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6/3/06 Faribault Academies 6  - Fairmont 5


By CHARLIE SORRELLS Sentinel Sports Editor
MANKATO - Fairmont and Faribault Academies share the same mascot - the Cardinals. Both prep baseball lineups were the No. 6 seeds in their respective halves of the Section

2AA playoffs, forcing a pre-game coin-toss to determine the home team on Saturday. Each team produced 10 hits and committed three errors, so it only made sense that the postseason elimination game with so many commonalities would go down to the wire. Left-hander Pete Lompado struck out the only two batters he faced during the top of the seventh inning to preserve Faribault Academies' 6-5 victory over Fairmont at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato. Faribault Academies (12-8) advances to face Maple River in Tuesday's 5 p.m. elimination game at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato. Maple River remained alive in the playoffs via a 9-5 victory over Waterville-Elysian Morristown. Fairmont ended its season with a 9-14 record. "I gave (starting pitcher) Kevin (Zweber) a chance to finish the game by sending him back out to the mound to start the seventh," said Faribault Academies mentor Scott Hanson. "Unfortunately, he ran out of gas, so we turned it over to Pete (Lompado) to close it out. "Pete definitely gave them (Fairmont) a different look."

Clinging to a 6-5 edge after Fairmont cleanup hitter Dan Williamson drilled an RBI double with one out, Hanson lifted Zweber in favor of Lompado. Facing a second-and-third situation, the Faribault Academies southpaw promptly retired the next two Fairmont batters via called third strikes. "Give credit to Fairmont they hit the ball with authority today," Hanson said in reference to Fairmont's double-figure hit total, including six doubles. Fairmont converted two of its extra-base hits into three runs during the top of the third fraine and an early 3-0 lead on the scoreboard. Mike Peters hammered a one-out double to straightaway center before circling the bases on the first of Josh Fitzgerald 's three hits - an RBI single to right. Fitzgerald motored all the way home on Andy Williamson's crunched RBI double to left before courtesy runner Brad Rosener eventually scored on Dan Williamson's sacrifice fly to center.

Faribault Academies, however, answered with four runs during the home half of the third to grab the lead. Consecutive one-out singles by Matt Sterling, Greg Trnka and Sam Alfieri loaded the bases for Zweber, who reached via an error on an infield chopper No. 3 hitter Jimmy Roberts, who went 3-for-3, then delivered the key shot, sending a Mike Peters offering into left for an RBI single. The baseball caromed off the Fairmont left fielder and rolled to the fence, allowing two more runs to score for a 4-3 lead. Faribault Academies assembled a textbook run during the last of the fourth. Bryan Olson punched a leadoff single to right-center, moved to second on Ted Weiers' sacrifice bunt and circled the bases on Trnka's clutch RBI single with two out. Fairmont converted Fitzgerald's one-out double into a solo fifth-inning run to keep within striking distance at 5-4. Fitzgerald crossed the plate when Dan Williamson delivered a key RBI single to left with two out. Roberts' single and an error on the heels of Lompado's single led to Scott Barta's sacrifice fly that staked the home team to a 6-4 edge in the fifth.

Fitzgerald sparked Fairmont's seventh-inning comeback by singling to left with one out, taking second when Andy Williamson's grounder was mishandled and scored on.Dan Williamson's double into the right-field corner. Lompado relieved Zweber at that juncture and sealed the victory by notching back-to-back strikeouts. Fitzgerald went 3-for-4, including a double, with one RBI for Fairmont, while Dan Williamson went 2-for-3, including a double, en route to three RBIs. Peters, who went 2-for-4, along with Andy Williamson, Ben Andersen and Thor Jorgenson, added doubles. Roberts' three-hit performance topped Faribault Academies, while Trnka added two hits. Zweber allowed five runs four earned - on 10 hits, struck out two and walked two in 6 1/3 innings to net the victory. Peters gave up six runs just two earned - on 10 hits, struck out one and walked one in five innings to take the loss. Freshman right-hander Martin Tow worked a scoreless sixth inning for Fairmont.

6/1/06 Le Sueur-Henderson 2 - Fairmont 1

By CHARLIL SORRELLS Sentinel Sports Editor

LE SUEUR - Fairmont's pitching staff literally delivered a third consecutive stellar performance from the mound during Thursday's Section 2AA baseball clash. Andy Williamson, the Cardinals' everyday catcher, stepped to the hill and fired an incredible one-hit complete game gem during third-round playoff action in Le Sueur. Unfortunately for the West Sub-Section's No. 6 seed, Le Sueur-Henderson right-hander Josh Thelemann hurled a no hitter to propel the Giants to a down-to-the-wire 2-1 postseason victory over the Cardinals. East Sub-Section No. 5 seed Le Sueur-Henderson (10-10) advances to face West No. I seed St. Peter in an 11 a.m. sectional winner's-bracket game Saturday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato. St. Peter defeated Waterville-Elysian Morristown, 10-6, to remain undefeated in playoff action.
  Fairmont (9-13) facesFaribault Academies in a 4p.m. elimination gameSaturday at Franklin RogersPark in Mankato. Faribault Academy eliminated Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 10-0. "Wow, what an incredible game. Andy pitched one heckuva game for us today. You couldn't have asked for any more from him," said Fairmont mentor Jim Utermarck Whose lineup reached the third round with via am right-hander Mike Peters three hitter in a 2-1 opening win over Blue Earth, and Peters' 5 hitter in a 3-1 win over Maple River two days ago "Their pitcher threw an outstanding game, too. Unforumately, the game didn't come out in our favor today Now we need to re-group and battle through the adversity and get ready in our next game. this is a double elim tourney
  Fairmont put a runner scoring position via walks to during the top of the first inning, but Thelemann managed to escape unscathed. Thelemann got a fly ball for the second out before picking off the Cardinal runner at first base to end the frame. The Giants ironically played "small ball" to manufacture a solo run during the home half of the first without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff hitter Luke Frauendienst drew a walk, moved to second on a passed ball, advanced 90 more feet on Mike Goggin's ground out and crossed the plate on Ryan McPartland's RBI fielder's choice. Thelemann then strung together 11 consecutive outs from the hill to keep Fairmont off base, while Williamson battled through early difficulties. Two walks and Zeb Frauendienst's infield single the only hit of the entire play off game - created a bases loaded situation for the Giants in the second, but Williamson got a ground out to keep the game at 1-0. Williamson found his pitching rhythm during the middle innings, retiring seven in a row before issuing a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Nolan Moriarity in the sixth. Moriarity motored all the way to third base via an errant pickoff attempt before the late substitute crossed the plate on Mike May's sacrifice to left.

  The Cardinals however threatened without the benefit of a hit during the top of the seventh - - Dan Williamson drew a leadoff walk before Mike Wubbena was awarded first base on a catcher's interference call. Courtesy runner Brad Rosener and Wubbena each advanced 90 feet on a balk before Rosener scored on Ryan Elbert's RBI ground out. Thelemann then got a foul popup from the ensuing Fairmont batter and LSH catcher Mike May squeezed the out to preserve the no-hitter and 2-1 victory. Thelemann recorded seven strikeouts and issued three walks while allowing one unearned run in seven innings of work to earn the complete game victory for the Giants. Andy Williamson gave up two unearned runs, struck out four and walked five in six innings to absorb the loss.

5/30/06 Fairmont 3 - Maple River 1

By CHARLIE SORRELLS Sentinel Sports Editor
  Fairmont continued its proverbial role as David during Tuesday's second round of the Section 2AA baseball postseason. The West Sub-Section's No. 6-seeded Cardinals slew another Goliath - the No. 2 Maple River Eagles - 3-1 behind trademark defense, solid pitching and timely hitting in Minnesota Lake. Fairmont (9-12) advances to face Le Sueur-Henderson, the No. 5 seed from the East SubSection, at 5 p.m. Thursday in the winner's bracket in Le Sueur. The Giants advanced by upending the East's No. I seed, New Richland-Hartland Ellendale-Geneva, 14-7.
   Maple River (16-4) faces the Panthers in Thursday's elimination game at 5 p.m. in New Richland. "Hey, anything can happen in the playoffs. It depends on who gets hot at the right time," said Fairmont mentor Jim Utermarck, whose lineup eliminated No. 3-seeded Blue Earth Area via a 2-1 opening-round triumph last Thursday in Blue Earth. "Defensively, we're on top of our game right now, and it all starts with the guy on the mound." Cardinal ace right-hander Mike Peters, who pitched a three-hit gem against the rival Bucs last week, converted his five-day rest into a five-hit complete game at the Eagles' expense on Tuesday.

   After giving up Brian Malakowsky's two-out single in the second inning, Peters retired 11 Maple River hitters in a row to maintain his scoreless pitcher's duel with Malakowsky through five full frames. Mike Wubbena set the table for Fairmont's offensive breakthrough during the top of the sixth by depositing an outside offering into right field for a one-out single. Wubbena motored all the way to third base when Matt Klutz drilled a sharp single to left with two outs before scoring on No. 9 hitter Chris Janssen's clutch RBI single up the middle. But the Eagles clawed their way to a matching run during the home half of the sixth to spoil Peters' shutout bid. Ryan Ostermann reached on a one-out error and was awarded second base on an interference call.

   Ostermann advanced to third on a fielder's choice before crossing the plate on Jay Landsteiner's second hit of the game - an RBI single to right. Fairmont, however, countered by converting two Maple River miscues and a clutch hit from Ben Andersen into the eventual game-winning run and an insurance run in the seventh. Josh Fitzgerald reached on a leadoff error, moved to second when Dan Williamson was hit by a one-out offering and circled the bases when Andersen punched an RBI single to right. Williamson, who had taken third on Andersen's hit, later scored when Ryan Elbert reached on a throwing error.

   "Ben came through when we needed it in the late innings, and that's what counts the most," said Utermarck. With a two-run lead in hand, Peters received another solid defensive play in the bottom of the seventh as left fielder Chris Janssen tracked down Dusty Drager's blast off the left-field fence and got the baseball to second base via shortstop Josh Fitzgerald's assistance to nail Drager for the second out. Peters allowed a single to Malakowsky, but sealed his complete-game pitching victory by recording his fifth strikeout of the game. Peters issued only one walk and did not allow an earned run in seven innings on the mound. Malakowsky gave up three runs - only one earned - on seven hits, struck out six, walked one and hit two in seven innings to take the loss. Landsteiner went 2-for-3, including a first-inning double, with an RBI for Maple River.

5/18/06 Fairmont 2 - Blue Earth 1

By CHARLIE SORRELLS Sentinel Sports Editor


BLUE EARTH - Fairmont senior right-hander Mike Peters was not about to relinquish the baseball during the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday's Section 2AA playoff game. "I went out to talk to him, and I think that he thought I was going to replace him. I was just discussing strategy, and Mike proved that he definitely wanted the ball to finish it," Cardinal mentor Jim Utermarck said in reference to his final visit to the mound with two out and one Blue Earth Area runner on base.

   Peters closed the door on No. 6-seeded Fairmont's 2-1 upset of the No. 3-seeded Bucs by getting a flyout to deep right field at Memorial Park in Blue Earth. The Cardinals (8-12) advance to face No. 2-seeded Maple River at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the sectional's second round in Minnesota Lake. The Eagles reached the next playoff round via an 8-1 victory over Martin County West. "We hit a number of balls hard today, but Fairmont's outfielders did a nice job of making the catch," said Blue Earth Area head coach Todd Schmidtke, whose lineup ended the season with a U-8 record.

  Peters' three-hit complete game gem and No. 3 batter  Andy Williamson's clutch RBI single in the top of the sixth inning allowed the Cardinals to avenge regular-season losses of 12-4 and 4-2 to the Bucs. Peters and Buc left-handed ace Cody Hyland locked up in one of the spring's best pitcher's duel, with Hyland striking out the side in the top of the first frame. Fairmont's middle of the batting order, however, had better luck against Hyland during the second. Ben Andersen drew a oneout walk and motored all the way to third base when Hyland gloved Mike Wubbena's ensuing bunt and fired the baseball into right field. With runners at the comers Wubbena sprinted for second during Hyland's pickoff toss to first. Buc first baseman Mark Warner threw out Wubbena at second, but Andersen managed to jar the baseball loose from Blue Earth Area catcher Ty Sturtz on the peg to the plate. Cardinal third baseman Matt Klutz then triggered a key inning-ending double play during the home half of the second. After Nathan Johnson and Warner had delivered back-to-back singles with one out Klutz gloved a grounder and flipped to second before the relay to first was good to keep the score at 1-0. Wubbena then displayed his speed in center during the bottom of the fourth when he tracked down a vapor-trail line-drive off the bat of Cody Sukalski for the first out. Peters then retired the next four batters to extend his consecutive streak to 10 before hitting Dusty Anderson with a pitch in the fifth.

Fairmont then doubled its lead in the sixth when Chris Janssen set the table with his second hit of the game. Janssen singled before taking second when Josh Fitzgerald walked one out later. Utermarck then held true to his pregame words by being aggressive on the basepaths.

 "We put the double steal on in that situation and it worked. We had Andy at the plate at the time and he had to get a hit for us and he came through," said Utermarck. Andy Williamson turned on a Hyland offering and drilled it into left to bring home Janssen for a 2-0 edge. Blue Earth Area then spoiled Peters' shutout bid in the sixth when Trent Sonnicksen walked, stole second, moved to third on Sukalski's infield hit and scored on Dan Franta's RBI groundout. Peters allowed one run on three hits, struck out two, walked two and hit two in seven innings of work to earn the victory. Hyland gave up two runs one earned - on only four hits, struck out eight and walked three in going the distance to take the loss.

5/22/06 Fairmont 5 - LCWM 4

By JASON WILCOX Sentinel Sports Writer

FAIRMONT - A freshman starting pitcher and the No. 9 hitter at the plate with the game on the line are not normally a recipe for baseball success. But Martin Tow and Chris Janssen proved that philosophy wrong Monday by pitching five solid innings and driving in the game-winning run, respectively, in Fairmont's 5-4 nonconference win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in Fairmont. Tow left Cardinal Park with his team holding a 4-2 lead at the end of the fifth frame, but did not get the decision as the Knights tied the score in the sixth. Tow allowed two runs on four hits in five frames. He struck out two, walked three and hit two batters.
  "We made plays today and :Martin kept us in it the whole time. ... Martin had a lot of poise out there for a ninth grader," said Fairmont head coach Jim Utermarck. In the top of the sixth, designated hitter Mike Marzinske was hit by a Thor Jorgenson -offering and was replaced on the basepaths by Brian Engles, Engles advanced to second on a groundout and was joined by Danny Niebuhr, who walked. One flyout later, Jesse VanSickle stepped to the plate and singled up the middle, scoring Engles before Niebuhr also ended up motoring home on the play. However, Fairmont countered in the bottom half of the e inning against Knight relief e pitcher Kevin Williams.
  Mike Wubbena sent Williams' first pitch into left field before promptly stealing second. After a strikeout, Matt Klutz singled past third base, putting Wubbena at third. Janssen's slow-roller to first base scored Wubbena on a close play at first for the second out. Left-handed reliever Ryan Elbert then entered the seventh frame with a chance for a save and delivered. Williams reached on an error to start the inning, but did not last long as he was picked off at first via Elbert's quick check throw to Josh Duflo, Ryan Madsen then reached on an infield single, but backto-back flyouts ended the game and gave the Cardinals a win in the rescheduled regular-season finale for both teams. The Knights scored in the first inning when Niebuhr singled and later scored on an error, before the Cardinals countered with two in the bottom half.
  Mike Peters drew a leadoff walk against Knight starter Justin Gilman, moved to third on Josh Fitzgerald's single to left and scored on a wild pitch. Fitzgerald later scored on a Dan Williamson chopper through the infield. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial knotted the score in the top of the second when Madsen drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored when Kyle Balstad was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie the game at 2-all. Fairmont then took the lead back in the fifth as Klutz, Janssen and Peters all registered consecutive hits to start the inning, with Klutz scoring on Peters' single past second. Janssen went to third on a flyout, but was picked off of third base. However, Peters did end up scoring on Dan Williamson's solid smack to right field for a 4-2 Fairmont lead. Jorgenson ended up with the win in relief, allowing two runs on one hit in one frame. He walked one and hit a batter. Elbert tossed one inning of one-hit -relief to earn the save, Williams ended up absorbing the loss, giving up one run on two hits in one frame with one strikeout. Gilman gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He truck out three, walked one and hit one in he no decision. Dan Williamson and Klutz had two hits apiece for Fairmont, while VanSickle was he only Knight to have two hits.

5/18/06 Blue Earth 4 - Fairmont 2


By JASON WILCOX Sentinel Sports Writer

FAIRMONT - One timely pitching change seemed to make the difference for Blue Earth Area on Thursday. Nathan Johnson held the Fairmont Cardinal-, to three hits in four-plus innings, -before Trent Sonnicksen defused a bases-loaded situation with one out in the fifth to eventually lead the Bucs to a 4:4.2 South Central Conference baseball win over Fairmont at Cardinal Park.

  Johnson had mostly kept the Cardinals off the base paths, scattering three hits, before walking Ben Andersen and Mike Wubbena to open the fifth frame. Ryan Elbert then looped a single to left off the Bucs' left-hander to load the bases. A fielder's choice to the third baseman got Andersen at the plate, but a follow_up walk to Chris Janssen scored Wubbena and put the Cardinals on the board, down only 2-1. At that point, Sonnicksen trotted in from second base to take over on the mound. "We knew he (Johnson) was getting tired and it was time to give the Fairmont batters a different look," said Bucs head i coach Todd Schmidtke.Sonnicksen promptly put out the fire on an infield popup and fly to right to end any further scoring chances. After holding the Cardinals on defense, the Bucs' offense grabbed ahold of the momentum's reins and proceeded to ride its way around the bases twice in the top of the sixth.
  Cody Hyland led off against Fairmont's Mike Peters and singled past third base on the first pitch, before coming home on Johnson's follow-up triple to the right-field wall. Johnson later came in to score on a wild pitch for a 4-1 Buc advantage. Peters ended up taking the loss, allowing four runs - two earned - on seven hits in seven frames. Peters struck out one and walked two. "Mike pitched well - he pitched one of his better games. ... Unfortunately for Mike, we didn't give him the run support he needed," said Fairmont head coach Jim Utermarck.   The red-and-white came up with a furious seventh-inning rally with Wubbena and Elbert leading off with back-to-back singles against Sonnicksen. After Sonnicksen recorded a strikeout, an infield error allowed Wubbena to score, but a flyout and groundout sealed the game for Blue Earth Area.

  The Bucs pushed their first two runs across in the third as Ty Sturtz drew a leadoff walk and was replaced on base by courtesy runner Garrett Mensing. A stolen base and wild pitch put Mensing on thiTd, but a flyout and strikeout gave the Bucs only one more chance to score in the inning. The visitors took advantage of that opportunity as Cody Sukalski reached on an error, allowing Mensing to score. Sukalski then stole second, claimed third on another error and scored on Dan Franta's line-drive rip back up the box. Johnson earned the win, allowing one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three, before Sonnicksen came in to pick up the save. Sonnicksen gave up one unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 frames with three strikeouts.
  Fairmont (6-12, 3-7) and Blue Earth Area (13-7, 5-5) play each other in the quarterfinals of the Section 2AA, West Sub-Section playoffs at 5 p.m. next Thursday in Blue Earth. The Bucs are No. 3 and the Cardinals are No. 6 in the seedings.

5/1606 Jackson County Central 8, Fairmont 2

Ryan Rasche struck out seven in six innings on the hill to guide the Huskies to an 8-2 non-league win over the Cardinals on Tuesday in Jackson. Rasche gave up two runs on seven hits to earn the pitching victory. Corey Polz struck out two in one shutout inning of relief for JCC. Polz also belted his fifth home run of the season, while Rasche, Jordan Lewis and Chris Garvin each delivered two hits for the Huskies. Dan Williamson and Chris Janssen each collected two hits to top the Cardinals. Fairmont starter Andy Williamson gave up nine hits and struck out four in four innings to take the loss. Freshman Martin Tow struck out one in two innings of relief for the Cardinals.

5/11/06 Fairmont 5 - Waseca 2

WASECA  Andy Williamson pitched a four-hit complete game and delivered a key two-run triple from the batter's box to guide the Fairmont Cardinals to a 5-2 baseball victory over Waseca on Thursday. Williamson allowed two runs - none earned, recorded six strikeouts, issued four walks and hit two batters in seven innings of work to log the victory. The Fairmont defense turned four double plays on the game to offset five errors. Williamson also wielded lethal lumber by tripling home half of the Cardinals' four runs during the second inning. Chris Janssen went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Matt Klutz went 2-for-3, while Mike Wubbena produced an RBI single in the fifth frame. Ryan Elbert doubled to trigger Fairmont's second-inning rally, while Mike Peters contributed a single. Joe Glynn went 2-for-4 to account for half of the Bluejays' hits on the game. Waseca starting pitcher Jimmy Loonan allowed five runs - only one earned - on six hits, struck out two and walked two in five innings of work to take the loss.

5/9/06 New Ulm 11 - Fairmont 3

NEW ULM - Jordan Trullinger collected nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of relief to guide the New Ulm Eagles to an 11-3 South Central Conference baseball win over the Fairmont Cardinals on Tuesday in New Ulm. Trullinger also issued four walks during his stint on the mound. Jonathan Curry doubled in two official at bats, drew two walks and scored three times for the Eagles. Luke Wieneke delivered a two-run double and drew a bases-loaded walk for New Ulm. Mike Peters batted 2-for-4 with an RBI for Fairmont, while teammate Dan Williamson contributed an RBI double. Left-hander Ryan Elbert allowed two runs on one hit and walked four 1 1/3 innings in the starting role for the Cardinals. Dan Williamson took the loss in relief, giving up five earned runs on three hits and two walks in 12/3 relief frames. Ben Andersen closed the contest for the Cardinals by giving up four runs - three earned on five hits in three innings. He struck out one and walked three.

Delano 7 - Fairmont 5

Wayzata 4 - Fairmont 1 · Fairmont 9 - Nashwauk-Keewatin 2

SHAKOPEE - The Fairmont baseball team went 1-2 during the Shakopee Wooden Bat Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Delano defeated Fairmont by a 7-5 score on Friday.

Andy Williamson batted 2-for-4 with a two run home run in the fifth inning and took the pitching loss on the hill. Williamson allowed five earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked three and hit four batters.  Dan Williamson was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, while Mike Wubbena was I for-2 with an RBI double and drew two walks. Matt Klutz also batted 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Wayzata then downed Fairmont 4-1 in the team's first game Saturday.  Ben Andersen took the loss on the hill, but had a no-hitter through four innings. He allowed two unearned runs on one hit in four plus frames. He struck out one and walked three.  Klutz gave up two runs on two hits with four walks in 1 2/3 innings of relief and Josh Fitzgerald pitched the final 1/3 of an inning. Andy Williamson batted at a 2-for-4 clip with an RBI and Klutz walked twice and scored a run. Fairmont then closed out the tournament with a 9-2 win over Nashwauk-Keewatin. Thor Jorgenson scored his first varsity win, allowing two runs on five hits in seven full innings of work. Jorgensen struck out five and walked two. Andy Williamson was 3- for-3 and scored four times for the Cardinals, while Fitzgerald hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored and drove in two runs. Dan Williamson batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jorgenson helped his cause with a 2-for-4 effort with two RBIs. Mike Ebert batted 1-for-4 with an RBI, Ryan Elbert was 1-for-4 and Josh Allen went 1-for-1 with a double.

Fairmont 10 - St. James 5

By Charlie Sorrells — Sentinel Staff Writer

  FAIRMONT — Fairmont right-hander Mike Peters finally quelled any personal superstitions about pitching at Cardinal Park. The Cardinals’ leadoff hitter delivered the clutch knock on wood, or in this case, aluminum, during Thursday’s momentum-turning five-run fourth frame. Peters drilled a towering double to unload the bases before settling down on the mound to retire 11 of the last 12 St. James batters to highlight Fairmont’s 10-5 comeback baseball victory.“ After he walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the seventh on four straight pitches, I went out to talk to him,” said Cardinal head coach Jim Utermarck. “I wanted to see his reaction when I told (third baseman Matt) Klutz to get ready to pitch.”
  Peters promptly made the ensuing Saints’ batters fly out to center and pop out in back-to-back fashion to Fairmont second baseman Dan Williamson, including an incredible over-the-shoulder catch in the outfield grass for the second out of the seventh. “With the unfortunate luck that he’s had in this park during the past two seasons, I knew that he (Peters) was determined to finish the game,” said Utermarck. While Peters displayed his mettle on the mound en route to firing a seven-hit complete game to earn the victory, Klutz helped set the table with the shortest of his three hits on the game.
  After Mike Wubbena drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, Klutz legged out an infield nubber to the shortstop hole. Chris Janssen followed with an even shorter infield hit to the right side to load the bases with one out. Peters then turned on an inside offering from St. James right-hander Joe Krause and deposited the baseball over the left fielder’s head to clear the bases of Cardinals to knot the score at 5.Courtesy runner Brad Rosener later hustled across the plate on a wild pitch with Fairmont’s go-ahead run before Dan Williamson stroked an RBI single to left to score Josh Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald had reached via one of his three hits on the game.

  Klutz later extended the home team’s lead to 8-5 by extending his arms for a solo home run to deep left in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Fitzgerald and Andy Williamson combined with a St. James wild pitch and Dan Williamson’s sacrifice fly widened the Cardinals’ edge to 10-5 in the South Central Conference clash. Fairmont chipped away at a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the second inning. Ben Andersen and Wubbena each singled with one out before Klutz produced a bloop RBI single to left. Andersen scored on the play before the high-revving Wubbena reached third base on the two-out hit before sprinting to the plate on a throwing error that trickled only a few feet away from the Saints’ third baseman. “That hustle play by Mike really got us going. Before that, the guys were kind of down in the dugout,” said Utermarck. Indeed. St. James generated five runs on all seven of its hits in combination with all three Fairmont errors during the opening three frames.
  Joe Nett, who went 2-for-4, singled home the Saints’ solo first-inning run before Kyle Carlson’s RBI single highlighted a two-run third. Andersen went 2-for-4 for the Cardinals on offense, while Dan Williamson and Klutz each generated two RBIs. Peters recorded three strikeouts and three walks in earning the pitching victory. Krause allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings to take the loss

5/4/06 St. Peter 7 - Fairmont 6

 ST. PETER - Erik Minter delivered the game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the St. Peter Saints to a 7-6 comeback baseball victory over the Fairmont Cardinals on Tuesday. The Cardinals erased an early 3-1 deficit by scoring five runs during the top of the fifth before Ben Mikelson's two-run homer in the bottom half narrowed the Saints' gap to 6-5.

Mike Peters, Josh Fitzgerald, Andy Williamson, Dan Williamson an Matt Klutz each produced two hits to pace Fairmont's 14-hit effort during the South Central Conference game. Fitzgerald and Ryan Elbert each added doubles to the Cardinals' offensive performance. Mikelson, Minter and Willy Hanson each generated two hits to top the Saints' 10-hit attack. St. Peter reliever Matt Knutson struck out one in working the seventh inning to notch the victory. Peters gave two runs on three hits, struck out one and walked one in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss for Fairmont.

Elbert allowed five earned runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one in 4 1/3 innings on the mound. Mikelson started on the hill for the Saints, surrendering six runs - three earned - on 14 hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings to receive no decision.

4/25/06 Blue Earth 12 - Fairmont 4

Sentinel Sports Writer

  BLUE EARTH Cody Sukaiski handled the hitting, while Trent Sonnicksen took care of the pitching and a key turning of two. The Blue Earth Area duo combined for six hits, two RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Bucs to a 12-4 South Central Conference win over the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday in Blue Earth. Sukaiski, who went 4 for 4 at the plate, led off the Hues’ first inning with a single and a run, and the Hues never looked back. “He’s a huge sparkplug for us,” Buc head coach Todd Schmidtke said of Sukalski. That spark canied over to Sonnicksen’s pitching power on the hill. He allowed eight hits in six innings of work. He struck out eight, walked none and hit two.

  Sonnicksen also caught a popup bunt with a runner on first and no outs before fling­ing the ball to first for a double play. The next Cardinal batter doubled, but a strikeout got the Bucs out of danger. In the bottom half of the frame the Bucs scored five times to turn a delicate 3-1 lead into an 8-1 edge. “That’s kind of the way this team plays, they peck away and then get a big inning,” said Schmidtke. “They hit the ball. For three innings we played good enough defense to keep them off the boards. Coach Schmidtke does a nice job with those guys,” said Fairmont head coach Jim Utermarck. Ty Sturtz led off the fourth by being hit with a Ryan Elbert offering the second of three times that occurred Thursday. “His (Sturtz’s) spot in the lineup scored three or four runs, so that was huge,” said Schmidtke.

  Courtesy runner Ryan Slama moved to second on Sukaiski’s single to left-center before Sonnicksen reached on a bunt single. Dan Franta fol­lowed with a single back up the box, to drive home Slama and Sukalski, moving Sonnicksen to third. Franta then stole second and Sonnicksen came in on the toss to second, before Franta moved up another base on a wild pitch, Franta later came in on a balk. Nathan Johnson walked before Dan Williamson came in to pitch. Micah Dorfner responded with a pinch-hit double to the wall in left-center to score Johnson. Sonnicksen and Franta each collected two hits, with Franta driving in three runs and scoring twice.

  Andy Williamson and Mike Wubbena led the Cardinals’ efforts with two hits. Williamson drove in Mike Peters with a double down the left-field line in the fifth, after Peters knocked in the first run with a double to left in the third that scored Chris Janssen. Elbert and Matt Klutz each connected for back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth frame.Elbert took the loss on the hill. He allowed eight runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 frames. He walked three. Dan Williamson gave up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Klutz closed the game by allowing a run on a hit with two walks and a hit batter in one inning. Sukalski struck out two and waked one in one inning of relief for the Bucs.

4/25/06 Fairmont 6 - Waseca 5

By CHARLIE SORRELLS —Sentinel Sports Editor

FAIRMONT One swing of Matt Klutz’s bat on Tuesday transformed Fairmont baseball mentor Jim Utemarck’s fourth-inning premonition into a fifth-inning reality. Klutz’s clutch two-run double, combined with Chris. Janssen’s game-tying RBI sin­gle in the fifth, and ensuing winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning rallied the Cardinals to a 6-5 South Central Conference victory over the Waseca Bluejays.

 “I had a feeling after we left the bases loaded in the fourth that we were going to bust out with a key hit in the filth,” said Utermarck. “He (Klutz) needed it (two-out hit) and we defi­nitely needed it at the time.” Trailing 5-2, Dan Williamson drew a leadoff walk from Waseca right-hander Jimmy Loonan before Mike Wubbena reached via a missed tag attempt on a fielder’s choice. Both Williamson and Wubbena later advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch before Klutz hammered a double into the left-center gap to inch the Cardinals within one at 5-4. Janssen, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, delivered Klutz home with the tying run by lining a sharp single to fight. “What can you say about Janssen at the end of the game,” said Utermarck. “He makes a nice catch to end the top of the seventh before dri­ving in the game-winner in the bottom half.” Fairmont ace right-hander Mike Peters, who displayed outstanding control by not issuing a walk and striking out four in seven innings of work, got Loonan to hit a line-drive to Janssen in left- for the third out in the inning. -

The Cardinals then executed a textbook home-half rally as Ryan Elbert lined a leadoff single, moved to second on Klutz’s sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Janssen’s third hit an RBI single to right. “That was a well-deserved win for Mike Peters today. He hung in there and threw strikes all day and our defense finally made the plays behind him,” said Utermarck, whose lineup committed only one error on the game. Peters allowed five runs four earned on 11 hits in going the distance to earn the complete-game victory. Dan Williamson went 2-for- 2, with two walks for Fairmont

4/21/06 Worthington 10 -  Fairmont 0

CHARLIE SORRELLS — Sentinel Sports Editor

FAIRMONT — Worthington ace right-hander Matt Cowdin did not waste too many pitches during Friday’s prep baseball game at Cardinal Park. Cowdin logged five strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls en route to firing a three-hit, complete-game gem to engineer the Trojans’ 10-0, five-inning victory over the Fairmont Cardinals. “Matt gave us a solid pitching performance that we needed today,” said long-time Worthington mentor Pat Shaughnessy. “He just threw strikes and let our defense do the rest.” Cowdin, who faced only 21 batters during his five innings of work on the mound, surrendered singles to Cardinal leadoff hitter Mike Peters in the first and third innings, and later, a two-out single to Josh Fitzgerald during the fifth frame.
  While Cowdin utilized a solid fastball and breaking ball to keep Fairmont off stride and off the scoreboard, the Worthington batting order scratched out runs in every inning to exit Cardinal Park early via the 10-run rule. Fairmont right-handed starter Dan Williamson issued back-to-back walks to Adam Feller and Derek Hellstrom to open the top of the first before Cowdin assisted his own cause from the batter’s box. Cowdin turned on an inside offering and stroked an RBI double to deep left field to leave runners in scoring position for cleanup hitter Joe Ahrens. Joe Ahrens drilled a one-hop liner to Fairmont third baseman Matt Klutz for an RBI fielder’s choice to stake Worthington to an early 2-0 advantage.

  Unfortunately for the hometown lineup, the visiting Trojans plated three second-inning runs without the benefit of a hit. Three walks and a pair of Cardinal errors allowed Worthington to extend its lead to 5-0 before Fairmont centerfielder Mike Wubbena made a nice running grab on Alex Solem’s bases-loaded drive to the left-center gap for the third out. Ryan Swanson, who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, set the table for the Trojans in the top of the third with a leadoff single.Swanson stole second base before circling the bases when Bryant Schroeder uncorked an RBI double just inside the left-field line. Joe Ahrens’ double and Swanson’s run-scoring single highlighted Worthington’s two-run fourth frame before Feller’s double, and Swanson’s RBI single added two more runs during the fifth.

  Dan Williamson allowed eight runs – three earned – on six hits in four innings of work to take the loss for Fairmont. The junior right-hander recorded four strikeouts, walked six and hit a batter. Left-handed reliever Ryan Elbert gave up two runs – one earned – on three hits, struck out one and walked two in one inning of relief. Peters went 2-for-3 to pace the Cardinals’ offense

4/20/06 New Ulm 11 - Fairmont 1


Sentinel Sports Editor

 FAIRMONT Brady Mosenden nearly proved a one-man wrecking crew during Thursday’s South Central Conference baseball game at Cardinal] Park. Mosenden delivered four RBIs and four bits, including a clutch two-run single during a six-run first inning, and tossed a seven-bit complete game to propel New Ulm to an 11-1, five-inning victory over Fairmont. “It still comes down to the other team making plays and we didn’t today,” said Cardinal mentor Jim Utermarck., whose lineup stranded seven runners on offense and committed five errors on defense. “When you give the other team four outs along with six runs in the first inning, it’s tough to come back.” Fairmont right-hander Mike Peters surrendered only two earned runs during his three­inning stint on the mound, with New Ulm capitalizing on three Cardinal fielding miscues during the top of the first.

 Lon Suess drew a leadoff walk before wheeling all the way to third when Al Schwartz’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away at first base. Andy Kitzberger walked to load the bags before Jon Cuny smacked a RBI single to right. Schwartz crossed the plate when Nate Van Roekel’s grounder was underthrown to the plate before Mosenden drilled a key two-mn single to right-center. Luke Wieneke delivered another Eagle run via an RBI single before another Cardinal error allowed the sixth New Ulm runner to trot home. Fairmont countered with its only run of the game during the home half of the first. After New Urn turned one of two double plays on the game to erase Peters, who had walked, Andy Williamson sin­gled to left and advanced 90 more feet when the outfielder let the baseball skid away. Matt Klutz reached on an error before Dan Williamson lined an RHI single to left to plate courtesy runner Mike Wubbena. Mosenden then worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second before another double play in the third denied Fairmont’s first-and-second situation.

  Ryan Elbert, Chris Janssen and Josh Fitzgerald each scat­tered singles during the Cardinals’ half of the second, while Dan Williamson and. Ben Andersen reached base during the third via a single and an error, respectively. Mosenden gave up a line- drive single to Peters with two out in the fourth before receiv­ing enough run support to exit Cardinal Park early. Curry and Mosenden pro­duced second-inning singles to highlight New Ulm’s two-run second at-bat before Van Roekel’s sacrifice fly and another Mosenden RBI single extended the gap to 1,0-1 after the top of the third. Fairmont reliever Ben Andersen received a double play from Peters, who had moved to second base, to work around an infield bit in the fourth before allowing an unearned run in the fifth. Mosenden went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, Curry added two hits, one RBI and two runs, scored in two official at-bats, while Kitzberger went 1-for-i with two walks and scored three times. Mosenden gave up one unearned run on seven hits, struck out one and walked one in five frames to notch the win. Peters allowed 10 runs only two earned on eight hits, struck out tree and issued four walks in three innings to take the loss. Andersen surrendered an unearned run on three hits, struck out one and did not issue a walk in two innings of relief. Dan Williamson went 2-for- 3 with an RBI to top the Cardinals’ offense.

4/18/06 St. James 5 - Fairmont 3

ST. JAMES Adam Zimmerman’s two-run single during a four-run third inning helped propel St. James to a 5-3 South Central Conference base­ball victory over Fairmont on Tuesday.

Zimmerman went 2- for-3 with two RBLs to top the Saints’ eight-hit effort, Luke Sieve homered and Jonny Wiederhoeft added two hits and an RBI. Mike Peters collected half of the Cardinals’ four hits and scored twice, while teammate Andy Williamson belted a two­run homer in the seventh. Mike Wubbena added Fairmont's other hit:

Cardinal lefthander Ryan Elbert gave up five runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings of work to take the loss. Saint starter Patrick Peterson allowed three runs on four hits, fanned eight and walked five in 6 2/3 innings to net the win.

4/11/06 St. Peter 8 - Fairmont 2


Sentinel Sports Editor


FAIRMONT — Defensive gems by Fairmont catcher Andy Williamson and left fielder Ben Andersen offset three of the Cardinals’ five errors on Thursday.Unfortunately for home- town starting pitcher Mike Peters and reliever Josh Fitzgerald, St. Peter’s No. 2 batter Jordan Seebach still proved the biggest obstacle to Overcome during the visiting Saints’ 8-2 South Central Conference baseball win over the Cardinals. Seebach went 4-for-4 wit. an RHI from the batter’s box to engineer the Saints’ late-inning offensive eruption, plus fired six innings of four-hit ball on the mound to earn the pitching victory at Cardinal Park. “Mike pitched his heart out today   What can I say, we made - four great defensive plays, but also made too many mistakes, and didn’t come up with the key hit,” said Fairmont mentor Jim Utermarck, whose batting order left the bases loaded in the third and two more in scor­ing position during the fifth.   The Cardinals actually held an early 1-0 edge after manu­facturing a run during the last of the second inning. Dan Williamson lined a one-out single back through the box and wheeled to third when Andersen lined a single to right. Williamson got a late break from the hot corner on a passed ball that squirted just a few feet away from St. Peter catcher Ryan Simmons. Simmons flipped the baseball to Seebach covering the plate, but Williamson managed to maneuver around Seebach’s tag to score. Despite Andy Williamson throwing out a Saint trying to steal second base, St. Peter combined Seebach’s single with two walks and Matt Knutson’s RBI hit by pitch to knot the game in the third.

  Andy Williamson erased a runner that had reached on an error to start the fourth before Andersen pegged a perfect. throw to nail a St. Peter runner at third base, but the visitors still tallied a solo run in the. fourth. Erik Minter, who had reached on a miscue, scored one of his three runs on the game via Seeback’s RBI single later in the at-bat for a 2-1 lead. St. Peter then broke open the game on the strength of Minter’s two-run single and Simmons’ RBI hit in the fifth before adding one more in the sixth and two in the seventh. Fairmont manufactured its second run of the game in the fifth. Brad Rosener lined a leadoff single before being erased on Chris Janssen’s field­er’s choice. Fitzgerald, who later reached on an error, scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Seebach allowed two runs — none earned — on four hits, struck out three, walked one and hit one in six innings to notch the victory.

Right-hander Matt Miller closed out the game via a 1-2-3 seventh for the Saints .Peters gave up five runs — three earned — on six hits, issued an uncharacteristic seven walks, fanned four and hit one in 4 213 innings to take the loss. Fitzgerald allowed three runs on seven hits and walked two in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Cardinal left-hander Ryan Elbert worked a perfect 1-2-3 seventh after inheriting a bases-loaded jam. Fairmont (1-2, 0-1)

4/11/06 Fairmont 10 - United South Central 6

The Cardinals rallied for eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to post a 10-6 nonconference victory over the Rebels on Tuesday in Wells. Dan Williamson, who went 2-for-2 with three walks, delivered a key two-run double dur­ing Fairmont’s three-run fifth. Josh Fitzgerald turned a double play from his shortstop position in the bottom of the fifth, sin­gled and scored in the top of the sixth and turned another double play in the ensuing half for Fairmont. Matt Klutz, Mike Peters, Ben Andersen and Chris Janssen each contributed two hits to the Cardinals’ winning ways. Janssen produced three RBIs, while Klutz and Andersen each drove in one. Klutz also scored, twice, Andy Williamson added a hit and two runs scored, while Andersen scored a run. Peters struck out one and walked two in three shutout innings of two-hit relief to earn the win.

4/6/06 MCW 9 · FAIRMONT 6


Sentinel Sports Writer


FAIRMONT Martin County West freshman Jon Traetow pitched upperclass­man caliber on Thursday. The Maverick left-hander  scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings to lead his team to a 9-6 conference comeback baseball victory over the Fairmont Cardinals at Cardinal Park. Traetow allowed a three-run double in the 2nd inning, before proceeding to retire seven batters in watched senior reliever Jake Fuller get the final out in the seventh with the bases loaded. “The number one thing’ is Jon threw strikes the whole game, that kept us in it. And we did a nice job of keeping the ball in play and making things happen. We were able to shake off that first game (17-1 loss to Jackson County Central on Tuesday.) came back and played with confidence, said Mavericks co-head coach, Jim Gumto. Fuller also proved important at the plate as his fourth ­inning double to fight-center drove in the Mavericks first - run of the game, as the visitors trailed 3-0 after three innings.

 “That was a typical high school baseball game. If you don’t throw strikes and you have to come down the pipe when it’s (the count) 2-0,3-0 - that’s (giving up hits) going to happen. ... We didn’t quit. We had bases loaded in the end — that’s a Positive sign,” said Fairmont head coach Jim Utermarck. Fuller’s extra-base hit in the fourth off Cardinal starter Mike Peters drove in Jordan Fast, who had singled to lead off. Fuller later came in to score on an error. The Mavericks knotted the contest in the fifth when Guy Rudolph drew a walk off reliever Ryan Elbert, took third on a Zach Umbreit infield hit and scored on an infield error Martin County West took the lead for good with a four r­un sixth, led off with a Tony Weiss single. Back-to-back one-out walks to Ryan Nelson and Rudolph loaded the bases and sent Dan Williamson to the. hill.

Williamson then hit Umbreit to force in a run, before a throwing error on a check to third base brought Nelson and Rudolph home for a 7-3 Maverick lead.

The Cardinals claimed two runs in the home half of the sixth as Elbert walked before Ben Andersen reached on an­ scored on a ground out and Andersen trotted across the dish on Mike Wubbena’s pinch-hit single to right. The Mavericks’ plated two insurance runs in the seventh as Bo Schultz walked and Weiss singled. with the runners scoring on singles from Nelson and Rudolph, respectively. Those runs ended up being important, however, as Peters led off the Cardinals’ seventh inning by doubling to deep tight field and two outs later, claimed third on a passed ball. Peters scored on a wild pitch, before Elbert, Andersen and Matt Klutz drew consecutive walks from Traetow, putting Fuller on the hill. Two pitches later Fuller forced a fly out to left field, ending the game at 9-6. Fairmont took a 3-0 advantage in the second after Elbert reached on an error, Andersen drew a walk and Chris Janssen walked. Dan Williamson then blasted a two-out, bases-clearing dou­ble to left to put the home team ahead 3-0. Traetow allowed- six runs on six hits, struck out seven and walked seven.

Elbert took the: loss in relief giving up four runs on two hits in 11/3 frames. He struck out three and walked three. Peters allowed two runs on two hits in four inning. While notching four strike­outs and two walks. Dan Williamson came in for 1 2/3innings of relief— all6wing three runs on- four hits. He struck out three, Walked two and hit a batter. Weiss was the lone Maverick batter with more than one hit and scored twice, while Andersen accomplished the same feat for Fairmont going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and drew two walks.

















































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