Packers beat Waseca in dramatic fashion

Published 9:41 pm Monday, May 4, 2009

It was almost a flashback moment for the Packers, but the results changed.

A week after he was thrown out at third base, Austin’s Brady Klingfus took the same risk again. But this time he came out as the hero after scoring the winning runin the bottom of the seventh inning of a 5-4 Packer win over Waseca at Seltz Field Monday.

After Klingfus led-off the seventh by reaching on a dropped fly ball by Waseca, he advanced to second on a bunt by Dylan Monson. Then with one, out he took advantage when a pitch escaped Waseca catcher Clint Larson. As Klingfus slid into third, Larson’s throw scooted into left field, allowing Klingfus to get home.

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“(Larson) kind of lost the ball behind him. Then I saw him bobble it around, so I just thought ‘I’ve got to go,’” said Klingfus, who also picked up his first varsity win by pitching the last two innings. “He threw it down and it slid off my knee and I just took off and scored. Everybody was saying stop and I just decided to go.”

Waseca had eight errors on the night, while Austin had none. Austin head coach Troy Watkins said it was about time the Packers (4-10 overall) got some breaks.

“We’ve had a lot of weird plays go the other way this season and then there’s one on our side that we took advantage of. It’s funny because (Brady) got thrown out on a similar play last week, but this time it worked out for us,” Watkins said. “When you play good defense and get some good pitching and you’re going to have a chance to win every time.”

The Austin defense turned two double plays, including a huge one in the top of the sixth when third baseman Adam Hemann caught a line drive and tagged third base to end the sixth, which had seen Waseca load the bases with one out.

Offensively, the Packers had a little trouble getting hits with runners on as they left the bases loaded in the second and left two runners on in the third. But Mark Harber gave Austin a lift, going three-for-four with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.

“I was seeing the ball well and the wind helped me out a little,” he said. “The ball finally bounced our way for once so that was nice to see. The whole season the ball’s been bouncing the other way.”

Austin tied the game in the sixth when pinch runner Mike Hoeper scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

That play set up a dramatic finish for Austin that put the Austin dugout into a frenzy.

“I pretty much got ran over (after Brady scored),” Harber said. “I got pushed right into the wall. Everybody was pretty excited.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Waseca 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 8 8

Austin 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 5 7 0

Austin pitching: Dylan Monson, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 ER, 2 K; Brady Klingfus (W), 2 IP, 2H , 0 R

Austin hitting: Steven Rizzi, 1-for-2, R, BB; Joel Swatfager, 0-for-4; Mark Harber, 3-for-4, double, triple, 2 RBIs; Adam Hemann, 0-for-4; Klingfus, 1-for-4; Monson, 0-for-3; Robert Wahlert, 2-for-3, RBI; Jordan Hall, 0-for-2, BB; Jacob Winters, 0-for-3; Mike Hoeper, SB, R

Waseca pitching: Christian Hall (L), 6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 K

Waseca hitting: Clint Larson, 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; Hall, 1-for-2; Erik Simmons, 1-for-3; Dan Bomsta, 1-for-2; Brandon Pederson, 1-for-2; Ryan Landkammer, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs