Tommy Olmstead of Albert Lea/Austin steals second base Wednesday against New Richland. Olmstead was 2-for-3 at the plate. He scored two runs, knocked in two runs and had two stolen bases. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Tommy Olmstead of Albert Lea/Austin steals second base Wednesday against New Richland. Olmstead was 2-for-3 at the plate. He scored two runs, knocked in two runs and had two stolen bases. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea/Austin defeats New Richland

Published 12:11am Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Albert Lea/Austin Legion baseball team saw its greenhorn bullpen thrive Wednesday in a 12-5 win over New Richland.

Tyler Pirsig led Albert Lea/Austin to victory by pitching the first four innings and only allowing one hit.

Albert Lea/Austin catcher Gabe Kasak throws the ball to first base Wednesday after a New Richland bunt. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Albert Lea/Austin catcher Gabe Kasak throws the ball to first base Wednesday after a New Richland bunt. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

“You can definitely throw strikes when you’ve got our defense backing you up,” Pirsig said. “Just put it over the plate, and they can hit it to anybody on the field and it is almost an

assured out.”

Alec Pepper pitched the final three innings in relief. He allowed two hits and one walk.

Co-head coach Jay Enderson said both hurlers earned necessary experience.

“Both of them have never pitched over the JV level,” he said. “We just thought it was a good chance for them to play.”

New Richland’s coach did not attend the game, so players took the first- and third-base coach positions.

New Richland held its first and only lead of the game in the top of the first inning. Albert Lea/Austin fought back with three runs in the bottom of the first. Tommy Olmstead hit a lead-off single, stole second and moved to third on a single by Johnathan Fleek. Dylan See-Rockers drove in Olmstead and Fleek with a base hit. See-Rockers later scored on a single by Chris Enderson with an error to give Albert Lea/Austin a 3-1 lead.

While Pirsig held New Richland scoreless in the second and third innings, Albert Lea/Austin began piling on runs. A grounder with some steam was hit by Gabe Kasak to score Sean Coffey in the second, and Albert Lea/Austin added three more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-1 lead.

Albert Lea/Austin co-head coach Jay Enderson fist bumps Chris Enderson Wednesday after reaching first base. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Albert Lea/Austin co-head coach Jay Enderson fist bumps Chris Enderson Wednesday after reaching first base. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

New Richland managed to score two runs in the fourth inning, but Albert Lea/Austin took the momentum back with an in-the-park home run by Kasak.

Albert Lea/Austin extended its advantage to eight runs in the sixth, en route to its 12-5 win. Albert Lea/Austin finished the game with a double play on a grounder to Fleek.

“The defense is getting more solid each night,” Enderson said. “We had a couple glitches here and there, but it’s with kids playing where they don’t play or haven’t played much.

“The biggest thing is we’re staring to know our players now.”

Tommy Olmstead led Albert Lea/Austin at the plate. he went two-for-three, scored two runs, drove in two runs, walked once and stole two bases. See-Rockers also had a pair of RBIs stolen bases and runs scored.

“Our team has a lot of good hitters,” See-Rockers said. “Everyone is doing their jobs, and we’re getting big hits, too. That always helps.”

Johnathan Fleek was hit by a pitch three times. He scored two runs.

Albert Lea/Austin is 2-3 overall.

Next, Albert Lea/Austin will compete in the Mankato Tournament. Albert Lea/Austin will play Mankato and Apple Valley on Friday. The Mankato game will start at 1 p.m., and the Apple Valey game will begin at 4 p.m. Albert Lea/Austin will play Kenyon-Wanamingo at 1 p.m. Saturday. The time for Sunday’s games will be determined by results from Friday and Saturday.