St. Martin falls short in upset bid, 2-0

This article submitted on 7/19/00.

St. Martin infield Stearns County League

Richmond 2
St. Martin 0

The Richmond Royals fended off an upset bid in the opening round of the Stearns County League playoffs by beating St. Martin 2-0 in Richmond on Sunday.

The game was still scoreless after five and a half innings as the starting pitchers, Sam Rothstein for St. Martin (St. Martin infielders), and Steve Schreifels for Richmond, each shut down the opposing side without damage. For the game, the two teams managed just seven hits combined.

Richmond finally scored in the sixth without a hit. Richmond's Phil Loehlein was hit by pitch and advanced to third on two passed balls. After a walk, Loehlein was able to score on a double steal.

The Martins had their best chance to tie the score in the top of the eighth. Jim Arceneau drew a walk, and pinch runner David Schaefer advanced to second on a two-out single by Nate Schlangen. Jake Thelen followed with a single to center, but the Royals were able to throw out Schaefer at the plate to end the inning.

The Royals added a run on an RBI double by Loehlein in the bottom of the eighth.

The Royals now lead the best of three series 1-0. The teams will play again next Sunday in St. Martin at 1:30 p.m.

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Richmond-- 000 001 01x - 2 4 1

St. Martin - Hitting: Nate Schlangen 2-3 BB SB; Jake Thelen 1-3 BB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Sam Rothstein (L) (8-4-2-1-6-6).

Richmond - Hitting: Phil Loehlein 1-1 R 2B RBI HBP; Jeron Lieser 1-2; Scott Kron 1-2 BB; Jon Dold 1-4 2B R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Steve Schreifels (W) (9-4-0-0-3-7).

Lake Henry 14
Farming 0

Ryan Wuertz The Lake Henry Lakers scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised past the Farming Flames 14-0 Sunday in Lake Henry.

Mike Stalboerger hit a three-run homer to highlight the first-inning fireworks for the Lakers.

Roger Wuertz, meanwhile, hit as many dingers as he allowed baserunners to Farming. He hit two solo shots for the Lakers, while pitching seven shutout innings for the victory. He allowed only two hits and walked none on the hill.

Ryan Wuertz (batting at right) added two solo home runs for the Lakers and he pitched two hitless innings of relief to finish the game.

The Flames had two hits, drew one walk, but committed six errors in the lopsided game.

The Lakers now lead the best of three series 1-0. The two teams will play the second game of the series at Farming next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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Lake Henry-- 702 001 04x - 14 14 0

Farming - Hitting: Ryan Nett 1-3; Aaron Nett 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Aaron Nett (L) (1-7-7-7-0-0); Ryan Nett (5-3-2-2-4-2); Ted Nett (2-3-4-1-0-1).

Lake Henry - Hitting: Ryan Wuertz 3-5 HR-2 RBI-2; Roger Wuertz 2-4 HR-2 RBI-2; Mike Stalboerger 2-5 HR RBI-3; Jon Lieser 2-4 2B; Steve Lieser 2-4; Herbie Weidner 1-1 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Roger Wuertz (W) (7-2-0-0-0-4); Ryan Wuertz (2-0-0-0-1-5).

County Line League

Regal 10
Sauk Centre 3

After a subpar regular season, the Regal Eagles have been in fine form so far in the County Line League playoffs. They won again Sunday, beating Sauk Centre behind eight innings of Mike Beier's pitching and a two-run homer from Ron Fuchs.

Regal, now 2-0 in the playoffs, face Melrose, the regular season champs who are also undefeated in the playoffs, next Sunday in Melrose at 1:30 p.m.

Melrose 5
Paynesville 4

The Melrose Black Sox scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to eliminate the Paynesville Pirates from the County Line League playoffs Sunday 5-4.

A two-out single scored the winning run from second base as Melrose, undefeated in the playoffs, gave the Pirates their second loss, which eliminated them from the double-elimination playoffs.

Steve Barten and Shannon Olmscheid each had two hits for the Pirates. Chad Hess, Grant Hess, Chris Roering, and Jeremy Berscheit each had two hits for Melrose.

Eric Meyer pitched all 10 innings for the Black Sox for the victory.

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