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Winthrop News Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Page 6 open Scott Panning's two-out, ninth- inning RBI single scored Glenn Peters with the winning run as the Eagles managed to secure third place in the River Valley League West Division with a 6-5 come- from-behind victory over the vis- iting Gaylord Islanders on Sunday, Down 5-3, Andy Melius opened the ninth inning with a single to the leftfield fence. Peters then laid down a sacrifice bunt which Gaylord relief pitcher Tim Young misplayed, trying to force Melius but pulling Islander second baseman Jon Waltz off the bag. Kyle Grams followed with another sacrifice bunt for the first out. After Young got a second out on a strikeout, his two-strike wild pitch allowed Melius to score from third to tie the game at 5-5. Panning ripped Young's next pitch to the left-centerfield gap for the game-winner. The win snapped Winthrop's eight-game losing streak and allowed the Eagles to skip the fourth vs. fifth-place extra playoff game, which now features Fairfax in Gaylord on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Divisional winner Arlington awaits the winner of that game Friday, with the Eagles heading to second-place St. Peter. It's a remake of last year's divisional playoff game which Winthrop won 3-0 en route to a regional birth. St. Peter won both games vs. the Eagles this season, 9-6 and 10-0. Beyond Panning's heroics, it was the play of GFW senior Lucas Seehafer that kept the Eagles within striking distance. Seehafer reached base four times, including a sixth-inning single, scored two runs and tossed out a Gaylord runner at the plate in the eighth inning to keep the score at 5-3. Seehafer was filling in at center for the injured Pat O'Malley, who may miss the 2010 playoffs with a bad shoulder. The Eagles managed just five hits in the game and only three through the game's first eight innings. But they still managed to leave 14 runners on base, as Gaylord pitchers Brian Winter and Tim Young combined to walked 11 and hit two batters. Andy Melius earned the mound victory with a complete game, improving his season record to 3-3. The Win completed the Eagles' regular season record at 10-17. Henderson 4, Winthrop 2 Scott Palmer's strong com- plete-game showing went for naught as the host Henderson Tigers earned a 4-2 victory in 95- degree heat on Saturday. in Ben Melius led the Winthrop offense with two hits. Both teams had just five hits. Two Eagle fielding errors in the first inning led to two Henderson runs: The Tigers won the game with two runs in the sixth. Mike Nagel earned the victory for Henderson, while Troy Koester got the save. Carver 13, Winthrop 11 A long, bug-infested non- league game Wednesday in Winthrop ended on a sour note, as the Eagle defense broke down late and contributed to four unearned ninth-inning runs as Carver out- lasted the locals by a 13-11 mar- gin. Carver scored four runs in the 7th and four more unearned runs in the 9th to steal the win. Winthrop held an 11-9 lead with two outs, no runners on in the final stanza but dropped a fly ball to open the floodgates for Carver. Andy Melius led the Winthrop offense, going 3-5 with a pair of RBI, while Chris Fahey had three RBI and twohits. Kris Swenson added a double and single for the Eagles. Lincoln Messner tossed the first six innings and struck out eight, but walked three and hit two batters. Bill Melius finished up and was tagged with the loss. Eagles Andy Melius, Winthrop's manager, as well, said it's been an odd year for the Eagles, who sta- tistically are hitting and pitching better than last season and playing comparably on defense. Winthrop topped division rival Arlington on June 27 and sat 9-9 through the toughest part of its schedule. But a pattern of leaving run- ners on base, key defensive laps- es, and tough breaks contributed to the recent eight-game losing streak. However, the Eagles were poised to win all but one of those, a 10-0 loss at St. Peter. Add to that four games Melius said could have been won earlier in the year, and Winthrop's 10-17 record could possibly been reversed. "Despite the losses, we still think we're ready to make anoth- er run in the playoffs," Melius said. "The Eagles have a history of doing well come playoff time, still confident heading and I think we can make another run this time." The Eagles will have to deal with a possible season-ending shoulder injury to centerfielder Pat O'Malley, who's hitting .312 and leads the team with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases. GFW sen- ior Lucas Seehafer filled in nicely Sunday, and James Panning may move from his corner outfield spot, with brother Scott Panning and Kyle Grams available. Grams, who returned to play for the Eagles after a 12-year layoff, has been a great help in the eight games he's played late in the sea- son, Melius added. "He had the big hit in our ear- lier win at Fairfax, he plays left and third, can go get the ball in the outfield, runs the bases well, and just knows the game," Melius said. Veterans Dan Anderson (.385) and Ben Melius (.316) have led into the offense again, but RBI totals are balanced, with seven players ranging from nine to 12 runs bat- ted in. Scott Palmer, the lone Eagle to play in all 27 games, is hitting a solid .284 and leads the team with 16 runs scored and 31 hits. Bill Melius leads the Eagle pitchers with a 6-4 record and 3.80 ERA, with Andy Melius at 3- 3 and 3.10. Palmer, who has pitched both in relief and starting, leads the Eagles with a 2.54 ERA and has three saves. Lincoln Messner has been a spot starter and has held batters to a team-best .165 batting average, but has bat- tled some control problems. Anderson, who has pitched just 25 innings this season after lead- ing Winthrop's staff with a 5-3 mark and 73 innings pitched in '09, is also available. Dan Anderson, along with Bill Melius, Andy Melius, Scott Palmer and Lincoln Messner will try to pitch the Eagles through the River Valley West Playoffs and into the league tournament. Photo by Michael Mattison 2009 RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE WEST PLAYOFFS 11 Arlin~lton 2009 RVL West Teams: Arlington, Fairfax, Gaylord St. Peter, Winthrop Top 2 Teams Advance to Regions. To game 8 Game 7 Thurs, July 30 7:30 Elimination game ToGM5 Loser GM 1 4) Fairfax Game 1 t V~d, July 22 7:30 at #4 Seed 51 Gaylord Game 3 Fri, July 24 7:30 At #1 Seed Game 4 Sun, July 26 2:00 Elimination game 21 St. Peter Game 6 Game 2 Tues, July 28 Fri, July 24 7:30 7:30 Loser GM 2 At #2 Seed Elimination game 31 Winthrop Loser GM 3 Game5 Sun, Ju~ 26 2:00 At High Seed Winner Game 7 RVL West CHAMP The Home Team is reponsible for scheduling the ball field, confirming umpires, calling in scores and results. The Higher Seed is the home game for ever~ game except Game 8 in which the unbeaten team is home team. Rainouts to be made up the following day One game Championship. If championship mined out Saturday, game will be played Sunday at 2:00. Scott Palmer is the lone Eagle to play in all 27 games this season. He is hitting .284 with a team-high 16 runs scored. Photo by Michael Mattison nty team finishes in first, The GFW Bi-County Baseball team finished its season in first place with a 7-2 record and a top seed in the league tournament. Because of the high seed, GFW received a first-round bye and played the Searles-Courtland winner at Gibbon on Monday. A summary of this game will appear in next week's issue of the Winthrop News. GFW has played excellent defense all season and five players underway have finished the season at the plate hitting .400 or higher. Joey Briese leads the team hit- ting .476 and he is followed by Arthur Forst at .458, Brady Forst at .429, Cade Leitheiser at .409 and Zach Black at .400. Four pitchers have done an outstanding job on the mound this year including Joey Klenk, Leitheiser, Brett Rickheim and Jamie Lauwagie who have each won games this season. River Valley Final Standings West League GB Over Arlington 10-8 -- 12-9 St. Peter 7-11 3 9-12 Winthrop 5-13 5 10-17 Gaylord 5-13 5 6-17 Fairfax 3-15 7 3-15 Central Belle Plaine 14-4 -- 24-7 Le Sueur 10-8 4 14-11 Chanhassen7-11 7 10-10 Henderson 7-11 7 9-15 Waconia 6-12 8 6-15 rop Tom Wilhelm and Ron Johnson had great rounds as they both shot one-under par 35s on Thursday. Bryan Koepp carded a 37, Ted Thorson a 38 and Rick Koepp a 39; Roger Jones also recorded a sub- 40 round on Tuesday during the Senior League at 39. Wilhelm posted low individual net in the Driver's at 30; Ed Hubly, Kevin Sallstrom and Scott Dallmann 33 in the Pitcher's; Lyle Bode, Elmer* Epke and Dennis Muchow 37 in the Chipper's and Leon Geiger, Sheldon Goetsch and Mark Berdan 30 in the Seniors. Driver's Division Koepp/Koepp Wise/Brethorst Hagberg/Wilhelm Thorson/Bode Wilhelm/Rubendall Volk/Gleisner Johnson/Brigger Polzin/Runke Kranz/Williams 28 27 22 20 19 18 16 12 2 29 28 24 21 20 15 12 10 5 Pitcher's Division Dallmann/Dallmann Stolt/Jones Hubly/Vonderhaar Olson/Hendrycks Zachow/Heuchert Schneider/Rolloff Sallstrom/Jasinski Abrahamson/Kuester Wood/Moe Chipper's Division Epke/Hegler 27 Muchow/Kokesch 26 Bode/Zimmerman 24 Briard/Miller 17 Gieseke/(]ieseke 13 Harris/Retka ,13 Murray/Lutterman 6 Senior League Zachow/Hanson 8 Berdan/Schneider 8 The rematch with Brownton for the Ponytail softball team didn't exactly turn out the way the Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop softball team would have liked with the locals losing 11-1 in five innings. In the field, Aly Black and Ashley Schmidt had a lot of action as they played solid defense. Offensively, Cassidy Rettmann, Heather Schmidt and Mariah Schwecke all took advantage of walks. Erin McDurmont, Alexis Jensen and Jade Cruz each singled. McDurmont walked four and struck out nine while giving up six hits. The Ponytails bounced back with a 23-0 win over Glencoe. The girls scored seven runs in both the first and second innings and added eight more in the third. Ashley Schmidt, McDurmont and Black all hit doubles. Defensively, the coaches switched things up a bit. With Schmidt com- Adema/Jones 7 Main/Anderson 7 Zimmerman/Bode 4 Heuchert/Muth 4 Homme/Goetsch 4 Schrupp/Greve 4 Keske/Bieraugel 4 Jackson/Slater 4 Sneltjes/Murray 1 Pinske/Schow 0 "~ Haugan/Hinz 0 Geiger/Leisenfeld 0 results ing into pitch in the third inning. It was her first outing on the mound and she didn't allow a hit. The Winthrop Peanuts recently lost a 7-0 game against the Fairfax Peanuts. Casey Wersal and Brady Roiger had the only two hits for Winthrop. Roiger also pitched a solid three innings, only giving up one run with nine strikeouts. A few days later, the Peanuts met up with Brownton and won a close 6-5 ball game. Nathan Seehafer received the win after pitching three innings while giving up three runs. He also struck out ,~ nine opposing batters and hit a~P, triple that plated two runs. Roiger, Wersal, and Ryan Weber also helped out on offense with two hits each. A few days later, the team ran into Glencoe and lost 13-2. Samuel Stresemann and Roiger each had two hits in the game. !i