PRIOR LAKE - The Searles Bullheads 35 and over amateur baseball team opened their 2014 season on Sunday with a 14-7 win over the Prior Lake Pacers.
The Bullheads scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, and five more in the the third to build an early 10-1 lead.
Searles pounded out 16 hits for the game. Lead-off hitter Craig Schmitz went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Doug Ekstrom was 3-for-3, including a double and three RBIs to lead the Bullheads.
Scott Rummel picked up the win for the Bullheads. Rummel, Schmitz, Brad Mathiowetz, and Cory Haala combined for a total of six strikeouts and five walks. John Buelow had two of the Pacers seven hits, including a solo home run in the second inning.
The home opener for the Bullheads at the Searles ballpark will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31 against the Southwest Outlaws from Welcome.
The weekend series continues at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1 with a home game against Waconia. Fan support is encouraged with free admission.
Lamberton defeated Springfield 6-1 in Tomahawk East League Amateur baseball action Sunday.
Alex Frank took the loss for Springfield. He gave up six runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Jacob Menage had two hits for the Tigers and an RBI.
Seven different batters had one hit each for Lamberton. Johnny Pistulka earned the complete game win, allowing just one unearned run on two hits, while striking out sixteen.
The loss drops the Tigers to 2-1 on the season. The Tigers host Hanska at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Hanska 9, Essig 4
ESSIG - Hanska defeated Essig 9-4 in a Tomahawk East amateur baseball game on Sunday.
Dayton Larson got the win for Hanska (2-1), having struck out seven batters while allowing one unearned run on two hits in six innings pitched.
Gabe Knowles went 3-for-4 with a double, while Walker Froehling had two RBIs and a double while going 2-for-5 at the plate. Brady Mosenden had a three-run double and Dusty Wilfahrt had a two-run double.
Mark Giesen got the loss for Essig (0-3), having given up seven runs - six earned - on five hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Dusty Fleck was 2-for-4 with a double.