Knights’ second baseman Thad Thompson waits with ball to tag out Hornets’ Erik Grover, caught stealing in Saturday’s game in Haugen.
The Haugen Knights scored 23 runs in two games to down their rival Haugen Hornets and Bruce in Independent Baseball League play last weekend. The Knights rolled past the Hornets 14-4 on Saturday night and won at Bruce on Sunday, 9-4. The two wins hike the Knights' league mark to 9-1 with two league games remaining. Grantsburg remains undefeated at 10-0. An eight-run seventh inning broke up a tight game in front of a big Saturday night Haugen crowd as the Knights erased a 3-2 deficit. Nine straight batters reached base on six hits and three walks in the Knights' big seventh. Thad Thompson, Justin Musil and Eric Hill drove in runs with singles. Rob Berger added an RBI double, and Thompson picked up his second RBI of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Thad Thompson's two-run single in the eighth put the Knights up 14-4 in the eight-inning, 10-run rule win. The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Hornets tied the game with two runs in the fourth and took their only lead at 3-2 with a run in the sixth. In the fourth, the Hornets got singles from Brandon Johns, Justin Everson and Derek Robarge for a pair of runs. The Hornets took the lead in the sixth when they loaded the bases with Musil pitching. Travis Thompson came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to Erik Grover, but on the play the Hornets ended up with two runners at third, resulting in the second out. Eric Grover was then caught stealing for the third out. Musil went the first five and one-third innings before relieved by Travis Thompson, who got the pitching win in his one and two-thirds innings of work. Dan Lindsey threw a perfect eighth inning. Logan Grover took the pitching loss despite holding the Knights hitless for five innings after relieving starter Erik Grover. Coltan Ellis went three for four with a walk and three RBIs for the Knights. Thad Thompson was two for four with four RBIs, and Travis Thompson and Musil added two hits each. Kody Novinska had two hits for the Hornets.
Knights 9, Bruce 4 Colten Sirek pitched into the eighth inning Sunday at Bruce to get the win for the Knights. The Knights led all the way after taking a 4-0 lead in the second and adding a single run in the seventh and four in the ninth. Sirek allowed four runs, all unearned, on only four hits. He struck out seven and walked six. Travis Thompson threw the final one and one-third innings of no-hit ball. The Belters made it a 5-4 game in the bottom of the eighth on an error, single and home run. The Knights came right back with four runs in the top of the ninth when Derc Teschler led off with a single, Sirek walked and Hill picked up a bunt single, with Teschler scoring on a wild throw. Following a walk, Travis Thompson delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Hill scored on a passed ball, and Thad Thompson rode home on Berger's double to right center. Hill, Berger, Carter Crotteau and Ellis each had two hits and one RBI. The Knights play Bruce again this Saturday night in Haugen, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Knights then wind up their league schedule Sunday by hosting the Brill Millers. Brill, 7-3, had last weekend off. The Millers play at Hayward on Saturday night prior to their Sunday game in Haugen.
Hornets 17, Luck 7 The Hornets (6-4) bounced back from Saturday night's loss to the Knights with a 17-7 win over Luck on Sunday. The Haugen club was down 7-2 on its home field before scoring 15 straight runs. Reliever Justin Everson got the pitching win by shutting down the visiting Renegades (0-12) over the final five innings. Derek Robarge went four for six in the Hornets' 14-hit attack. Robarge also drove in five runs. Doug Hoff and Johns had two hits each, with Hoff driving in three runs. The Hornets host Brill in a nonleague game this Wednesday night, followed by another nonleague game Friday night when the Hornets host the Exeland Braves. On Sunday, the Hornets play at Spooner.
Hornets add to Wall After Sunday's game, two former Haugen Hornets, Jon Nymo and Andy Winkelhake, were inducted to the Hornets' Wall of Fame. The names and numbers of Nymo (5) and Winkelhake (10) were added to the Wall of Fame along the right field foul line. Both former players were on hand for the ceremonies. The two new Wall members were teammates in 1996 and 1997. Winkelhake played for the Hornets from 1989-97, and Nymo from 1996-2007. Winkelhake was a third baseman, left fielder and catcher, earning five league all-star collections during his career. Winkelhake played on three league championship teams. Winkelhake now lives in West St. Paul with his wife, Shannon, and three children. Nymo was a second baseman, outfielder and catcher for the Hornets, and also pitched. He was voted to the league all-star team in his rookie season at the age of 16, when he batted .411. Nymo played on three league championship teams. Nymo lives in St. Louis Park, Minn., with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.