G-E survives tourney opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 22, 2002

AUSTIN &045; Coach Louie Toulouse was the first to admit it wasn’t the best baseball game of the season for the Glenville-Emmons Wolverines.

But the outcome couldn’t have been any better.

The second-seeded Wolverines survived a scare from No. 7 Lyle/Austin Pacelli in the first round of sub-section tournament play Tuesday, winning 3-2 at Austin’s Marcusen Park.

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&uot;It was kind of an ugly win for us,&uot; said Toulouse. &uot;But an ugly win is better than a pretty loss, especially at tournament time.&uot;

The win improved the Wolverines’ record to 15-6 and advanced them to Thursday’s 7 p.m. round against Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander or Goodhue.

After spotting Lyle/Pacelli a run in the top of the first inning, the Wolverines tied it in the bottom when Paul Kleven led off with a triple and scored on a passed ball.

Kleven singled in the third and scored on a long home run to left center field by Isaiah Parry, playing his first game of the season.

Parry, a junior who received All-Area honors last year as an Albert Lea sophomore, was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and went 1-for-2. He played a strong game at shortstop, according to Toulouse.

Kleven finished 2-for-3, as did Paul Flatness. One of Flatness’ hits was a double. Richie Mathis was 1-for-2.

Junior left-hander Mitch Meier pitched a complete game, running his record to 7-0. He struck out 11 and walked one. Both runs off him were earned.

Meier was toughest when it mattered most. In the fifth, Lyle/Pacelli got a lead off triple but Meier retired the next three batters on a pair of strikeouts and a ground out. Lyle/Pacelli put a runner on second with no outs in the sixth and Meier again set down the next three in a row.

&uot;He made some quality pitches when it really counted,&uot; said Toulouse.




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WP &045; Mitch Meier (7-0)