Amateur Baseball: Rockets, Twins advance in Class C
NEW PRAGUE - Alex Lotthammer and Damon Rademacher made life miserable for every hitter that stepped into the batter's box on Sunday.
With Raymond and Princeton playing in the opening round of the Class C state amateur baseball tournament, the two were mired in a pitcher's duel, hoping to play another weekend.
Thanks to seven strong innings on the mound and some early run support from his teammates, Lotthammer led the Rockets to a 3-0 victory over the Panthers Sunday at Memorial Park Baseball Stadium.
Lotthammer finished his outing allowing just one hit and five walks with five strikeouts. Cole Christensen aided the effort, picking up the save after two innings of work, allowing two hits with one strikeout.
Rademacher threw a complete game, giving up three runs (two earned), six hits and one walk with six strikeouts in the loss.
Raymond jumped on the board in the second after an RBI double by John Sawatzky, driving in Zach Nelson. Then in the third, Tyler Steen crushed a double that brought home Mike Teseritz before scoring himself on a sacrifice fly from Cal Kosminskas.
The Rockets will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 25 back in New Prague against Region 15 champion Richmond. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Raymond 3, Princeton 0
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Hitting - Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-4 r, Tyler Steen 1-4 2b r rbi, Calvin Kosminskas 0-2 rbi, Jordan Smith 1-4, Zach Nelson 0-2 r, Joe Schlagel 1-2, John Sawatzky 1-4 2b rbi, Brett Swanson 1-3 ... Princeton: Sam Archer 1-4 2b, Gehrig Scheffel 1-3, Kyle Norman 1-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Alex Lotthammer (W) 7-1-0-0-5-5, Cole Christensen (Sv) 2-2-0-0-0-1 ... Princeton: Damon Rademacher (L) 9-6-3-2-1-6.
Howard Lake 1
NEW PRAGUE - Solid pitching performances and a three-run eighth inning helped the New London-Spicer amateur baseball team down Howard Lake 4-1 on Saturday in the opening round of the Class C state tournament.
NLS' Austen Hadley broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the eighth inning. Twins starter Adam Nibaur allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings and Austin VerSteeg got the win with two perfect innings in relief.
Howard Lake took a 1-0 lead on Ben Borrell's run-scoring double in the fourth inning, but NLS' Mike Danielson tied the game with a sixth-inning solo homer.
The Twins advanced to play Chokio in the second round at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, in New Prague.
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Hitting - Howard Lake: Ben Borrell 2-4 2b rbi ... New London-Spicer: John Perkins 1-3 3b, Mike Danielson 2-4 hr rbi r-2, Josh Soine 0-0 r, Austen Hadley 1-4 hr rbi-3 4, Wyatt White 3-4 2b, Andrew Bangen 2-4, Scott Rambow 2-4 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Howard Lake: Mike Dockendorf (L) 7-10-4-3-0-3, Jared Koch 1-1-0-0-0-1 ... New London-Spicer: Adam Nibaur 7-4-1-1-0-2, Austin VerSteeg (W) 2-0-0-0-0-0
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd No. 2 doubles team of Bree Kallhoff and Veda Maharaj are 3-0 after the team opened the season with three matches on Friday and Saturday.
The pair picked up the team's lone point against Luverne on Saturday.
(1) Carrissa Cunningham, Luv, def. Anna Hacker 6-0 3-6 10-8 (2) Riley Sivertson, Luv, def. Addi Oie 7-5 7-5 (3) Ainslie Robinson, Luv, def. Katelyn Wittnebel 6-1 6-3 (4) Liz Kelm, Luv, def. Claire Larson 6-3 6-1
(1) Roz Oye/Elise Jarchow, Luv, def. Jessica Sigdahl/Rachel Halvorson 6-2 6-0 (2) Bree Kallhoff/Veda Maharaj, LDB, def. Mela Jarchow/Brynn Their 7-5 6-3 (3) Lauren VerSteeg/Solveig Totteland, Luv, def. Ashton Kittelson/Jade Bukowski 6-1 6-2
Anna Hacker got her first win of the season and the doubles team of Veda Maharaj and Bree Kallhoff picked up another win, but Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd fell to United South Central on Saturday.
(1) Anna Hacker, L, def. Daylyn Huper 4-6 7-5 10-7 (2) Delaney Weber, U, def. Addi Oie 6-0 6-2 (3) Katie Dylla, U, def. Katelyn Wittnebel 6-1 6-1 (4) Kori Elmer, U, def. Maddie Mathies 6-2 6-3
(1) Madison Loegering/Trinity Seedorf, U, def. 6-4 6-2 (2) Bree Kallhoff/Veda Maharaj, L, def. Olivia Schwartz/Lauren Zebro 6-4 7-6 (3) Kelsie Chapman/Sarah Mantor, U, def. Ashton Kittelson/Jade Bukowski 6-1 6-1
Veda Maharaj and Bree Kallhoff earned Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd's lone point at No. 2 doubles on Friday.
(1) Paige Ahrendt, P, def. Anna Hacker 6-0 1-6 6-2 (2) Lauren Lapthon, P, def. Addi Oie 6-2 6-0 (3) Olivia Lapthon, P, def. Katelyn Wittnebel 6-3 6-2 (4) Tricia Nissen, P, def. Maddie Matthies 6-2 6-3
(1) Carmen Skyberg/Courtney Kanthok, P, def Jessica Sigdahl/Rachel Halvorson 6-3 7-5 (2) Veda Maharaj/Bree Kallhoff, L, def. Adrianna Johnson/Maciah Lorang 6-3 2-6 11-9 (3) Anne Bartz/Gianna Wjan, P, def Kylie Wendinger/Ashton Kittelson 6-2 6-2