Amateur Baseball Roundup
ORTONVILLE -- The Raymond Rockets eased by Ortonville 3-2 on Friday night with Jed Nelson supplying the critical swings.
Nelson delivered an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth. He finished with three of his team's nine hits.
The three runs, two of those unearned, were just enough to beat Ortonville starter Curt Schake, one of the top arms in the Land 0' Ducks.
Caleb Hanson went 6Xc innings for the win. He was sharp, too, walking just one and fanning five. Both starters allowed seven hits.
Hanson left after a solo home run by Chris Fellows made it 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Zach Nelson and Jordan Smith kept a lid on the Rox the rest of the way.
It was Smith's first appearance for the Rockets this summer. He had been playing with the Willmar Stingers on a temporary contract since June 1.
Raymond (6-7) will host Cornbelt leader Milroy on Sunday. The game time has been changed to 3 p.m. at Lilleberg Field.
Raymond 3, Ortonville 2
Raymond 000 102 000 --3 9 0
Ortonville 100 000 100-- 2 8 2
HITTING - Raymond: Jed Nelson 3-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Jordan Smith 1-for-4; Zach Nelson 1-for-4; Brandon Madsen 3-for-4; Ron Hoekstra 1-for-2 ... Ortonville: Joel Fuller 1-for-4; Chance Haugen 2-for-4; Jeff Watson 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Chris Fellows 1-for-4, solo HR; Kevin Berdan 2-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Caleb Hanson (W) 62/3-7-2-2-1-5, Zach Nelson 11/3-0-0-0-1-0, Jordan Smith 1-1-0-0-0-2 ... Ortonville: Curt Schake (L) 7-7-3-1-0-6, Chris Fellows 2-2-0-0-0-2
Sacred Heart 6, Mankato Mets 0
Jeremy Hinderks tossed a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks to help Sacred Heart win its opening game. Hinderks also went 2-for-3 at the plate and knocked in a run.
Ryan Hebrink tripled and added two singles and Dakota Freiborg had an RBI double and RBI single for the Saints.
Sacred Heart 010 110 3 -- 6 8 2
Mankato 000 000 0 -- 0 2 1
HITTING - Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 3-for-4, 3b, rbi; Jeremy Hinderks 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Dakota Freiborg 2-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Trent Novotny 1-for-2 ... Mankato: Jake Krier 1-for-3; Josh Anderson 1-for-3, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 7-2-0-0-0-5 ... Mankato: Alex Smith (L) 7-8-6-5-3-3