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|Paynesville Press - July 19, 2006|
Martins, Lakers, and Pirates win playoff games
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.|
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 - 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 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 - 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 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 - 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
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 - 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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