TRUMAN - Tony Payne went 3-for-4 and drove in the eventual winning run in Game 2 to help the Welcome-Sherburn American Legion Post 553 baseball team sweep Truman Post 115 in a doubleheader, 2-1 and 6-3, on Thursday night in Truman.
Payne, who went 0-for-3 in the opener, slapped an RBI single up the middle to give Post 553 the lead in a 6-3 eight-inning win in Game 2.
Welcome-Sherburn reliever Alex Saxen pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out six to allow his offense to get the visitors back in the game.
CONTACT PLAY — Welcome-Sherburn American Legion Post 553 runner Tony Payne collides with Truman Post 115 shortstop Sam Geistfeld at second base as Payne attempts to stretch a single into a double during Game 1 of a baseball doubleheader on Thursday night in Truman. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Going into extra innings with the score knotted at 3-3, Mitch Sitzmann led off the top of the eighth for Post 553 with a single to right, before wheeling to second on Alex Biehn's single to left.
The speedy Sitzmann then stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Payne's ensuing single.
Biehn, who sped to third on Payne's single, scored on Saxen's hit to right before Brandon Zehms drove in Payne from third on a grounder to short.
"Getting the leadoff guy on base in that inning was critical," said Welcome-Sherburn head coach Steven Zehms. "Then Biehn got a hit and then Tony, and we just kept rolling."
Saxen, who went 2-for-4, drove in Sitzmann in the first inning on a hit to center to take a 1-0 lead.
Truman, who got a pair of walks to start the bottom of the first, was able to engineer three runs to take the lead right back.
Sam Geistfeld and Josh Wolters each drew walks in their first at-bats before Dylan Petrowiak smashed a line-drive double to right field, scoring Geistfeld from second to tie the game.
Jeremy Smith followed with a grounder to first base to score Wolters from third before Garrett Schock's RBI single to left scored Petrowiak for the two-run lead.
"I thought our pitching in both games was good," Truman head coach Lonnie Smith said in reference to Jeremy Smith's seven innings pitched, allowing six runs - four earned - on five hits, striking out nine and walking four to take the loss. "We just need to get out of this batting slump that we are in."
From there, Post 553 generated a pair of runs in the fifth to tie the game and eventually send it into extra innings.
Jonah Mayo went 2-for-3 to lead Post 553 in the 2-1 opening victory.
After Biehn scored to give Post 553 a 1-0 lead in the fourth, Truman responded with a run on a couple of Welcome-Sherburn errors to even the game.
Mayo, who reached with a hit, raced to third on Toby Haugen's double to right-center. Sitzmann then collected the lone RBI of the night when he grounded to second base, allowing Mayo to score the go-ahead run.
Post 553 starter Tyson Schuder pitched seven innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out five and walking five to earn the win.
Truman's Colton Greiner pitched seven innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits, striking out six to absorb the loss.
"I thought that we struggled in the first game, but we were able to score a couple runs and win even though we made errors," said Zehms.
Welcome/Sherburn (4-1) plays host to St. James in a 6:30 p.m. game on Monday in Welcome. Truman (0-5) travels to Lake Crystal for a 6:30 p.m. game on Monday.
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TRU 000 100 0 - 1 2 2
Tyson Schuder (WP) and Toby Haugen. Colton Greiner (LP) and Garrett Schock.
LOB-W/S 4; Truman 10. 2B-Toby Haugen (W/S).
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TRU 300 000 00 - 3 4 0
Alex Biehn, Alex Saxen (2) and Austin Krumwiede. Jeremy Smith (LP), Dylan Petrowiak and Tristan Maday.
LOB-W/S 3; Truman 3. 2B-Krumwiede (W/S), Petrowiak (T).
Sleepy Eye 5, Fairmont 3 - John Mangen hurled a complete game from the mound and doubled home a run from the batter's box to guide Sleepy Eye American Legion Post 7 to a 5-3 victory over Fairmont Post 36 during baseball action Thursday night in Sleepy Eye.
Mangen allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked two in seven innings to earn the victory.
Sean Mathiowetz supplied a hit, one RBI and one run scored for Post 7, while teammate Jordan Anderson crossed the plate three times.
Luke Becker produced three hits, including a double, to top Fairmont's effort, while Kyle Guetter contributed an RBI single.
Jordan Voss and Ryan Noll each collected a hit and scored a run, while Spencer Chirpich chipped in a sacrifice fly and a run scored.
Luke Becker allowed four runs - only one earned - on just two hits, struck out three and issued one walk in three innings to absorb the loss for Fairmont.
Voss gave up one unearned run in two hitless innings of relief. He struck out one and walked one. Bryce Holm recorded one strikeout without issuing a walk, and gave up one hit in one shutout inning of relief.
Fairmont Post 36 (1-1) travels to New Ulm Gold on Monday, June 24.
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Luke Becker (LP), Jordan Voss (4), Bryce Holm (6) and Spencer Chirpich, Ryan Noll (6). John Mangen (WP) and Mike Hirsch.