After opening the season with three losses, the Montevideo Spartans amateur baseball team notched its first victory with a 7-3 win over the Appleton A’s Saturday at Appleton.


After opening the season with three losses, the Montevideo Spartans amateur baseball team notched its first victory with a 7-3 win over the Appleton A’s Saturday at Appleton.

Travis Epema pitched into the ninth inning to get the win, and Cameron Vien became the first Montevideo amateur player to hit a home run since the original Spartans disbanded following the 1988 season.

Vien also doubled and singled and drove in three runs for Montevideo as seven Spartans players combined to bang out 12 hits.

In addition to going 8 1/3 innings to get the win, Epema went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and RBI. Joe Schlagel was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

“Travis Epema gave us the outing we needed out of him,” said Spartans manager Brandon Raymo. “He kept the hitters off balance while getting solid defense behind him.”

The Spartans will play the Dumont Saints Satur­day at 2 p.m. at Wheaton. Montevideo will host the Rosen Express Sunday at 2 p.m. Both are Land O’ Ducks League games.

Montevideo 7, Appleton 3
Monte 100 210 300 — 7 12 1
Apple. 001 000 002 — 3 4 3
Hitting — Monte: Travis Epema 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Cameron Vien 3-for-5, solo HR, 2b, 3 rbi; Joe Schlagel 2-for-5, 2b, 3 rbi; Josh Anderson 1-for-4; Todd Bergeson 1-for-3; James Gallagher 1-for-5, 2b; John Gallagher 1-for-4. Appleton:?Baxter DuFrane 1-for-4; Kyle Sachs 1-for-3; Andy Klaers 1-for-4; Greg Rotunda 1-for-1, 2 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-bb-so) — Monte: Epema (W) 8 1/3-3-3-6-4; James Gallagher 2/3-1-0-0-1. Appleton:?Ryan Lee (L) 5-7-4-1-2; Sachs 4-5-3-0-2.

Sacred Heart 11, Monte 0
Sacred Heart blanked the Spartans 11-0 in seven innings in a non-league game here Friday.

The Spartans had just three hits off three Saints pitchers — singles by Todd Bergeson, Tim Epema and Kyle Goslee.

Sacred Heart 11, Monte 0
S.H. 128 000 0 — 11 11 1
Monte 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Hitting — Sacred Heart:?Ryan Hebrink 2-for-4; Jeremy Hinderks 2-for-3, rbi; Nate Hebrink 2-for-3, 2b, rbi. Monte: Todd Bergeson 1-for-4; Tim Epema 1-for-1; Kyle Goslee 1-for-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-bb-so) — Sacred Heart:?Nate Hebrink (W) 4-1-0-4-8; Adam Loe 1-0-0-0-3; Matt Koenen 2-2-0-0-4. Monte: Josh Fenske (L) 2 1/3-6-8-4-3; Jake Karels 4 2/3-5-3-2-6.