Hanska 4, A’s 1
Earlier in the year, the A’s beat Hanska in St. James. They looked to sweep the season series as they traveled to Hanska on Wednesday.
Things looked good early as the A’s took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Ryan Menssen in the fourth inning.
A’s starter Matt Dahl was effective early as he blanked the Lakers through the first four innings. Hanska came up with a four run rally in the fifth and downed the A’s 4-1.
Austin Pinke and Ryan Menssen had two hits each for the A’s. Dahl (0-2) took the loss for the A’s. He pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
He struck out five, walked five and hit one batter. Three of the runs were earned. Adam Schroeder pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one and giving up one hit.
Lamberton 3, A’s 2 (10 innings)
The A’s had a tough task in front of them as they returned home for a Sunday night, Railroad Days game against the league leading Lamberton Long Sox.
The Long Sox started quickly as A’s starter David Krause gave up three hits and a run in the top of the first inning. From that point on Krause and Long Sox starter Jake Jenniges settled in to a pitcher’s duel until the A’s touched Jenniges for two unearned runs in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Ryan Menssen’s two run single scored Pinke and Stordalen to put the A’s in front.
The Long Sox answered with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 2-2. With neither team able to get anything going, the game went to extra innings. Krause hit the lead-off batter in the top of the tenth inning. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. Sam Carlson relieved Krause at that point and Johnny Pistulka greeted Carlson with a line drive single to center to put Lamberton up 3-2. In the bottom of the tenth Gary Menssen singled with one out. Pinch runner Blaine Meyer stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball with one out, but was stranded there as the final two batters for the A’s struck out.
Page 2 of 2 - Krause (4-1) took the loss, his first of the year. He gave up three runs on seven hits in nine and one-third innings of work. He struck out two and walked two while hitting one batter. Chris Menssen and Gary Menssen had two hits each for the A’s.
Déjà vu all over again? The A’s and David Krause lost a 3-2, 10 inning game last year to Lamberton. The A’s also had a 2-1 lead late in that game.
The A’s travel to Essig on Sunday for a 2:00 pm game before taking a week off for the Tomahawk East League All-Star break.
David Krause, Anthony Stordalen and Craig Nelson will represent the A’s in the All-Star game to be played at Johnson Park in New Ulm on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 pm.
It’s Krause's third All-Star game and the first for Stordalen and Nelson.
Gary Menssen leads all A’s hitters with a .455 average. Ryan Menssen is second at .394 followed by Anthony Stordalen at .343.
David Krause leads A’s pitchers with a 4-1 record, one save and an ERA of 1.71.
The A’s record on the season is now 5-8.