Packers prevail

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 26, 2000

The Austin baseball team used a six-run first inning, a gutsy performance from starter Joe Huffman, and two innings of shutout relief from Tanner Schieck to pick up a win over the Rosemount Irish in the first round of Section 1AAA action.

Friday, May 26, 2000

The Austin baseball team used a six-run first inning, a gutsy performance from starter Joe Huffman, and two innings of shutout relief from Tanner Schieck to pick up a win over the Rosemount Irish in the first round of Section 1AAA action.

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The Packers hung on for a 6-5 win.

Both lineups jumped on the starting pitchers right out of the box.

Rosemount put two on the board in the top of the first on three singles and a walk. The Irish were set to keep on scoring with runners on first and second with one out. Huffman’s defense, however, then got the Packers off the field with a 6-4-3 double play.

Another 6-4-3 double play finished off the ball game.

"We work on the double play a lot in practice," Austin shortstop Nick Rohne said. "It paid off today."

Austin sent 10 batters to the plate in their half of the first.

The first four Austin batters reached base. Matt Smith plated one run with a single in the cleanup spot. After a pop out, Andy Ryan grounded it up the middle; Rosemount looked for the double play, but messed up and two runs came around to score. A couple batters later it was Andy Klapperick stroking a two-run single.

"We got a hold of him (Schmode) in the first inning," Matt Smith said. "Winning a close game boosts our confidence."

The Irish picked away at the lead with single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth.

But, Huffman would then bear down.

"He had no velocity today and had to throw about 95 percent curveballs," Austin coach Jerry Miller said, "but he made it through five innings with the lead."

Austin twice had chances to build a more comfortable lead in the fourth and sixth innings, when Mark Toov and Rohne hit-back-to-back one-out singles in both innings. Austin , however, could not advance Toov past second base.

Schieck made the point moot with some good pitching in a pressure situation.

"He has been our most effective pitcher lately," Miller said. "He did a nice job.

"He doesn’t have a lot of experience, so he is learning every time he pitches."

Seventh-seeded Austin (10-10) meets up with No. 2 John Marshall, which beat No. 15 Owatonna 12-2, next at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Field in Rochester.

Loser’s bracket games are then at 5:15 and 7:30.

Rosemount Austin

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Giliuson 2b 4 0 2 0 Toov 2b 4 1 3 0

Conway 3b 3 1 1 0 Rohne ss 3 1 3 0

Saintey c 4 2 2 0 Huffman p 3 0 1 0

Hegge 3b 2 1 1 0 Johnson pr 0 1 0 0

Schmode p 4 0 2 2 Schieck p 1 0 0 0 Kontsikas cf 3 0 1 0 Smith 1b 4 1 1 1

Weise lf 2 0 0 1 Morrison cf 3 0 2 0

Nielson ss 3 0 0 0 Ryan lf 2 1 0 1

Berkebile rf 3 1 1 0 Holck rf 3 0 0 0

Hansen c 3 1 1 1

Klapperick 3b 3 0 1 2


Totals 28 5 10 3 Totals 29 6 12 5

Rosemount 201 110 0 – 5

Austin 600 000 x – 6

E-Rosemount 1, Austin 1. LOB-Rosemount 8, Austin 7. 2B-Saintey, Klapperick. S-Kontsikas, Ryan. SF-Weise.

Rosemout IP H R ER BB SO

Schmode, L 6 12 6 2 0 3


Huffman, W 5 8 5 4 3 2

Scheick, S 2 2 0 0 1 1

HPB-Huffman-by-Schmode, WP-Huffman 3.


Austin boys remain in hunt

No team seperated itself from the others at the Section 1AA boys’ golf tournament at Southern Hills in Farmington on Thursday.

Owatonna shot a 304 to take the first round lead, but it’s a tight pack from there. Austin, at 313, is nine strokes off the pace and still in the hunt, said Coach Claudia Pilot.

"We are definitely not out of it, but it would be nice to only have four strokes to make up rather than being nine strokes out," said Pilot, whose club was hampered by penalty strokes. "This is golf, anything can happen."

By finishing in sixth overall after the first day, Austin is one of eight teams to advance to Tuesday’s second round.

Round two of sections is Tuesday at Bellwood Oaks in Hastings with Austin’s tee times starting at 9:24 a.m.


1 Owatonna 304

2 Century 306

3 Eagan 310

4 RedWing 312

5 Faribault 312

6 Austin 313

7 Lakeville 313

8 Winona 318

9 Albert Lea 322

10 Rosemount 323

11 JM 328

12 Northfield 328

13 New Prague 329

14 Mayo 336

15 Farmington 344

Leading individuals (par 71)

1 Luke Benoit Faribault (37-35) 72

2 Mike Fiedler Faribault (36-37) 73

2 Nick Stokke Owatonna (34-39) 73

2 Nate Proshek New Prague (36-37) 73

Austin Results

Brian Duren (38-39) 77 (tied for 12th)

Adam Plotts (39-39) 78 (tied for 15th)

Jeff Clark (42-36) 78 (tied for 15th)

Chris Larson (38-42) 80

Greg Williamson (43-39) 82

Cole Berhow (42-40) 82

Austin girls golfers advance

The Austin girls shot a nice round of golf at the Faribo Country Club in the first round of the Section 1AA tourney.

The top eight teams plus the top 20 individuals advance to the second round.

Austin shot a team total of 385 good for sixth place.

Packer Brittany Bertilson was tied for sixth place overall in the individual competition. She shot a round of 88. The top five individuals not on the section champ advance to state.

Team-wise Red Wing is on top in the with a score of 356.

The Wingers were led by Samantha Braschler who shot a 78 to lead the tourney.

Other Austin scores were Claire Johnson with a 93, Kelly Jones and Allison Stutzman with 102s, Andrea Petersen with a 103, and Noelle Wiebelhaus with a 104.

"Brittany and Claire shot lights out on the front nine (Bertilson 41, Johnson 43)," Austin coach Mark Anderson said. "They then had a little trouble on the back nine.

"The team had a pretty good round. We are in front of a couple of teams that beat us at Big Nine by 15 and 25 strokes. We have a shot of shooting in the 370s Tuesday at Cannon Falls. That will be a real nice finish for the team."

Track and field

L/P’s Boisjolie advances

Lyle/Pacelli’s Andy Boisjolie won the 3,200 meter run at Thursday’s Sub-Section 2A meet.

Boisjolie won the race in 11 minutes 13.2 seconds, one-tenth of a second ahead of the runner up.

By winning, Boisjolie became the lone Lyle/Pacelli trackster to advance to Tuesday’s Section 1A meet in Lake City. Boisjolie also placed fifth in the 1,600 in 5:07. Only the top three in each event advanced to sections.

During his 3,200, Boisjolie was spurred on by enthusiastic teammates.

"We’ve got a small team, but we were placed strategically so Andy always had someone he could listen to," Coach Joe Moss said. "When he crossed the finish line, they all greeted him. It was something to see."