Austin Post 91’s Nik Gasner wheels on a pitch against the Rochester A’s Tuesday afternoon at Marcusen Field. Photos by Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Austin Post 91’s Nik Gasner wheels on a pitch against the Rochester A’s Tuesday afternoon at Marcusen Field. Photos by Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin Post 91 baseball team scores big sweep over Rochester A’s

Published 9:45pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Austin Post 91 baseball team looked as good as it has all summer when it swept the top team in the District with a pair of lop-sided wins in Marcusen Park Tuesday.

Austin throttled the Rochester A’s 16-2 in game one and Post 91 took the nightcap 7-1.

Ten different players had a hit on the day for Austin (12-8 overall), which out-hit the A’s 26-8.

“The hits just kept coming and then we knew we could win both of them,” Austin catcher Dylan Gasner, who finished 5-for-9 at the plate said. “When everyone’s hitting the ball, there’s a better morale in the dugout and people start making plays behind the pitchers.”

Austin’s defense shined in the win as it turned three double plays.

Going into the day, Post 91 was hoping to compete with the A’s, but it wasn’t until it opened strong in game one that it started thinking sweep.

“It was huge to sweep them,” Austin outfielder Ethan Horstmann said. “We just came into it thinking about trying to get one. Then we came out on fire and right out of the gates we went at it. It was great. All of us were just hitting line drive after line drive.”

Austin Post 91’s Jacob Kempen delivers against the A’s.
Austin Post 91’s Jacob Kempen delivers against the A’s.

Austin opened the second game on a strong note as Jordan Hart singled in a run and Horstmann hit a sacrifice fly to put Austin up 3-0. From that point, Austin pitcher Nik Gasner took over as he allowed zero earned runs in seven innings of work.

“It’s tough to call a bad pitch when they’re throwing them all good,” Dylan Gasner said. “They both pounded the zone and did what they needed to do to get batters out.”

Game one didn’t start out the best for Post 91 as the A’s racked up four hits and two runs in the top of the first, but Austin pitcher Jacob Kempen didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way and Post 91′s bats took over from that point on.

“They jumped on us like they were the best team in the District, but when we play with confidence we’re a very good baseball team,” Austin co-head coach Andy Swank said. “We had great at-bats all game. They battled, we had a lot of good two-strike approaches and they did a lot of things well.”

Austin scored seven runs in the second inning and six runs in the fourth to put it away.

Rochester 2 0 0 0 0 — 2 4 5

Austin 0 7 3 6 X — 16 14 1

Austin pitching: Jacob Kempen (W) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 1 HBP

Austin hitting: Daniel Bollingberg, 3-for-4, 3 R; Dylan Gasner, 3-for-3, 2 RBIs, 3 R, BB; Nik Gasner, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Jordan Hart, 1-for-3, double, 3 RBIs, 2 R, SB, BB; Ethan Horstmann, 0-for-3, RBI, BB; Zach Huntley, 3-for-4, 2 RBIs; Steven Clennon, 1-for-4; Alex Ciola, 0-for-2, 2 R, BB, HBP; Isaac Schumacher, 2-for-2, 3 R, BB; Jason Stoulil, 0-for-1

Rochester 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 4 3

Austin 3 0 0 1 3 0 X — 7 12 2

Austin pitching: Nik Gasner (W) 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K

Austin hitting: Bollingberg, 1-for-4; Dylan Gasner, 2-for-4, 2 R; Nik Gasner, 3-for-4, 2 R; Jordan Hart, 1-for-4, RBI, R; Horstmann, 2-for-2, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Clennon, 1-for-3; Ciola, 1-for-3, RBI; Kempen, 1-for-2, 2 RBIs, BB; Isaac Schumacher, 0-for-1


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