Aces rally past Greyhounds

Published 11:58 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Austin Greyhounds ran out of run production as they lost a 12-11 slugfest to the Owatonna Aces in Marcusen Park Tuesday.

The Hounds (7-8 overall) were held scoreless in the last three innings, while the Aces (17-7 overall) scored twice in the top of the ninth to take the game.

Owatonna tied it in the ninth on a one-out RBI-double by Mitch Berg and Benji Hager knocked in the go-ahead run with two outs.

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The Hounds had led 8-3 after three innings, but they couldn’t hold off the Aces.

“A lot of things happened tonight, but our biggest issue was the defense and not making plays,” Hounds manager John Frein said. “It was fun early on when we were scoring runs and it felt like we had enough offense to win.”

Austin’s Nick Rohne led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk, but he was picked off. Matt Raso drew a two-out walk and Craig Braaten popped out to end the game.

Owatonna got a big lift from Blooming Prairie graduate Brendan McCabe, who hit a two-run-homer into left center in the first inning and bombed a solo home run off the scoreboard in left field in the sixth inning.

McCabe finished three-for-four with four RBIs.

“I’m just working on keeping my weight back and I saw the ball pretty well tonight. I kind of got lucky I guess, because it’s the same swing I’ve been doing,” said McCabe, who will play baseball at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa next spring.

The Hounds pounded out 16 hits in the loss, while Rohne and Nick Bowe each went four-for-four.

“We had some good at-bats and Rohne and Bowe each had great games,” Frein said.

Owatonna 3 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 2 — 12 14 4

Hounds 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 — 11 16 2

Hounds pitching: Pete Korfage, 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 9 ER, HBP; John Halverson (L), 4 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 HBP; John Kirby, 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R

Hounds hitting: Quinn Yocom, 0-for-5; Nick Rohne, 4-for-4, doubles, 3 RBIs, SB, R, 2 BBs; Tyler Leopold, 1-for-6; Matt Raso, 1-for-4, double, 2 BBs; Craig Braaten, 3-for-6, double, R; Bryan Toov, 0-for-4, RBI, R, 2 SB, BB; Dan Zielke, 1-for-5; Nick Bowe, 4-for-4, double, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB; John Frein, 2-for-2, 2 RBIs, R, 2 SB; Joey Swatfager, 1-for-1, double, RBI; Mike Tindal, R; Gabe Kasak, R