Blue Sox get split on the road

Published 7:49 pm Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Austin Blue Sox (9-13 overall) had two pitchers narrowly miss no-hitters in as they split a doubleheader at Chaseberg/Coon Valley Sunday.

The Blue Sox won the first contest 4-2 and lost the second game 1-0.

In the first game, Duell Higbe had a no-hitter going into the sixth, but he got in a little trouble, allowing two doubles and a couple runs, and he had to be relieved by Brady Banse, who came up with the save.

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Banse was the hard luck loser in the second game as he didn’t allow a hit in the first five and one thirds innings, but he gave up a walkoff homer in the seventh inning.

“We had six hits in the first four innings but we couldn’t get any runs to support Brady,” Casey Toops of the Blue Sox said. “We should’ve won that one.”

Austin 4, Chaseberg/Coon Valley 2

Austin pitching: Duell Higbe (W), 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 4 K; Brady Banse (S), 2/3 IP

Austin hitting: Nate Johnson, 3-of-4, RBI, R; Jason Denzer, 1-of-4; Casey Toops, 1-of-4, RBI; Dan Swift, 1-of-4, R; Duell Higbe, 1-of-4; Nels Nelson, 1-of-3, double, R; Joe Kroc, 1-of-3

Chaseberg/Coon Valley 1, Austin 0

Austin pitching: Brady Banse (L), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Austin hitting: Nate Johnson, 1-of-3; Casey Toops, 2-of-3, double; Duell Higbe, 1-of-3; Joe Kroc, 1-of-3