Just keep on winning

Published 12:41 pm Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Austin Post 1216 claimed a pair of wins on a steamy Saturday, defeating Apple Valley 8-7 and 7-6 at Marcusen Park.

Not only did they pick up the two wins but they did it in the home half of the seventh inning in both contests.

Michael O’Connor got the win in relief of starting pitcher Riley Wempner who went five and a third innings with two strikeouts and five hits.

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O’Connor rounded out the game with a strikeout and gave up two hits.

Austin Post 1216’s Andrew Mueller is greeted by coach Joe Ciola rounding third after his two-run homerun in game one against Apple Valley Saturday at Marcusen Park. Photos by Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin logged five hits including a towering two-run home run from Andrew Mueller over the left field fence.

In game two, Post 126 was led at the plate by Wempner, Nate Murphy and O’Connor who all had two hits.

Pitching duty was shared between a trio of pitchers with the win going to Dawson Mills taking the final two innings with a strikeout and a hit.

With the wins, Austin moves to 25-6 overall and 13-1 in District play.

Earlier in the week Austin beat Waseca 2-0 on the road Wednesday to lock up the No. 1 seed in the District.

It will host the Sub-District Tournament July 22 and 23 at Marcusen Park.

Dawson Mills pulls in a popfly behind the plate early in the first game.

Austin 8, Apple Valley 7

Austin Pitching: Riley Wempner 5 1/3, 2 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 HP; Michael O’Connor (W) 1 2/3, K, 5 BB, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER.

Austin Hitting: Riley Wempner 0 for 4, R, SB;  Drew Copley 0 for 3, BB;  Isaac Arjes 1 for 3, RBI, R, BB;  Michael O’Connor 1 for 1, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, SB;  Andrew Mueller 1 for 3, 2 RBI, Home Run, R, BB;  Anthony Ciola 1 for 4, R, SB;  Nate Murphy 0 for 3 BB, SB;  Dawson Mills 0 for 3;  Bryce Strouf 0 – 0, RBI, SAC;  Andrew Schumacher 1 for 2, R, BB, SB
Austin 7, Apple Valley 6

Austin Pitching: Isaac Arjes 2 2/3, 4 K, 5 BB, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER; Bryce Strouf 2 1/3, K, 2 BB, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER; Dawson Mills (W) 2, K, H, 0 R

Austin Hitting: Riley Wempner 2 for 2, Double;  Nate Murphy 2 for 3 RBI, SB;  Bryce Strouf 0 for 3, RBI, BB, HP;  Isaac Arjes 0 for 1, RBI, BB;  Justin Miller 1 for 3;  Michael O’Connor 2 for 2, RBI, BB;  Kadin Kneeskern 0 for 3, R, BB;  Nick Dunlap 1 for 3, 2 R, BB, SB;  Jacob Tapp 0 for 3, 2 R, BB:  Dawson Mills 1 for 3, RBI, R, BB;  Andrew Mueller 1 for 2;  Andrew Schumacher 1 for 1, R, BB