Northfield starting pitcher Derek Albers felt the sting of a 3-1 loss to Big 9 Conference foe Austin Saturday at Northfield High School despite not allowing a hit until the top of the seventh inning.
The Packers (5-2, 5-2) rallied back from a 1-0 deficit in the top of the sixth inning when a pair of Raiders errors and a wild pitch allowed Jack Dankert to score.
Austin grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh after Riley Wempner hit a two-run triple.
Albers struck out three and walked four in 6 ⅓ innings. He also hit a batter and struggled to find his control at times. He walked two in the fourth inning but got out of it with a strikeout to end the inning.
Albers also drove in Northfield’s first-inning run with a fielder’s choice that scored Blake Christensen.
Carter Hodapp finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for the Raiders (1-5, 1-4), who tallied five hits.
Austin’s Michael O’Connor proved a worthy adversary on the mound. He struck out nine batters and walked two in seven innings.
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