Hayfield wins big

Published 8:28 pm Monday, May 26, 2008

After giving up an early lead, the Vikings found a boost of life from their pitcher in a 10-5 win over win over Randolph in the Section 1A baseball qualifying game Monday at Riverland.

While fourth-seeded Hayfield (11-12 overall) led 4-0 early, Randolph tied the game up at 5 in the fourth. That’s when Hayfield pitcher MacEagon Voyce let his bat speak with a two-run line-drive blast over the right-field fence to put the Vikings up for good.

“He threw me an inside fastball,” Voyce, who was 3-of-4, said of his fifth-inning homer. “With two strikes, I was gonna swing hard on anything he threw me.”

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On the mound, the long ball helped Voyce calm down as he allowed three hits and one run in the last four innings after struggling early.

“I think I was trying to overthrow a little bit and that wasn’t working and I wasn’t hitting my spots,” Voyce said. “I settled down after the homer.”

Hayfield scored three in the first inning off a run-scoring single by Tyler Krekling and a two-run, two-out single by Travis Kaufmann. Kaufmann hit a high chopper that was fielded by Randolph, but he beat out the throw to score two.

“We haven’t been lighting up the scoreboard with hits or runs lately, so it was good that we jumped out ahead,” Hayfield head coach Craig Selk said.

The Vikings were able to mount up 12 hits, even though the Rockets (13-7 overall) threw their ace, Jake Scharpen.

“We knew they had saved their No. 1 for us, which was a great move by them,” Selk said. “(Voyce) started out a little flat with his fastball for us, but his slider came on at the end.”

One of the factors of the game was a strong wind blowing out to right field. While Randolph dropped a fly ball that allowed a run in the fourth inning, the Vikings outfielders did a solid job of staying focused.

“You got the wind and you got the sun out there,” Selk said. “We finally put a pair of shades on (right fielder) Mark (Evjen) and told him to get tracking. The kid can fly around out there and he played well for us.”

The Vikings will play in the Section 1A Tournament at Carson Field in Rochester Saturday.

Hayfield beat No. 2 Blooming Prairie (12-7 overall) 5-2 in the elimination round to advance to the qualifying game.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Hayfield 3 0 1 1 2 1 2 10 12 2

Randolph 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 5 7 2

Hayfield pitching: MacEagon Voyce (W), 7 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 E, 4 ER, 5 K

Hayfield hitting: Darin Wagner, 1-of-4; Steve Serratore, 2-of-3, RBI; Tyler Krekling, 2-of-3, double RBI, BB, SB; MacEagon Voyce, 3-of-4, HR, 2 RBIs, SB; Derek Petersen, 0-of-4, 2 RBIs; Travis Kauffman, 1-of-3, 2 RBIs, BB; Jake Holst, 0-of-2, BB; Mark Evjen, 1-of-4; Evan Bungum, 0-of-1

Randolph pitching: Jake Scharpen (L), 6 IP, 11 H, 1 BB, 9 R, 6 ER, 4 K

Ethan Kuehn, 1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 ER

Randolph hitting: Derick Otte, 2-of-4; Ethan Kuehn, 1-of-4, RBI; Jake Scharpen, 0-of-4, RBI; Dennis Mulvihill, 1-of-2, double, RBI; Scott Otte, 0-of-3; Chaz Speight, 1-of-3, triple, RBI; Josh Quast, 1-of-3; Marty Wernimont, 1-of-3, RBI

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Hayfield 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 5 7 0

BP 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1

Hayfield pitching: Ben Pollock (W), 7 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 6 K

Hayfield hitting: Steve Serratore, 2-of-3, double, RBI, 2 R, BB; Tyler Krekling, 2-of-3, Derek Petersen, 1-of-4, RBI

BP pitching: Collin McDonald (L), 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K

BP hitting: Collin McDonald, 1-of-3, triple; Brendan McCabe, 1-of-3, RBI