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Amateur Baseball: Nelson whiffs nine to head Rockets' charge

BENSON -- Zach Nelson tossed an eight-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and got support early as Raymond scored seven runs in the first inning Friday en route to blanking Benson 8-0 in a non-league amateur baseball game.

Raymond (12-6) sent up 12 batters to the plate in the first. Jason Meyer highlighted the frame with a two-run homer while Mike Jeseritz, Kyle Knott and Jay Magnuson all had an RBI double.

Raymond 8, Benson 0

Raymond 700 001 000 -- 8 10 0

Benson 000 000 000 -- 0 8 5

HITTING - Raymond: Mike Kluver 1-for-5, rbi; Jed Nelson 1-for-5; Mike Jeseritz 1-for-5, 2b, rbi; Kyle Knott 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Jay Magnuson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Jason Meyer 1-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Zach Nelson 2-for-4, 2b; Shawn Thissen 1-for-4; Joe Schlagel 1-for-2 .... Benson: Andrew Rustad 1-for-4; Rick Jepma 1-for-4; Wes Stettner 1-for-4; Aaron Hagen 1-for-3; Andrew Hughes 1-for-3; James Roberts 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Zach Nelson (W) 9-8-0-0-1-9 .... Benson: Wes Stettner (L) Zc-8-7-7-0-0, Andrew Hughes 8Xc-2-1-1-2-2

Bird Island 14, Regal 4

Playing in his first-ever game with Bird Island, Phil Johnson delivered a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh inning and later invoked the 10-run rule when he scored after Pat Otteson was hit in the helmet on a pitch from Regal's Adam Kampsen with the bases loaded.

Bird Island (2-6, 7-10) got only nine hits -- from eight players -- but took advantage of six walks. Ben Aaseth singled twice for the Islanders. Gregg Helin struck out six in a complete-game performance to pick up the win.

Shane Radermacher and Austen Hadley had two hits apiece for Regal.

Regal 003 000 1 -- 4 5 3

Bird Island 241 004 3 -- 14 9 2

HITTING - Regal: Shane Radermacher 2-for-3; Jordan Beier 1-for-4, rbi; Austen Hadley 2-for-3 .... Bird Island: Ben Aaseth 2-for-3; Luke Kramer 1-for-1; Jesse Bjur 1-for-1, 2b; Wade Dollerschell 1-for-3, rbi; Phil Johnson 1-for-1, 2b, 2 rbi; Andy Dollerschell 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Adam Martin 1-for-4, rbi; Pat Otteson 1-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Regal: Shane Radermacher Xc-0-2-0-2-0, Chris Beier (L) 4Zc-5-9-5-4-4, Adam Kampsen 2-4-3-3-3-2 .... Bird Island: Gregg Helin (W) 7-5-4-0-2-6

Howard Lake Invite

Atwater 5, Winsted 4

Michael Malvin hit a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Atwater (6-6) the first-round victory.

The Chuckers will play winner of the Howard Lake vs. Holdingford game at 8 p.m. today for the title.

Brian Kingery went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead Atwater.

Brad Hopp pitched the first 6Zc innings, scattering four runs on 10 hits. Jeremy Elkjer earned the win, striking out the last two batters.

Winsted 202 000 0 -- 4 10 0

Atwater 201 100 1 -- 5 8 0

HITTING - Winsted: Aaron Briesmaster 2-for-4; T.J. Enlid 2-for-4, rbi; Danny Lamutt 2-for-4, rbi .... Atwater: Brian Kingery 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Michael Malvin 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Brad Hopp 1-for-3, rbi; Luke Wallace 2-for-3; Lucas Pickle 1-for-1, 2 runs, 2 bb's

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Winsted: Matt Kane 5-5-4-4-3-5, Steve Bishils (L) 1Zc-3-1-1-1-0 .... Atwater: Brad Hopp 6Zc-10-4-4-4-1, Jeremy Elkjer (W) Xc-0-0-0-0-2