The Faribault Falcons swept a doubleheader from Austin today at Bell Field.  Scores were 10-0 and 12-11.

Senior Hunter Nelson, left-handed pitcher held the Packers to one hit in the five inning first game while the Falcons clubbed 9 hits and took advantage of 4 Austin errors.

Faribault had one error in the game.  They scored 4 runs in the second and fourth innings.

Ayden Qualey was walked to start the second inning.  Jack Knutson advanced him to second base on a sacrifice bunt.  Andy Donahue cracked a double placing Qualey at third base and Donahue at second with one out.

Henry Schoolmeesters was hit by a pitch loading the bases.

Hudson Dillon clobbered a double to left field scoring two runs and advancing Schoolmeesters to third base.

A strikeout then occurred for the second out.  Hunter Nelson smacked a line drive resulting in a error.  Two runs scored on the play.  A fly out ended the inning.

Bottom of the third inning started with a strikeout.  Qualey then doubled and scored on a error off a Donahue hit ball.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Hudson Dillon hammered a single to left field.  Aiden Tobin followed with a single to center.  Nelson hit a single to load the bases.

Austin made a pitching change and Michael Crone greeted him with a single plating two runs and advancing Hunter to third base.

Brad Sartor stroked a single to center scoring Nelson and advancing Crone to second base.  Crone advanced on a wild pitch.

Following a strikeout and ground out Donahue walked to load the bases.  Schoolmeesters then walked to score Crone.

Bottom of 5th inning started with a swinging strikeout. Nelson then clobbered a line drive that resulted in a Packers error.  Crone then ended the game with a single to right field scoring Nelson for the 10th run for Faribault.

Nelson was very efficient on the mound, throwing 66 pitches, 38 for strikes with 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.

Game two the Falcons had a 11-5 lead after three innings in the scheduled five inning game and had to hang on for dear life to get the sweep.

Austin scored two runs in the first inning off starter Brad Sartor.  Faribault answered with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Tobin walked, Nelson walked.  Another walk was issued but Tobin scored after advancing to third base on a passed ball and then a wild pitch was uncorked.

Sartor connected for a RBI single.  Qualey walked to load the bases.  The Packers made a pitching change.  Crone scored on a wild pitch.

Following a strikeout Jack Knutson stroked a single to center scoring Sartor.  Brad Stoessel singled to right field scoring Qualey.  The inning ended with a strikeout and fly out.

Stoessel doubled to open the bottom of the third inning. Hudson Dillon clubbed a double to center scoring Stoessel.  Following a pop out Nelson was hit by a pitch.

The Packers made a pitching change.  He was greeted by Crone smacking an RBI single.  Sartor achieved a sacrifice fly RBI.  Qualey hit a RBI single.

Donahue was walked.  Brad Mensing hammered a RBI single.

In the bottom of the 4th innning Tobin stroked a one out single.  Nelson smashed a line drive to center that scored Tobin but Nelson was thrown out at second base.

The game ended with the tying run at third base.  The first game was a Big Nine Conference game the second was not counted in the standings.

Sartor worked 3 innings to start the second game with 4 hits allowed, 5 runs, 2 earned, 3 walks 5 strikeouts.  Teagan Almendinger took the ball for 2/3 of an inning giving up 3 hits, 4 runs, none earned with 1 walk and no strikeouts.

Hudson Dillon worked 1 and 1/3 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, both earned with one walk and no strikeouts.

Almendinger threw 16 pitches, 8 strikes.  Dillon had 35 pitches, 18 strikes.

Austin finished with 9 hits, 1 error, Faribault 11 hits, 2 errors in the second contest.

The Falcons are at Stewartville Saturday 11:00 a.m.

In other reported area baseball games:

  • Randolph suffered their first loss of the season when Maple River scored in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 7th in a 12-11 game.
  • Owatonna swept Northfield on the road by scores of 10-1 and 7-3.
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo clobbered Triton 11-0
  • Mankato West 7 Rochester Mayo 4, Mankato West 6  Rochester Mayo 5
  • Belle Plaine 7  LeSueur-Henderson 2,  BPlaine 8  L-H 4
  • Rosemount 4  Apple Valley 0
  • Eagan 10 Eastview 2
  • Farmington 7  Lakeville South 1
  • Lakeville North 9 Burnsville 7
  • Winona 15   Byron  10
  • Caledonia 13   Lewiston-Altura 5
  • NRHEG 9  Medford 3
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville 12 Pine Island 5
  • Rochester Lourdes 9  Cannon Falls 1
  • Hayfield 11  Schaeffer Academy 0
  • United South Central 15  J-W-P  4
  • New Ulm 7  Waseca 4
  • Chaska 11 New Prague 1
  • Shakopee 9  Prior Lake 6

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