Legion Baseball Roundup
SPICER — Ryan Vraa drove in three runs and Lucas Nordmeyer shook off a rough start on the mound by slugging a two-run double Tuesday to help New London-Spicer topple Hector 11-4 in an American Legion baseball game at Green Lake Diamond.
Hector took a quick 3-0 lead after Tyler Pagenkopf followed three walks Nordmeyer issued consecutively with a bases-clearing double. Nordmeyer settled down after that, surrendering just three walks and three hits over the next five innings to collect the win. The senior-to-be also struck out eight to offset the six walks.
The lead wouldn’t last very long for Hector as NLS sent up nine batters to the plate in the second to produce five runs. NLS took advantage of three walks and a Hector error, and also got a two-run single from Vraa and an RBI single from Logan Payne in the frame.
NLS then put up three more runs on the scoreboard in the third, highlighted by Nordmeyer’s two-run double that was followed by another Vraa run-scoring single.
NLS improved to 6-3 with the win and is off until traveling north Thursday to play at Eden Valley-Watkins at 8 p.m.
NLS 11, Hector 4
Hector 300 001 0 — 4 5 1
NLS 153 002 x — 11 12 3
HITTING – Hector: Tate Lange 1-4, Taylor Broderius 1-3, Ben Maiers 1-2, Josh Swanson 1-3, Tyler Pagenkopf 1-4 2b 3-rbi … NLS: Ryan Vraa 2-2 3-rbi, Logan Brink 1-5, Nick Bergeson 2-4, Grant Vagle 2-3 rbi, Jordan Payne 1-3 rbi, Aaron Clancy 1-3, Tanner Thunstedt 2-2, Lucas Nordmeyer 1-2 2b 2-rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hector: Lange (L) 6-12-11-*-9-7 … NLS: Nordmeyer (W) 6-4-4-3-6-8, Thunstedt 1-1-0-0-0-1
Montevideo 11, Hancock 1
A six-run fifth inning ended the game early as Montevideo improved to 6-1.
Austin Hiepler singled to lead off the home half of the fifth, Josh Henderson followed with a double and Spencer Hildahl drew a walk to load the bases. Bryce Maurice then singled in Hiepler and Henderson and Adam Kilibarda singled to reload the bases. Tristan Weber then singled in Hildahl and Marcus Kranz drew a bases-loaded walk to put Montevideo up 9-1.
Then with two outs Hancock’s third error of the game allowed two runs to come in, including Bailey Eickhoff — pinch-running for Weber — with the game-ender.
Hildahl worked a scoreless fourth and fifth for Montevideo to pick up the win in relief.
Montevideo’s defense was also showcased in its win as they turned a 9-4-2-5 double play in the fifth. Bryan Shaw doubled in the right-fielder corner and Henderson fielded the hit, firing the ball in to Weber at second, who then threw out Taylor Holleman at home. Montevideo catcher Zac Envoldsen then threw down to third, covered by Kranz, to throw out Shaw.
Hancock 100 00 — 1 4 3
Montevideo 320 06 — 11 9 0
HITTING – Hancock: Justin Miller 1-3 run, Taylor Holleman 1-2, Bryan Shaw 2-2 2b … Montevideo: Tristan Weber 2-4 rbi 2-runs, Zac Envoldsen 1-3 2-runs, Austin Hiepler 2-3 rbi, Josh Henderson 2-3 2b, Bryce Maurice 1-1 2-rbi, Adam Kilibarda1-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hancock: Miller (L) 2.1-4-5-3-5-3, Collin Cunningham 2.1-5-6-4-2-1 … Montevideo: Hiepler 3-3-1-1-6-3, Spencer Hildahl (W) 2-1-0-0-1-1