Russ Leyen-decker 2-5 R RBI; R.J. Leyendecker 1-6 2B R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Heinen (10-7-6-1-1-5); Mackedanz (L) (3-3-2-2-3-1).

Richmond - Batting: Chad Widmer 3-5; Cory Niewind 2-7 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Dusty Adams (8.2-11-6-4-1-6); Jeremy Glenz (W) (4.1-4-1-0-1-5).

St. Martin 5, Farming 3
St. Martin scored two runs in the top of the ninth innning to beat Farming 5-3 on Sunday in their regular season finale.

The win secured the league title for the Martins before the league board voted to exclude the Martins from the playoffs due to using players from the other team during an exhibition game.

The Martins (9-4) maintained their one-game lead over Lake Henry (8-5) tying the game with a run in the top of the eighth and winning the road game with two runs in the top of the ninth.

Josh Harrison hit a solo homer for the Martins for the go-ahead run in the ninth inning. Nathan Beier followed with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the two-run final margin.

Scott Schlangen pitched nearly three innings of scoreless relief to earn the pitching victory for the Martins against Farming.

St. Martin took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Farming scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to take a brief 3-2 lead.

St. Martin plans to appeal their playoff expulsion before the state board on Saturday. If they win their appeal, they would become the top seed in the Stearns County League South playoffs and would host either Roscoe or Richmond on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Should they lose their appeal, the Martins would not take part in the playoffs. They do have another exhibition game scheduled for Friday against the Granite City Greys in St. Martin at 6:30 p.m.

St. Martin-- 020 000 012 - 56 0
Farming -- 000 000 300 - 3 7 3

St. Martin - Batting: Nathan Beier 2-4 2B R; Jake Thelen 2-3; Josh Harrison 1-3 HR; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ryan Nett (6.1-7-3-3-1-3); Scott Schlangen (W) (2.2-0-0-0-1-1).

Farming - Batting: Brent Mergen 2-4; Jeremy Theis 1-3 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Aaron Nett (L) (8.1-6-5-4-3-3).

Lake Henry 14, Greenwald 5
The Lake Henry Lakers defeated Greenwald 14-5 on Sunday in Lake Henry, using a 17-hit attack and three homers to beat the Cubs.

Lake Henry broke a 2-2 tie and took a 6-2 lead with four runs in the second inning. Ryan Wuertz hit a two-run homer and Doug Fuchs added a solo homer in that rally.

After Greenwald rallied to cut their deficit to 6-5, the Lakers scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-5 lead. They added a run in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth on Wuertz's second homer of the game, a three-run blast.

With the win, the Lakers (8-5) secured at least second place in the Stearns County League South. The Lakers will host a home game this weekend in the first game of the best-of-three playoff series.

Should St. Martin's expulsion from the league playoffs stand, the Lakers would be the top seed in the playoffs and would host Richmond on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Should St. Martin's expulsion be overturned, the Lakers would drop to the second seed and would host third-seed Farming on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Greenwald -- 021 020 000 - 56 4
Lake Henry-- 240 013 13x - 14 17 2

Greenwald - Batting: Ryan Kramer 2-3; Dave Lensing 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brandon Worms (L) (5-10-9-7-4-2); Doug Welle (3-7-5-4-1-1).

Paynesville - Batting: Jeff Schmitz 3-3 R-2 RBI-2 HBP-2; Jon Lieser 3-5 R-3; Ryan Wuertz 3-5 HR-2 RBI-5; Mike Stalboerger 3-4; Doug Fuchs 2-5 HR R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Stalboerger (3-1-3-2-4-1); Brent Lieser (W) (3-4-2-2-1-2); Fuchs (1-1-0-0-2-1); Jon Lieser (2-0-0-0-0-2).

Raymond 10, Regal 2
Raymond used a 14-hit attack to beat Regal 10-2 in their regular season finale of the Cornbelt League on Sunday in Regal.

Kyle Knott hit a three-run homer for Raymond, which led 5-2 after four innings and then scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Hadley brothers (A.J., Austin, and Andy) pitched the game for Regal, which dropped to 10-10 overall and 5-9 in league.

Regal will open their playoffs with a game at Paynesville on Wednesday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Raymond -- 103 100 320 - 1014 1
Regal-- 001 100 000 - 2 7 3

Raymond - Batting: Kyle Knott 4-5 HR RBI-5; Mike Jesenitz 3-5 HR R-3 RBI-2; Jed Nelson 2-5 R-2; Mike Kragenberg 2-6 R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ron Hoestra (W) (6-6-2-2-3-1); Travis Eppina (2-0-0-0-0-3); Kragenberg (1-1-0-0-0-3).

Regal - Batting: Chris Beier 2-4; Chris Rohe 2-4; A.J. Hadley 1-2; Ryan Schneider 1-3 R; Shane Radermacher 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) A.J. Hadley (L) (6-9-5-5-1-3); Austin Hadley (2-3-5-3-1-1); Andy Hadley (1-2-0-0-0-0).

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