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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.|
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 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 7, Eden Valley 2
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
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.
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 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).
Greenwald 12, Spring Hill 6
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 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).
NL-S 8, Regal 2
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 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).
Starbuck 11, Pirates 8
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