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Norway Lake-Sunburg edges Atwater in wild finish

<b>Rand Middleton</b> Jordan Johnson, left, of Norway Lake-Sunburg slides head first into third beating the tag by Vance Martin of Atwater in the fourth inning after a hit by Brant Backman in the fifth inning.

SUNBURG -- The only run of the game scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning giving Norway Lake-Sunburg a 1-0 win over Atwater to open the season for both teams at Willie Reigstad Field.

Justin Johnson crossed the plate to end the game. He had reached on in infield error, advanced to second on a groundout and to third on a single by Dan Leritz.

That ended four strong innings of relief by Jeremy Elkjer (two hits, one walk). Brian Kingery came in from shortstop to pitch.

Chris Braaten was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the next batter struck out for the second out. But with Kent Gjerde at the plate, a pitch went to the backstop and Johnson hustled home.

The win went to Erik Ellingboe, who pitched both extra innings after catching Braaten for the first nine scoreless frames. Braaten allowed six hits, walked two and fanned 10.

Both teams saw threats doused by double plays, including a chance for the Chuckers in the top of the 11th. And both teams had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fifth.

Zach Cunningham, Justin Schroeder and Vance Martin had two hits each for Atwater.

Atwater starter Michael Malvin didn't allow a hit through four innings. He left for Elkjer in the seventh. The Lakers managed six hits, all singles.

NL-Sunburg 1, Atwater 0

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HITTING - Atwater: Zach Cunningham 2-for-5, Brian Kingery 1-for-5, Matt Tanner 1-for-5, Justin Schroeder 2-for-5, Vance Martin 2-for-4, 2b ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Brant Beckman 1-for-3, Dan Leritz 1-for-3, Kent Gjerde 1-for-3, Grant Johnson 1-for-5, Jordan Johnson 1-for-3, Justin Johnson 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Atwater: Michael Malvin 6Zc-2-0-0-5-1, Jeremy Elkjer (L) 4-4-1-0-2-1, Brian Kingery Zc-0-0-0-0-0... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten 9-6-0-0-2-10, Erik Ellingboe (W) 2-2-0-0-0-2-2

Paynesville 15, Starbuck 5

The Pirates, who amassed 15 hits, led 13-0 after scoring six times in the top of the fifth.

Colin Spooner went 4-for-6 and Matt Fuchs 3-for-5 with a double to lead the Paynesville offense.

Ryan Gandrud had three of the Stars' 11 hits. Mike Andreas and Matt Daniels had two hits each.

Derek Stanger went the first five innings, allowing six hits and three runs, to get the win.

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HITTING - Paynesville: Colin Spooner 4-for-6, Ryan Hess 2-for-5, Derek Stanger 1-for-5, Doug Fuchs 1-for-3, Adam Miller 3-for-5, Shannon Omschied 1-for-4, Adam Hemmisch 1-for-4, 2b, Matt Fuchs 3-for-5, 2b; Trent Hanson 2-for-5 ... Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 3-for-4, Mike Andreas 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Chad Andreas 1-for-3, Matt Daniels 2-for-2, rbi; Mike Van Over Beke 1-for-4, Andy Toop 1-for-4, 2b; Aaron Kessler 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Derek Stanger (W) 5-6-3-3-3-3, Casey Hess 2-5-2-0-0-1 ... Starbuck: Jim Walker (L) 3-5-7-5-3-3, Nick Sutton 2Xc-6-9-8-1-2, Mike Andreas 1Zc-3-0-0-0-2

NL-Spicer 8, Regal 7

Mike Danielson's single in the top half of the tenth sent home Luke Reiter, who had walked, from third base with the go-ahead run.

New London-Spicer starter Ben Kulset finished off the Eagles in the bottom of the 10th to pitch a complete game.

He allowed 12 hits but confined all the damage to the sixth inning.

Tyler Dammermann's two-run double highlighted the Twins' five-run sixth inning. But Regal came right back with seven of its own: Jordan Beier and Ryan Schneider had two-run sinlges in the frame.

In the 10th inning, Reiter advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Kulseth and to third on a ground out.

Danielson's clutch hit soon followed.

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HITTING - New London-Spicer: Jeremy Dirksen 2-for-4, Adam Luberts 2-for-5, rbi; Jack Hartley 1-for-4, Tyler Dammermann 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Jared Williamson 1-for-4, Mike Danielson 1-for-4, rbi ... Regal: Jordan Beier 2-for-5, 2 rbi; Chris Beyer 2-for-5, Austen Hadley 2-for-5, rbi; Steve Gerding 2-for-5, rbi; Austin Kampsen 2-for-5, 2b, rbi; Josh Krupke 1-for-4, Ryan Schneider 1-for-2, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Ben Kulseth (W) 10-12-7-7-1-4 ... Regal: Chris Beier 5-3-3-2-1-5, Austen Hadley 5-5-5-3-6-4


St. Cloud Orto 26, Litchfield 0

St. Cloud Orthopedics amassed 26 hits off three Litchfield pitchers in six innings. Drew Van Loy went 5-for-6 and Andy Auger and Brian Mathiason smacked home runs.

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HITTING - St. Cloud Ortho: Chris Ebnet 2-for-6, 2b, 2 rbi; Drew Van Loy 5-for-6, 2b, 4 rbi; Andy Auger 3-for-6, HR, 2b, 4 rbi; Pete Lyle 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Scott Geiger 1-for-5, 4 rbi; Brian Mathiason 4-for-5, HR, 3 rbi; Jason Fischer 2-for-4, 3 rbi ... Litchfield: Joe Buschette 1-for-2, Josh Johnson 1-for-2, David Pennertz 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Ortho: Scott Geiger (W) 4-2-0-0-0-7, Paul Eich 2-1-0-0-1-2, Cory Hoenhorst 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Litchfield: Jon Euerle (L) 2Zc-14-14-14-5-5, David Pennertz 2Xc-8-7-7-0-2, Terry Euerle 1-4-5-5-3-0, Josh Johnson 1-0-0-0-0-1


Sacred Heart 11, Rosen 1

Sacred Heart got off to a good start on the new season beating up Rosen with a 12-hit attack over six-plus innings.

Jeremy Hinderks threw the first six innings for the win. He gave up four hits, walked one and fanned eight. The Rosen run was unearned.

Mike Johnson and Tyler Kleinhuizen had three hits each for the Saints. Jeff Hinderks had two hits.

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HITTING - Rosen: Evan Kraft 1-for-3, Justin Stamp 1-for-3, Aaron Adelman 1-for-3, Mickey Rademacher 1-for-3 ... Sacred Heart: Josh Hebrink 1-for-4, 2 runs; Mike Johnson 3-for-5, 2b, rbi; Tyler Kleinhuizen 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Jeremy Hinderks 1-for-4, Jeff Hinderks 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Adam Potter 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Andy Davis 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Bryan Aeikens 1-for-2, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Rosen: Justin Stamp (L) 5-8-9-7-5-4, Travis Rademacher 1Xc-4-2-2-3-2 ... Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 6-4-1-0-1-8, Matt Koenen 1-0-0-0-1-1

Morris 9, Raymond 8

Morris was outhit 13-7 but not outdone by the Rockets.

The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the ninth to overtake Raymond.

Mike Jeseritz got his 500th career hit at Raymond on a single in the seventh inning, his second hit of the game. The game was halted and he was presented the ball.

Kirby Marquart's hit scored Troy Schultz to tie the game 8-8. Andy Lemcke, who reached on an error, scored the winning run on a groundout.

Chad Christianson threw the first five innings for Morris and Lemcke the last four to get the win.

Kyle Knott and Zach Nelson each had three hits for Raymond (1-1).

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HITTING - Morris: Andy Lemcke 1-for-5, rbi; Kirby Marquardt 2-for-3, rbi; Craig Knochenmus 2-for-5, 3 rbi, 2-run HR; Jon Lemcke 1-for-2, Jamie Van Kampen 1-for-2 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 2-for-6, rbi; Shawn Thissen 1-for-3, Nate Hebrink 1-for-2, Kyle Knott 3-for-4, 2 rbi, 2b; Jason Meyer 1-for-4, Zach Nelson 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Tom DeBoer 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Jon Schmit 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Jordan Smith 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Morris: Chad Christianson 5-8-6-5-1-4, Andy Lemcke (W) 4-4-2-2-2-2 ... Raymond: Tyler Knott 3-1-0-0-0-5, Zach Nelson 3-4-3-3-1-2, Tom DeBoer (L) 3-3-6-2-6-2