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Austin plates three runs late, beats Northfield in Big 9 Conference showdown

By Nick Gerhardt, SportsEngine, 05/05/18, 8:45AM CDT

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Until the sixth inning, the Raiders had a 1-0 lead.

Riley Wempner rounds second base on a late game triple. Wempner broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run shot to center field giving Austin a 3-1 win. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Riley Wempner rounds second base on a late game triple. Wempner broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run shot to center field giving Austin a 3-1 win. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Michael O'Connor struck out nine batters in the Packers' 3-1 win over the Raiders at Northfield High School. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Michael O'Connor struck out nine batters in the Packers' 3-1 win over the Raiders at Northfield High School. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First Report

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.

Derek Albers connects with the ball in the bottom of the first inning to send in Northfield's only run of the game. Albers pitched a no-hitter through six innings on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Derek Albers connects with the ball in the bottom of the first inning to send in Northfield's only run of the game. Albers pitched a no-hitter through six innings on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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