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Michael Baune threw 151 pitches for the compete game win Sunday against the Bertha Blazers. The Millers won the game 7-6. Also pictured is third baseman Jason Burg.

Millers beat Blazers 7-6

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The New York Mills Millers got in the win column Sunday defeating the Bertha Blazers 7-6.

The Millers even their record at 1-1 after a rain out the first week of the season and a 9-3 loss to the Vergas Loons.

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NY Mills grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first and held it for the duration of the game, but not without getting out of bases-loaded jams in the second, fifth and sixth innings.

Starting pitcher Michael Baune found himself with the bags juiced and two out all three innings and managed to work out of trouble by allowing the ball to be put in play.

In the second, Blazers second baseman Jeremy Schwartz was induced to pop out to second base. The fifth saw three runners left on when leadoff hitter Patrick Riewer grounded to third.

The ball juggled around third baseman Jason Burg's glove before a quick throw and a big stretch from first baseman Drew Schultz put the inning away.

The Blazer's sixth inning rally died on a hustling unassisted put out by Schultz at first.

On his way to hurling 151 pitches for the complete game win, Baune had a few erratic moments walking six Blazers and beaning five. He gave up six earned runs and fanned six.

Getting out of jeopardy was not limited to the infield. An eighth inning Blazers rally was nipped by centerfielder Mike Aker's diving catch. Aker laid out in a full stretch on a dead run in the power alley between center and left in what proved to be a game-saving catch. His grab kept the tying run from scoring leaving the score at 6-5. Both teams would add an additional run in their last at-bats.

Alex Helmeke would score the eventual game-winner off the bat of Jeff Hamann, who singled for the Millers.

Riewer, who went 4-6 at the plate for the Blazers, cut the lead to one in the ninth on a Karl Amundson ground out to second. Amundson managed three RBI without getting a hit at the plate.

Baune would force Schwartz to fly out to Aker for the game clincher.

Game notes: Amundson had control issues on the mound as the Blazer starter. He pitched 2.3 innings walking seven and plunking two Miller batters. He gave up five runs, all earned on only two hits. In relief, Matthew Hartung scattered seven hits, beaned one, but struck out five and only walked one.

In total, eight batters were hit by pitch, 14 reached on walks.

Millers results

Bertha at New York Mills, Russ Jacobson Field Sunday, May 16.

BER 110 100 021 - 6 10 2

NYM 302 000 11x - 7 11 5

Bertha

AB R H Bi

Riewer, P. 6 3 4 0

Zirbes 4 0 1 1

Amundson 4 0 0 3

Schwartz 6 0 0 0

Kempsen 3 1 1 0

Denny 3 1 1 0

Sieling 3 1 1 1

Hartung, J. 4 0 2 1

Byland 2 0 0 0

Hartung, M. 2 0 0 0

Totals 37 6 10 6

New York Mills

AB R H Bi

Burg 2 1 1 1

Huwe 2 1 1 0

Baune 5 1 2 2

Helmeke 5 1 0 0

Keskitalo 1 1 0 0

x-Salo 2 0 0 0

Schultz 5 0 0 1

Hamann 3 2 3 1

McManigle 3 0 1 0

Aker 5 0 2 1

Totals 33 7 11 6

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): BER - Amundson 2.3-2-5-5-7-2; Hartune (LP) 5.6-7-2-1-1-5...NYM: Baune (WP) 9-10-6-6-6-6.

Other league scores:

Bluffton 5, Dent Bulldogs 1

Perham 6, Pelican Rapids 2 in 11 innings

Vergas 6, Hawley 3 in 10 innings

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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