Muskies score eight straight runs to rally past the Orphans
This last game of the day in Hamburg was certainly the most entertaining one of the day. Neither team was willing to give in as they were fighting to stay alive. Sartell scored in six of the eight innings they batted in.
It started in the first inning for the Muskies when Adam Schellinger led off with a single and was driven in two batters later when Tim Burns blasted a ball over the left field fence for a two run homer.
In the second inning Steve Boger got hit in the arm to start out for the Orphans. He would be advanced over to third by a single from Ben Borrell. When Borrell got caught in a run down on a pickoff, Boger took off for home and scored thanks to a bad throw by the second baseman. The Muskies responded with a run in the bottom frame by an RBI single from John Schumer to make it 3-1.
The Orphans started their comeback in the fourth inning when the first two batters got on base via walk and a hit by pitch (Boger again). Zach Kuefler hit a fly ball just short of going over the wall as that would drive in a run to make it a one run game. Steve Bobrowske entered the game as a pinch hitter with two outs and the runners on third and second base and delivered a two run single to score Boger and Kuefler to go ahead 4-3.
Brett Ahsenmacher led off the fifth inning for the Orphans with a single and made an interesting trip around the bags as he stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to two runs. John Schumer got his second single of the night in the bottom half and advanced to second on a passed ball. Tim Burns followed up driving him home on a single to make it 5-4 after five innings of play.
In the bottom of the sixth Brian Schellinger started by reaching on base on an error by the third baseman. He then stole second base and tied the game on Cody Partch’s single. With two outs Adam Schellinger hit a ground ball to the shortstop who overthrew the ball to first base which led to Partch scoring and giving Sartell the lead. Howard Lake starter Mike Dockendorf was pulled after that play.
Sartell added three more runs in the seventh inning as Jace Otto drove in the first one on an RBI double. He was driven home on a botched fielder’s choice attempt as the shortstop made a bad throw home resulting in Otto and Partch scoring.
Two more Muskie runs happened in the eighth inning as they managed to get the bases loaded with two walks and a single. With two outs Cody Partch hit a line drive base hit to center to score both runs.
The Orphans gathered two more runs in the ninth inning as the first two batters got on by a single and a hit by pitch. They would be scored on a groundout and a throwing error by the third baseman.
Mike Dockendorf started for the orphans as he went 5 ⅔ innings allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits. Tyler Hannon came in relief and pitched the rest of the sixth and seventh inning allowing three more runs. Jared Koch pitched the eighth inning giving up two more runs on two hits and two walks.
David Deminsky started for the Muskies as he went five innings allowing five runs (three earned), only four hits, two walks, but striking out ten (nine swinging). Adam Wenker came in at the start of the sixth inning and went the rest of the way as he kept the orphan bats in check allowing only three hits, no walks, two runs (one earned), and striking out four.
John Schumer and Cody Partch combined went six for eight (3 for 4 each) with five runs scored and four RBIs.
Sartell will go on to play Bemidji next Saturday.