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Prep baseball: Owls rally past KMS

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Hancock’s Zach Copa takes a cut early in the Owls’ non-conference game against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Monday in Hancock. Copa hit a two-run, two-out single to put Hancock up 9-7 in the sixth inning and the Owls went on to win 10-7.

HANCOCK — The Hancock bullpen squandered a six-run lead, but a clutch two-out hit from Owls’ freshman Zach Copa lifted Hancock over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 10-7 on Monday in a non-conference game.

The Hancock offense was strong early, scoring in every inning but the first to build a 6-0 lead behind five shutout innings from Collin Brown.

But KMS batted around and then some in the top of the sixth, sending 13 players to the plate in a seven-run inning to go up 7-6 on a two-run double from Fred Mansfield and two-run singles from Travis Lamecker and Aaron Collins.

Hancock responded with a leadoff single from Philip Schaefer in the bottom half of the inning. Schaefer came around to score and tie the game on a single and an error.

KMS then recorded two outs, bringing Copa to the plate, who knocked a two-run base hit to put Hancock up 9-7.

Brown went five innings and struck out six in a no-decision, and Justin Miller picked up the win with 1.2 innings of relief.

Brandon Dahl was the hard-luck loser, allowing four unearned runs in an inning of work.

KMS starter Rylan Hatlestad fanned seven and walked none in three innings.

Taylor Holleman was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBIs, and Schaefer and Miller each had two hits.

The Owls (2-1) next play today at West Central Area, and KMS hosts Minneota on Thursday.

Hancock 10, KMS 7

KMS      000 007 0 —   7  6  2

Hancock (2-1)     021 124 x — 10 11 0

HITTING – KMS: Fred Mansfield 2-for-4, 2b-2, rbi-2, Travis Lamecker 2-for-4, rbi-2, Aaron Collins 1-for-4, rbi-2, Brett Petersen 1-for-3, Kyle Meyer 0-for-2, bb-2, rbi … Hancock: Philip Schaefer 2-for-4, Taylor Holleman 3-for-4, 2b, 3b, rbi-2, Justin Miller 2-for-4, rbi, Zach Copa 1-for-3, rbi-2, Bryce Schmidgall 1-for-2, 2b, rbi-2, Logan Kisgen 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — KMS: Rylan Hatlestad 3-4-3-3-0-7; Nathan Torkelson 2-3-3-3-2-2; Brandon Dahl (L) 1-4-4-0-1-2 … Hancock: Collin Brown 5-1-0-0-3-6; Chandler Gramm 0.1-2-6-6-3-0; Justin Miller (W) 1.2-3-1-1-1-1