Prep Baseball: Solbrack, Litchfield slam Watertown-Mayer, 15-5
LITCHFIELD -- Aaron Solbrack capped a 15-run Litchfield performance with a grand slam home run as the Dragons pounded Watertown-Mayer 15-5 in five innings to win the Section 5AA baseball opener Thursday.
The Dragons (12-9) will play the winner of the Annadale-Zimmerman game at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Delano.
Litchfield got the slugfest started with six runs in the first, helped along by a two-run single from Brady Smith and a two-run double by starting pitcher Aaron Valiant.
Six Dragons had multi-hit games.
Valiant pitched four innings and gave up four runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked five. David Yordi allowed a run on one hit in the fifth.
Litchfield 15, Watertown-Mayer 5
Watertown-Mayer 012 11 -- 5 5 1
Litchfield 632 4x -- 15 14 1
HITTING - Watertown-Mayer: Trevor Luedke 1-for-3; Ryan Hangerpiver 1-for-3, rbi; Cody Eckardt 1-for-1, 2b, 2 rbi; Tom Schroeder 1-for-3; Tony Carlson 1-for-3, rbi ... Litchfield: Nick Buschette 1-for-2, 2 runs; Aaron Solbrack 2-for-3, 3 runs, grand-slam HR, 4 rbi; Shane Gutormson 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Eric Hulterstrum 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Tyler Kielty 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Brady Smith 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Aaron Valiant 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Watertown-Mayer: Trevor Luedke 2-9-9-9-3-2; Pat Tschida 2-5-6-5-2-0 ... Litchfield: Aaron Valiant (W) 4-4-4-3-5-7; David Yordi 1-1-1-1-1-1
Section 2A-West NU Cathedral 6, BLH 0
New Ulm Cathedral (18-3) put up four runs in the lower half of the first inning on two hits and two Mustang errors and went on to eliminate Buffalo Lake-Hector 6-0.
Kyle Fischer and Craig Fischer combined on a one hit shutout. Craig threw the last four frames without a hit to get the win.
Mustangs' pitcher Trevor Albrecht, who threw a six-hitter, singled in the second inning for the lone hit. BLH finished 1-20 but 1-1 in post-season.
BL-Hector 000 000 0 -- 0 1 4
NU Cathedral 400 200 x -- 6 6 1
HITTING - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Trevor Albrecht 1-for-3 ... New Ulm Cathedral: Craig Fischer 2-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Buffalo Lake-Hector: Trevor Albrecht (L) 6-6-6-4-2-4 ... New Ulm Cathedral: Kyle Fischer 3-1-0-0-0-3, Craig Fischer (W) 4-0-0-0-3-3
Non-Conference YME 7, Lakeview 5
The Sting sprang to an early 5-0 lead, which was enough to withstand a 12-hit attack by the Lakeview Lakers.
Mason Hegna pitched into the fifth inning to gain the victory. He gave up six hits and two earned runs. Austen Cole finished up, he allowed six hits and three runs in three innings for the save.
Dylan Hoffman, Travis Enger and Dustin Baker all supplied run-scoring hits. YME (8-11) plays Montevideo at Bird Island on Saturday in its post-season opener.
Ryan Kurtenbach went 3-for-4 for the Lakers (5-12).
YME 050 101 0 -- 7 6 0
Lakeview 000 112 1 -- 5 12 1
HITTING - Yellow Medicine East: Dylan Hoffman 1-for-2, rbi; Travis Enger 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Mason Hegna 1-for-4, Dustin Baker 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Austen Cole 1-for-3 ... Lakeview: Cory Timmerman 2-for-4, Ryan Kurtenbach 3-for-4, Nate Mauland 2-for-2, 2 rbi; Jory Bossuyt 1-for-4, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Yellow Medicine East: Mason Hegna (W) 4-6-2-2-2-3, Austen Cole (S) 3-6-3-3-1-1 ... Lakeview: Jeremy Labat (L) 2-3-5-1-1-2, Adam Brewers 1-0-0-0-0-2, Cory Timmerman 3-2-2-2-3-2, Tyler Peterson 1-1-0-0-0-0
Hancock 17, Brandon-Evansville 5
Drew Schmidgall hit a solo home run and Tyler Kellner doubled twice had drove in four runs to lead the Owls (10-2, 12-3). Kellner and Bryan Shaw had three hits each.
Schmidgall pitched the first four innings for the win. He gave up five runs on six hits and struck out three.
Hancock 250 024 4 -- 17 13 *
Bran.-Evnsville 023 000 0 -- 5 10 *
HITTING - Hancock: Cory Schroeder 2-for-5, 3 runs, rbi; Brendon Foss 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Derrick Foss 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Drew Schmidgall 1-for-4, 3 runs, solo HR, rbi; Tyler Kellner 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 2b's, 4 rbi; Bryan Shaw, 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Austin Steege 2-for-3 ... Brandon-Evansville: A. Lund 2-for-4, HR, 3 rbi; T. Wood 2-for-4; H. Hazel 2-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Hancock: Drew Schmidgall (W) 4-6-5-4-0-3; Derrick Foss 2-3-0-0-0-3; Ryan Flaten 1-1-0-0-0-1 ... Brandon-Evansville: not available