Hanska loses to New Prague

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Hanska second baseman Kyle Fischer tries to tag out a New Prague baserunner during the Lakers loss in the Class C state tournament Sunday in New Prague.

NEW PRAGUE — The Hanska amateur baseball team ended its state run with a 3-0 loss against New Prague in the second round of playoff action on Saturday.

Hanska (28-4) was the Number 1 seed coming out of Region 2C and had a first-round bye to meet New Prague at its home field.

The Lakers had four hits in the shutout while giving up seven hits with two Laker errors in the loss.

Cole Wellmann took the loss for the Lakers giving his team five innings of work with three strikeouts and left the game giving up one run.

Hanska’s Matt Suess got the first Hanska hit in the home half of the fifth inning on a single up the middle for the second base runner of the day for the Lakers. Kyle Fischer reached on a walk in the fourth inning but was stranded in the inning.

Suess took second on a wild pitch as the catcher failed to track the ball just outside the batter’s box as the Lakers now had a runner in scoring position. Suess was left in scoring position by consecutive strikeouts with Hanska trailing 1-0 at that point of the game.

New Prague answered in the top half of the sixth inning with another run now facing Hanska reliver Dayton Larson.

Larson gave a base by a hits-batsmen and after a sacrificed bunt New Prague had a runner standing on second with one away. A throwing error after a solid defensive play by the Lakers put runners on the corners still with one away. New Prague was given the base hit on the play and an error by Hanska on the attempt to get the trailing runner.

Larson took a ground ball off the lower body as the ball reached past the line and the New Prague runner had a chance to step across home for the insurance run. An infield RBI single by New Prague put Hanska in a tough spot with the eventful inning coming to a close.

The Lakers had momentum on their side in the bottom half of the seventh with sharp hit singles by Brady Mosenden and Suess for the two-out rally.

New Prague’s starting pitcher Nathan Sprouls was able to get out of the jam with his seventh strikeout of the game. Sprouls went 8 innings and left in the ninth inning after giving up a single to Eric Portner as the Lakers stood three outs away from defeat.

Suess led the Lakers going 2 for 3 with two singles, and Mosenden and Portner went 1 for 4. Wellmann took the loss going 5 innings giving up four hits and one run from three strikeouts, and Larson had three strikeouts while giving up 2 runs in four innings of work.

New Prague’s Sprouls went 8 innings giving up all four hits in the shutout and Dan Feneis, a draftee from Union Hill, closed the game with one inning with one strikeout.

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