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Paynesville Press - July 18, 2001

Lake Henry beats St. Martin again

Stearns County League

Lake Henry 9
St. Martin 4

Congratulations The Lake Henry Lakers have beaten St. Martin three times so far this season, the latest coming courtesy of a seven-run sixth inning on Sunday in Lake Henry. The Lakers, after advancing to the state tournament for the first time in 25 years last August, would be disappointed without a fourth victory over St. Martin.

They get a chance this Sunday, when the two Stearns County League teams play the second game in their best-of-three playoff series. With their 9-4 victory Sunday, the Lakers are one win from another berth in regions.

St. Martin needs to sweep the last two games of the series to advance. The Lakers beat Sam Rothstein and Ken Arceneau - who both pitched for the Lakers last year in the playoffs after being drafted from St. Martin - on Sunday.

After three scoreless innings, the Lakers took a 1-0 lead with a run in the fourth, but St. Martin took a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Lake Henry tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth and broke the game open with seven runs -three unearned - in the sixth. Ryan Wuertz hit a two-run homer for the Lakers in the sixth.

Ben Bork and Jon Lieser also had two RBIs apiece for Lake Henry.

On the hill, Roger Wuertz pitched six innings to earn the victory for the Lakers. Mike Stalboerger allowed only one run in three innings of relief.

The teams play again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Martin.

St. Martin-- 000 020 110 - 492
Lake Henry-- 000 117 00x -9 9 2

St. Martin - Batting: Jesse Thelen 2-4 2B; Jake Thelen 2-4; Nathan Schlangen 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Sam Rothstein (4.2-4-2-1-3-4); Ken Arceneau (L) (3.1-5-7-4-2-4).

Lake Henry - Batting: Ben Bork 3-4 2B RBI-2; Ryan Wuertz 2-3 HR RBI-2; Jon Lieser 2-4 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Lieser (W) (5-1-0-0-0-6).

Other Playoff Results
Richmond 4, Farming 3
Meire Grove 14, Spring Hill 4
New Munich 7, Elrosa 4

County Line League

Regal 8
Sauk Centre 2

Regal scored five runs in the fifth inning to upset top-seeded Sauk Centre on Sunday and stay alive in the County Line League playoffs.

Wade Von Eschen led the Regal hitting attack with a grand slam in the fifth. Tim Haines added three hits and two RBIs.

Nathan Winter pitched seven innings for the victory, allowing only two runs. Brad Deyak pitched two innings of shutout relief to close out the Titans.

Regal, which lost the week before to Melrose, would have been eliminated with another loss. Now the Eagles will face Paynesville in an elimination game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Sauk Centre also faces an elimination game this week.

Regal-- 001 051 010 - 812 0
Sauk Centre-- 010 000 100 - 2 7 0

Regal - Batting: Tim Haines 3-3 RBI-2; Mike Tangen 3-5; Wade Von Eschen 2-5 HR RBI-4; Scott Braun 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Nathan Winter (W) (7-6-2-2-3-6); Brad Deyak (2-1-0-0-0-2).

Sauk Centre - Batting: Mike Blank 2-3 HR; John Haskamp 2-3 2B; J.J. Moritz 2-4 HR; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Rob Mettenburg (L) (7-10-8-7-6-6); Nelson (1-2-0-0-0-1); Brian Beuning (1-0-0-0-0-1).

Melrose 13
Paynesville 1

Melrose beat the Pirates 13-1 in seven innings on Sunday and earned a berth in the regions when Regal upset top-seeded Sauk Centre.

Eric Meyer pitched a complete game for the Black Sox, and Craig Meyer had four hits. Chris Roering, Brad Hundt, and Kurt Langer all had two hits apiece for the Black Sox.

Dan Starken had two hits and took the pitching loss for the Pirates.

The Pirates host Regal next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in a playoff elimination game.

Upcoming schedule
Sunday, July 22
County Line Playoffs - Elimination Games

Regal at Paynesville,
1:30 p.m.

Norway Lake-Sunburg at Sauk Centre, 1:30 p.m.

Stearns County Playoffs
Lake Henry at St. Martin, 1:30 p.m.
(Lake Henry leads the series 1-0)

New Munich at Elrosa, 1:30 p.m.
(New Munich leads the series 1-0)

Richmond at Farming, 1:30 p.m.
(Richmond leads the series 1-0)

Spring Hill at Meire Grove, 1:30 p.m.
(Meire Grove leads the series 1-0)

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