February 25, 2009

Pipers defeat Vikings in one completed game

Bethany Lutheran was the home team on the scoreboard in the opening game of the double-header. The Vikings scored a run in each of the first two innings of the game to go up 2-0 heading into the third inning.

The Pipers scored their first run in the third as Dan Kaczrowski (Sr., St. Anthony, Minn.) reached on an error, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored on the second error of the inning.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Hamline scored three runs in the top of the fifth, answered by two in the bottom by the Vikings to tie the game at 4-4.

The scoring in the three-run Piper fifth began with a two-out triple by Tres Humerickhouse (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) that scored Cory Miller (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Andy Powell (So., Minneapolis, Minn.).

Humerickhouse scored the third run on an error by the Vikings' second baseman.

After Bethany Lutheran tied the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Pipers scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Tony Rogers (So., St. Michael, Minn.) singled and advanced to second on a ground out to start the inning. Alex Buresh (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Powell drew walks, loading the bases and forcing a pitching change for the Vikings.

Pinch-runner Eric Markinsen (Fy., Green Bay, Wis.) came in for Buresh, and Kaczrowski hit a two-RBI single to right center to score Markisen and Rogers.

The Vikings scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't stage a comeback as the Pipers won the opener, 6-5.

Kaczrowski went 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Humerickhouse was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Six different Pipers scored the six runs.

In the second game, Bethany had a 10-run first inning to start play. They added runs in the third and fourth innings. Hamline scored a pair of runs each in the second, third, and fourth innings, and added one more in the sixth before play was halted due to Metrodome game time limits.

The game is not official, yet, and will not count in the statistics or records of either team until complete. A potential date to finish the game will be announced on the Hamline website.

At the end of the sixth, Humerickhouse had gone 4-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI, Rogers was 3-for-3 with 2 RBI, and Powell was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI.

The Pipers are now 3-0, while the Vikings are 2-1. Hamline will play Central at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Metrodome.