Martins’ comeback squashes Frogs, 17-10

IN THE AIR — Fairmont Martins catcher Ethan Hurn (left) squeezes the baseball after catching a short popup off the bat of Lakefield’s Josh Thaemlitz (right) during amateur baseball action Wednesday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Martins pitcher Sam Schwieger watches the play. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — The unthinkable became probable in the bottom of the sixth inning, while the probable then turned into the unbelievable in the eighth frame.

Trailing 9-1 after the initial two and a half innings of amateur baseball Wednesday night, the Fairmont Martins erupted for a combined 13 runs during their final three at-bats to exit Herb Wolf Field with a 17-10 First Nite League comeback victory over the Lakefield Horned Frogs.

“If you would have told me in the third inning of this game that we would come back and nearly win by the 10-run rule, I would not have believed it was possible,” said Martins player/coach Levi Becker, whose lineup pounded out 10 of its 15 hits during the sixth through eighth innings.

Down 10-8, Levi Becker delivered two of Fairmont’s five pivotal hits during the 13-batter bottom of the eighth that produced a staggering nine runs.

Ironically, Becker’s biggest dilemma on the game proved to be his choice of wooden bat to take the plate.

“I started out with a 33 (inch), but was getting jammed, so I switched to a 32. That made all the difference during my last couple of at-bats,” said Becker, who generated a game-best six RBIs on a 3-for-6 hitting performance.

Tyler Tennyson, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, drew the first of his two walks during the Martins’ eighth at-bat off of Lakefield reliever Steven Zehms. Zehms then hit his brother-in-law, Jon Traetow, with a pitch to put runners at first and second base.

Levi Becker drilled an RBI single down the left-field line to plate Tennyson with one of his three runs scored on the game to inch Fairmont within 10-9.

One out later, Blake Crawmer lined a single to right to load the bases for Lance Becker. Becker worked out the game-tying RBI walk to plate Traetow before Parker Monsen blooped a tiebreaking RBI single just out of the Horned Frog second baseman’s reach for an 11-10 lead.

Spencer Chirpich then greeted Lakefield reliever Trevon Bargfrede with a two-run single to the right-center gap to break open the proverbial floodgates.

One out later, Tennyson walked again, Traetow reached on an infield error and Levi Becker blasted a three-run double to deep left field to cap the nine-run offensive outburst in the home half of the eighth.

Ethan Hurn then discarded his catcher’s gear to step to the mound in the top of the ninth inning and struck out the side to close out the Martins’ comeback victory.

Sam Schwieger allowed three earned runs on six hits, recorded five strikeouts and walked one in 5 1/3 strong innings of middle relief to merit the win for Fairmont. Traetow added effective relief of Schwieger in the eighth by striking out two in just 2/3s of an inning.

Chirpich went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored for the Martins, while Hurn, Tennyson, Crawmer and Monsen each produced two hits. Crawmer scored twice, while Monsen collected three RBIs on the game.

Nolan Luhmann and Bryce Christopher each went 3-for-5 to top Lakefield’s 13-hit offensive attack, with Christopher generating three RBIs and Luhmann contributing two RBIs.

Ryan Christopher went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks and three runs scored for the Horned Frogs, Jarod Bakalyar went 2-for-5, Taylor Christopher went 1-for-4 with a triple and sacrifice fly for two RBIs, while Dustin Pronk added a double on the high-scoring clash.

Zehms allowed six runs on three hits, walked two and hit one batter in 1/3 of an inning of relief to take the loss for the Horned Frogs.

The Martins play host to Tracy at 2 p.m. Sunday in Northrop before entertaining the Milroy Irish at 4 p.m. Sunday in Fairmont.

Lakefield travels to Jackson on Friday night.

LKD 162 000 010 — 10 13 5

FMT 101 023 19x — 17 15 3

Zach Bargfrede, Dustin Pronk (7), Steven Zehms (8, LP), Trevon Bargfrede (8) and Jarod Bakalyar. Matt Lytle, Sam Schwieger (3, WP), Jon Traetow (8), Ethan Hurn (9) and Hurn, Blake Crawmer (9).

LOB–Fairmont 10, Lakefield 9. 2B–Tyler Tennyson (FMT), Levi Becker (FMT), Ryan Christopher (LKD), Dustin Pronk (LKD). 3B–Taylor Christopher (LKD). SF–Taylor Christopher (LKD).

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