Amateur Baseball: Big inning puts Austin past Red Wing
Through four innings on Tuesday, Brady Schroeder kept Austin at bay, allowing one hit and five walks, and stranding each Greyhound on the bases. But in the fifth inning, Austin broke through with three runs, more than enough to take a game from the Aces, 3-1.
“Our pitching came through once again,” said Red Wing manager Jimmy Bohmbach. “We just can’t hit right now. Hopefully, this weekend in the (Josh Harrison Memorial) tournament, where we can kind of lay back and loosen up, will help. We’ve had that in the past where we’ve gone to the tournament and kind of turned it on.
“Right now, it’s not only an individual thing, it’s a team thing,” Bohmbach continued. “It’s wearing off on the rest of us where one guy doesn’t get a hit and the next guys kind of lose their confidence as well. All it’s going to take is a couple guys getting hot one game, and that will help out the rest of the team.”
Josh Thygesen had two hits for the Aces, while Mike Hommes, Mike Stegora, Steve Boldt and Mitch Matter each had one hit. Dixon Irwin had the only RBI for Red Wing, scoring Zach Garner on a grounder to third base in the bottom of the seventh.
An error and a single opened the fifth for the Greyhounds, with a run scoring on a groundout after a sacrifice bunt, another scoring on a wild pitch. With back-to-back outs, Schroeder was close to escaping the jam before a walk set up an RBI double from Nate Johnson.
Nels Nelson got the win for the Greyhounds, pitching the fifth, sixth and seventh innings after taking over for starter Grant Oldenburg. Nelson allowed one earned run to go along with two hits, one walk and a strikeout. Zach Schara picked up a two-inning save, striking out four batters in the process.
Bohmbach has to hope the bats come around this weekend in Cannon Falls, because the team he has in place is basically the team he will field going forward.
“I think we’re there (with the roster),” Bohmbach said. “Tonight, we had some different guys getting in (because) we want to make sure everyone is getting at bats. We have some guys getting banged up here and there, so they might have sat out a little bit. Right now, it’s who’s hitting and who isn’t. We have enough guys at every position where if someone isn’t hitting well, someone will have to step in and hit. The next few weeks, we’ll see where everyone is at and how everyone’s doing. And the hot bat will win the battle.”
After the weekend tournament, the Aces will host Dundas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20.