Prep baseball: Berg's homer boosts Minnewaska
MADISON -- Trenton Berg hit a three-run homer to help put Minnewaska in a second-place tie in the West Central South Conference as the Lakers upended Lac qui Parle Valley 4-1 Thursday.
The Lakers improved to 9-3 in the conference while the Eagles fell to 11-3. Morris/Chokio-Alberta has a one-game lead with four games left on its conference schedule.
Berg's blast came in the first and Mike Nielsen drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Dustin Helmick worked all seven innings to earn the win, giving up three hits while striking out three and not issuing a walk.
Sam Haas scored the Eagles' only run when he came home on Brandon Weber's groundout.
Minnewaska 4, LQPV 1
Minnewaska 300 001 0 -- 4 7 1
LQPV 100 000 0 -- 1 3 0
HITTING - Minnewaska: Blake Helmick 2-for-4; Kameron Drange 1-for-2; Shane Bosek 1-for-2; Trenton Berg 2-for-3, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Dustin Helmick 1-for-2 ... Lac qui Parle Valley: Sam Haas 1-for-3; Eric Paulson 1-for-3, 2b; Joey Schreck 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnewaska: Dustin Helmick (W) 7-3-1-1-0-3 ... Lac qui Parle Valley: Joey Schreck (L) 7-7-4-4-2-7
Paynesville 8, Benson 1
Anthony Berreau and Logan Connelly combined to hold Paynesville (11-4, 13-4) hitless through four innings. But the Bulldogs then plated four runs in both the fifth and sixth to take control. Josh Bungum and Jason Kampsen both hit two-run singles.
Kampsen limited Benson (4-10, 4-10) to just four hits while working on the mound for Paynesville and also struck out 10 without issuing a walk in a complete-game performance.
Luke Schwarz doubled in the seventh before scoring Benson's only run on Cody Hammerschmidt's single.
Paynesville 000 044 0 -- 8 4 0
Benson 000 000 1 -- 1 4 1
HITTING - Paynesville: Jason Kampsen 2-for-3, 2b, 3 rbi; Kyle Schmidt 1-for-4; Josh Bungum 1-for-3, 2 runs ... Benson: Cody Hammerschmidt 2-for-3, rbi; Luke Schwarz 1-for-2, 2b; Logan Connelly 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Jason Kampsen (W) 7-4-1-1-0-10 ... Benson: Anthony Berreau 3-0-0-0-5-5, Logan Connelly (L) 3-4-8-8-5-1, Carter Fennell 1-0-0-0-0-0
YME 10, ACGC 5
Derek Dyrdahl hit a two-run homer, singled twice and scored four runs to lead Yellow Medicine East (5-9, 7-9) at Grove City. Austin Thorstad singled twice and plated two runs.
Aaron Zieske went six nings for the win. He gave up nine hits.
Trevor Heining and Dylan Rossell each had a pair of hits for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (1-14, 1-15). Rossell knocked in two runs.
YME 320 202 1 -- 10 13 2
ACGC 003 020 0 -- 5 9 0
HITTING -Yellow Medicine East: Dylan Lindstrom 2-for-5; Devin Dyrdahl 1-for-5, rbi; Derek Dyrdahl 3-for-5, 4 runs, 3 rbi, 2-run HR; Garrett Cole 2-for-4, rbi; Austin Thorstad 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Ryan Reishus 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Garrett Landgren 2-for-4 ... Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Trevor Heining 2-for-4; Michael Kramer 1-for-4; Mitch Tauer 1-for-3; Dylan Rossell 2-for-2, 2 rbi; Ryan Larson 1-for-4, rbi; James Nelson 1-for-4, rbi; Gavin Renne 1-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Yellow Medicine East: Aaron Zieske (W) 6-9-5-5-2-5, Austin Thorstad 1-0-0-0-1-0 ... Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Jordan Nelson (L) 6-12-9-9-3-8, Ryan Larson 1-2-1-1-0-1
Montevideo 12, Morris/CA 11
A slugfest in Morris went Montevideo's way as the Thunder Hawks trimmed the Tigers' conference lead to one game.
Colton Vien in the first and Joe Bednar in the fifth launched three-run homers for Montevideo (3-11, 4-12) and a Morris/Chokio-Alberta (10-2, 14-2) throwing error in the seventh proved to be the winning margin. Tyler Kuno paced the attack by going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs.
Eric Riley slugged a three-run homer in the sixth to pull the Tigers within two. A two-run homer in the seventh from Tyler Hansen capped the scoring for the Tigers. Hansen and Cole Riley both had three hits.
Montevideo 303 230 1 -- 12 10 4
Morris/CA 141 003 2 -- 11 14 3
HITTING - Montevideo: Joe Bednar 1-for-5, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Brett Bergeson 1-for-3, 2b; Tyler Kuno 3-for-3, 3 runs, rbi; Colton Vien 2-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Jordan Thompson 1-for-3; Kyle TeBeest 2-for-5 ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Tyler Hansen 3-for-5, 2b, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Alex Erickson 2-for-4, rbi; Eric Riley 2-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Cole Riley 3-for-4, 3b; Taylor Hufford 1-for-1, rbi; Matt Lembcke 1-for-2; Brady Valnes 1-for-2; Evan Schultz 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Jordan Thompson (W) 6-12-9-7-1-2, Jeff Rohloff (S) 1-2-2-2-1-1 ... Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Tyler Hansen (L) 323-7-8-5-2-1, Mitch Kill 113-2-3-2-5-2, Ethan Bruer 2-1-1-0-2-0