AUSTIN EDITION -- Athletics lose four games, see record drop to 1-9
The Hayfield-Austin Athletics dropped four games over the weekend in amateur baseball to slip to 1-9 on the season.
Three of the four setbacks were by one run and cane on the opponent's final at-bat. The Athletics have now lost six games by one run this season.
On Friday, Dodge Center scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 12-11 victory over Hayfield-Austin. Jon Severson suffered the loss for the Athletics.
Adam Linbo had three hits for the Athletics and Matt Juncker hit a home run. Lee Adahl and Justin Oakland each added a pair of hits.
Hayfield-Austin lost another game on the road in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday. Kasson scored once to snap a tie and post a 3-2 victory.
Player/manager Troy Holtz suffered the loss despite allowing just three hits. Holtz walked the first two batters in the ninth and was then removed. After a sacrifice bunt, Kasson had a hit batter to load the bases and a walk to force in the winning run.
The Athletics also had just three hits, one each by Linbo, Luke Fischer and Eric Schmeling.
St. Charles swept a doubleheader against the visiting Athletics on Sunday. St. Charles scored once in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener 5-4. Adahl pitched a complete game, but suffered the loss. Jamie Morrison and Juncker both had two hits for the Athletics.
St. Charles won the nightcap 9-6. Fischer was 3-for-3 for the Athletics and Morrison was 2-for-3.
Hayfield-Austin plays at Owatonna on Friday night and then plays host to Plainview on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.