Outlaws outlast Hermantown
Brad Fossum slides into home on a wild pitch.
The local VFW baseball team, the Outlaws, outlasted Hermantown to win 7-4 in Moose Lake on Wednesday, July 10. Lefty Teddy Ryan pitched a five-inning complete game for the victory on the mound. Getting out-hit 9-3, Charlie Adamczak, Wyatt Lampel and Joey Whited had a single each for the Outlaws while walks and wild pitches really hurt Hermantown.
Ryan walked the first batter he faced, but got the second to ground out to second, the third to ground to short and the four–hitter to ground back to second as Hermantown stranded one.
Ryan walked, as did Jesse Granfors and Brad Fossum. Clean-up Rex Janke popped to third. Hunter Halverson got the bat on the ball and his low, soft liner was misplayed at first as it sliced for 1-0. Zach Schwarzbauer flied to center. Whited walked in a run for 2-0. With Adamczak up, a wild pitch scored Fossum for 3-0 and Adamczak's nice single to left made it 4-0. Lampel walked to re-load the bases, but Ryan was caught looking. The Outlaws had stranded three, but had built up to 4-0 on just one hit.
Hermantown looked like they meant business with two consecutive singles to right. Ryan got a batter looking before a steal of third for runners on the corners. An error at second made it 4-1. A liner to third was an out before a walk and 4-2. A ground out to third got the local out of the inning as Hermantown stranded three.
Granfors grounded to second, but Fossum walked. With Janke up, Granfors stole second and third before Janke walked. Halverson lined to left. With Schwarzbauer up, Granfors attempted to steal home, but was dead and it stayed 4-2.
A single to right preceded a pop out to short and another single followed for runners on the corners. An RBI double to left made it 4-3 as Hermantown had pulled to within a run. A hit loaded the bases. A short fly to center had no one going and a fly to right got the Outlaws out of the inning. Although Hermantown had pulled to within a run, they again stranded three.
Schwarzbauer walked, but was dead on a failed steal attempt by Whited. Whited redeemed himself with a single on a shoulder high pitch to left center. With Adamczak up, a wild pitch advanced Whited. Adamczak flied high to deep center. Lampel singled up the middle, but the runner was held at third. A walk loaded the bases for Granfors and a walked-in RBI made it 5-3. Fossum and Janke faced a new pitcher, but walked in runs made it 7-3. Halverson went down swinging. The locals had stranded three, but were back up by four runs.
A grounder to second and a bouncer to short preceded Hermantown’s sixth hit single. A single to center made it 7-4. A balk allowed sent the runner to second, but Ryan fanned the batter for his second K as Hermantown got one and stranded one for 7-4.
Schwarzbauer fanned on a slow curve. Whited popped a foul to third and Adamczak one-bounced to second for a 1-2-3 for Hermantown.
Although Ryan walked the first batter he faced in the top of the fifth, he got the next one watching. Hermantown got two more singles to temporarily threaten. The local made a fine play to get a force at home and Ryan polished it by fanning the batter for the final out as the Outlaws had outlasted Hermantown for the 7-4 win.