A’s top Hanska in home opener
The St. James A’s opened their home season on Mother’s Day with an impressive 4-0 win over the Hanska Lakers. Two crafty veterans faced off on the mound as the A’s David Krause squared off against the Lakers’ Dayton Larson.
The A’s plated a run in the bottom of the first as a Ryan Menssen single scored Joe Krause who reached first after being hit by a pitch. That would be the only run Larson would surrender in his five innings of work. The A’s got to reliever Gary Wilfahrt, Jr. for a run in the sixth on an RBI single from Craig Nelson and two more in the seventh, both on wild pitches, to put the game away.
Austin Pinke and Ryan Menssen were each two for three to lead the A’s offensive attack.
David Krause (2-0) earned the win with a complete game shutout. He gave up only three hits while striking out five, walking one and hitting two batters.
The A's host the New Ulm Brewers on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 pm. They host Essig on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm.
A’s blast Gibbon to win opener
The A’s season got under way in booming fashion on Sunday in Gibbon. Leadoff hitter Brandon Menssen blasted a first inning drive over the right field fence to put the A’s up 1-0. After a walk to Nate Ewert and a fielder’s choice from Joe Krause, Joe Hager lofted a home run over the left field fence to cap a three run first inning.
The A’s added single runs in the second and third innings and two more in the fourth thanks to a two run double by Joe Krause to extend the lead to 7-0. The final score had the A’s prevailing 7-3
While the A’s were scoring in every inning, A’s starter David Krause was making sure the Reds weren’t. Krause pitched the first five innings and had a perfect game going through four and one-third innings. In his five innings of work he gave up only one hit, walked none and struck out three to earn the win. Adam Schroeder pitched two perfect innings of relief and Chris Menssen finished up by throwing the eighth and ninth.
Brandon Menssen had quite the day at the plate going four for five with the homer, two doubles, a single, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Joe Krause was two for five. He, along with Hager, had two RBI.