Making a dent at districts

Published 9:19 am Monday, July 29, 2013

Albert Lea/Austin pitcher Marcus Stoulil, left, is greeted by catcher Gabe Kasak in Marcusen Park Saturday. Stoulil pitched a three-hit shutout against Faribault. — Rocky Hulne/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea/Austin pitcher Marcus Stoulil, left, is greeted by catcher Gabe Kasak in Marcusen Park Saturday. Stoulil pitched a three-hit shutout against Faribault. — Rocky Hulne/Albert Lea Tribune

Legion finishes 3rd in District 1 after being seeded 6th

Owatonna 16, Albert Lea/Austin 7

AUSTIN — The Albert Lea/Austin American Legion baseball team finished its season strong, but it wasn’t enough to get them to the district finals.

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Albert Lea/Austin had its season end on a 16-7 loss to Owatonna Post 77 in the District 1 semifinals in Marcusen Park Sunday night.

Owatonna put the game away with six runs in the seventh inning to take a 15-7 lead. Albert Lea/Austin had led 5-3 going into the bottom of the second, when Post 77 took a 7-5 lead on a one-out, three-run triple after Albert Lea/Austin had committed two early errors in the frame.

Albert Lea/Austin, 11-17 overall, played Sunday’s round without starters Zach Huntley, who was injured, and Marcus Stoulil and Tommy Olmsted, who were had a church commitment.

“What hurt us was numbers at the end. We hit the wall and we lost some key players. It was tough for us,” Albert Lea/Austin co-head coach Jay Enderson said.

Albert Lea/Austin wasn’t happy to have its season end, but the team was glad to finish third in the tournament after being seeded No. 6.

“Just winning three games was exciting,” said Albert Lea/Austin’s Gabe Kasak, who was 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI against Owatonna. “Going into the game, I was OK with whatever the outcome would be. Finishing third is not too bad.”

Owatonna 16, Albert Lea/Austin 7

AL/A 320  200  000  —  7
OWA 341 001 61X — 16

WP — Jacob Kempen (AL/A 6 1/3 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 15 R, 10 ER, 2 SO; Ethan Horstmann, 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

Albert Lea/Austin hitting: Ethan Horstmann, 0-5, BB; Johnathan Fleek, 3-5, 3 R, 3 S, BB; Gabe Kasak, 3-5, 3B, RBI, 3 R; Dylan See-Rockers, 2-2, 2B, 2 RBIs, R, BB; Steve Clennon, 2-5, 3 RBIs, SB; Jacob Kempen, 1-3, 2 BBs; E.J. Thomas, 1-3, RBI, HBP, BB; Chris Enderson, 0-4, BB; Dalton Carlson, 0-4


Albert Lea/Austin 7, Rochester Redhawks 6

The Albert Lea/Austin baseball team looked like its season was going to be over early Saturday as it trailed the Rochester Redhawks 6-0 after three innings and the team was playing without three starters.

But they weren’t going out without a fight.

Albert Lea/Austin tallied three runs in the sixth when Steven Clennon doubled in two runs and the team added four more runs in the seventh Ethan Horstmann and Dylan See-Rockers each had two-run singles.

In the end, Albert Lea/Austin came back to win 7-6 against all odds.

“Regardless of being short on guys, we came into the game the same as we did yesterday,” Kasak said Sunday. “We figured why not knock off another team, especially a big Rochester school. It was nice to take it away from them.”

Clennon picked up the mound win after a slow start. Over the last six innings, he allowed just one run .

“Those first three inning sucked,” Clennon said. “Then we roped together a couple of hits, and we ended up ahead.”

Albert Lea/Austin 7, Rochester 6

AL/A 000  003  400  —  7
ROC 203  010  000  —  6

WP — Steven Clennon (AL/A) 9 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 SO, 1 HBP

Albert Lea/Austin hitting: Ethan Horstmann, 2-5, 2 RBIs, R; Jonathan Fleek, 3-4, 2 R; Gabe Kasak, 2-5, 2 RBIs, R; Dylan See-Rockers, 2-5,  2 RBIs, R; Clennon, 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Chris Enderson, 0-4, RBI; Jacob Kempen, 0-2, R, 2 BBs; EJ Thomas, 1-4, R; Tyler Persig, 0-2; Dalton Carlson, 0-2


Albert Lea/Austin 8, Winona 0

Albert Lea’s Dylan See-Rockers gave the Austin-Albert Lea Legion baseball team a big boost as they fought off elimination for the second time Saturday in an 8-0 win over Winona in a 1st District elimination game in Marcusen Park.

See-Rockers struck out 10 in a two-hit shutout, and he added a two-run home run over the left field fence in the fourth inning to put Albert Lea/Austin up 2-0.

See-Rockers had walked three hitters in the first innings, but he recovered to allow just six base runners over the next eight innings.

“I don’t know what happened. Something clicked, I felt confident again and I was throwing strikes again,” See-Rockers said. “I’ve been in a tremendous slump hitting. To get us on the board felt great.”

Albert Lea/Austin, which is now in the final four of the 1st District, broke the game open in the sixth inning when they tallied five runs. Steven Clennon singled in a run, Jonathan Fleek had a two-out, two-run single and Gabe Kasak singled in a run with two outs in the rally.

“We just played great today and we knew what we had to do was win. These guys are great and we’re going to keep it going,” See-Rockers said.

Albert Lea/Austin 8, Winona 0

AL/A 000  215  000  —  8
WIN 000  000  000  —  0

WP — Dylan See-Rockers, 9 IP, 2 H, 6 BB, 0 R, 10 SO, 1 HBP

Albert Lea/Austin hitting: Ethan Horstmann, 2-5; Jonathan Fleek, 3-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Gabe Kasak, 1-3, 2 RBIs; Marcus Stoulil, 2-3, 2B, BB; See-Rockers, 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB; Zach Huntley, 0-3, R, HBP; E.J. Thomas, 1-4, R; Steven Clennon, 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R; Tommy Olmsted, 0-3, BB; Chris Enderson, 0-1


Albert Lea/Austin 4, Faribault 0

Before Saturday, Austin grad Marcus Stoulil hadn’t won a postseason contest since he was in junior high. That’s saying a lot for an athlete who played three years of varsity football, four years of varsity hockey and three years of varsity baseball.

But Stoulil put that slump to an end when he pitched a three-hit shutout and the Albert Lea/Austin American Legion team beat Faribault 4-0 in an elimination game at Marcusen Park Saturday.

Albert Lea's E.J. Thomas takes a swing against Faribault in Marcusen Park Saturday. — Rocky Hulne/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea’s E.J. Thomas takes a swing against Faribault in Marcusen Park Saturday. — Rocky Hulne/Albert Lea Tribune

“I didn’t want to think about,” Stoulil said about his bad luck in the postseason. “After so long you’re thinking we’ve never made it out. I just said I’ve got to go out there and do what I can. I’ve got a good defense behind me and they made plays.”

Stoulil struck out 12 and only faced one jam, which was in the fourth inning when Albert Lea/Austin had a 2-0 lead. Faribault loaded the bases with one out on a walk and two singles, but Albert Lea/Austin shortstop Jonathan Fleek turned a double to do end the frame.

Stoulil retired the last 12 Faribault hitters in order to end the game.

“This is more like it,” Stoulil said. “It’s really nice to be able to throw well and get through games. I can’t do it without help behind me. I can’t strike everybody out.”

Albert Lea/Austin got on the board when Zach Huntley reached on an error and Gabe Kasak, who doubled to start the frame, scored from second. In the third, Stoulil put Austin up 2-0 with a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Albert Lea/Austin went up 3-0 in the fifth when Fleek grounded out to score a run and Huntley knocked in a run with a single to right field in the eighth inning.

Albert Lea/Austin 4, Faribault 0

FAR 000  000  000  —  0
AL/A 011  010  01X  —  4

WP — Marcus Stoulil (AL/A) 9 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 0 R, 12 SO

Albert Lea/Austin hitting: Ethan Horstmann, 1-4, R; Jonathan Fleek, 1-2, RBI, SB, R, BB; Dylan See-Rockers, 0-4; Marcus Stoulil, 1-3, RBI, R, SB, BB; Gabe Kasak, 1-4, 2B, R; Zach Huntley, 2-2, RBI; Steven Clennon, 1-4; E.J. Thomas, 1-4; Tommy Olmsted, 0-3