August 21, 2017

SAINTS SLAM LAKERS IN STATE OPENER (Minnesota Baseball Association)


 (photo by Herman Lensing)

HAMBURG--Ethan Vogt’s grand slam home run in the fifth inning put an exclamation point on a solid all-around day from Elrosa in a 12-6 victory over Pelican Rapids in Hamburg. Vogt finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run for the Saints (23-10) and delivered 6 ⅔ innings on the mound. Vogt fell off late in his start but threw five shutout innings.

Cody Eichers put Elrosa up 1-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI double that scored Matt Schmitz. Eichers finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run while Schmitz went 3-for-5 with three runs.The Saints scored six runs in the fifth, including an RBI single from Schmitz. The whole rally got set up in part to a perfectly placed bunt from Matt Middendorf with one out. Middendorf’s bunt gave Elrosa two runners on and led to base hits from Schmitz and Eichers.

The Saints weren’t done and tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning after Kevin Kuefler reached on an error to start the inning. Middendorf, who finished 2-for-5 with two runs, followed with an RBI double while Schmitz and Eichers followed with base hits. Austen Hadley added an RBI single and another error led to another run to put the Saints up 11-0.

Pelican Rapids wasn’t ready to fold and put up three runs in the sixth inning to make it an 11-3 game. Taylor Fuhs, Dana Johnson, Adam Johnson and Brian Guler hit consecutive singles and Al Johnson added an RBI sacrifice fly. The Lakers kept coming with a run in the seventh after Guler hit a single to score Dana Johnson. Dana Johnson finished 4-for-5 with three runs and Adam Johnson went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Guler finished 3-for-5 with three RBI.

Elrosa will play 7:30 p.m. Friday at Norwood against Hampton.