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Region 14C baseball: Cougars keep hope alive

The Carlos Cougars are still alive in the Region 14C Tournament after going 2-1 last weekend.

The Cougars lost their opening round game to the Detroit Lakes Angels 9-5 last Friday, but they bounced back to win 10-1 against the Staples Lumberbats on Saturday and 9-4 against the Clarissa Flyers on Sunday.


The Cougars won their Sunday afternoon matchup against Clarissa thanks to a three-run home run by Brad Nyberg in the eighth inning to take their first lead of the game.

The Cougars were down by two runs before Nyberg hit the shot, and afterwards they scored four runs in the ninth inning to put the game away.

"It really fires us up," Cougars player-coach Aaron Noetzelman said. "It doesn't surprise me at all that he came through. If it's a tight game in the late innings, Brad is the guy we want up there."

Nyberg finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Dave Schjenken also was 4-for-4 on the night with a run and two RBIs.

Matt Hoelscher picked up the win for the Cougars, going seven innings and giving up four earned runs. Jay Schueler pitched two innings in relief for the save.



Coming off a loss in the opening round of the tournament, the Cougars bounced back with a 10-1 victory over the Staples Lumberbats.

The Cougars needed a few innings Saturday to shake off their previous loss to Detroit Lakes.

"I would be lying if I said it didn't affect us, it's always tough when you're one out away from a win and it slips away," Noetzelman said. "It carried into the second game until [Ryan] Severson came through again with his first home run of the tournament in the middle innings."

Nyberg finished the game 2-for-5, including a home run, with three RBIs and two runs scored. Severson also helped the Cougars' offense with the home run and two RBIs in the game.

Mark Hillesheim picked up the win for the Cougars in the game, going 7 1/3 innings and only giving up one earned run on eight hits.



The Cougars had a 5-3 lead against Detroit Lakes Friday before the Angels stormed back with six runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 9-5 win.

Matt Hoelscher got the loss in the game after giving up four earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. Starting pitcher Nate Hoelscher pitched 8 2/3 innings in the game, giving up five earned runs and striking out 13.

Schueler led the Cougars' offense against Detroit Lakes, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.


The Cougars will face the Perham Pirates at 8 p.m. today, Friday, in Perham for a chance to advance in the Region 14C Tournament.

If the Cougars win, they would play the Bluffton Braves at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Perham. The winner of that game would advance to the tournament championship and have an automatic bid to the state tournament. The Bertha Blazers are already in the championship after moving through the winner's bracket.

The first three games of the tournament last weekend left a few of the Cougars pitchers with sore arms, and Gideon Burnham suffered a broken foot. The team will wait until Friday to decide who will be the starting pitcher against Perham.

"We always feel confident that we can beat anyone if we play the way we're capable of playing," Noetzelman said. "Perham is a good offensive club, so our pitchers are going to have to be on their game."

Now that the tournament is down to the final four teams, the Cougars will have a tough road to advance to the state tournament.

"We will have to bring our "A" game if we want to advance, but I know we can do it," Noetzelman said.


CARLOS 001 000 134 - 9 14 1

CLARISSA 022 000 000 - 4 9 1

CARLOS PITCHING - Matt Hoelscher - W, 7IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 4SO; Jay Schueler - S, 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2 SO

CARLOS OFFENSE - Aaron Noetzelman - 1-5, run; Jake Tharaldson - 1-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB; Schueler - 1-4, 2 runs, BB; Brad Nyberg - 3-5, HR, run, 3 RBIs; Justin Steidl - 1-4, run, RBI, BB; AJ Anderson - 1-5, RBI; Matt Hoelscher - 1-4; Ryan Severson - 1-3, run, BB; Dave Schjenken - 4-4, run, 2 RBIs

CARLOS 010 300 123 - 10 16 1

STAPLES 000 000 010 - 1 8 3

CARLOS PITCHING - Mark Hillesheim - W, 7.1IP, 8H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 8SO; Matt Hoelscher - 0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO; Jay Schueler - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO

CARLOS OFFENSE - Tharaldson - 1-4, run, BB; Noetzelman - 2-5, 2B, run; Schueler - 2-5, 2 runs, RBI; Nyberg - 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB; Steidl - 1-5, 2B, run, RBI, BB; Anderson - 3-5, RBI, BB; Hoelscher - 3-5, 2 runs, BB; Severson - 1-6, HR, run, 2 RBIs; Schjenken - 1-3, 2B, BB

DETROIT LAKES 200 000 106 - 9 12 1

CARLOS 000 121 010 - 5 10 1

CARLOS PITCHING - Nate Hoelscher - 8.2IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 13SO; Matt Hoelscher - 0.1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0SO

CARLOS OFFENSE - Tharaldson - 1-5, run; Noetzelman - 2-4, 2 2Bs, run, BB; Schueler - 2-4, 2 RBIs; Nyberg - 0-4, BB; N. Hoelscher - 0-4, 2B, run; Schjenken - 1-4, run; Anderson - 1-4, RBI; Severson - 1-3, RBI; M. Hoelscher - 2-3, run, BB

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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