AUSTIN EDITION - Austin-Hayfield wins season openers
The Austin-Hayfield Athletics opened their amateur baseball season with a pair of Twin River Conference victories over the weekend.
The Athletics beat Byron 4-3 in 12 innings on the road Saturday. Austin-Hayfield then routed Lake City 15-3 in seven innings on Sunday in Austin.
Matt Juncker started the winning rally in the 12th against Byron with a single. After Joe Serratore and Todd Walerak walked, Nick Bowe hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Bowe 2-for-5 with two RBIs. He also had a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Mike Haugen hit an RBI grounder in the second for the Athletics and Matt Johnson walked in a run in the third. Walerak and Jamie Beck both walked four times. The Athletics had a number of scoring chances, but left 19 runners on base
Sean Breslin pitched the first seven innings against Byron. He gave up five hits, struck out 11, walked one and hit one. Just one of the three runs he allowed was earned.
Serratore threw one-hit ball over 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Chris Pack got the win with 1 2/3 hitless relief. He struck out three and did not allow a walk.
Pack then started Sunday's win against Lake City and again got the victory. The right-hander pitched four innings of one-hit ball. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
Jay Wetzel allowed three runs in three innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Juncker was 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Austin-Hayfield offense. Jon Severson was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Breslin and Al Dahlen were both 2-for-4. Breslin scored two runs. Matt Johnson was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Athletics will play host to St. Charles today at 7:30 p.m. at Marcusen Park in Austin.
AUSTIN-HAYFIELD 4, BYRON 3
Austin-Hayfield 011 001 000 001 --4 ; 5 1
; Byron 000 030 000 000 --3 6 1
; Breslin, Serratore (8), Pack (11) and Juncker, Bergene (6), Juncker (12); Jeff Rathbun, Peterson (4), Erdman (7), Meggert (10) and Eischens
2B -- BYR, Schroeder 2, Peterson.
AUSTIN-HAYFIELD 15, LAKE CITY 3
Lake City 000 003 0--3 ; 7 5
; Austin-Hayfield 331 035 x --15 12 2
; Pack, Wetzel (5) and Kunze, Bergene (4); Voth, Kurtti (6) and Banitt.