PRIOR LAKE - On Sunday, the Searles Bullheads traveled to Prior Lake for a 35-and-over baseball game. The Mariners beat the Bullheads 9-8 in eight innings.
Both teams scored in the first inning. Searles put up three runs on the scoreboard with three hits and three walks. Scott Rummel had an RBI single, and Doug Ekstrom hit a two-run double. The Prior Lake Mariners came right back with four runs of their own, getting six of their teams 11 hits.
In the fourth inning the Bullhead's Myron Fluegge, age 69, got his first official baseball hit in 31 years by hitting a soft line drive over the shortstop. Fluegge retired from baseball in 1983, but joined the Bullheads last season as an emergency player and official scorekeeper. Fluegge went on to score the Bullheads fourth run of the game, via a courtesy runner, on John Giefer's sacrifice fly.
With Prior Lake holding an 8-4 lead going into the seventh, the Bullheads pushed across four runs to tie the score. Key hits in the inning were delivered by Todd Hulke with an RBI double, Craig Schmitz with a two-run double, and an RBI single by Giefer to drive in Fluegge with the tying run.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mariners, with runners on second and third base and one out, hit a blooper beyond third base near the foul line to score the winning run. Jim Buesgens, who pitched the first 6 2/3 innings for the Mariners, was relieved by the winning pitcher, Bill Gabler.
Rummel started for the Bullheads and gave up one more run in the second and two more in the fourth. Schmitz came in to pitch in the fifth and gave up a single run in the sixth to the Prior Lake Mariners (9-0) plus the game-ending run in the eighth.
On Friday night the Bullheads hosted the LeSueur-Henderson Legends. The Legends jumped on starter Kevin Hulke for five runs in the first inning.
They added two more in the third and a final run in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Craig Schmitz came in as relief, After giving up a base on balls he got the next batter to hit into an inning-ending double play. Cory Haala pitched the final inning for the Bullheads.
Matt Kuster, who had two of Searles's three hits, walked in the fourth and eventually scored on Doug Ekstrom's sac fly. Schmitz had a double for the Bullheads in the sixth. The Legend's Scott Zeiher pitched the entire game.
The Bullheads (5-6) return to action on Saturday by hosting the Jordan Millers for a 2 p.m. game in Searles. Then on Sunday Searles plays a 3 p.m. game at Belle Plaine.