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Legion Baseball Roundup: Kerkhoven sinks NLS with 7-run 1st

KERKHOVEN — Four singles, four walks and three wild pitches helped Kerkhoven produce seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning and upend New London-Spicer 7-1 Monday.

Jordan Engler, Caleb Collins, Rylan Hatlestad and Mitch Tollefson drew walks, while Kyle Baker, Fred Mansfield, Brandin Dahl and Travis Lamecker singled off NLS starter and loser Michael Arnold. Hatlestad, Mansfield and Dahl later scored on wild pitches before Engler capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that brought in Tollefson.

That would be all the offense Kerkhoven would generate as Arnold and reliever Austin Nelson held the home team hitless for the final five innings.

Hatlastad also earned the win on the mound after trumping six walks with seven strikeouts and allowing only three hits in five innings of work. Dahl then struck out three during two scoreless innings of relief.

NLS got its lone run in the fourth when Arnold singled, advanced to third on a walk and a wild pitch, and scored on Tyson Gislason’s groundout.

Kerkhoven is at Morris today.

Kerkhoven 7, New London-Spicer 1

NLS        000 100 0 — 1 3 1

Kerkhoven          700 000 x — 7 4 0

HITTING – NLS: Ike Goetzman 1-3 2b, Michael Arnold 1-2 run, Alex Groff 1-2 … Kerkhoven: Kyle Baker 1-3 run, Fred Mansfield 1-3 run rbi, Brandin Dahl 1-3 run rbi, Travis Lamecker 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — NLS: Arnold (L) 5-4-7-7-6-2, Austin Nelson 1-0-0-0-1-0 … Kerkhoven: Rylan Hatlestad (W) 5-3-1-1-6-7, Dahl 2-0-0-0-0-3

Montevideo 3, Sacred Heart/MACCRAY 2

Jordan Thompson scattered six hits and struck out five in Montevideo’s victory in both team’s first game of the Legion season.

Thompson also drove in a run and Zac Enevoldsen had two hits and drove in two runs for Montevideo.

Dylan Abraham and Carter Asche both had two hits for Sacred Heart/MACCRAY, which had the potential tying run cut down in a run-down between home plate and third base after a strong throw from Montevideo left fielder Austin Hiepler.

Montevideo plays at Fairfax at 7 p.m. today.

SH/MACCRAY    100 001 0 — 2 6 3 

Montevideo       102 000 x — 3 5 2 

HITTING – Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Dylan Abraham 2-3, Carter Asche 2-3 2b-2 rbi, Tanner Donner 1-3, Cheyton Homan 0-0 sf rbi … Montevideo: Jeff Rohloff 1-3 r-2, Zac Enevoldsen 2-3 2b rbi-2, Jordan Thompson 1-3 rbi, Ricky Schmitz 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Tyler Moffenbier (L) 4.1-5-3-2-2-5, Caleb Melin 1.2-0-0-0-0-3 … Montevideo: Thompson (W) 7-6-2-2-1-5

Litchfield 14, Tri-Town 1

Litchfield poured in on early and wrapped up both teams’ season opener in five innings on Monday in Atwater.

Jake Schultz was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Kal Volinkaty got the win for Litchfield.

Litch’s Carson Deal also had three hits and drove in two runs.

Litchfield              254 21 — 14 14 0 

Tri-Town              001 00 —   1  3  2 

HITTING – Litchfield: Jake Schultz 3-4 rbi-3, Cody Klabunde 1-2 rbi, Eddie Estrada 1-4 rbi, Wyatt Kaping 1-3 2b rbi-2, Austin Larson 1-4, Brady McGraw 1-4, Dylan Kotzer 1-3, Carson Deal 3-4 2b rbi-2, Kal Volinkaty 1-3 … Tri-Town: Jake Mueller 1-1, Payton Kinzler 1-2, Colton Minnick 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Litchfield: Volinkaty (W) 3-2-1-1-2-0 … Tri-Town: Brody Larson (L) 3-9-11-10-2-5, Kinzler 2-4-3-2-1-1