AUSTIN EDITION -- Mayo stays hot with sixth straight win
Rochester Mayo won its sixth straight game Saturday to continue a charge at Rochester Century for the Big Nine Conference title.
The Spartans beat Winona 5-2, with junior Matt Meyer striking out nine batters in pitching a complete game.
Mayo (8-2 in the conference) plays host to Century (9-1 conference) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mayo Field. The last meeting between the teams ended with Century winning 7-6 in eight innings.
Meyer, a southpaw, has fanned 48 batters in his last 26 innings. His won-loss record is just 2-0, but he's been on the mound during some offensive dryspells of the Spartans'.
"The Big Nine is pretty well aware of his talents," said Mayo coach Jim Sonju. "They know we've got Justin Sokol and Meyer as our 1-2 pitchers."
Mayo padded its lead in the fifth inning with three runs. Tony Konicek doubled and Tom Senne singled during the rally. Tim Gerlesberger belted a two-run double, and Justin Sokol hit a sacrifice fly that scored courtesy runner Pat Noll, who ran for Gerlesberger.
Tony Konicek got two doubles in the game. Ben Heydt nailed a home run.
Senne made a key play in the third inning when he threw out a runner from left field.
"It took the wind out of their sails," Sonju said. "(Winona) had just scored a run to come within one. It was just a laser throw from the outfield, and a good tag by Gerlesberger. That was the big lift we neeeded right there. It's always tough to win in Winona."
Konicek added a shoestring catch in right field.
"Our outfield is playing beyond expectations," Sonju said. "They're keeping us in some games."
Mayo 110 030 0 -- 5 8 1
; Winona 001 001 0 -- 2 6 1
; Meyer and Gerlesberger; Gappa (5), Meyer and Rose.
2B -- MAYO, Konicek 2, Gerslesberger, Sokol; WIN, Stoos, Meyer, Gappa. HR -- MAYO, Heydt.
Lourdes suffers first loss
Elgin-Millville, behind a five-hitter by pitcher David Reiter, defeated Rochester Lourdes 3-2 Saturday in a non-conference game, handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.
The Watchmen scored two unearned runs in the third inning -- by Randy Spring and Reiter, who both reached on walks.
Spring, E-M's leadoff hitter, scored the Watchmen's first run of the game after getting a single in his first at-bat and stealing second.
"Elgin played solid defense all day long, and to their credit made lots of big plays when needed," said Lourdes coach Doug Hudson.
Lourdes pitchers Jace Hadaway and Ted Garry gave up two hits and walked five. Garry struck out five batters in 22⁄3; innings of relief.
Lourdes (12-1 overall) plays host to Pine Island in a 4:15 p.m. doubleheader today at Mayo Field. The first game will count as a conference game, the second as non-conference.
Lourdes 002 000 0 -- 2 5 1
; Elgin-Millville 102 000 x -- 3 2 1
; Hadaway, Garry (4) and Browlow, Smith (4); D.Reiter and S.Reiter.
2B -- LOUR, Garry.
JM splits with Anoka
Rochester John Marshall struggled at the plate in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday with Anoka, then came back with 15 hits in the second game.
Jay Ellerbusch amassed five hits in five at-bats in the second game, while Brian Jacobson threw a two-hit shutout, the first of his career.
The Rockets' David Arnett, Tim Corcoran, Cole Baumgard and Greg Polt got two hits each.
"We hit the ball again and played pretty solid defensively," said JM coach Terry Heiderscheit.
Arnett got two hits in the first game as well, but the Rockets didn't support starter Sam Steffan.
"We didn't make a couple plays on defense, and the sticks didn't do much," Heiderscheit said.
JM (5-8, 4-6 Big Nine) plays at Austin at 5 p.m. Tuesday
John Marshall 000 100 0 -- 1 6 3
; Anoka 003 040 x -- 7 10 1
; Steffan, Rich (6) and Ellerbusch, Koelln (6); Goedeke and Rakotz.
John Marshall 030 201 2 -- 8 15 1
; Anoka 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2
; Jacobson and Ellerbusch; Anderson and Rakotz.