Brewers are runners-up in Austin tournament

FL goes 2-1 in Spamtown Classic

The Forest Lake Brewers had fun in Spamtown recently. The townball team took second place in an eight-team event in Austin the weekend of June 23.

It was Forest Lake’s first time playing in the Spamtown Challenge, which featured a fun environment including live music and a pig roast on Saturday night.

There was also some good baseball, as the Brewers went 2-1. They opened with a 7-6, extra-inning win Friday night over the host Austin Greyhounds.

Forest Lake sped off to a 6-0 lead as starter Mike Swenson did not allow a hit through four innings. The Greyhounds struck for three runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, though. Jeff Brooks relieved and stranded runners on second and third base in the seventh to preserve the tie.

Austin took an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth before Forest Lake scored a dramatic, walk-off victory. Mike Schultz provided the fireworks with a two-out, two-run rocket over the center fielder’s head.

Forest Lake again jumped out to a big lead in Saturday morning’s contest against Appleton (WI). The Brewers went ahead 7-0 after four innings and went on to win 8-3.

Brooks went 2-4, drove in four runs and crushed a deep home run. Brent Kolbow reached base four times, scored three runs and stole two bases. Dave Gauerke allowed one earned run on three hits over six innings.

“Dave Gauerke pitched his best game of the year. He always seems to pitch well in early morning games, which is odd because he is definitely not a morning person,” joked manager Adam Gallatin.

Cold Spring won the championship game Saturday evening, beating Forest Lake 7-0.

“We ran into a great pitcher and he shut us down,” Gallatin said. “We only had three hits and struggled at the plate.”

Nick Charest took the loss for the Brewers, who committed two errors which led to a pair of unearned runs.

Back in Metro Minny League action, Forest Lake fell 10-5 this past Sunday to Isanti, the 2011 Class C state champion.

The Brewers (8-6) this week host Champlin on Friday. They play the Logators again two days later on the road. Anoka comes to town next Tuesday.