May 27, 2018
Stearns County League
Lake Henry’s Sam Hopfer took a toss from teammate Jason Kampsen to force out Elrosa’s Cody Eichers, then threw to force for a double play against Elrosa. The Saints won the game 2-0 in a night game at Elrosa.
Ethan Vogt struck out 11 and scattered
five Lake Henry hits in the game Sunday
night. Vogt retired the first 11 batters he
faced in the game.
Nail-biter games were the rule in Stearns County League action – and a few of the results were a bit surprising.
Elrosa’s 2-0 win over Lake Henry Sunday night closed out SCL action for this week, but it was just one of four SCL match-ups on Sunday with a low score. In other games Sunday, Greenwald topped Farming 8-7, winning the game with a game-ending double play; New Munich used a two-run home run by Will Funk to top Roscoe 2-0; and Meire Grove got a complete game from Matt Imdieke in the 2-0 win over St. Martin. The exception to the nail-bite trend was Richmond’s 17-7 7-inning win over Spring Hill. That game was more in line with Saturday games at New Munich (an 11-1 seven-inning win over Farming; and Roscoe’s 13-2 seven-inning win over Elrosa. The Saints rebound from that loss for the win over Lake Henry. Brady Weller, who singled in the third inning, took second on a wild pitch. He was moved to third by Austin Imdieke’s sacrifice bunt (Imdieke reached on an error) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Kuefler. Ethan Vogt, the winning pitcher helped his own cause grounding into a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning. That ground ball enabled Matt Schmitz, who had doubled, to score. When Lake Henry attempted to double up Vogt, the throw went wide and Schmitz scored. On the mound, however, was where Vogt was shining. His complete game effort resulted in 11 strikeouts and one walk. The Lakers first 11 batters went down in order. Jason Kampsen snapped that string with passed the shortstop. Kampsen would have one more hit. He was on third after his second hit, when Lake Henry had their best chance to score. With one out his single and two Elrosa errors loaded the bases. Vogt got the next batter to hit into a short-second-first double play to end the inning. Shane Kampsen’ eight inning double gave Lake Henry its last real threat, but the Lakers could not get him in. Aaron Savelkoul gave up eight hits in the loss.
Elrosa 2, Lake Henry 0
Lake Henry 000 000 000-0 5 3
Elrosa 001 000 01x-2 8 4
Lake Henry: Shane Kampsen 1-4, Josh Kampsen 0-4, Jason Kampsen 2-4, Max Weidner sb Aaron Savelkoul 0-4, Grant Ludwig 0-4, Nick Dingman 1-4, Adam Miller 0-3, Adam Jaeger 1-1, Carter Wessel 0-1, Weston Brinkman 0-3 bb, Sam Hopfer 0-3. Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 0-3 bi sf, Matt Schmitz 2-4 r, Cody Eichers 0-3 bb, Ethan Vogt 1-4, Ryan Olmscheid 0-0, James Kuefler 2-3 bb, Derek Wiener 0-4, AJ Hadley 1-3, Brady Weller 2-3, Aaron Vogt 0-0, Austin Imdieke 0-2 sf. Pitching: Savelkoul-L 8i 8h 2r 2er 2bb 3k, E. Vogt-W 9i 5h bb 11k. LOB: Lake Henry-7, Elrosa-5. DP: Lake Henry-2, Elrosa-1.