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Raymond rallies to clip Monte

Second baseman Todd Bergeson, left, of the Montevideo Spartans, follows through on the tag but was too late to get Zach Nelson of the Raymond Rockets stealing in the second inning at Raymond on Wednesday in non-league amateur baseball. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

RAYMOND -- The Raymond Rockets rose slowly off the launching pad before exploding for nine runs in the middle innings to knock off the Montevideo Spartans 11-8 on Wednesday in an non-league amateur baseball game.

The Spartans led 3-0 on a solo homer by Joe Schlagel and a two-run single by Ryan Tostenson. But Tyler Steen, leading off the lower half of the fourth, homered to right-center for the first hit off Spartan starter Josh Fenske.

The Rockets (14-2) followed that with a five-run fifth and three more in the sixth.

Jordan Ruter delivered a two-run single in the sixth and Caleb Hanson a two-run double in the seventh, both in their first at-bats.

The Spartans rallied for four runs in the ninth on two walks, a hit batter and run-scoring hits by Todd Bergeson and Cameron Vien.

Schlagel, a former Rocket, also singled twice and finished with three RBI.

Tom DeBoer, who pitched the first five innings for Raymond, got the win. Reliever Zach Nelson pitch 2Xc innings of relief, including coming back on the hill to get the last two outs when shortstop Jason Meyer, the fourth Raymond hurler, faltered in the ninth.

Raymond 11, Montevideo 8

Montevideo 010 200 104 -- 8 9 2

Raymond 000 153 20x --11 13 2

HITTING - Montevideo: Todd Bergeson 1-for-4, rbi; Cameron Vien 1-for-5, rbi; Joe Schlagel 3-for-4, 2 runs, solo HR, 3 rbi; Ryan Tostenson 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Josh Anderson 1-for-3; Chrsitian Brabender 1-for-1 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-for-6, 2 rbi; Jordan Smith 1-for-5; Tyler Steen 2-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Tom DeBoer 2-for-3, rbi; Ben Ruter 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Caleb Hanson 1-for-1, 2b, 2 rbi; Jordan Ruter 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Brandon Madsen 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Josh Fenske (L) 4-3-5-3-6-3, Mitch Christensen 2Zc-9-6-4-1-0, James Gallegher 1Xc-0-0-0-1-1 ... Raymond: Tom DeBoer (W) 5-4-3-3-0-4, Zach Nelson 2Xc-1-1-0-0-1, Jordan Smith 1-0-0-0-1-0, Jason Meyer Zc-2-4-4-2-0