Hounds knocked out of SpamTown Challenge

Published 8:23 pm Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Greyhounds had their run in the SpamTown Challenge come to an end with a 9-6 loss to Brookings, S.D. at Marcusen Park Saturday.

The Cubbys got big production from the middle of their order as Chris Brown, Brian Scherschligt and John Tadlock combined to go seven-for-10 with three doubles and six RBIs.

“There three and four hitters are tough. Those guys are legit,” Austin pitcher John Halverson said. “I kept the ball up most of the day and they were hitting gaps.”

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Brookings scored twice in the first and twice in the third to take a 4-1 lead and they put it away in the sixth, when the plated three more runs to go up 9-3. Scherschligt had a big two-run double off of Austin’s Dave Meyer in relief .

Austin (5-10 overall) battled back with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough. Mitch Kaplan had an RBI single and Mitch Mullenbach had a sacrifice fly in that rally.

Halverson said his five inning outing on Saturday was the longest he had thrown all summer and he was glad to get a chance to play against a team from another state.

“It’s fun to pitch against teams from all over and it’s a fun tourney,” he said.

The Hounds went 1-2 in the Challenge and the Chicago Vee Pak Hawks won their pool.

The SpamTown Challenge title game will be held at approximately 2 p.m. at Marcusen Park Sunday.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Brookings 2 0 2 0 1 3 0 9 11 3

Hounds 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 6 8 0

Hounds pitching: John Halverson (L), 5 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 6 ER, 3 K; Alex Kasak, 0 IP, 2 BB, 2 ER; Dave Meyer, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K

Hounds hitting: Mitch Mullenbach, 1-for-4, RBI, R; Nick Rohne, 0-for-3, R, BB; Craig Braaten, 2-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI; Dan Zielke, 0-for-4; Matt Raso, 1-for-4; Tim Kaplan, 1-for-3; Nick Bowe, 1-for-3, R; Andy Behnke, 1-for-3, RBI, R; Mitch Kaplan, 1-for-3, RBI, R; John Frein, SB, R

Brookings pitching: Tim Buterbaugh (W), 7 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 6 R, 3 ER, 4 K

Brookings hitting: Billy Stitz, 0-for-3, BB; Chris Brown, 2-for-2, RBI, 2 BBs; Brian Scherschligt, 2-for-3, double, RBI; John Tadlock, 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; Cal Lewis, 0-for-4, RBI; Jamison Peterson, 2-for-3, double, RBI; Jimmy May, 1-for-4; Mike Murdy, 1-for-3, BB; Mike Schoenaman, 0-for-2