FAIRMONT – Minnesota Class ‘C’ amateur baseball champion Fairmont Martins experienced a rarity on Sunday.
Martins actually lost a game. Even more research, they made an early exit from Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont at the short end of the 10-run rule.
Right-hander John Kirby recorded the top 10 strikes of the game by spreading four hits over six innings, while leadoff batter Alex Ciola produced a match-best three RBIs via a two-run single and a victim fly to drive Austin Greyhounds to a 11-1, seven-inning triumph over Martins.
“The last time we lost a game was for these guys from Bancroft the second time we played them about a year ago. I can not remember the exact date, “ said Fairmont player coach Levi Becker, whose team collected an all-time 27-2 record in 2020. Even crazier, I can not remember the last time we were 10-run in a game. Maybe five years ago or so? I do not know from the top of my head. ”
Levi Becker and Ethan Hurn combined equally to generate all of Martin’s hits on Sunday. Hurn singled in the first round before hitting an infield hit in the fourth. Hurn advanced 90 meters on Becker’s first hit – a single, took third base on a trip to Adam Schmidt and scored on Christian Petschke’s sacrificial fly.
Becker later hammered a towering triple to center with two outs in the sixth inning, but was stranded 90 yards away possibly extending the game to a regulation nine innings.
“I do not make excuses, but we do not have any boys left yet, so we were a little young at this level (of baseball) today,” said a smiling Becker, who penned three high school players into his starting lineup on Sunday.
Greyhounds capitalized on 10 trips published by Martin’s starting pitcher Paxton Gravlin through three plus rounds of work, and mixed in seven hits – including two for extra bases – and three sacrificial flies. Austin stranded 10 runners in the competition.
Angel Santiago’s RBI single and Miguel Castro’s sacrificial fly made up the Greyhounds’ two-run first at-bat before Jordan Hart’s two-run triple and Castro’s RBI single drove a three-run second for a quick 5-0 lead.
Teyghan Hovland, a baseball commitment for St. Cloud State University, then showed his future collegiate speed by producing a solo run in the third for Austin. Hovland took a walk, stole second base, reached third on a passed ball and crossed the plate on a wild course.
After Gravlin issued four in a row to open the fourth, Yean Carlos hit a sacrificial fly and Ciola drilled a two-run single to grab Austin’s four-run outburst in the fourth to take a 10-1 lead.
Hovland demonstrated his speed at the bases again on the sixth by laying out a unique hut double to the right field. Hovland rolled to third on Isaac Schumacher’s second infield hit the day before he went home on Ciola’s sacrificial fly for a 10-run margin.
Kirby showed star control by issuing only one round of six innings to earn the victory. Ciola knocked one out in working a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.
Becker allowed just one run on three hits, went two, hit two strokes and struck out one of four innings for relief for Martins. Gravlin gave up 10 runs on four hits in three plus frames to take the loss for Fairmont.
The Martins (6-1) will host Windom at 7.30pm on Wednesday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Austin (3-1) will host Waseca next Sunday.
Austin 231401 0 – 11 7 0
Martins 000100 0 – 1 4 1
John Kirby (WP), Alex Ciola (7) and Nestor Jimenez. Paxton Gravlin (LP), Levi Becker (4) and Matt Lytle.
LOB – Austin 10, Fairmont 4.2B – Teyghan Hovland (A). 3B – Levi Becker (FMT), Jordan Hart (A). SF – Christian Petschke (FMT), Alex Ciola (A), Miguel Castro (A), Yean Carlos (A).