Hounds knocked out of SPAMtown Challenge with loss to Cold Spring

Published 12:41 pm Sunday, June 29, 2008

HAYFIELD — The Greyhounds got behind early and couldn’t come back in a 7-2 loss to Cold Springs in the quarterfinals of the SPAMtown Challenge in Hayfield Sunday.

After falling behind 2-0 off of a pair of doubles by Cold Spring’s Kyle Resser and Darren Heying in the first, the Hounds had a chance to tie things up in the second.

Austin’s Craig Braaten led off the frame with a solo home run — his third of the tournament — and Matt Raso and Tim Kaplan hit back-to-back singles. However Raso was thrown out at third on Kaplan’s hit for the first out of the inning and Bryan Toov and Tim Kaplan struck out to end the frame.

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“We had that mental error on the bases and that was kind of a momentum killer,” Greyhounds manager John Frein said. “It would be a totally different game if we get a run there instead of an out.”

The Greyhounds (4-11 overall) mustered just one hit the rest of the way as Cold Spring’s Zach Femrite, who had an ERA of 1.38 coming into the Challenge, took control.

“He threw well and he’s one of the best pitchers in the state,” Frein said. “He blew it by some guys and our bats were a little slow today.”

The Springers (24-2 overall) scored three in the bottom of the second when Austin pitcher Jamie Boelter walked in a run and Heying ripped a two-out, two run single.

The Greyhounds scored in the third off of a sacrifice fly by Matt Cano, but Cold Springs plated two more in the third on a fielding error by Austin.

The Hounds played in Hayfield because the tournament had to be reorganized due to most of Saturday’s games being canceled by rain.

The Hounds beat Eagle Valley, Ill. 3-2 early Saturday morning.

Austin scored three runs in the seventh inning to win it. Ryan Toov came up with the game-winning RBI-single.

Tim Kaplan was 2-of-3 with an RBI in the win and Nick Dolan picked up the win, going seven innings, while allowing six hits, one walk, two earned runs and striking out eight.

Springers 7, Greyhounds 2

Greyhounds pitching: Jamie Boelter (L), 5 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 7 R, 4 ER, 3K; Bryan Toov, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Greyhounds hitting: Nick Rohne, 0-of-3; Mitch Mullenbach, 1-of-3; Matt Cano, 0-of-3, RBI; Craig Braaten, 1-of-3, HR, RBI, R; Mat Raso, 1-of-3; Tim Kaplan, 1-of-3; Bryan Toov, 0-of-3; Mitch Kaplan, 0-of-3; John Frein, 0-of-1, BB, R

Springers pitching: Zach Femrite (W), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 8 K

Springers hitting: Mike Burtzel, 0-of-3, BB; Brad Olson, 0-of-1, 2 BBs, RBI; Kyle Resser, 2-of-4, 2 doubles, RBI; Darren Heying, 2-of-4, double, 3 RBIs; Rick Burtzel, 1-of-3, BB; Andy Bulson, 1-of-3; Zach Femrite, 1-of-3; Gary Kiess, 0-of-2, BB; Ryan Lieser, 2-of-3