Austin Packers baseball team sweeps doubleheader from Faribault 14-2 and 4-0 Thursday
The Austin Packers baseball team was looking to get back on the winning track in Faribault Thursday versus the Falcons in a Big 9 Conference and Section 1AAA doubleheader, and in Game 1, senior Peyton Ransom started his sixth game of the season and picked up his fifth win of the year as he gave up only one earned run on two hits and struck out six in six innings of work, plus he also drove in four runs on three hits to help lead the Packers to a 14-2 victory.
Austin got out to a quick start with four runs in the top of the first inning for a quick 4-0 lead, and after Faribault tallied a single run in the bottom of the second to cut the Packers lead to 4-1, the squad responded with one in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and they then broke the game wide open with a six-run top of the sixth on their way to the win.
Eight different Packers had at least one hit in this game, and the team totaled 13 for the contest, including Ransom, who finished 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, four RBI’s and a run scored, Dakota Retterath was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base, Hadyn Quitmeyer was also 2 for 4 with a run knocked in and two more scored, and Isaac Osgood went 2 for 3 Thursday with a pair of RBI’s, two runs scored and a stolen base.  Isaiah Conway came on to pitch the 7th inning and gave up no runs and no hits with no strikeouts or walks.
In Game 2 of the twinbill, the Packers picked up another strong starting pitching performance, this one from Noah Dunlap , as he fired a three-hit shutout in six innings of work, striking out eight and walking three to earn his first win of the season on the mound in a 4-0 Austin victory.
Offensively in the game for the Packers, Cooper Jacobsen rapped out two of the team’s 11 hits in three trips to the plate with an RBI and a run scored, Benton Purkapile was 2 for 3, Peyton Ransom had another big game at the plate by going 2 for 4 with two stolen bases, and Cooper Denzer was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI as the Packers also played flawless defense in the game with no errors and made great plays to keep the Falcons from scoring.  Dakota Retterath came on to pitch the 7th inning for the Packers  after Dunlap’s strong start and gave up no runs on no hits, plus he struck out two batters to help seal the win.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Packers are now 7-8 overall on the season, and they are right back into action today (Friday) as they travel to Section 1AAA rival Byron, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m.