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5/28/05 - Dassel Cokato 5, Fairmont 3 - PHOTOS

Torn Raisanen struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and worked 5 1/3 innings of winning relief to help the Dassel-Cokato Chargers to a 5-3 playoff victory over the Fairmont Cardinals during Section 2AAA baseball action Tuesday.

Dassel-Cokato travels to Worthington on Thursday for another sectional elimi­nation game.

Fairmont ended its sea­son with a 7-11 record.

Raisanen allowed one earned run on seven hits and struck out two with one walk.

Tom Raisanen also bated 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Ryan Long went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Dan Raisenen was I -.for-3 with a run scored.

Jordan Danielson started the game for the Chargers, giving up two runs with two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Pete Bissen went 2-for-4, including a solo home run to lead off the Cardinals’ sixth inning.

Andy Williamson batted 1 -for-2 with a run scored and drew two walks for Fairmont, Mike Peters dou­bled, while Adam Suckow was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Dan Williamson and Ryan Paczkowski each bat­ted 1-for-2 for the Cardinals.

Peters took the loss for Fairmont, allowing five earned runs on five hits in 2/3s of an inning. Peters struck out two.

Suckow gave up two hits, struck out three and walked one in 5 1/3 innings of relief.


5/28/05 - Waconia 6, Fairmont 5 - PHOTOS

5/28/05 - Fairmont 6, New Ulm 3 - PHOTOS


New UIm Journal


WACONIA Fairmont scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 3-0 New Ulm lead and then added an insurance run in the seventh to top the Eagles 6-3 Saturday in an elimina­tion game in the Section 2AAA baseball tournament. Both teams lost games earlier in the day, with No. 3-seeded Waconia edging, Fairmont 6-5 and No. 11-seeded Hutchinson using a two-out ninth-inning home run from Alex Ljungren to get by the Eagles 3-2.

The No. 14-seeded Cardinals (7-10) play at No. 8-seeded Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Scott Chirpich got the win for Fairmont, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings in relief of Adam Suckow. Chirpich scattered two hits. J.J. Germscheid took the loss for the Eagles, who ended their season at 11-9. Chirpich, Mike Peters and Dan Williamson each had two hits for the Cardinals, who lost twice to the Eagles this season in South Central Conference play. Andy Williamson drove in three runs, while Peters, Pete Bissen and Dan Williamson each had an RBI Mikale Gustafson and Andy Kitzberger each had two hits for New Ulm as the Eagles were out hit by Fairmont 9-6 in the game.

Fairmont coach Jim Utermarck said that the win by his team was a case of not giving up. “We were down and New Ulm was pounding the ball, but we put together a nice inning. We have been hitting the ball the last couple of weeks,” Utermarck said. “I think that our kids know thatwe can play with New Ulm after last Friday.” New Ulm won that game 7-6. The game Saturday was scoreless until the third inning when the Eagles plated two runs. Tony Mielke reached on an error and took second on a Levi Stuglemeyer sacrifice bunt. He scored when Kitzberger -unloaded a triple to center Ritzberger later scored on Gustafson’s double. New Ulm added another run in the fourth. Adam Nilson sin­gled and later raced home on a Jonathon Curry double to center. A walk to Mielke ended Suckow’s pitching day. Chirpich took over and got the last out.

New Ulm right-hander Germscheid kept that lead until the sixth when Fairmont’s Ben Andersen started off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Chirpich followed with a sin­gle to left. Mike Peters drew a walk to load the bases for Bissen, who singled home the first run. Andy Williamson’s two-run dou­ble ended Germscheid’s day. New Ulm reliever David Hoffman was then greeted by Dan Williamson’s double for a 5-3 Cardinal lead. “Chirpich lives baseball and the Willlainsons did a nice job, too,” Utermarck said. The Cardinals stuck the final nail in the Eagles’ coffin in the top of the seventh on a Chirpich triple and Peters’ single. “It always feels good to beat New Ulm, no matter what,” Utermarck added.

5/23/05 - Jackson 13, Fairmont 2 - PHOTOS

Jackson County Central 13, Fairmont 2 Corey Polz bat­ted 2-for-4 with three runs scored and picked up the pitch­ing win to lead the Huskies to a 13-2 nonconference win over the Cardinals on Monday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Polz allowed two earned runs work with five strikeouts. Caleb Rossow went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Matt Bezdicek was 1 -for-2 with two walks and scored twice, while Marcus Schultz added a 2-for-2 game with a run scored.

Scott Chirpich batted 2-for-3 and scored both runs for Fairmont, while Pete Bissen was i-for-2 with an RBI double and Adam Suckow was 1-for-2. Josh Petersen took the pitch­ing loss, allowing 13 runs four earned on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Petersen struck out two, walked six and hit two batters.

5/20/05 New Ulm 7, Fairmont 6 - PHOTOS

NEW ULM Pete Bissen blasted a solo home run over the scoreboard to trigger Fairmont’s four-run sixth inning before Ryan Paczkowski capped the at-bat with an RBI double to stake the Cardinals to a 6-5 lead over South Central Conference leader New Ulm on Friday. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the hometown lineup plated two runs in the bottom half of the sixth before New Ulm closer Adam Nilson left the bases filled with Fairmont runners in the top of the seventh to help the Eagles salvage a 7-6 baseball win.

Mike Peters drew a lead-off walk in the top of the seventh, Bissen reached on an error and Andy Williamson worked out a base-on-balls,, but Nilson recorded back-to-back strike outs and got a game-saving, diving putout from his shortstop to seal the out­come. Bissen and Dan Williamson each collected two hits to top the Cardinal's nine hit offensive outburst, with both players producing doubles. Ryan Elbert contributed a two-run double to Fairmont’s cause, while Adam Suckow and Sam Clements each chipped in a hit and a run.

Mike Peters allowed seven runs only two earned on 10 hits, struck out three and issued one walk in six innings of work to absorb the tough loss for the red-and-white. David Hoffmann, who worked just 1/3 of an inning in relief of New Ulin starter Brady Mosenden, actually notched the pitching win. Mosenden gave up six runs on eight hits walked one and struck out one in 5  innings. Tony Mielke delivered a three-run single to highlight the Eagles’ four-run first inning, while teammate LJ Germscheid went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

5/19/05 - Fairmont 8, Blue Earth 7 - PHOTOS


Sentinel Sports Editor

  FAIRMONT -- Fairmont cleanup hitter Andy Williamson singled home the first of seven first-inning runs, but little did any fan know how important his second RBI single would be on Thursday. Williamson turned on an inside fastball and drilled a chalk line-hugging hit to left in the sixth frame to produce the eventual final margin of victory behind the Cardinals' 8-7 South Central Conference baseball win over the Blue Earth Area Bucs at Cardinal Park. "We hit the ball extremely well and put together a nice first inning," Fairmont mentor Jim Utermarck said in reference to his batting order's nine-hit offensive outburst, highlighted by Adam Suckow's grand slam home run. "I've seen (Blue Earth Area left-hander Cody) Hyland pitch before and obviously he didn't have his normal stuff after pitching on only two days' rest, but we took advantage of that."

  Williamson delivered a bases-loaded single to produce the Cardinals' first run after three consecutive hits by Scott Chirpich, Mike Peters and Pete Bissen jammed the paths in the home half of the first.  Suckow, who continued to swing lethal lumber by going 3-for-4, then clouted a towering round-tripper over the left-field fence for a 5-2 edge on the scoreboard.

Hyland, who threw 102 pitches on Monday, got back-to-back fly outs before Fairmont strung together four more hits to generate two more runs. Sam Clements and Ryan Paczkowski each singled before Chirpich delivered his second single of the first inning to plate Clements. Peters then legged out an RBI bloop double to center to cap the Cardinals' early 7-2 lead.

  But Blue Earth Area did not throw in the towel, despite Fairmont's dozen at-bats in the first.  "This is a great bunch of kids. They're not going to give up, no matter what the score," said Buc mentor Todd Schmidtke, whose lineup tallied two runs in the top of the first via a Cody Sukalski walk, Matt Arndt's RBI triple and Dan Franta's run-scoring single. "We hung in there and slowly chipped away and nearly came away with one (a victory) today."

  Suckow, who allowed three runs on four hits in four innings of work to earn the victory, retired six batters in a row on the heels of second baseman Mike Peters' unassisted double play to end the top of the first. Franta later singled and scored on Hyland's RBI single in the fourth to inch the Bucs to 7-3 before Suckow exited the mound in favor of Chirpich.

Meanwhile, Sukalski, who relieved Hyland to open the second, kept the Cardinals scoreless for four straight innings to allow his Blue Earth Area teammates to inch their way within striking distance.  Unfortunately for Chirpich, Fairmont committed four of its five errors during his three-inning relief stint, yielding two runs to Blue Earth Area in both the fifth and seventh.

Arndt's RBI single plated Sukalski, who had walked, before Zach Dahl legged out a run-scoring infield hit to narrow the Bucs' gap to 7-5 in the top of the fifth.

  Ironically, Blue Earth Area's only error of the game led to Fairmont's eventual winning run in the sixth.  Chirpich reached on a leadoff miscue, took second on Peters' sacrifice bunt, held his ground on an intentional walk to Bissen and circled the bases on Williamson's RBI single down the third base line. Blue Earth Area made life too close for Fairmont's comfort in the top of the seventh when Mark Warner singled home a run and Sukalski lofted a sacrifice fly to pull within one with runners on first and second before Chirpich made the game-preserving putout.

Suckow's three-hit performance topped the Cardinals' 14-hit effort, while Chirpich, Peters, Bissen, Williamson and Clements each contributed two hits.  Arndt, Franta and Dahl each supplied two hits to fuel the Bucs' eight-hit offensive output. Sukalski turned in a solid relief performance, allowing only one run on five hits in five innings of work. The right-hander struck out three and walked one.

5/16/05 Waseca 5, Fairmont 2 - Fairmont 4, Waseca 2  PHOTOS


Sentinel Sports Editor


FAIRMONT Adam Suckow hurled a three-hit com­plete game and teammate Ryan Elbert lined a key two-run single to help Fairmont salvage Game 2 of Monday’s baseball twinbill at Cardinal Park. Suckow notched six strike­outs and did not allow an earned run in seven innings to pace the Cardinals’ 4-2 South Central Conference victory over Waseca in the nightcap in Fairmont.

Ironically, Fairmont right-bander Mike Peters tossed a four-hit gem in the opener, but the visiting Bluejays converted three unearned runs into a 5-2 win earlier Monday. “Both Petey and Suk pitched solid ball games today, but we didn’t hit the ball or field the ball that well in the first one,” said Cardinal pitching coach Ian Rents. “We’re more of a fastball­hitting team than hitting any-. thing that bends a lot. “I thought we made a nice comeback in Game 2 behind some clutch hitting, (shortstop Scott) Chirpich’s solid defensive plays and some great pitching by Suckow.” After leadoff hitter Geno Glynn doubled and later scored on a Fgirmont error during the first inning of the second game, S uckow finally got stretched out and locked on target. In fact, Suckow faced only 12 Bluejay batters in registering 12 outs from the second to the sixth inning, erased

       Suckow a leadoff single from Glynn in the third by picking him off of first base before the Cardinals turned a 6-3-5 double play to close out of the fifth. After Blaine Foels was hit by a pitch, Dan Wilder hit a sharp grounder to Chirpich at short, who pegged a strike to first baseman Pete Bissen. Bissen, in turn, fired across the diamond to third baseman Ben Andersen to nab Foels trying to take the extra base. Meanwhile, Elbert delivered the clutch hit with one out to trigger Fairmont’s three-run fourth at-bat. Andy Williamson walked, Suckow reached on an error and both runners . moved into scoring position on Andersen’s slow roller to first. Elbert then lined an offering from Waseca left-hander Steve Hovland into right field to plate

both Williamson and Suckow for a 2-1 lead. Sam Clements followed with a single before Ryan Paczkowski’s grounder to the right side of the infield put runners at second and third.

Bluejay mentor Tink Larson opted to intentioniilly walk Chirpich to set up the force, but Peters worked out a . bases-loaded walk to extend the Cardinals’ edge to 3-1. Fairmont added an insurance run in the fifth when Williamson belted a towering leadoff double. Suckow walked and Andersen reached when his sacrifice bunt was thrown away at first to load the bases. Waseca averted a run by getting a 4-2 putout on Elbert’s grounder, but Clements later plated Suckow on a slow RBI roller to first.

The Cardinals,, who stranded nine runners in Game 2, left run­ners in scoring position in the first, fifth and sixth innings dur­ing the opener Chirpich lined a leadoff dou­ble during the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 and mdtored to third on a passed ball, but was stranded when Waseca right handed breaking-ball specialist Dan Wilder notched two of his eight strikeouts and got a fly out to maintain his shutout bid. Unfortunately for Fairmont, Waseca plated a solo run when Foels singled, reached second on a wild pitch and later slid home on a passed ball during the third. The Bluejays combined a hit batter, Chad Hollerud’s bloop single, Jay Waije’s RBI fielder’s choice, Foels’ run-scoring dou­bIt and Glynn’s sacrifice fly to highlight a four-mn fourth to grab a 5-0 lead.

The Cardinals answered with a solo run in the home half of the fifth when Suckow walked, eventually reached third on wild pitches and crossed the plate on Elbert’s RBI infield hit. Chirpich later was hit by a pitch: in the sixth and scored on the second of back-to-back Bluejay errors to inch Fairmont within three at 5-2. But Wilder, who soft-tossed a three-hitter in the opener, record­ed two strikeouts and a fly out in the seventh to seal Waseca’s win.

Peters gave up five runs only two earned on four hits, struck out three and issued two~ walks in seven solid innings of~ work to absorb the loss.

Fairmont (5-7, 4-4) plays host1 to Blue Earth Area on Thursday. Fairmont’s nonconference game’ with Luveme, originally sched­uled for today, was cancelled due to a rescheduling conflict. Waseca moved its overall record to 8-8 and 6-3 in league action with the twinbill split.

5/06/05 New Ulm 4, Fairmont 0 - PHOTOS

FAIRMONT The New Ulm Eagles shut out the Fairmont Cardinals, 4-0, during— South Central Conference base ball action on Friday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont.

New Ulm starting pitcher J.J. Germscheid allowed three hits, recorded three strikeouts and. issued only one walk in seven innings of work to earn the com­plete-game shutout.

The Eagles scored one run each in the second and fourth innings and added two more inns in the fifth. Adam Suckow allowed all four runs only two earned on five bits in going the seven-inning distance for Fairmont. Suckow registered three strike­outs, issued three walks and hit one batter. Brad Rosener led the Cardinals in hitting with two sin­gles, while teammate Pete Bissen added a single. Terry Mielke led the Eagles at the plate with two doubles and, one RBI.

5/05/05 - Fairmont 3, St. James 2 - PHOTOS


Sentinel Sports Writer


FAIRMONT Fairmont pitcher Josh Petersen put the wind, three hits and two runs in the first inning behind him, before getting a little help from his defense.

Petersen fired six solid innings in helping the Cardinals to a 3-2 South Central Conference baseball win over the St. James Saints on Thursday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont.

The Saints scored both of their runs in the first inning on three hits, including two dou­bles, and a hit batter before Petersen settled in on the mound and stopped the Saints the rest of the way. “Josh Petersen threw very; well. He got knocked around in the first inning, but (assistant) coach (Ian) Bents said to him, ‘When you’re not throwing your best, it’s how you (persevere and) come through,”’ said Cardinal coach Jim Utermarck.

The Saints’ Adam Olson took Petersen’s second pitch of the game to left-center for a double before Joe Krause was hit with the first offering. Designated hitter Jared Schwanz then crushed a single, loading the bases. A Jason Lewis sacrifice fly scored Olson before Mike Keech’s double to left-center drove in Schwanz. But. Krause was caught stealing at second and any further Saints’ scoring was halted when Keech tried to stretch his subsequent double into a triple and was eventually caught in a rundown between second & third for the final out. Fairmont broke onto the scoreboard in the second against Lewis as Andy Williamson singled to left, courtesy runner Simon Heuer went to second on Ben Anderson's sac bunt and slid safely into third on Ryan Elbert's fielder's choice ground out. Ryan Paczkowski beat out an infield hit scoring Heuer. The Cardinals picked up the tying and winning run in the fifth. Colin Schulze led off with a single to right and went to sec­ond on an Adam Suckow sacrifice. Scott Chirpich’s single then plated Schulze before Mike Peters stepped to the plate. Peters fought off a Lewis pitch off the top of the bat and proved to be enough to deposit a bloop double to right field and allow Chirpich to score what proved to be the game-winner.

The Cardinals’ defense frustrated potential Saint scoring chances in the third and fifth. In the third, Krause hammered a one-out double to center and Schwanz followed with a single between first and second to the outfield. The toss went to the plate in time to get the runner at home and Williamson then fired a strike to Chirpich at second base to get Schwanz for the inning-ending double play. The Saints also collected two hits with one out in the fifth frame, but an infield popup and fly out ended the threat. Chirpich pitched the seventh inning, for the save. Petersen allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out one. walking one and hitting two. Lewis took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits in six frames, striking out three and walking one. Paczkowski led Fairmont, going 2-for-3, including a double. Schwanz led the Saints with a 3-for-3 effort, while Olson was


5/02/05 St. Peter 4, Fairmont 0 - PHOTOS

Jordan Seebach fired a four-hit shutout to propel the Saints to a 4-0 South Central Conference baseball victory over the Cardinals on Monday in St. Peter. Seebach registered eight strikeouts and issued two walks in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory. Centerfielder Tom Berg preserved Seebach’s score­less. gem by making a diving catch on Fairmont first baseman Pete Bissen’s deep drive with  two out and the bases loaded in the top of seventh inning.

Bissen, Andy Williamson, Ryan Elbert and Ben Andersen each collected a hit for the Cardinals. Fairmont right-hander Mike Peters allowed only four hits, but his complete-game pitching per­formance was hindered by four Cardinal fielding miscues. Peters struck out four, walked three ad did not allow an earned rim six innings on the mound.

4/30/05  Fairmont 7, Delano 2 · Jordan 13, Fairmont 2 - PHOTOS

SHAKOPEE The Fairmont Cardinals baseball team went 1-1 enroute to placing sixth during the Shakopee Wooden Bat Individual on Saturday. Fairmont pocketed a 7-2 win over Delano in its first game. Scott Chirpich batted 1-for-3 with two runs scored and was walked twice, while Mike Peters went 2-for-4 for Fairmont, Ben Armbrust hit 1-for-3 with a double, while Pete Bissen was 1-for-1 with an RBI

Josh Petersen picked up the pitching win, allowing two runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He struck out one, walked one and hit a batter. Andy Williamson allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one in 2 2/3 innings of relief pitching.

Nick Romer took the loss for Delano, allowing six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, with three strike­outs and six walks. Dustin Schowot gave up a hit and a run in 1 213 innings

of relief, with two walks and two strikeouts.


4/29/05  Eden Prairie 5, Fairmont 0 - PHOTOS

Jay Anderson struck out seven in five perfect innings on the mound to help guide the Class AAA No. 8-ranked Eagles to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday in Shakopee.

Fairmont (2-3) faces Delano today at 9:30 n.m. in the second round of the Shakopee Wooden Bat Invitational.

Anderson, who has suffered from shoulder problems this sea­son, was limited to five hitless­and scoreless frames due to a pitch count.

Andrew. Berenguer, son of former. Twins’ reliever Juan Berenguer, allowed the Cardinals’ only two hits in closing out the final two innings for the defending Class AAA state champions.

Mike Peters and Pete Bissen singled in consecutive at-bats against Berenguer during the bottom of the seventh.

Fairmont staffing pitcher Adam Suckow allowed three runs two earned on five hits, struck out one, hit two and walked two in four frames to take the loss.

Josh Petersen gave up two runs on two hits in three innings of relief for the Cardinals.

University of Minnesota signee Nate Hanson went 2-for-

2, including a solo home run, and scored twice for Eden Prairie, while Andrew Phillips doubled and scored.

4/28/05  Blue Earth 6, Fairmont 2 - PHOTOS


Sentinel Sports Editor


BLUE EARTH Zach Dahl delivered three hits from the No. 5 spot in Blue Earth Area’s bat­ting order Thursday, but the fleet outfielder accomplished an even more important task.

Dahl’s lethal bat forces opposing coaches to legitimately pitch to cleanup hitter Matt Arndt.

Dahl drilled a bases-loaded double on the heels of an inten­tional walk to Arndt with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap Blue Earth Area’s 6-2 South Central Conference base­ball win over Fairmont at Memorial Park in Blue Earth.

“What can I say? Scotty (Chirpich) made a good pitch and he (Dahl) made a nice adjustment at the plate and hit the ball hard. That was a good piece of hitting,” said Cardinal mentor Jim Utermarck. “Hey, we played the percentages with first base open and walked Arndt, but it didn’t work.”

Indeed, Utermarck wisely opted not to pitch to Arndt, who slugged three home runs en route to seven RHIs at St. James’ expense exactly one, week earli­er.

“We did everything that we could think of to try to score runs today, but it just didn’t happen,” said Utermarck.

Pete Bissen and Andy Williamson produced Fairmont’s first scoring opportunity by col­lecting back-to-back singles with two out in the first inning, but Arndt proved more than wor­thy of the challenge on the mound.

Arndt spotted a fastball on the  inside corner for a clutch called third strike to exit the inning unscathed.

 Leadoff hitter Cody Sukaiski  then set the table for the Rues’  offense during the home half of  the first by drawing a walk from  Cardinal. starting pitcher Mike  Peters. The fleet-footed Sukaiski. advanced 90 feet dn a hit-and- run fielder’s choice off Trevor Ruser’s bat before sprinting home on Dan Franta’s RET dou­ble into the left-center gap.

After ?eters and Arndt worked through shutout halves, Bissen knotted the game at 1 via an extra-base blast during the top of the third.

Chirpich lined a leadoff sin­gle up the middle and raced to the plate when Bissen crunched

an 1 out triple to the right-center gap.

Amdt, however, kept the Cardinals’ damage to a mini­mum as shortstop Cody Sukaiski gloved a hard ground off Williamson’s bat before the Hue middle infielder scissored behind second baseman Trevor

trying to steal second Lot the final out.

Fairmont converted a walk to  Ryan Elbert, back-to-back bunt

hits by Ben Andersen and Dan Moeller and Ryan Paczkowski’s deep sacrifice fly during the fourth into a temporary 2-1 edge.

mentor play that really turned key for us was (center­fielder) Jon Johanson tracking down the long sacrifice fly in the fourth,” said Blue Earth Area mentor Todd Schmidtke. “1 had just signaled for him to move in a couple of steps and then he had to back-pedal to catch that one. That was a great play.”

The Buc batting order quickly regained the upperhand during the home half of the fourth by plating two runs via Ruser’s clutch two-out hitting.

Mark Warner lined his second single of the game, Sukaiski sin­gled and both runners crossed the plate on Ruser’s sharply-smacked single to left.

Dahl singled and scored on a Fairmont error during the fifth to extend Blue Earth Area’s margin to 4-2 before Dahl stroked a key two-run double to left during the sixth.

Arndt then worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning to seal his complete-game pitching vic­tory. The Bucs’ ace right~hander allowed two runs on nine hits, recorded five strikeouts and issued three walks in seven

Peters gave up six runs five earned on nine hits, struck out two and walked four in 5 1/3 innings to receive the loss.

Bissen went 2-for-4, includ­ing an RHI triple, while Moller and Andersen each chipped in two hits for the Cardinals.

  4/18/05 Fairmont 5, St. James 1 - PHOTOS

St JAMES Mike Peters got the job done for the Fainnont Cardinals on the mound and at the plate. Peters fired six innings of four-hit baseball, while going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in helping Fairmont to a 5-1 South Central Conference win over St. James on Monday. Peters struck out nine and walked three, and allowed one earned run in the win. Pete Bissen went 2-for-3 and scored once, Scott Chirpich batted 1-for-2 with three runs scored and drew two walks, while Adam Suckow went 1-for-3 with three RBIs for Fairmont. Josh Petersen stuck out two and walked one in one relief inning for the Cards.

4/14/05 Fairmont 7, St. Peter 6 - PHOTOS


Sentinel Sports Editor


FAIRMONT The sign that Fairmont baseball mentor Jim Utermarck did not give on Thursday actually led to the Cardinals’ game-winning hit. Mike Peters drilled the first offering from St. Peter reliever Mark Knutson into centerfield to plate Scott Chirpich with the go­ ahead run with no outs during the bottom of the sixth inning at Cardinal Park. Peters’ game-high fourth hit via his third hit proved the decid­ing factor as Chirpich worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh to seal the Cardinals’ 7-6 comeback win over the Saints during both teams’ South Central Conference opener.

“After Chirp led off the sixth with a double, I was thinking about having Mike bunt him over to third (base),” said Utermarck. “I really don’t like to put a play on during the first pitch, so I waited and Mike lined it back through the box for the game-winner.” While Utermarck didn't get a chance to implement his sixth inning, the Fairmont coaching staff's strategy dividends Throughout the game. Utermarck penciled Ryan Paczkowski into the No. 9 spot in the line-up and the Cardinals right fielder delivered two hits and scored twice.

“I told Ryan before the game that we were moving him down there, but it didn’t have anything to do with his ability to hit,” said Utermarck I told him that we needed somebody in the No. 9 hole who could hit and get oh base for the top of the order” And that’s exactly what happened as Fairmont’s 9-1-2 batters Paczkowski, Chirpich and Peters combined for nine of the team’s 11 hits in 11 official at-bats, accounted for all seven runs and produced five RBIs.

In fact, Chirpich set the table from the leadoff spot on the very first pitch that he saw during Thursday’s tilt, lining the first of his four hits three for extra bases into the right-field cor­ner Chirpich later trotted across the plate with the first of his four runs when Andy Williamson hammered the first pitch from Saints’ starter Jordan Seebach back up the middle for a two-run single. Peters, who had reached on an error, scored on the heels of Chirpich.

The Cardinals’ 9-1-2 combination doubled starting pitcher Adam Suckow’s lead to 4-0 by assembling a two-out rally dur­ing the home half of the second. Paczkowski belted a single to left and wheeled to third on Chirpich’s ensuing single before both runners crossed the plate on Peters’ clutch two-run single along the right-field line with two out. Unfortunately for Suckow, the Fairmont defense committed four of its five errors during the third and fourth frames to allow St. Peter to score six runs, with five being unearned.  “I thought Adam pitched very well today, but we didn’t play good defense behind him, cape-daily during the third and fourth innings,” said lJtermarck.

Joe Kautt’s leadoff double, Seebach’s infield hit, two Cardinal miscues and Ben Miller’s two-run single inched the Saints within one at 4-3 dur­ing the top of the third. Willy Hanson’s RBI double and two more Fairmont errors led to three more runs in the fourth and a 6-4 lead for St. Peter. Chirpich, however, stepped to the mound with two out in the fourth and proceeded to retire 10 of the 11 Saint batters that he faced, including eight in a row to end the game. Paczkowski, Chirpich and Peters combined forces again to generate the two runs that the Cardinals needed to knot the game at 6 during the bottom of the fourth. Paczkowski singled with one out and later circled the bases when Chirpich lashed his second triple of the game. Chirpich then scored the game-tying run when Peters belted an RBI single back through the box. Chirpich recorded one strike­out and did not issue a walk in 3

1/3 hitless and scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Suckow gave up five hits, struck out eight, walked two and bit two in 3 213 innings of work. Knutson allowed one run on four bits, fanned one and did not issue a walk in 2 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss.

4/8/05  Worthington 9, Fairmont 2 - PHOTOS

WORTHINGTON Matt Cowdin combined a lethal bat with solid starting pitching to engineer Worthington’s 9-2 nonconference baseball win over the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday. Cowdin allowed only one run on four hits, recorded six strikeouts and walked three in five solid innings of work to earn the pitching victory for the Trojans. Cowdin also topped the hometown lineup’s eight-hit offensive effort by going 2-for-4, including a two-run home run during the bottom of the first inning. Cowdin finished the game with three RBIs and scored twice. Nick Abrens delivered a bases-loaded double to highlight the Trojans’ four-run fifth frame, while Jay Scheidt added a double.

Scott Chirpich wept 2-for-3, including a fourth-inning Triple, and scored a run to top the Cardinals’ season-opening performance at the plate. Mike Peters went 1-for-4 and scored a walk in closing out the final 1 2/3 innings for Fairmont. Ben Andersen went 1-for-3, includ­ing a double, with one RBI, Adam Suckow chipped in an RBI fielder’s choice, while Pete Bissen drew three walks for Fairmont. Peters allowed eight runs only three earned on six hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound for the Cardinals. Peters struck out two and issued three walks in taking the loss. Josh Petersen allowed one run on two hits, struck out one and did not record a run, Justin Holinka gave up one run on one hit, walked one, hit one batter and gener­ated three strikeouts in two innings of relief for the Trojans.


















































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