Greyhounds top Waseca

Published 12:11 am Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Austin Greyhounds hung on to beat Waseca 10-8 on the road Wednesday.

Waseca trailed by two with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Hounds’ shortstop John Frein made a diving stop and threw to second baseman Nick Bowe, who turned a double play to end the game.

“If that ball gets through they probably tie it or win it,” said Frein. “It was a big play.”

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Waseca took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the Hounds (8-12 overall) battled back by scoring six times in the fourth. Craig Braaten led off that frame with a solo home run, Austin scored two runs on an error, Mitch Kaplan hit a sacrifice fly and Joel Swatfager and Nick Rohne each had two out hits to score a run.

“That was a big rally and a good answer to their three runs,” Frein said.

Austin has now won two straight as it heads to Cold Spring this weekend for a tournament that will see them play three games.

“We now have a little momentum,” Frein said.

Hounds pitching: John Halverson (W), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K; Alex Kasak (S), 3 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 ER, 1 K

Hounds hitting: Joel Swatfager, 1-for-3, RBI, R, SB; John Frein, 1-for-1; Nick Rohne, 1-for-6, double, RBI, R; Craig Braaten, 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, SB, BB; Matt Cano, 1-for-4, RBI, R, BB; Tyler Leopold, 0-for-3, 2 BBs, R; Matt Raso, 2-for-5, RBI, R; Dan Zielke, 1-for-3, triple, RBI, R, 2 BBs; Nick Bowe, R; Mitch Kaplan, 1-for-4, RBI, SB