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Amateur Baseball: Koenen, Sacred Heart win pitchers' duel, 1-0

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Amateur Baseball: Koenen, Sacred Heart win pitchers' duel, 1-0
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SACRED HEART -- Matt Koenen tossed an one-hit shutout to outduel Aaron Savelkoul as Sacred Heart edged Paynesville 1-0 Sunday in a Cornbelt League game.


Jamie Paul singled just over the head of Sacred Heart shortstop Ryan Hebrink with one out in the first inning to account for the Pirates' only hit. Koenen then allowed just three other base runners for the rest of the game. Koenen had six strikeouts and walked three, including two in the seventh, which was Paynesville's only threat to produce a run.

The Saints (9-4, 15-4) scored the lone run in the first when Tyler Kleinhuizen scored on Mike Kuschel's sacrifice fly to center field. Kleinhuizen drew a walk with one out before advancing to second on Hebrink's single. Jeremy Hinderks then drew a walk to load the bases.

Kuschel singled twice later in the game as Sacred Heart was held to three hits as Savelkoul matched Koenen pitch-for-pitch. Koenen struck out four and issued three walks in eight innings of work for Paynesville (2-6, 2-7).

Sacred Heart 1, Paynesville 0

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Sacred Heart 100 000 00x -- 1 3 0

HITTING - Paynesville: Jamie Paul 1-for-4 ... Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 1-for-4; Mike Kuschel 2-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Aaron Savelkoul (L) 8-3-1-1-3-4 ... Sacred Heart: Matt Koenen (W) 9-1-0-0-3-6

Starbuck 6, Milroy 5

Ryan Gandrud's single scored the tying run in the bottom of the 10th, then a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score with two outs for Starbuck (5-2, 6-5).

Milroy (6-3, 14-4) scored four runs in the ninth to tie the game and one in the 10th to take a short-lived lead. All the Yankees' runs were unearned.

Gandrud went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Andy Toop was 4-for-6 for the Stars.

Nick Sutton pitched to one batter in the 10th to get the win. Jon Hoffmann allowed five runs on 11 hits in 9Xc innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Brian Dolan had three hits, with Chris Eichten and Matt Bauer adding two hits each to lead Milroy.

Starbuck beat Norway Lake-Sunburg 8-2 in non-league game Saturday. Statistics were not available.

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Starbuck 030 000 010 2 -- 6 14 5

HITTING - Milroy: Chris Eichten 2-for-6; Brian Dolan 3-for-6; Dan Schmidt 1-for-5; Matt Bauer 2-for-5; Josh Hadley 1-for-5; Cory Schmidt 1-for-4; Dean Rohlik 1-for-5 ... Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Andy Toop 4-for-6; Zach Lagred 2-for-4, rbi; Mike Andreas 1-for-5; Mike VanOverbeke 1-for-4; Matt Daniels 2-for-5; Kevin Mahoney 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Milroy: Anthony Rohlik 6Zc-8-3-0-3-3, Chris Eichten (L) 3Zc-6-3-1-0-4 ... Starbuck: Jon Hoffmann 9Xc-11-5-0-1-6, Nick Sutton (W) Zc-0-0-0-0-0

Raymond 6, NL-Sunburg 0

Jordan Smith allowed four hits over six innings and Zach Nelson gave up two hits in the last three as the Rockets recorded the shutout.

Smith struck out four without a walk and Nelson had three strikeouts with one walk.

Jason Meyer hit solo home runs in the first and fifth innings to lead Raymond (9-0, 16-2). Jed Nelson hit a two-run double in the sixth and had two hits overall.

Norway Lake-Sunburg 2-6, 3-7) had the bases loaded with two outs in first inning but Smith got out of the jam with a strikeout. Brant Beckman had two hits to lead the Lakers.

Raymond 100 013 001 -- 6 12 1

NL-Sunburg 000 000 000 -- 0 6 4

HITTING - Raymond: Jed Nelson 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Jason Meyer 2-for-5, 2 solo HR's (1,5), 2 rbi; Jordan Smith 1-for-5; Tyler Steen 4-for-4, 2 2b's; Ben Ruter 2-for-5, rbi; Tom DeBoer 1-for-4 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Brant Beckman 2-for-3; Kent Gjerde 1-for-3; Jordan Johnson 1-for-4; Jared Johnson 1-for-5; Nate Schlagel 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Jordan Smith (W) 6-4-0-0-2-4; Zach Nelson (S) 3-2-0-0-1-3 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten (L) 6-9-5-3-1-5; Nate Schlagel 3-3-1-1-1-1

NLS 7, Granite Falls 4

Scott Rambow led off the ninth inning for New London-Spicer (3-4, 9-5) with a solo home run to pad the Twins' lead. Cody Connors' sacrifice fly and Jack Hartley's RBI single later in the frame gave the Twins a 7-3 lead.

Cody Fruin doubled in the bottom half of the ninth and scored on Phil Johnson's single to pull the Kilowatts (2-8, 4-8)?within one. But two runners were stranded when Tyler Dammann ended the game with a fly ball.

Austen Hadley, who got the win in relief, ignited the Twins' 12-hit attack by going 3-for-5. Craig Listul doubled and singled for Granite Falls.

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Granite Falls 000 300 001 -- 4 8 1

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Austen Hadley 3-for-5; Jay Magnuson 1-for-3; Scott Rambow 2-for-4, solo HR, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Jeremy Dirksen 2-for-5, rbi; Matt Plumhoff 1-for-3, rbi; Jack Hartley 2-for-5, rbi; Ben Kulset 1-for-5 ... Granite Falls: Phil Johnson 2-for-4, rbi; Tyler Dammann 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Craig Listul 2-for-3, 2b; Cody Fruin 2-for-4, rbi; Andrew Walters 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Cody Connors 8-5-3-2-5-7, Austen Hadley (W) 1-3-1-1-0-2 ... Granite Falls: Aric Roehler 3-2-0-0-2-1, Taylor Tollefson (L) 6-10-7-5-4-5

Saturday's Games


Granite Falls 10, Appleton 0

Nick Richter tossed a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts for Granite Falls.

Jake Suter opened the scoring early for the Kilowatts by slugging a two-run homer in the first inning. Suter then drove in another pair of runs with a single in the fifth.

Taylor Tollefson capped the scoring with a two-run single in the sixth.

Appleton 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2

Granite Falls 200 053 x -- 10 10 4

HITTING - Appleton: Bryce Heipler 1-for-4; Jeff Rotunda 1-for-3; Jack Massee 1-for-3; Brandon Berge 1-for-2 ... Granite Falls: Phil Johnson 1-for-4; Tyler Dammann 1-for-4; Tyler Flattum 2-for-2, 2 runs; Jake Suter 2-for-4, 2-run HR, 3 runs, 4 rbi; Cody Fruin 1-for-2, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Chad Listul 1-for-3, rbi; Taylor Tollefson 2-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Appleton: Joey Schreck (L) 42/3-8-7-7-3-0, Blair Tostenson 11/3-2-3-0-2-0 ... Granite Falls: Nick Richter (W) 7-4-0-0-3-5