Austin Post 91 completes comeback over Albert Lea with walkoff double

Published 8:20 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Not a lot of things have gone right for the Austin Post 91 baseball team this summer, but just about everything went there way at the end of their game against Albert Lea Tuesday in Marcusen Park.

Mark Harber lifted a double to the right field wall that scored Joey Swatfager from first in the bottom of the eighth to give Austin a walk-off 11-10 win over their rivals.

“I saw it quit hooking so I knew it was fair. I thought it went off the foul pole and thought it was a home run. But I guess it hit the fence,” Harber said. “You always want to beat Albert Lea, no matter what it is. Even in chess. They kind of fell asleep on us and we kept doing all the little things at the end.”

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Albert Lea had jumped out to an 8-2 lead but that changed in the bottom of the fifth when Mike Tindal drilled a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it 8-4.

“It felt like a terrible foul ball. I looked up and saw Mr. Yocom spinning his fingers and I was like ‘nice.’,” Tindal said. “We just kept going because we wanted to beat these guys so bad. It’s been a rough season against (Albert Lea), even in school ball.”

Harber and Brady Klingfus closed the fifth inning with back-to-back two-out run scoring hits to make it 8-6.

Austin (6-14 overall) trailed 10-7 at the start of the bottom of the seventh and after Jack Miller grounded in a run, it looked like the game was over.

Aaron Goetz was hit by a pitch and Jordan Lysne hit a soft chopper off the glove of Albert Lea pitcher Jordan Cooper and Albert Lea’s second baseman bobbled the ball off the deflection —giving Austin runners on first and second with two outs.

Post 91 didn’t waste the chance as Tindal beat out an infield single by a half-step after fouling off three 0-2 pitches and Quinn Yocom, who picked up the win on the mound, singled in two runs with a grounder up the middle.

Preston Higbe had a chance to win the game for Austin, but he struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch with runners on second and third.

Harber finished with three doubles after hitting two homers on Saturday, when Post 91 split a doubleheader with the Rochester Eagles.

“Confidence is a big part of hitting, it’s all mental,” Harber said. “Like my dad always says, hitting streaks last a seconds and hitting slumps last forever.”

Tindal was quick to credit Harber.

“Mark’s at a lot of seconds right now,” he said.

Albert Lea 2 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 — 10 14 3

Austin 0 0 2 0 4 1 3 1 — 11 14 3

Austin pitching: Luke Mallory, 5 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 K; Quinn Yocom, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 7 K

Austin hitting: Mike Tindal, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB; Yocom, 2-for-5, 3 RBIs; Preston Higbe, 2-for-5, RBI, R, SB; Joey Swatfager, 0-for-4, R, BB; Mark Harber, 4-for-5, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, R; Brady Klingfus, 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Adam McMasters, 0-for-2; Aaron Goetz, 2-for-3, 2 R, SB, HBP; Jordan Lysne, 1-for-3, 2 R, BB; Jack Miller, 0-for-1, RBI; Josh Hart, 0-for-1