Amateur baseball: Bullheads sweep weekend series

SEARLES – The Searles Bullheads won both of their weekend games in 35-over baseball to improve their season record to 3-5.

On Saturday evening the Bullheads took on the New Hope Bandits and stole the victory from the visitors by a score of 9-2.

Brant Drill scattered nine hits in going the distance for Searles, giving up solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Drill stuck out three and walked five.

Jeff Stoneking pitched the first five innings for New Hope, giving up all nine runs. Stoneking did have three of New Hope’s hits.

The Bullheads bats came alive with 10 hits. Corey Schaefer and Doug Ekstrom had RBI singles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Another run was added in the second on a double by Kris Swenson and an RBI single by Brian Sieve.

Then in the fourth, after two walks, Troy Kamm unloaded a three-run home run. John Giefer followed with his second hit of the game by hitting a 400-foot double to deep center field. The Bullheads finished with three more runs in the fifth.

In the Sunday afternoon game, the Bullheads completed their weekend sweep by defeating the Edina Grays 10-0 in five innings.

Kevin Hulke got his first win of year, giving up one hit in four innings. Scott Rummel gave up the other hit in relief.

Meanwhile, Searles wasted no time in taking control by scoring four runs in the first on five hits. Ryan Bode had a run scoring single and Matt Kuster got two RBIs on his double.

In the second inning, Schaefer doubled for his first of two hits and then scored on Rummel’s second single of the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Bullheads erupted for five more runs on five walks, a hit batter, and two hits.

Assistant manager, Doug Ekstrom used all 13 players, including 68-year old Myron Fluegge. Fluegge, who batted in the bottom of the fourth, reached base for the first time since he discontinued playing baseball 30 years ago by hitting a slow grounder toward third. The third baseman hurried his throw to first and pulled the first baseman off the base.

The night before manager John Giefer used all 17 Bullhead players.The Bullheads play at St. Louis Park at 8 p.m. Friday, July 12 and then play Bloomington at Dred Scott Field at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

Essig defeats St.?James

ESSIG – Essig defeated St. James 9-5 in Tomahawk East League Amateur baseball action Sunday.

Mark Giesen picked up the win for Essig. He pitched six innings, struck out four and allowed just two hits and a run.

David Krause took the loss for St. James.

Essig was led by Dusty Fleck, who was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and four RBI. Mitch Stueber was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Ryan Menssen was 2-for-5 with two doubles for St.?James.

Essig hosts Leavenworth at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tigers hold on to defeat Sleepy Eye

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield defeated Sleepy Eye 8-5 Sunday in Tomahawk East League amateur baseball action.

Alex Fink led the Tiger attack with four hits and teammates Brandon Wilhelmi, Christian Loomis and Matt Vogel had two hits each.

Ryan Sturm, Shawn Anderson and Zach Bisel rounded out the Tiger offensive output with one hit each.

Scott Salfer also had a four-hit night for Sleepy Eye and Sean Mathiowetz had three hits in the game.

Alex Frank earned his fourth win of the season, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts.

John Mangen took the loss for Sleepy Eye working the first four innings. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts. Jason Nachreiner picked up a save.

The win improves the Tigers to 12-7 overall and 10-5 in Tomahawk East League play.

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