BASEBALL: Lakers go 2-1 over weekend; Vipers win all three games
The Superior Lakers started off weekend play with a loss, but bounced back to win their next two games. In game one, the Lakers lost in an extra-inning heart-breaker to the Ashland Merchants, 2-1. Mark Erickson took the loss going all eight innin...
The Superior Lakers started off weekend play with a loss, but bounced back to win their next two games.
In game one, the Lakers lost in an extra-inning heart-breaker to the Ashland Merchants, 2-1. Mark Erickson took the loss going all eight innings surrendering two runs (none earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out nine.
The Lakers' offense struggled in the game, collecting only three hits, one each from Corey Goblirsch, Ryan Hendry and Brandon Hansen.
In game two, the Lakers turned the tables on the Merchants, beating them in extra innings, 3-2. Tim Bouvine got the win going all eight innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits while walking none and striking out six.
The Lakers' winning run came in the bottom of the eighth when Kyle Peterson walked and moved to third on a failed pick-off attempt by the pitcher. After Bouvine struck out, the Merchants intentionally walked Brent Calore to set up the double play, which failed because of a Hansen warning-track sacrifice fly that brought in Peterson for the win.
Also contributing to the offense for the Lakers were Goblirsch, with two hits, and Hansen and Peterson with one apiece.
The Lakers then faced the Proctor Padres and came away with an 11-1 win. Hansen got the complete game win, allowing one run on three hits while walking three, hitting one and striking out eight.
The Lakers offense finally came to life, with two hits from Goblirsch, Calore and Bouvine. Hendry, Phil Karaba, Erickson and Hansen all had one hit apiece.
The Lakers (12-9 overall, 8-6 Upper 13 League) are back in action Sunday at Oulu against the Blue Jays for a doubleheader that will start at 1 p.m.
Vipers 10, Bluejays 2
In Upper 13 League action on Sunday in Oulu, the Bayside Vipers launched a 13-hit attack to defeat the Oulu Bluejays. Pat Davy led the Vipers going 4-for-5 on the day, including two doubles.
Bayside jumped on starter Andrew Urbaniak for three runs in the first inning after two out. A triple by Corey Verhal, double by Davy and an RBI single by Bob Eastman got things going for the Vipers.
Bayside went on to score at least once in each of the first six innings, getting three more runs off of Urbaniak and four off of reliever David Barningham, who came on in the fourth.
Sean Cummings, Verhal and Rob Trettin all had two hits apiece, with Verhal getting a double and a triple and Cummings and Trettin each with a double.
Chris Vendela got the win going eight innings and giving up five hits, eight walks and three hit batters while striking out six. Marcus Besonen finished up pitching for the Vipers.
For Oulu, D J. Lahti had two hits.
Oulu, 9-4 in league play and 12-6 overall, hosts the Superior Lakers in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Vipers 10, Padres 0
The Vipers defeated the Proctor Padres in a seven-inning Upper 13 League baseball game Sunday at Proctor.
Bill Ryan pitched a complete game shutout for Bayside, allowing one hit and one walk while getting four strikeouts.
Trettin, Eastman and Billy Tafs each had two hits for Bayside. Jason Melander had Proctor's lone hit.
Vipers 5, WBL 4
The Vipers also snuck by White Bear Lake with a 5-4 win. Marcus Besonen was the winning pitcher for Bayside. He pitched a seven-innings complete game, allowing six hits while striking out six.
Jason Polikowsky had the big hit of the game for the Vipers, as his walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh put Bayside in front.
Knights 9, Ravens 1
In a match-up between the top-two teams in the Independent League, the Haugen Knights out-hit the St. Croix Ravens 12-4 as the Knights cruised to a 9-1 win Saturday night in Haugen.
Knights starting pitcher Dan Lindsay yielded just one run in seven innings, while striking out six to earn the win. Jake Lambert took the loss for the Ravens, allowing four earned-runs over six innings of work.
Kris Minor went 2-for-4 and had the Ravens' lone RBI, while Vince Viggiano and Darren Gordon collected the other two hits for St. Croix.
Ravens 9, Mud Puppies 4
The Ravens bounced back to earn a weekend split with a 9-4 win in Seeley, Sunday afternoon.
Richie Visger scattered ten hits, gave up two earned-runs and struck out five to earn the complete game win.
Ryan Sepion led the SCR offense, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Dale Rajala, RJ Keur and Rich Hailey collected two hits apiece.
It is fan appreciation weekend in Solon Springs, as St. Croix (16-7, 8-2) hosts the Exeland Loons Friday at 7:30 p.m. before squaring off with the Spooner Cardinals at 1 p.m. on Sunday.