Century’s big 4th ends Packers’ season

Published 11:34 am Monday, May 28, 2012

Austin Packer baseball coach Troy Watkins views his team’s fourth-inning meltdown Saturday in Rochester as a microcosm of the season.

The Packers (6-15) hung with Rochester Century (15-6) through three innings of the Section 1AAA tournament first round Saturday, but the Panthers blasted Austin with a four-hit, five-run fourth en route to an easy, 8-1 victory that ended the Packers’ season.

“We make a couple errors and things kind of snowball, and that’s how things happened Saturday,” Austin head coach Troy Watkins said. “For us, it’s kind of how the season has been.”

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It was scoreless through two innings after a two-hour rain delay. But Austin’s Gabe Kasak singled in the third and advanced to second after Century pitcher Matt Sturchio tried to pick him off. Marcus Stoulil then smacked a double that scored Kasak, giving the Packers a 1-0 lead.

Century answered with one run that inning, but four hits and two errors against Austin starter Jacob Kempen and then Stoulil in the fourth led to five runs and a 6-1 Panther advantage.

Century scored two more in the sixth and finished with 11 hits. Austin had five hits; two from Anthony Condit and one each for Kasak, Stoulil and Nik Gasner.

The loss comes after two close calls against Century last weekend. The Packers lost 5-4 in eight innings and then 4-3 in a double header in Rochester May 19.