Blue Sox drop opener

Published 10:04 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Austin Blue Sox first baseman Mark Harber takes a cut on a pitch in the second inning against Kasson Wednesday night at Marcusen Park. - Eric Johnson/

The new look Austin Blue Sox made their Class ‘C’ debut as they lost to Kasson 13-1 in seven innings at Marcusen Park Wednesday.

The Blue Sox (0-1 overall) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Joey Swatfager singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Harber.

From that point on, Kasson got going as it came up with five straight singles to score four in the fifth and it tallied four straight singles to go up 9-1 in the sixth.

Austin Blue Sox pitcher Brady Klingfus delivers in the first inning against Kasson Wednesday at Marcusen Park. - Eric Johnson/

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“We played good for four innings and we didn’t kick the ball around. If we play solid defense and throw strikes, we’ll be in games,” Blue Sox player/manager Josh Kunze said.

Swatfager went two-for-three and Kunze and Jamie Pratt had the only other hits for the Blue Sox.

“We have some guys who are getting used to the wood bats and what I call a smaller strike zone,” Kunze said. “It’s a smaller zone in amateur ball and it’ll be work in progress for us to adjust.”

Kunze said the first five games will be used to sort out the team’s new roster and then a regular lineup should be established.

The Blue Sox’s game for Friday against Stewartville has been canceled.

Austin Blue Sox shortstop Joey Swatfager looks up after tagging Kasson's Shane McWhitter in the second inning at Marcusen Park Wednesday. - Eric Johnson/

Kasson 0 0 0 0 4 5 4 — 13 17 1

Austin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 4 1

Blue Sox pitching: Brady Klingfus (L) 8 H, 1 BB, 4 ER, 3 K; Jon Mittag, 1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 ER; Adam Hemann, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 1 K

Blue Sox hitting: Brandon Rector, 0-for-3; Joey Swatfager, 2-for-3, R, SB Mark Harber, 0-for-2, RBI; Josh Kunze, 1-for-2, double; Adam McMasters, 0-for-2; Steven Rizzi, 0-for-2; Josh Pederson, 0-for-2; Jamie Pratt, 1-for-2; Mittag, 0-for-1; Carter Guthmiller, 0-for-1; Pete Korfhage, 0-for-1; Jacob Hines, 0-for-1; Nate Paris, 0-for-1