A#039;s come alive, trounce Kasson
Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 21, 2003
It finally came together for the Hayfield/Austin Athletics Friday night.
While they went into their matchup with Kasson with just one win in the month of June, you wouldn't have known it from their 8-3 manhandling of the Coyotes at Marcusen Park.
"We haven't had a complete game like this in a while," said winning pitcher Jay Wetzel. "We've either hit or pitched well but not both."
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"I thought we all started to play well as the game went on," said Troy Tigner, who had two hits and drove in three.
The A's pounded out 13 hits on the evening, five of which went for extra bases.
It was the Coyotes who drew first blood though. After two strikeouts to start the fourth, Broc Threinen singled and picked up a seemingly insignificant steal of second. It would prove costly, as D.J. Doischner followed with a base hit to make it 1-0.
The Athletics' offense got a boost in the bottom of the inning from some sloppy fielding by Kasson. Matt Johnson reached on an error to lead things off. Al Dahlen slapped the ball by first base on a hit-and-run and ended up at second on a wild relay throw.
With two in scoring position, Tigner drove the ball to left, with leftfielder Pat Fitch falling down in the process. Both runners scored, but Fitch, normally a pitcher, used his arm to gun down Tigner trying to leg out a triple.
The A's would get two more in the next inning. Luke Fischer and Johnson led off with consecutive base hits. That set the stage for Nick Bowe, who came into the game for Dahlen. He reached out and stroked it down the right field line to plate Fischer. Tigner then picked up his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly.
H/A blew things open in the seventh. Fischer doubled with one out for his third hit of the game. A walk to Johnson and Bowe's fielder's choice grounder gave Tigner another RBI opportunity.
He responded with a sinking line drive to left that Fitch couldn't hold onto, allowing a run to score.
That brought up Matt Juncker, who put the game out of reach with a three-run blast to left.
"It's been a while for me," said Juncker of his first homer of the year. "He'd been throwing me slow stuff all night, and I was able to make contact."
The A's looked to add more, as Jamie Beck followed Juncker's shot with a double.
He was thrown out at home though trying to score on Nate Bergene's single.
Kasson got two late runs off of three errors in the eighth and ninth innings. They might have gotten more, but Derek Bonser forgot how many outs there were and was easily doubled off of first to end the game.
Wetzel went the distance for the Athletics, fanning eight and allowing just one earned run on seven hits.
"I'm getting better with every start, playing my way into shape," he said of his third victory of the year. "I need good outfield and infield plays behind me because I usually don't strike out lots of guys, so it was good to see them eat up some balls out there."
Hayfield/Austin improves to 9-11 and 6-1 in Twin Rivers League play.
They are in action this weekend at the Miller Lite Invitational in Green Isle and Arlington.
KASSON -- 3ATHLETICS -- 8
Haber 2b4020Ciola 2b40000
Mann cf-lf3000Fischer ss4230
McDermott c4011Haugen ss1000
Threinen p-cf4110Johnson cf3210
Doischner 1b2011Dahlen 3b2110
Albright 1b2000Bowe 3b21110
Burton 3b4120Tigner lf31230
Bonser ss4000Juncker 1b4113
Fitch lf-p3001Beck dh40200
N. Thompson rf3100Bergene c4020
S. Thmpsn rf1 000
2B--K:Burton, H/A:Fischer, Bowe, Tigner, BeckHR--H/A:JunckerSB--K:McDermott, ThreinenCS--K:Haber, H/A:WalerakSF--K:Fitch, H/A:Tigner
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