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Prep baseball roundup: Minnewaska tames Tigers

Brooke Kern / Morris Sun Tribune Minnewaska’s Matt McIver, left, makes the throw to first to complete a double play after forcing out Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Bryce Jergenson at second on Tuesday in Morris.

MORRIS — Minnewaska banged out six straight singles in a sixth-inning rally, and the Lakers topped Morris/Chokio-Alberta 4-1 in a West Central Conference game on Tuesday.

Holding a 1-0 lead, the Lakers’ Austin Ostrander led off the sixth with a triple. He scored on a wild pitch, and after an out, Minnewaska’s hit barrage tacked on two more runs.

Matt McIver, Matt Paulson and Michael Gruber each had two hits for the Lakers, and Riley Thompson pitched an eight-strikeout complete game to pick up the win.

Thompson allowed an RBI single to Gage Backman in the seventh, and had the tying run at the plate with one out, but finished off the game with a strikeout and a grounder to first.

Minnewaska next plays Thursday at home against Montevideo, and MCA plays Yellow Medicine East and Montevideo in a doubleheader today at Montevideo.

Minnewaska 4, Morris/CA 1

Min. (6-3, 7-5)      000 103 0 — 4 11 0

MCA (2-4, 7-5)     000 000 1 — 1 3 2

HITTING – Minnewaska: Matt McIver 2-4, rbi, Michael Gruber 2-4, Matt Paulson 2-3, rbi, Justin Amundson 1-4, Austin Ostrander 1-3, 3b, Jon Nygaard 1-2, Hunter Thompson 1-3, Riley Thompson 1-3 … MCA: Bryce Jergenson 1-3, Brady Jergenson 1-2, Gage Backman 1-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Minnewaska: Riley Thompson (W) 7-3-1-1-2-8 … MCA: Bryce Jergenson (L) 6-11-4-4-6-2; Danny Tracy 1-0-0-0-1-0

BOLD 8, Montevideo 4

Ben Steffel was 3-for-3 with a bases-loaded walk and Logan Sandgren mowed down 10 Thunder Hawks in the BOLD Warriors 8-4 victory over Montevideo on Tuesday.

In the third, Sandgren walked on a close ball 4 to load the bases which was followed by the pass to Steffel.  Leadoff Trent Athmann lead-off single was the only hit of the 3-run at-bat, which included 2 of Monte’s five errors.

The Hawks got 5 hits off Sandgren; one run was earned.

The Hawks’ Marcus Kranz doubled and singled and Ricky Schmitz also doubled.

BOLD    013 011 2—8 10 3 

Montevideo         000 031 0—4  5  5 

HITTING – BOLD: Trent Athmann 1-for-5, Lane Stadtherr 1-for-5, rbi; Riley Kramer 1-for-4, rbi; Logan Sangren 1-for-2, 3 runs; Ben Steffel 3-for-3, bb, 2 rbi; Joel Erickson 1-for-1, Brett Grund 2-for-4, rbi … Montevideo: Marcus Kranz 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b; Jordan Thompson 1-for-3, Ricky Schmitz 1-for-2, 2b; Tristan Weber 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — BOLD: Logan Sandgren (W) 7-5-4-1-2-10 … Monte: Tristan Weber (L) 3.1-3-4-0-2-1, Spencer Hildahl 3.0-7-4-4-2-1, Ricky Schmitz 0.2-0-0-0-0-0

Paynesville 5, Benson 2

Paynesville opened up a quick 2-0 lead on two walks, a Matt Quade RBI single and an error on a windy day at Roscoe.

The ’Dogs added insurance runs on a Nick Dingmann single in the fifth, and a sac fly and infield hit in the sixth.

Blake Karsch was hurling for Paynesville, and notched the victory with one earned run in five frames.

Benson 010 010 0 — 2 3 4

Pay. (9-1, 10-4)    200 012 x — 5 6 2

HITTING – Benson: Aaron Ahrndt 1-3, Brady Young 1-2, Adam Lindahl 1-3, rbi … Paynesville: Matthew Quade 1-4, Brandon Schleper 1-4, rbi, Josh Mackedanz 2-3, Nick Dingmann 1-4, rbi, Jordan Roos 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Benson: Connor Staton (L) 5.1-5-5-1-2-2; Name n/a 0.2-1-0-0-1-0 … Paynesville: Blake Karsch (W) 5-3-2-1-3-0; Mitchell Weidner 2-0-0-0-0-4


Canby 11, KMS 2

Rylan Hatlestad knocked RBI singles in the first and fifth innings in the Fighting Saints’ losing effort.

Jordan Engler added two hits.

Hatlestad started and took the loss, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven.

KMS (2-9) is at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Thursday.

Canby    104 203 1 — 11 12 2

KMS (2-9)             100 010 0 — 2 5 2

HITTING – Canby: Kristian Leppke 2-2, 2b, rbi-3, Bryce Gorder 2-4, 2b, rbi-2 … KMS: Jordan Engler 2-3, Rylan Hatlestad 2-4, rbi-2, Brett Petersen 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Canby: Gorder (W) 7-5-2-2-3-8 … KMS: Hatlestad (L) 4-8-7-3-3-7; Jake Magaard 3-4-4-4-3-4


This battle of near rivals at City Field in Prinsburg took 10 innings to decide.

The game-winning run scored in the top of 10th when the Jaguars’ Brady Holwerda, who reached on an error, crossed the plate on the Bluejays’ third miscue of the frame.

In the CMCS half, Matthew Van Eps doubled with two out but Hayden Johnson, RCW’s second pitcher, got the final out of the game on a strikeout, his 12th strikeout. Johnson allowed four hits, an unearned run and three walks after taking over for Griffin Schaub to start the fourth.

The Bluejays outhit the visitors 8-2 but stranded a dozen runners; the batters were 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

TJ Stoel and Austin Bulthuis combined on the 2-hitter with 2 walks and no earned runs. Bluejay fielding was responsible for 8 errors.

RCW      001 000 000 1—2 2 1  

CMCS    000 010 000 0 —1 8 6 

HITTING – RCW: Jon Kronlokken 1-for-4, run; Nick Fischer 1-for-4, Brady Holwerda 0-for-3, run … CMCS: TJ Stoel 2-for-3, 2 bb’s; Jaxson Schwitters 2-for-4, Matthew Van Eps 1-for-3, 2b; Nick Doherty 1-for-4, 2b; Noah Wubben 1-for-4, Matt Meyer 1-for-5; Tanner Stoel 0-for-3, run, sac, bb

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — RCW: Griffin Schaub 3-3-0-0-1-4, Hayden Johnson (W) 7-4-1-0-3-12 … CMCS: TJ Stoel 7-2-1-0-2-6, Austin Bulthuis (L) 3-0-1-0-0-3


Five errors foiled the Wolerines, who got a solid outing from Tyler Moffenbier (five-hitter with two walks and nine strikeouts).

MACCRAY led 2-1 through five but the Panthers scored 4 in the top of the sixth, keyed by Wolverine misplays and a two-run double by Jordan Towne.

Dylan Abraham and Caleb Melin each had two of the home team’s six hits.

TMB      001  004 0 —5  6  2 

MACCRAY          001 100 0 —2  6  5 

HITTING – TMB: Tanner Phelps 1-for-4, Austin Gleis 1-for-4, Brady Lanou 1-for-3, Taylor Carlson 1-for-3, Jordan Towne 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi … MACCRAY: Jacob Avila 1-for-3, rbi, 2b; Derick Sommers 1-for-4, Caleb Melin 2-for-3, Dylan Abraham 2-for-4; Connor Cronen 0-for-2, bb, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — TMB: Taylor Carlson (S) 3.2-4-2-2-3-4, Spencer Smith (W) 3.1-2-0-0-2-2 … MACCRAY: Tyler Moffenbier (L) 6-5-5-2-2-9, Ethan Thein 1-1-0-0-2-0

LQPV 7, Minneota 5

The Eagles scored four seventh-inning runs to overcome Minneota in a Camden Conference game Tuesday in Minneota.

Lac qui Parle Valley improved to 7-1 in the conference and 11-4 overall. The Eagles play at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Tuesday, Minneota led 5-2 after six innings but the Eagles rallied in the top of the seventh.

Cole Bungarden walked and Phil Kleven and Jon Nielsen had back-to-back singles to bring home Bungarden.

Sawyer Bohn walked and Kleven scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch to tie the score. Nielsen scored the go-ahead run on Austin Haas’ sacrifice fly, and Bohn came home on a wild pitch.

Nielsen was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Dylan Lillejord was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Haas and Brandon Hill both had two hits.

Haas got the win, working a complete game.

LQPV    101 000 4 — 7 14 2 

Minneota/LHI    410 000 0 — 5  9  2 

HITTING – Lac qui Parle Valley: Austin Haas 2-3 rbi sf, Dylan Lillejord 3-4 rbi, Brandon Hill 2-5 2b rbi, Ty Kanstrup 1-4, Cole Bungarden 1-2 Phil Kleven 2-4, Jon Nielsen 3-3 rbi … Minneota: Peyton Nuy 2-3 2b-2 rbi, Brock Buysse 2-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lac qui Parle Valley: Haas (W) 7-9-5-1-2-3 … Minneota: Alec Engler (L) 6-13-6-5-5-4, Jordan Beck 1-1-1-1-1-0


Brandon-Evansville 8, Hancock 6

Hancock (2-6, 5-8) had the potential go-ahead run at the plate twice in the seventh inning, but Brandon-Evansville (7-0, 11-2) fought off the Owls’ rally to win its fifth straight.

The Owls were held scoreless through the first four frames before plating three runs in both the fifth and sixth. Brandon Shaw delivered a two-run double in the fifth and in the sixth the Owls got RBI singles from Andrew Shaw and Philip Schaefer.

Hancock plays two more conference games on Thursday in Chokio, 4 p.m. against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and 6 p.m. against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Hancock               000 033 0 — 6  8  3

Brandon-Evansville         140 300 x — 8 11 0

HITTING – Hancock: Andrew Shaw 2-3 rbi, Bryce Schmidgall 2-3, Philip Schaefer 1-3 rbi, Brandon Shaw 1-3 2b rbi-2, Collin Brown 1-4, Brady Carter 1-4 2b … Brandon-Evansville: Brandon Christianson 2-4 2b rbi-3, Kevin Roers 2-4 rbi, Cody Lund 2-4 rbi, Pat McGaffey 2-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hancock: Schaefer (L) 6-11-8-8-6-2 … Brandon-Evansville: James Huisman (W) 5-4-3-3-4-5, Robbie Jull 1-4-3-3-3-1, Tom Bosek (S) 1-0-0-0-0-1

Central Minn.

Game One

EVW 7, BBE 4

Logan Linn and Grant Winter both were 3-for-3 and drove in runs to lead Eden Valley-Watkins over BBE in the first game of a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader on Tuesday.

Brian Goodwin and Jordan Wosmek both had two hits and Goodwin and Justin Schmitz drove in Jaguars runs.

BBE       000 301 — 4  8  1 

EVW      204 01x — 7 12 3 

HITTING – BBE: Brian Goodwin 2-4 rbi, Justin Schmitz 1-4 rbi, James Kuefler 1-2, James Boogaard 1-2, Alex Schumann 0-2 r, Jordan Wosmek 2-3 r-2, Tanner Heinsius 1-2 r … Eden Valley-Watkins: Cain Renner 2-4 rbi r-2, Logan Linn 3-3 rbi r, Grant Winter 3-3 rbi r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — BBE: Wosmek (W) 2.2-8-6-4-3-1, Boogard 2.1-4-1-0-2-0  … Eden Valley-Watkins: Austin Schlangen (W) 6-8-4-1-3-2

Game Two

BBE 5, EVW 4

Cole Arceneau singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Jaguars split the doubleheader with the Eagles.

Goodwin worked a complete game for the victory.

EVW      110 002 — 4 7 1 

BBE       210 011 — 5 7 1 

HITTING – Eden Valley-Watkins: Reese Jansen 1-3 rbi-2, Logan Linn 1-2 rbi … BBE: James Kuefler 1-2 rbi, Cole Arceneau 1-2 rbi, Brian Goodwin 1-2 r-2, Dalon Bitzan 1-3 r, James Boogaard 1-2 r, Jordan Wosmek 1-2, Tanner Heinsius 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Eden Valley-Watkins: Linn (L) 5.1-7-5-4-1-1 … BBE: Goodwin (W) 6-7-4-3-3-3


Comfrey-Cedar Mtn. 9, BLHS 4

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart committed four straight errors in the sixth, leading to five Comfrey-Cedar Mountain runs and the victory on Tuesday.

Trey Weispfenning, Jake Pettit and Mason Olinger all had two hits for the Mustangs and Josh Swanson drove in two runs.

Game One

BLHS    210 100 0 — 4 10 4  

Com/Cedar Mtn.                020 205 x — 9  9  0 

HITTING – Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart: Trey Weispfenning 2-4 r-2, Austin Werner 1-4 rbi, Jake Pettit 2-4 r, Josh Swanson 1-3 rbi-2, Kyle Kubesh 1-3 rbi, Mason Olinger 2-3, Austin Krippner 1-2 r … Comfrey-Cedar Mountain: Andrew Richter 2-3, Chandler Rose 2-3, Cole Kelly 2-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart: Weispfenning (L) 5-9-9-8-6-6, Werner 1-0-0-0-1-0 … Comfrey-Cedar Mountain: Rose (W) 7-10-4-4-3-3

Game Two

Sleepy Eye 12, BLHS 8

The Mustangs’s Jake Pettit was 5-for-5 and he drove in three runs and Trey Weispfenning was 3-for-5 and drove in a pair, but it wasn’t enough against Sleepy Eye, which scored five fifth-inning runs to erase a one-run deficit.

BLHS    201 122 0 —  8  16 2 

Sleepy Eye          034 050 x — 12 14 0

HITTING – Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart: Weispfenning 3-5 rbi-2 r, Werner 2-4 r, Pettit 5-5 rbi-3 r-2, Swanson 3-5 rbi r, Kubesh 1-4 rbi r, Olinger 1-4 rbi, Krippner 1-4 r … Sleepy Eye: Brandon Poleski 4-5, Matt Berker 2-3, Fischer 2-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart: Pettit (L) 4.1-12-9-9-9-5, Swanson 1.2-2-3-3-3-2 … Sleepy Eye: Dylan Klein 4-8-4-4-2-6

Wright County

Litchfield 7, Orono 5

Cody Beavers pitched four strong innings of relief and the Litchfield Dragons held off Orono in Wright County baseball on Tuesday at Optimist Field.

Making his varsity debut on the hill, the junior right-hander gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs and walked 2 in four innings, relieving Sam Renner to start the fourth.

The Dragons (5-5, 7-5) put up 6 in the first using Braden Wahl’s 2-run double and Renner’s RBI single, coupled with 3 walks, a hit batter and a Orono error.

Litchfield added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Riley Johnson singled in Ross Wendlandt, who had reached on a bunt single.

Orono    012 000 2— 5  3  2

Litchfield (5-5, 7-5)           600 001 x —7  9  4  

HITTING – Orono: Kolton Peters 2-for-4, rbi; Justin Sande 1-for-4, 2 runs, rbi, 2b… Litchfield: Sam Renner 2-for-3, rbi; Braden Wahl 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Eddie Estrada 2-for-4, 2b; Ross Wendlandt 1-for-1, 2 bb’s; Jake Schultz 1-for-3, 2b; Riley Johnson 1-for-2, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Orono: Will LaNave (L) 0.2-4-6-3-3-2, Calvin Rippberger 5.1-5-1-0-3-3 … Litchfield: Sam Renner 3-0-3-0-3-4, Cody Beavers (W) 4-3-2-2-2-2