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Print this story | E-mail story | Add a comment | iPod�friendly | Bookmark this What is this?photo by Eric JohnsonAustin Blue Sox shortstop Joe Kroc can't come up with a flyball in the first inning against Cold Springs during the second day of the Spamtown Challenge Friday night at Marcusen Park.Blue Sox edge out Cold Springs 1-0 at SpamTown ChallengeBy Rocky Hulne (Contact) | Austin Daily HeraldOriginally published 01:24 a.m., June 27, 2009Updated 01:24 a.m., June 27, 2009Photo by Eric JohnsonAustin Blue Sox pitcher Joe Huffman delivers in the top of the first inning Friday night against Cold Springs during the second day of the Spamtown Challenge at Marcusen Park.

The Blue Sox picked the right time to get their bats going in a 1-0 win over Cold Springs on the second day of pool play in the SpamTown Challenge Friday at Marcusen Park.After getting just two hits in the first five innings combined, Austin (11-1 overall) pieced together two singles in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.Aaron Port started the rally wihen he lined a one-out single up the middle.

Port then advanced from first to second on a wild pitch and went from second to third on another wild pitch.Joe Kroc lifted a single to left field to score Port and give the Blue Sox the lead for good."We were pretty determined tonight.

A lot of us played angry," said Blue Sox manager and right fielder Josh Kunze.Austin pitcher Joe Huffman closed out his shutout in the seventh when he forced Cold Spring's Ben Griffin to ground out into a game ending double play.

Brian Voigt scooped it up at third, fired to Casey Toops at second, who took a hit as he was throwing to first to beat out Griffin.The Springers had runners at first and third with one out and would've tied the game if Toops hadn't thrown out Griffin."Brian (Voigt)'s been getting ate up a lot lately on some tough hops.

He just bellied up and sucked it in and got it to Casey, who hung in there and got blown up while making a nice relay," Kunze said.

"I can't say enough about Casey Toops tonight, his glove was just unreal and he saved us about four runs himself."To get the grounder, Huffman just did what he had been doing all night — throw a two-seam fast ball."I threw a lot of two-seamers tonight and I got a lot of ground balls with it.

The defense was unbelievable and they have been all year," he said.Kunze said Huffman's presence was a lift to the squad, which was playing without starters Nate Johnson and Zach Vleitstra."It's always good to have Joe out there, because he keeps it around the plate.

It's nice to return to normal Blue Sox baseball," he said.

"We've now beaten Mankato and Cold Springs (which won the SpamTown Challenge last year) in one week and not too many teams can say that."Austin stranded a runner on third in the fourth when Toops hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a groundout by Dan Swift.

Duell Higbe struck out to end the inning.The Springers multiple runners on in the fifth, third and first innings.The Blue Sox will play Prescott Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

If Austin can beat the Pirates and Cold Spring knocks off the Chicago Wildcats, who beat Austin but lost to Prescott, the Blue Sox could advance to the final four on Sunday."I wanted to set the tempo for this team that we aren't going to lay down in this tournament," Huffman said.

"We haven't been to Sunday in this tourney in a few years.

We really want to go Sunday.

But we've got to beat Prescott, they're a tough team and they can hit."1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESpringers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 2Blue Sox pitching: Joe Huffman (W), 7 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 0 R, 4 KBlue Sox hitting: Aaron Port, 1-for-3, R; Joe Kroc, 1-for-3, RBI; Casey Toops, 1-for-3, double; Dan Swift, 0-for-1, BB; Duell Higbe, 0-for-2; Pat Wolard, 0-for-2; Brian Voigt, 0-for-2; Josh Kunze, 0-for-2; Brandon Rector, 1-for-1Springers pitching: Chris Butala (L), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 5 KSpringers hitting: Brian Hansen, 1-for-4; Tyler Horning, 1-for-3, double; Steve Huls, 2-for-4, double; Ben Griffin, 0-for-2, 2 BBs; Zach Femrite, 0-for-3; Rick Burtzel, 1-for-3; Brad Olson, 1-for-3; Brian Skluzacek, 0-for-1, 2 BBs; Ryan Lieser, 0-for-3WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE THIS STORY?CommentsPost a comment (Terms of Use Policy)(Requires free registration.)Username: Password: (Forgotten your password?)Comment:
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