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Paynesville Press - July 21, 2004

St. Martin clobbers Roscoe, 16-1, in playoffs

St. Martin hit five homeruns in clobbering Roscoe 16-1 on Sunday in their opening playoff game in the Stearns County League South.

The Martins took a 1-0 lead in the best two-out-of-three playoff series with the victory.

St. Martin led 2-0 on Jesse Thelen's two-run homer in the first inning and then scored eight runs in the third inning. Sam Rothstein hit a two-run homer to start the rally, and Luke Rothstein hit a three-run opposite-field shot to right to chase Roscoe starter Brent Heinen. After scoring their first seven runs on homers, the Martins scored three more runs in the third inning on three singles and a couple Roscoe errors.

Sam Rothstein and Jesse Thelen hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning for St. Martin, which led 16-0 before Roscoe scored their lone run in the top of the ninth.

Sliding into home Ken Arceaneau started pitching for St. Martin and earned the victory with five shutout innings. He struck out 10 Roscoe batters while allowing only two hits.

St. Martin's Nathan Beier signals for teammate Craig Hennen to slide into home while scoring a run in the third inning on Sunday. St. Martin scored eight runs in the third inning and beat Roscoe 16-1 in an opening game in the Stearns County League South playoffs.

St. Martin was 11-2 during the regular season in the Stearns County League South, earning the top seed for the playoffs. Roscoe, 4-9 during the regular season, made the playoffs when Richmond (7-6) was ruled ineligible.

The Royals used 21 players during a game on July 4 at St. Martin when amateur rules limit teams to only 20 players after June 30. The Stearns County League South voted 4-1 to make Richmond ineligible for the playoffs on Sunday, July 11. Richmond appealed to the state board, which unanimously confirmed the league ruling on Wednesday, July 14, putting Richmond out of the playoffs.

Richmond players are also ineligible for the playoffs, meaning other Stearns County South teams will not be able to draft any Royals for the playoffs.

Roscoe, which will host regions this year, will try to even the playoff series against St. Martin on Sunday, July 25, with a game in Roscoe starting at 1:30 p.m.

Roscoe-- 000 000 001 - 13 5
St. Martin-- 208 202 02x - 16 15 0

Roscoe - Batting: Mitch Callenius 1-1 2B; Chris VanderBeek 1-2; Justin Mackedanz 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brent Heinen (L) (2.2-4-7-6-2-3); Mackedanz (0.1-2-3-2-2-1); VanderBeek (3-7-4-3-1-1); Lee Schleper (2-3-2-2-0-0).

St. Martin - Batting: Sam Rothstein 3-5 HR-2 RBI-4 R-3; Jesse Thelen 2-4 HR-2 RBI-3 R-4; Josh Harrison 2-2 R; Nathan Schlangen 2-5 R; Luke Rothstein 1-3 HR RBI-3; Steve Lieser 1-3 R; Craig Hennen 1-1 R; Dennis Cipala 1-1; Carl Lieser 1-1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ken Arceneau (W) (5-2-0-0-1-10); Schlangen (2-0-0-0-2-3); Tim Schaefer (1-0-0-0-0-0); Nathan Beier (1-1-1-1-0-0).

Lake Henry 2, Farming 0
Ryan Wuertz and Mike Stalboerger combined for a one-hit shutout as Lake Henry beat Farming 2-0 at home on Sunday.

The Lakers scored a run in the first and a run in the second, giving Wuertz and Stalboerger all the runs they needed as Lake Henry took a 1-0 lead in the best two-out-of-three playoff series.

Wuertz allowed the only hit to Farming in the sixth inning when Corey Mergen singled. Stalboerger relieved Wuertz in the seventh inning, as Farming loaded the bases on walks. Stalboerger relieved Wuertz with one out and two on and walked the bases full before striking out two batters to end the threat.

Josh Kampsen singled to lead off the first inning for Lake Henry, stole second, advanced to third on a bunt single by Jon Lieser, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wuertz.

In the second, Jeff Schmitz singled, moved to second on a walk, and scored on a single by Pat Mohs.

The Lakers outhit Farming 12-1 but scored only those two runs.

Lake Henry will play at Farming on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the second game of their playoff series.

Farming-- 000 000 000 - 01 0
Lake Henry-- 110 000 00x - 2 12 1

Farming - Batting: Corey Mergen 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ted Nett (L) (4-10-2-2-1-1); Ryan Nett (4-2-0-0-1-2).

Lake Henry - Batting: Ryan Wuertz 3-3 2B RBI; Josh Kampsen 2-4 R SB; Pat Mohs 2-3 RBI; Adam Kampsen 1-4 2B; Jeff Schmitz 1-4 R; Mike Stalboerger 1-1 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Wuertz (W) (6.1-1-0-0-6-8); Stalboerger (S) (2.2-0-0-0-1-3).

Regal, Paynesville fall
The Regal Eagles and the Paynesville Pirates both lost in the Cornbelt League playoffs on Sunday and will face each other in an elimination game in Regal on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Regal lost on the road on Sunday 8-4 to Norway Lake-Sunburg. Paynesville lost 9-5 on the road on Sunday to New London-Spicer. Paynesville beat Starbuck 4-2 on Wednesday, July 14, in Paynesville in a first-round playoff game.

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