Hayfield edges LOGM

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 26, 2003

Clutch hitting, five double plays and extra innings helped propel the Hayfield baseball team to a 5-4 non conference win over visiting LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow Friday afternoon.

The contest was a seesaw affair, with each team taking turns leading the game, but it was not until the Vikings were able to come from a 4-3 deficit in the seventh inning to tie the game that things got interesting.

Hayfield was able to shut LOGM out in the top of the eighth and that allowed lead-off batter Jessie Glahn to reach base on a bloop single. Glahn was replaced by courtesy runner Brad Evans. Evans stole second base and took third on a wild pitch two pitches later. George Evjen laced a double in the right-center field gap to end the game.

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"It is good to get back on the winning track," said Hayfield coach Chris pack. "The double plays really helped us get out of some pretty tough jams."

The Vikings turned five double plays in the game. Double plays in the first, second, third, fifth, and seventh innings helped change the momentum of the game.

Brock Greenhagen pitched the first four innings for the Vikings giving up 11 hits, three earned runs, and walking two batters. George Evjen came on in relief and got the win in extra innings. Evjen allowed only three hits, one run, fanned four batters and walked two.

Dustin Thorson was LOGM's hurler for the game. Thorsen pitched seven innings giving up six hits, five runs, striking out six.

George Evjen and Scott Thompson led the Vikings in offense. Evjen was 3-4 with three RBIs and two doubles. Thompson went 1-2 with two runs.

Hayfield (4-4, 3-4) will host Cannon Falls at home on Monday, while LOGM will travel to Houston.