Some early run support was all Brett Fratzke needed as he had a perfect game going into the seventh inning in a 7 0 amateur baseball victory for the Mankato Twins jerseys over the Mankato Mets jerseys at Wolverton Field on Saturday.
“(Fratzke) was great,” said Twins jerseys player coach Jay Nessler. “He came in and threw strikes and kept the ball down.
“Around the fourth inning I realized most of my stuff cheap mlb majestic jerseys was working,” Fratzke said. “(My game plan was to) just throw a lot of strikes. The second time around the order, you always have to mix things up and give a new look and I kind of did a good job of that.”
The Twins jerseys (14 2) jumped out to a three run lead in the top of the second when Steven Helget led off the inning with a single, reached third on an errant pick off throw by Darin Hendley and scored on a Ryan Greene single.
Greene eventually scored on a wild pitch. Chase Brown and Ben Kaus each had singles for the Twins jerseys and Corey LaPlante had an RBI groundout.
“It was awesome,” Fratzke said about the early lead. “It takes a lot of pressure off.”
LaPlante scored in the fourth after singling and stealing second on a Jay Nessler double. The Twins jerseys added three more runs in the fifth with Greene and Brown delivering RBIs.
Hendley pitched the first five innings for the Mets jerseys (13 8), surrendering five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
Sam Stier pitched the last four for the Mets jerseys, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out two. Stier, who sustained an ankle injury in the beginning of the season, had only pitched one inning for the Mets jerseys prior to the ballgame.
“I’m just glad that (player coach Josh Anderson) is letting me go out there,” Stier said. “I gave up a lot of fly balls. A lot of (my success) was just other people trying to help me out and making good plays like the double play at the end of the game. All I’m trying to do is throw it over the plate.”
Dane Allen was doubled off at second base on a line drive to end the inning.
The Mets jerseys registered their only baserunner in the game with two outs in the seventh when Jake Krier hit a single to left field. Fratzke then retired Hendley on a pop out and pitched a perfect eighth inning before being relieved.
Greene went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Helget was 2 for 4 and scored twice. Brown had a run and an RBI for the Twins jerseys.
With the Twins jerseys and Mets jerseys representing the same town, the game was perhaps more than a win or a loss for the two teams.
“There’s definitely a lot of bragging rights,” Stier said. “We lost that battle tonight, but it’s kind of a lot about pride and stuff like that.
“Anytime you play the (Mankato) Cubs jerseys or the Twins jerseys, it’s usually always a fun game because you know a lot of the guys, but it can also get kind of heated (which happened) tonight.”
Stier was referring to words exchanged from players on both sides in the top of the ninth. More words were exchanged after the game, but both sides cooled off.
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