The A’s returned from the All-Star break hoping to start the final stretch of the season with a pair of wins Sunday in St. James. After a long Sunday, the A’s earned a split, losing to Springfield 7-5 in the afternoon and defeating Searles 9-6 in the evening.
Springfield 7, A’s 5
The A’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single from Joe Hager and a sacrifice fly from Adam Schroeder.
A’s starter Joe Hager kept the A’s in the game giving up single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but gave up two in both the seventh and eighth. The A’s fought back with two of their own in the seventh and another in the eighth, but couldn’t generate a ninth inning rally to overcome the Tigers lead.
Hager (0-4) was charged with the loss. He tossed seven and one-third innings, giving up all seven runs on hits. He
struck out four and walked two. Dusty Pfeiffer finished up pitching one and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Joe Hager was three for four. Craig Nelson was two for four. Anthony Stordalen was two for five. Hager, Stordalen, Schroeder and Nate Ewert collected one RBI each.
A’s 9, Searles 6
In the night game, the A’s overcame a 6-3, sixth inning deficit and two rain delays to end their losing streak at seven games with a 9-6 win over Searles. Brandon Menssen pitched the first two innings for the A’s giving up one run on four hits. Kyle Schroeder (1-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching seven innings. He gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
The A’s collected eight hits in the game and stole seven bases, sparking rallies in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Ryan Menssen was two for four with four stolen bases and two RBI. Anthony Stordalen and Joe Krause were each two for five with a double. Krause had two RBI.
The A’s are now 6-11 on the year, 6-10 in the Tomahawk East League.
The National Division defeated the American Division 5-3 in the Tomahawk East League All-Star game held in New Ulm on Wednesday, July 3.
Anthony Stordalen, David Krause and Craig Nelson represented the A’s. Stordalen started at second base and went one for one with a walk and an RBI. Krause pitched two innings and gave up two unearned runs. He delivered an RBI on an infield single in his only at bat. Nelson played third base and was hitless in one at bat.
Page 2 of 2 - The A’s travel to Sleepy Eye on Friday, July 12 and Lamberton on Sunday, July 14 before returning home to face Leavenworth on Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 pm.
Ryan Menssen leads all A’s hitters with a .375 average and 15 RBI. Anthony Stordalen is hitting .364. David Krause leads A’s pitchers with a 4-2 record, one save and an ERA of 2.64.