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Paynesville Press - July 20, 2005

Lakers top Farming; Martins upset

Lake Henry built a 6-0 lead and beat Farming 6-4 on Sunday in the first game of their best-of-three playoff series in the Stearns County League South at Lake Henry.

double play The Lakers scored a run in the first inning (on Adam Kampsenıs solo homer), three in the fourth (with Herbie Weidner hitting a two-out, two-run single), and two in the fifth (with Ryan Wuertz hitting a two-run double).

The Lakers' Ryan Wuertz - watched by centerfield Josh Kampsen and umpire Kris Bertelson - completes an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning against Farming on Sunday in the Lakers' 6-4 win.

Wuertz also earned the pitching victory by throwing five shutout innings. He pitched out of a jam, aided by his defense, in the fourth inning. With runners at second and third with no out, the Lakers threw home on a ground ball to tag out the runner trying to score, and then catcher Jon Lieser threw to third to complete a double play. Farming then loaded the bases in that inning, but Wuertz ended the rally with a strikeout.

Farming finally scored three runs in the eighth inning, but reliever Doug Fuchs took the mound and induced two ground balls to end the rally. Shortstop Pat Mohs dove to grab a grounder and start a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Craig Klein hit a solo homer in the ninth to make the final score 6-4. The second-seeded Lakers (18-5) now lead their playoff series 1-0. They will play at third-seeded Farming on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The Lakers also beat Eden Valley on Friday 7-2. The Lakers built a 7-0 lead as Jeff Schmitz pitched five scoreless innings for the win, and Fuchs had three RBIs and Mohs two.

Lake Henry 6, Farming 4
Farming-- 000 000 031 - 46 1
Lake Henry-- 100 320 000 - 6 12 1

Farming ­ Batting: Ted Nett 1-2 RBI BB-2; Greg Holthaus 1-1 BB-3; Craig Klein 1-5 HR; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Nett (L) (4-8-4-4-1-1); Dale Schroeder (2-3-2-1-1-1); Klein (1-1-0-0-2-0); Holthaus (1-0-0-0-0-0).
Lake Henry ­ Batting: Adam Kampsen 3-4 HR 2B R-2; Ryan Wuertz 2-3 2B RBI-2 R; Mike Stalboerger 2-3 R RBI; Pat Mohs 2-4; Jeff Schmitz 1-1 BB-3; Herbie Weidner 1-4 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Wuertz (W) (5-3-0-0-4-6); Mohs (2-3-3-2-2-3); Doug Fuchs (S) (2-1-1-1-0-2).

Lake Henry 7, Eden Valley 2
Lake Henry-- 001 002 040 - 79 2
Eden Valley-- 000 000 002 - 2 6 1

Lake Henry ­ Batting: Pat Mohs 3-3 R-2 RBI-2; Doug Fuchs 2-3 2B RBI-3; Scott Thomes 1-2 2B; Steve Barten 1-2; Kevin Gruber 1-4 3B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jeff Schmitz (W) (5-4-0-0-1-2); Mike Stalboerger (3-1-0-0-1-2); Mohs (1-1-2-1-2-1).

Richmond 6, St. Martin 5
Fourth-seeded Richmond upset top-seeded St. Martin 6-5 on Sunday in St. Martin when catcher Jeron Lieser broke a 5-5 tie with a solo homer in the top of the ninth.

The playoff game between the Martins and the Royals featured five lead changes and two ties. St. Martin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning; Richmond scored two in the third for a 2-1 lead; St. Martin scored two in the fourth for a 3-2 lead; Richmond tied the game 3-3 with a run in the fifth; St. Martin retook the lead 4-3 with a run in the sixth; Richmond scored two runs in the seventh for a 5-4 lead; St. Martin tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the bottom of the seventh; and Richmond finally won on Lieserıs game-winning homer.

leap Todd Steil pitched a complete game to get the victory for Richmond. Ryan Nett pitched six innings for St. Martin without allowing an earned run, as the Martins made four errors.

Second baseman Nathan Schlangen leaps for the ball as St. Martin tries to pick off Richmond's Darren Michaelis at second in the third inning. Shortstop Luke Rothstein caught the ball for St. Martin.

The Martins (18-4) will now need to win two games in a row to beat Richmond in their best-of-three playoff series. The Martins will play at Richmond on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Richmond-- 002 010 201 - 68 2
St. Martin-- 100 201 100 - 5 8 4

Richmond ­ Batting: Jeron Lieser 2-4 HR; Cory Niewind 2-4 2B-2 R; Darren Michaelis 2-5 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Todd Steil (W) (9-8-5-4-2-9).
St. Martin ­ Batting: Nathan Schlangen 2-5 3B R; Josh Harrison 2-4 2B-2 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ryan Nett (6.1-6-5-0-2-6); Ken Arceneau (L) (2.2-2-1-1-0-2).

Greenwald 12, Spring Hill 6
Greenwald used a six-run second inning to defeat Spring Hill 12-6 on Sunday in the first playoff game of their best-of-three series in the Stearns County League North.

Keith Frieler, who pitched a complete game for the host Cubs, had the key hit in the second inning, a bases-clearing double. That inning started with two errors by the Chargers.

Greenwald led 9-1 after five innings. After the Chargers scored a run in the top of the sixth, Brandon Worms hit a three-run homer for the Cubs in the bottom of the sixth.

Spring Hill scored four runs in the top of the seventh to make the final score 12-6. Nathan Terres had a three-run double in that inning for Spring Hill.

Shawn Schoenberg, who led the Chargers with three hits, hit a solo homer in the third for Spring Hill.

Second-seeded Greenwald now leads third-seeded Spring Hill 1-0 in their playoff series. The Chargers will host Greenwald on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the second game.

Spring Hill-- 001 001 400 - 614 3
Greenwald-- 060 213 00x - 12 11 1

Spring Hill ­ Batting: Shawn Schoenberg 3-5 HR R-2; Nathan Terres 1-4 2B RBI-3; Jonathan Nietfeld 2-3; Jamie Terres 2-4; Dave Stalboerger 2-4; Eric Schoenberg 2-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Rick Lieser (L) (2.2-7-8-2-2-2); Aron Welle (3.1-4-4-4-2-3); Shawn Schoenberg (2-0-0-0-2-1).
Greenwald ­ Batting: Brandon Worms 2-5 HR 2B RBI-3; Troy Frieler 2-5 2B RBI; Doug Imdieke 2-5 2B RBI R-2; Keith Frieler 1-5 2B RBI-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Keith Frieler (W) (9-14-6-6-3-4).

NL-S 8, Regal 2
New London-Spicer scored five runs with two outs in the fifth inning, turning a 3-0 lead into an 8-0 advantage and beating Regal 8-2 in the Cornbelt League playoffs.

Darrin Ogdahl hit a three-run double for New London-Spicer in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the host Lakers built their 8-0 lead.

Regal answered with two runs in the top of the sixth but got no closer.

Regal will now host Starbuck in a playoff game on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Regal-- 000 002 000 - 27 3
NL-S-- 010 250 00x - 8 9 1

Regal ­ Batting: Josh Krupke 2-4; Chris Beier 1-3 RBI; Mike Mueller 1-3 RBI; Chris Rohe 1-1; Shane Rademacher 1-3; A.J. Hadley 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jeremy Fuchs (L) (4.2-6-8-7-8-1); Beier (3.1-3-0-0-0-0).
New London-Spicer ­ Batting: Darrin Ogdahl 2-3 2B RBI-3; Josh Fortmann 2-4; Tony Salonek 1-2 2B R-3 BB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Fortmann (W) (7-4-2-2-6-10); Chris Thompson (2-3-0-0-0-1).

Starbuck 11, Pirates 8
The Paynesville Pirates lost to Starbuck 11-8 on Wednesday, July 13, in the Cornbelt League playoffs. The loss ended the Piratesı season.

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