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Error is a costly one

Waseca scores two unearned runs in the eighth

Post-Bulletin staff

WASECA — An eighth-inning error cost the Austin Greyhounds dearly in a 9-8 loss to the Waseca Braves on Wednesday night at Tink Larson Field.

Nick Dolan was the starting pitcher for the Greyhounds and went seven innings on the hill. Dolan didn’t figure in the final decision as reliever Bryan Toov would take the loss after the Braves scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

This amateur baseball game went back-and-forth the whole way with each team holding the lead at various junctures. The Braves scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third, but the Hounds came back with three runs in the top of the fourth to take their first lead of the night.

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Nick Bowe drew a walk to start the Hounds rally in the fourth. Matt Cano followed with an RBI double to tie the game. Craig Braaten then hit an RBI double to plate Cano. Tim Kaplan kept things rolling with a single to put runners at the corners.

Toov then hit an RBI single to score Braaten, and it looked like the visitors might get even more runs. The Hounds eventually loaded the bases with one out, then the rally fizzled. John Frein hit a fly ball to right field, but it wasn’t quite deep enough as Kaplan tagged up and got thrown out at the plate.

"It was like that all night, if we get a hit here or there then it would’ve turned out different," Frein said. "It was the same story in the field. We seemed to be in control, but didn’t make the key defensive plays to close it out. They got the scoring opportunities and took advantage of our mistakes."

The Hounds scored another run in the top of the fifth to expand their lead. The Braves came back with a run in the sixth to narrow the deficit to 4-2. Two more runs in the top of the seventh once again widened the lead for the Hounds.

In the seventh inning, Nick Rohne hit a leadoff double for the Hounds. Cano then drew a walk, and Braaten followed with an RBI single to score Rohne. Kaplan next singled to put runners at second and third. Toov then hit a sacrifice fly to score Cano, but the visitors left a pair of runners stranded on base.

This proved to be a telling statistic after the Braves rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead back. Dolan had 10 strikeouts on the night, but he also allowed nine hits and ran into trouble in his final inning on the hill.

Still, the Hounds starter had a chance for the win after his teammates rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth. They would take an 8-7 lead, but it didn’t hold up.

Down a run in the eighth inning, Rohne ignited the Hounds rally with a two-out walk. Bowe then singled to put two men aboard. Cano next hit a shot deep down the left-field line, and his two-run double gave the Hounds their last lead.

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"All we had to do was get them out, but they got two guys on base in the eighth inning," Frein said. "Then, there was a throwing error on a ground ball to third and the runners moved into scoring position.

"Their ninth hitter, Bryan Murphy, just killed us all night. He was 3-for-4 with five RBIs. He got a two-run single off Toov to take the lead. It was a tough way to end. We never felt like we would lose, but they cracked our armor a little bit and we didn’t play real intense at the end."

Greyhounds (7-14) have lost three straight games and will try to end that losing streak on Friday night with a road game in Coon Rapids.

WASECA 9, GREYHOUNDS 8

Greyhounds 000 310 220 — 8 12 2

Waseca 001 001 52x — 9 10 2

Austin Greyhounds: Craig Braaten 4-5, 2 2B, run, 3 RBI; Matt Cano 2-4, 2 2B, walk, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Nick Bowe 1-4, walk, 3 runs; Nick Rohne 1-2, 2B, 2 walks, HBP, 2 runs; Tim Kaplan 3-5, 2B; Bryan Toov 1-4, 2 RBI; Mike Astrup 0-3, walk, HBP. LP: Toov 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K. SP: Nick Dolan 7 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 10 K.

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