The Austin Packers baseball team played host to the Rochester John Marshall Rockets in the regular season finale for both squads at Dick Seltz Field Thursday, and an 8-run top of the third inning proved to be the difference in a 12-8 win for the Rockets.
Austin led 4-1 after two innings with four runs crossing the plate in the bottom of the second, but the Rockets answered back with the eight-run top of the third to take a 9-4 lead. The Packers pushed across single runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the Rockets lead to 9-6, but John Marshall came back with a three-run top of the fifth inning to push their lead to six runs at 12-6. Austin answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 12-8, but they would get no closer as the Rockets held on the rest of the way for the win.
Offensively for the Packers, Brayden Bishop went 2 for 2 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored to help lead the way, and Ethan Anderson was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
With the loss, Austin finishes the regular season with a record of 8-12, and the Packers will be the No. 5 seed in the Section 1AAA playoffs, where their opponent Saturday will be the No. 4 seeded Stewartville Tigers, and first pitch for the quarterfinal matchup between the two squads is scheduled for 1 p.m. You’ll hear the game live on AM 1480 KAUS Saturday afternoon, with the pre-game show getting underway at 12:50 p.m.