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Prep baseball roundup: Willmar can’t snare Otters

Tribune file photos by Rand Middleton Fergus Falls’ Drew Reinertson is safe at second on a stolen base as the catcher’s throw comes in to Willmar shortstop Patrick Courtney in the second inning Thursday at Baker Field.

WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals outhit visiting Fergus Falls 8 to 2 but fell 5-3.

How does that happen? Try four Willmar errors while the Otters were flawless in the field.

The visitors scored three times in the top of the second at Baker Field aided by two Willmar errors and a couple of wild pitches by Cole Christensen.

Other than that disaster, Christensen blanked the Otters over four innings though he hit three batters and walked a pair.

Willmar couldn’t string anything together until the sixth when Tony McCleary doubled leading off, Christensen stroked an RBI single and Buzzy Tollefson came up with a clutch RBI double in his second at bat after taking over for Evan Van DenEinde behind the plate.

Fergus reliever Cody Breen pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.

Junior left fielder Brett Swanson had a pair of hits batting in the nine spot. McCleary also supplied a pair of hits.

“I’m proud of the guys,” said coach Mark Stier, though disappointed with the outcome. “We showed that we are gamers and have made progress. We hit well and pitched well; now we have to cut down on mistakes.”

Josh Warne threw the last three innings allowing 1 hit and 2 runs, 1 earned.

Willmar is at Sauk Rapids 5 p.m. Monday.  

 Fergus 5, Willmar 3

Fergus Falls       030 020 0 — 5  2  0

Willmar                000 003 0 — 3  8  4

HITTING – Fergus Falls: Austin Hanson 1-for-4, Walker Heinen 1-for-4, 2 runs … Willmar: Anthony McCleary 2-for-4, 2b; Cole Hagen 1-for-3, Cole Christensen 1-for-4, rbi; Austin Rambwon 1-for-2, Buzzy Tollefson 1-for-2, 2 rbi;  Brett Swanson 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Fergus Falls: Tim Rassmussen (W) 6-8-3-3-1-4, Cody Breen (S) 1-0-0-0-0-1 … Willmar: Cole Christensen (L) 4-1-3-0-2-4, Josh Warne 3-1-2-1-2-1


KMS 8, Lakeview 7

SUNBURG — Fred Mansfield singled with the bases loaded and one out to give Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg an 8-7, come-from-behind win over Lakeview on Thursday.

With Lakeview leading 7-6, Sam Johnson led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. Mitch Tollefson singled, and Jacob Zvorak followed with another single to score Johnson and tie the game. After another walk and a strikeout, Mansfield singled to score Tollefson with the game-winner.

Rylan Hatlestad pitched four innings in relief to earn the win for the Fighting Saints.

KMS plays at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton today.

Lakeview             302 002 0 — 7 5 5

KMS      040 101 2 — 8 4 3

HITTING – Lakeview: Jacob Neu 2-for-3, rbi; Wyatt Schuster 1-for-3, 2b, rbi … KMS: Sam Johnson 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Mitch Tollefson 1-for-3, Jacob Zvorak 1-for-4, rbi; Fred Mansfield 1-for-2, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Lakeview: Randy Louwagie (L) … KMS: Brendan Hjelle 3-3-5-4-9-2, Rylan Hatlestad (W) 4-2-2-0-4-2

RCW 12, Dawson-Boyd 1

Mitch Treml hit a home run and a double to lead the offense, and he worked a complete game and struck out 14 to lead the Jaguars to their first victory of the season.

RCW, now 1-2, plays next against Lac qui Parle Valley at 4:30 p.m. today.

Justin Lee hit a solo home run to account for the Blackjacks’ lone run.

RCW      004 204 2 — 12 12 0 

Dawson-Boyd     000 100 0 —   1  3  5 

HITTING – RCW: Colin Thompson 2-for-5 3b rbi-2, Griffin Schaub 2-for-5 rbi-2, Mitch Treml 2-for-5 hr 2b rbi-2, Hayden Johnson 2-for-5 rbi, Mason Schmitz 2-for-4, Jesse Miller 1-for-2, Nick Fischer 1-for-3 rbi … Dawson-Boyd: Daniel Baldwin 1-for-3, Justin Lee 2-for-3 hr rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – RCW: WP-Treml 7-3-1-1-5-14 … Dawson-Boyd: LP-Baldwin 7-12-12-8-1-6

LQPV 16, Canby 6

Preston Kraft and Austin Haas both homered and Lac qui Parle Valley beat up Canby 16-6. Ben Morken pitched five 2-hit innings striking out 10 to earn the win.

The Eagles (4-0, 5-0) play at RCW today.

Canby (2-1, 2-2)  005 10 — 6 2 0

LQPV (4-0, 5-0)  157 3x — 16 7 3

HITTING – Canby: Matt Gallegos 1-for-3, rbi, Kristian Leppke 1-for-2, 2B, rbi … LQPV: Austin Haas 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 4 rbi, 3 runs, Preston Kraft 2-for-2, HR, 2 rbi, 2 runs, Colby Siegert 1-for-2, 3 rbi, Garrett Olson 1-for-3, Sawyer Bohn 1-for-1, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Canby: McKinley Johanson (L) 2.1-7-13-11-7-2 … LQPV: Ben Morken (W) 5-2-6-1-4-10


Four errors Central Minnesota Christian errors in the fourth inning led to six Russell-Tyler-Ruthton runs on Thursday in Tracy.

CMCS’ Sam Ohden had two hits in two trips and Grant Hoekstra had a hit and scored twice. Pitcher T.J. Stoel didn’t allow an earned run but took the loss. He struck out six.

CMCS, now 2-1 overall, plays at Dawson-Boyd on Monday, then travels up the road to also take on Lac qui Parle Valley.

CMCS    100 000 2 — 3 6 4 

TMB      000 600 x — 6 4 1 

HITTING – CMCS: Sam Ohden 2-for-2, Grant Hoekstra 1-for-3 r-2, Nick Daugherty 1-for-4, Austin Bulthuis 1-for-4, Zach Zwart 1-for-3 … TMB: Aaron Gleis 2-for-4 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – CMCS: LP-T.J. Stoel 3.2-4-6-0-3-6 … TMB: WP-Parker Lanoue

Central Minn.

Game One

BBE 5, Rockford 4

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa rallied from a 4-0 deficit for the win with a 3-run sixth. Adam Heinze and Dalon Bitzan supplied RBI hits in the comeback. Heinze got the win with Mark Schmitz throwing a perfect sixth inning for the save.

BBE       000 203 — 5  7  1

Rockford              040 000 — 4  6  5

HITTING – BBE: Trey Heinsius 2-for-3, Austin Jaeger 1-for-2, Adam Heinze 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Dalon Bitzan 1-for-3, rbi; Brian Goodwin 1-for-3, Austin Imdieke 1-for-4 … Rockford: Brett Bodicker 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BBE: Heinze (W) 5-6-4-3-5-4, Matt Schmitz (S) 1-0-0-0-0-0 … Rockford: Greg Faue (L)

Game Two

Rockford 8, BBE 4

Jay Redepenning clubbed a bases-clearing triple in the third as Rockford compiled consecutive four-run innings in the second and third. Trey Heinsius and Tyler Wander produced run-scoring hits for the Jaguars (2-2).

Rockford              044 000 — 8  5  4 

BBE       010 120 — 4  5  3 

HITTING – BBE: Tyler Wander 1-for-3, rbi; James Kuefler 1-for-3, Austin Jaeger 1-for-2, sac; Trey Heinsius 1-for-2, rbi; Dalon Bitzan 1-for-2 … Rockford: Jay Redepenning 1-for-3, 3b, 3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BBE: Jordan Wosmek (L) 2.2-4-7-6-6-2, Tommy Cebulla 3.1-2-1-0-1-3 … Rockford: Brad Deering (W)


Benson 6,

Minnewaska 2

Tyler Krienke led the offense and Morgan Staton came within two outs of a complete game while fanning 11 Lakers. Krienke, a senior batting in the leadoff spot, produced 3 hits, stole 3 bases, scored two runs and knocked in two teammates. Chad Schwarz belted a three-bagger driving in Staton in the Braves’ 3-run third.

Cody Hammerschmidt pitch the last two outs stranding a pair of Lakers. Waska starter Jake Amundson took the loss and had two of his team’s 5 hits.

Minnewaska (3-0)             000 001 1 — 2  5  4 

Benson (3-2)       103 002 x — 6  6  5 

HITTING – Minnewaska: Jake Amundson 2-for-4, Austin Ostrander 1-for-4, Matt Paulson 1-for-3, Tyler Nielsen 1-for-3 … Benson: Tyler Krienke 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 sbs, 2 rbi; Chad Schwarz 1-for-3, 3b, rbi; Taner Gimberlin 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Minnewaska: Jake Amundson (L) 5-4-4-3-3-6, Ostrander 1-2-2-1-1-1… Benson: Morgan Staton (W)6Z\c-5-2-0-1-11, Cody Hammerschmidt (S) X\c-0-0-0-0-1

Montevideo 8, BOLD 5

Montevideo built an eight-run lead and survived a shaky sixth inning on defense to hold off BOLD on Thursday.

The Thunder Hawks’ Jordan Thompson pitched five strong innings, allowing just one hit. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out seven. Jeff Rohloff had two hits and scored three runs and Markus Kranz also had a pair of hits, drove in a run and scored twice.

Montevideo is 4-1 and plays at Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 5 p.m. today. The Thunder Hawks’ upcoming game against New London-Spicer also has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10.

BOLD    000 005 0 — 5 3 3  

Montevideo         105 020 x — 8 9 1 

HITTING – BOLD: Trent Athmann 1-for-4, Trevor Nissen 1-for-3, Sawyer Tersteeg 1-for-3 rbi … Montevideo: Jeff Rohloff 2-for-3 r-3, Logan Knoshal 1-for-3, Markus Kranz 2-for-3 rbi r-2, Jake Bednar 1-for-3 rbi, Ricky Schmitz 1-for-3, Josh Henderson 1-for-3 r, Austin Hiepler 1-for-3 3b rbi r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BOLD: LP-Tersteeg 3-7-6-4-0-1 … Montevideo: WP-Jordan Thompson 5-1-0-0-0-7

Morris/CA 14,

Paynesville 12

Morris/Chokio-Alberta came out on top in a slugfest that had double-digit runs and hits for both teams.

The Tigers’ Mac Beyer hit a 2-run homer in the first inning to help MCA to a quick lead, but Paynesville came back to take a 9-5 lead in the third.

Paynesville walked the first two batters in the fourth and Tanner Picht followed with a 3-run homer to cut the deficit to one.

The Tigers added four more in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.

The Paynesville pitching staff walked 13 batters.

The Bulldogs play ACGC in Paynesville today, and Morris/CA hosts New London-Spicer on Monday.

Morris/CA (5-0)  311 522 0 — 14 13 4

Paynesville (1-2)                153 030 0 — 12 15 3

HITTING – Morris/CA: Tanner Picht 2-for-4, 3-run HR, Mac Beyer 3-for-4, 2 2b, HR, 5 rbi, Chandler Erickson 2-for-4, Jacob Torgerson 2-for-4, 2 rbi, 2b, Logan Manska 2-for-2, Bryce Jergenson 1-for-3, Tyler Henrichs 1-for-4, 2b … Paynesville: Caleb Burris 2-for-5, 2b, Nathan Meyer 3-for-4, 4 rbi, Matthew Quade 3-for-3, 2 rbi, Jordan Roos 1-for-3, Nick Dingmann 2-for-5, Trent Gertken 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Morris/CA: Logan Manska (W) … Paynesville: Tanner Harder (L) 2-2-2-2-2-1

Melrose 3, ACGC 2

A first-inning error and a walk led to two Melrose runs, and the Flying Dutchmen clipped Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3-2.

Brody Larson took the loss for the Falcons (0-3) with six innings pitched and two earned runs allowed.

ACGC plays today at Paynesville. 

ACGC (0-3)          000 011 0 — 2 3 1

Melrose                201 000 x — 3 7 1

HITTING – ACGC: Mitchel Macik 1-for-3, Nick Peterson 1-for-2, Brody Larson 1-for-3, Derek Dengerud 0-for-1, rbi … Melrose: Isaac Sawyer 2-for-2, Trevor Sawyer 2-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – ACGC: Brody Larson (L) 6-7-3-2-2-2 … Melrose: Ben Klaphake (W) 5-3-1-0-3-5


Game One


Mason Clark doubled and had 3 hits in the Mustangs’ two losses to Minnesota Valley Lutheran.

BLHS    000 000 1— 1 5 5

Minn. Valley Luth.            210 004 x — 7 6 1

HITTING – BLHS: Cory Kurth 1-for-3, Mason Clark 2-for-3, 2b; Kyle Kubesh 1-for-2, rbi; Jake Pettig 1-for-3 … MVL: Ryan Grunty 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BLHS: Mason Clark (L) 6-6-7-1-5-7 … MVL: Rick Jenson (W) 7-5-1-1-1-5

Game Two


Minn. Valley Luth             101 001 3 — 6 7 1

BLHS.   100 000 0 — 1 4 7

HITTING – MVL: Justin Bruns 2-for-4; Nick Dewanz 3-for-4, rbi … BLHS: Tate Lange 1-for-2; Tyler Pagenkopf 1-for-2; Mason Clark 1-for-2, Sam Nelson 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – MVL: Nick Dewanz (W) 7- 4-1-0-2-9 …. BLHS: Dylan Kalenberg (L) 6Z\c-7-6-1-1-0, Kyle Kubesh X\c-0-0-0-0-1