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Prep baseball roundup: Card baseball falls to Eagles

WILLMAR —  Willmar outhit St. Cloud Apollo 8 to 7, but … .

Three fielding errors and a mental error gift wrapped four runs for the visiting Eagles at Bill Taunton Stadium on Friday evening.

Apollo improved to 5-2 in the CLC (6-2 overall) with a 4-2 win. Willmar dropped to 1-7 (1-8) but …

“We showed we want to play and that we can play with the big boys,” commented coach Mark Stier. “We just have to put it all together and make plays offensively and defensively to change the tide.”

DJ Smith pitched all seven for the win. He walked just one Cardinal, though he did commit the Eagles’ lone error, leading to an unearned run in the first when Willmar scored both its runs.

 Patrick Courtney threw the first four innings and Brandon Christiansen the last three. He took the loss when two miscues, plus two singles, led to a pair of unearned runs in the Apollo sixth.

Apollo drew six walks off the two Willmar pitchers.

“The pitchers threw great, we had good at bats and were aggressive on the base paths,” add Stier.

Offensively, Courtney in the leadoff spot went 3-for-4 and Tony McCleary and Brett Swanson each had a pair of hits.

Willmar is at Hutchinson on Monday, a section foe.

SC Apollo 4, Willmar 2

SC Apollo            101 002 0 — 4  7 1

Willmar                200 000 0 — 2  8 3 

HITTING – SCA: Lynch 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2b; Bloch 1-for-3, Haugen 1-for-2 … Willmar: Patrick Courtney 3-for-4, Tony McCleary 2-for-3, Austin Rambow 1-for-3, Brandon Christiansen 0-for-2, SF rbi; Brett Swanson 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – SCA: DJ Smith (W) 7-8-2-1-0-3 … Willmar: Patrick Courtney 4-3-2-1-3-3, Brandon Christiansen (L) 3-4-2-0-3-0


NLS 13, Montevideo 2

MONTEVIDEO — Errors and walks sunk the Thunder Hawks as they fell to New London-Spicer 13-2 on Friday.

The Montevideo defense committed 7 errors, leading to 7 unearned runs through four innings on starting pitching Jordan Thompson.

Lucas Nordmeyer started for the Wildcats and pitched six strong innings with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk.

NLS’ Brady Schmitz was 1-for-4 with a 2-run single in the fifth inning, and Grant Vagle had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Jarrett Hatlestad doubled and scored 3 runs.

Montevideo hosts Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday, and NLS plays at Hutchinson on Tuesday.

NLS (3-8)             012 320 5 — 13 5 2

Montevideo (5-5)               001 000 1 — 2 4 7

HITTING – NLS: Jarrett Hatlestad 1-4, 2b, r-3, Grant Vagle 2-4, rbi-2, Aaron Clancy 1-5, Brady Schmitz 1-4, rbi-2 … Montevideo: Austin Hansen 1-4, Jake Bednar 1-3, Logan Knoshal 1-2, Austin Hiepler 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – NLS: WP-Lucas Nordmeyer 6-3-1-1-1-8 … Montevideo: LP-Jordan Thompson 4-5-8-1-5-6

Litchfield 7,

Mound Westonka 3

The Dragons fell behind by three runs before the offense kicked in in the fifth and sixth innings on Friday in Litchfield.

Litchfield scored four runs in the fifth to take the lead, then tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth.

Austin Larson relieved starter Matt Hopkins and allowing only one hit and struck out five in 2-1/3 innings to get the win.

Eddie Estrada was 2-for-3 and drove in a run and Dylan Koll and Braeden Wahl both had two hits.

The Dragons are 5-4 overall and play next at Orono on Tuesday.

MW        001 020 0 — 3 4 1 

Litchfield             000 043 x — 7 9 3 

HITTING – MW: Jack Leschisin 1-4 rbi-2 … Litchfield: Dylan Koll 2-4 r, Mike Spreiter 1-3 rbi r-2, Eddie Estrada 2-3 rbi, Ryan Wahl 1-3, Braeden Wahl 2-3 r, Jake Schultz 1-2 r-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – MW: LP-Evan Kennedy … Litchfield: WP-Austin Larson 2.1-1-0-0-0-5, Matt Hopkins 4.2-3-3-2-6-2


The BOLD Warriors, ranked No. 7 in Class A, saw a 6-game win streak come apart under the weight of the Lakers’ 12-hit barrage.

 A four-run third knocked starter Trevor Nissen off the hill. Brett Grund’s RBI single provided the only run for BOLD, who slipped to 7-3.

Winning pitcher Dallas Eastman and reliever Ryan Kittock checked the Warriors on three hits.

HLWW 104 000 3 — 812 0

BOLD    010 000 0 — 1  3 5 

HITTING – HLWW: Garrett Zander 3-for-4, rbi; Joe Aalid 3-3, rbi; Dalls Eastman 2-3, rbi… BOLD: Tyler Seehusen 1-for-2, Tyler Lothert 1-for-3, Brett Grund 1-for-1, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – HLWW: Dalls Eastman (W) 5-2-1-1-3-5, Ryan Kittock 2-1-0-0-3-1 … BOLD: Trevor Nissen (L) 3-6-4-3-5-1, Lane Stadther 4-6-3-3-2-1



Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop scored the winning run on an infield hit in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday.

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Jake Pettit was 3-for-4 and drove in a run and Tate Lange was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Corey Kurth and Dylan Kalenberg both had two hits, including doubles. Josh Swanson was 2-for-4.

BLHS    010 050 0 — 6 14 2 

GFW      020 004 1 — 7  5  1 

HITTING – BLHS: Ryan Coulter 1-3 r, Tate Lange 2-4 rbi-2 r-2, Corey Kurth 2-4 2b r, Mason Clark 1-4 r, Josh Swanson 2-4, Jake Pettit 3-4 2b rbi, Dylan Kalenberg 2-3 2b r … GFW: Michael Geier 1-3 rbi-4 r, Kolten Pingeon 1-2 r-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BLHS: LP-Kubesh 1-1-1-1-3-0 … GFW: WP-Jaden Katzenmeyer


Game One

Hancock 5,

Hillcrest LA 3

Taylor Holleman and Justin Miller had RBI singles in the first inning and Philip Schaefer supplied Hancock another one in the fourth to spark the Owls to their first win. Miller singled three times to account for half of the Owls’ six hits.

Holleman also earned the win on the mound, surrendering three hits and two earned runs while fanning two in a six-inning outing.

HLA      100 002 — 3 3 5

Hancock               200 12x — 5 6 2

HITTING – HLA: Skylar Ruf 2-3 rbi … Hancock: Philip Schaefer 2-3 rbi, Taylor Holleman 1-3 rbi, Justin Miller 3-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – HLA: LP-Quincy Undseth … Hancock: WP-Holleman 6-3-3-2-2-2

Game Two

Hillcrest LA 8,

Hancock 5

Holleman and Miller had two hits each and combined to drive in three runs for Hancock, which is at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday for another conference doubleheader.

Hancock               302 000 — 5  4  3

HLA      402 02x — 8 10 1 

HITTING – Hancock: Holleman 2-2 rbi, Miller 2-3 2-rbi … HLA: Taylor Thel 2-3 rbi, Evan Newman 2-3, Caleb Mathison 2-3 rbi, Undseth 2-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Hancock: LP-Schaefer 5-10-8-7-5-4 … HLA: WP-Jared Christenson


MACCRAY 10, Dawson-Boyd 7

A six-run fourth fueled by walks and passed balls lifted the Wolverines into the lead after trailing 6-4 through three.

Shortstop Caleb Melin relieved Tyler Donner in the fourth and blanked the Blackjacks the rest of the way on one hit with 8 strikeouts.

Jordan Staab doubled twice for the Jacks.

MACCRAY          301 600 0 — 10  8  2

Dawson-Boyd     402 100 0 —   7  7  4 

HITTING – Dawson-Boyd: Jordan Staab 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 2b’s; Jordan Bothun 2-for-4, 2 runs; Ryan Wagner 2-for-4, 2 rbi … MACCRAY: Tyler Donner 2-for-3, Ransom Dykema 1-for-1, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; C. Homan 1-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Dawson-Boyd: Braden Thompson (L) 3-4-6-5-5-3 … MACCRAY: T. Donner 3-6-7-4-4-3, Caleb Melin (W) 4-1-0-0-1-8

MACCRAY 6, Lakeview 0

Sophomore flinger Tyler Moffenbier calmed the Lakers bats on six hits. He walked five and whiffed four in the whitewash. Caleb Melin ripped three hits and Dylan Abraham socked a pair of doubles as the Wolverines improved to 5-3.

Lakeview             000 000 0 — 0  6  1 

MACCRAY          110 004 x — 6 10 2

HITTING – Lakeview: Jacob Neu 1-for-2, Seth Boerboom 1-for-3… MACCRAY: Caleb Melin 3-for-4, rbi; Dylan Abraham 2-for-3, 2 2b’s, rbi; Jacob Aviles 2-for-4, rbi; Tyler Donner 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Conner Cronen 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Lakeview: Boerboom (L) 5.1-10-6-5-3-3 … MACCRAY: Tyler Moffenbier (W) 7-6-0-0-5-4