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Paynesville Press - July 19, 2006

Martins, Lakers, and Pirates win playoff games

By Michael Jacobson

The St. Martin Martins - reinstated into the Stearns County League South playoffs by the state board on Saturday - defeated Roscoe on Sunday 6-1 in St. Martin.

Shannon Olmscheid The Martins had been voted out of the league playoffs after winning the regular season title, going 9-4, for using an opposing player during an exhibition game. But the state board on Saturday overruled the league, noting that the Martins forfeited the exhibition game and played it as a scrimmage.

Shannon Olmscheid was one of six Pirates to have a multihit game as Paynesville upset top-seeded Starbuck 13-8 on Sunday in the Cornbelt League playoffs. The Pirates are now one win from qualifying for regions. They will play at Norway Lake-Sunburg on Sunday.

The Martins, the #1 seed, scored two unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead (with Roscoe fielders twice colliding in the inning). The Martins added four runs on a solo homer by Jesse Thelen in the sixth inning, a two-run homer by Sam Rothstein in the seventh, and a solo homer by Jake Thelen in the eighth.

Roscoe had ten hits but trailed 5-0 before scoring their lone run in the top of the eighth inning.

With the win, the Martins take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three playoff series. Roscoe will host the second game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Roscoe-- 000 000 010 - 110 4
St. Martin-- 000 201 21x - 6 121

Roscoe - Batting: Bret Aagesen 2-4 2B; Brett Savelkoul 2-4; R.J. Leyendecker 2-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brent Heinen (L) (6-10-5-3-2-1); Zach Schmitz (2-2-1-1-0-2).

St. Martin - Batting: Sam Rothstein 2-3 HR RBI-2; Jake Thelen 2-4 HR; Jesse Thelen 2-4 HR; Luke Rothstein 2-4 R; Nathan Schlangen 1-3 3B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Scott Schlangen (W) (7.1-8-1-1-0-4); Ryan Nett (1.2-2-0-0-1-1).

Lake Henry 11, Farming 1
The Lake Henry Lakers continued their mastery of Farming this year, defeating the Flames 11-1 on Sunday in Lake Henry.

High five The Lakers, seeded second in the league playoffs, scored runs in the first, second, third, and fourth innings to take a 6-1 lead. Then, the Lakers added five runs in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run homer by Jeff Schmitz and a two-run double (past a diving Farming centerfielder) by Jesse Lieser, taking an 11-1 lead.

Lake Henry's Jeff Schmitz received congratulations from teammates Pat Mohs (3) and Jesse Lieser (11) after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning on Sunday. Lieser added a two-run double as the Lakers scored five runs in the frame and won 11-1 over Farming.

Farming scored in the top of the first on a solo homer by Craig Klein, but Lake Henry scored 11 unanswered runs over the remainder of the game.

Roger Wuertz pitched six scoreless innings following Klein's homer to earn the victory for the Lakers on Sunday.

Lake Henry, which swept Farming during the regular season, took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three playoff series against the Flames. The Lakers will play at Farming on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Farming-- 100 000 000 - 16 4
Lake Henry-- 121 205 00x - 11 13 0

Farming - Batting: Craig Klein 3-3 HR; Brent Mergen 1-3 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Aaron Nett (L) (3.2-8-6-5-2-0); Dale Schroeder (2.1-4-5-5-2-1); Mergen (2-0-0-0-1-4).

Lake Henry - Batting: Jeff Schmitz 2-4 HR RBI-3; Ryan Wuertz 2-3 RBI-3; Mike Stalboerger 2-3 R-2; Dougs Fuchs 2-4; Josh Kampsen 1-2 R-3 BB-2; Jesse Lieser 1-4 2B RBI-2; Jon Lieser 1-5 2B R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Roger Wuertz (W) (6-6-1-1-0-7); Jon Lieser (2-0-0-0-2-3); Pat Mohs (1-0-0-0-0-1).

Pirates win twice, advance
The Paynesville Pirates won two playoff games in the Cornbelt League last week and advanced in the winner's bracket, moving one win from qualifying for regions.

The Pirates beat Regal 3-2 at home on Wednesday, July 12, and then beat top-seeded Starbuck 13-8 on the road on Sunday.

Starbuck took a 4-0 lead on Sunday, but the Pirates used a 16-hit attack to record four three-run rallies. They took a 6-4 lead after four innings, traded runs with Starbuck in the fifth and sixth innings, still leading 10-8, and scored three runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.

James Paul pitched four shutout innings in relief to earn the save for the Pirates.

The Pirates (5-11) will now play at Norway Lake-Sunburg on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the winner's bracket of the Cornbelt League playoffs. The winner advances to regions.

Starbuck will host New London-Spicer in the loser's bracket.

Paynesville-- 003 313 030 - 1316 3
Starbuck-- 310 013 000 - 8 15 4

Paynesville - Batting: James Paul 3-6 2B; Trent Hansen 2-3; Shannon Olmscheid 2-3 RBI; Aaron Bayer 2-4; Ryan Hess 2-5; Adam Miller 2-6 HR RBI-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hess (W) (5-12-8-8-3-3); Paul (S) (4-3-0-0-2-2).

Roscoe 5, Richmond 0
Justin Mackedanz earned his third complete-game victory in the past month, leading Roscoe past Richmond 5-0 on Tuesday, July 11. This play-in game was needed to determine the fourth playoff team in the Stearns County League South after Farming, Richmond, and Roscoe all tied with 3-10 records.

Roscoe earned the final playoff spot by defeating Richmond. When St. Martin was reinstated for the league playoffs by the state board, this meant Richmond was eliminated from the playoffs while Roscoe played St. Martin.

Roscoe scored five runs in the first inning on three hits and two walks. Neither team scored for the rest of the game, played in Cold Spring on Tuesday night.

Mackedanz scattered ten hits to earn the pitching victory for Roscoe.

Paynesville native Jeremy Glenz pitched seven shutout innings in relief for Richmond.

Richmond-- 000 000 000 - 010 3
Roscoe-- 500 000 00x - 5 6 1

Richmond - Batting: Jon Dold 3-4; Dusty Adams 2-4; Brian Niehaus 1-4 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Scott Ruegemer (L) (0.2-3-5-4-2-0); Jeremy Glenz (7.1-3-0-0-0-0).

Roscoe - Batting: Justin Mackedanz 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Mackedanz (W) (9-10-0-0-2-4).

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