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Prep Baseball: Paynesville loses, still clinches share of title

MORRIS -- Even though Morris rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Paynesville 7-6, the Bulldogs still clinched a tie for the West Central South Conference baseball title Friday.

With a 10-4 record in conference games, Paynesville has a two-game lead over BOLD (8-6), Minnewaska (8-6), Morris (9-6) and Yellow Medicine East (9-6) with two games left on its WCS schedule. Paynesville can clinch the title outright with a win over BOLD on Monday or a win over Minnewaska next Thursday.

Paynesville got to Morris starter Mitch Kill in the first inning by getting three runs in on Jordan Lieser's bases-clearing double. The Bulldogs got another run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead.

But in the bottom half of the frame, Tyler Hansen's two-run homer and a misplay on a ball hit to center field by Paynesville allowed Morris to rally from a three-run deficit.

Mitch Carbert also slugged a two-run homer in the fourth for the Tigers.

Lieser, who went 3-for-4, added an RBI single in the seventh to knock in four runs on the day for Paynesville.

Morris 7, Paynesville 6

P'ville (10-4, 12-6) 300 001 2 -- 6 8 1

Morris (9-6, 12-6) 000 210 4 -- 7 9 3

HITTING - Paynesville: Casey Hess 1-for-3; Aaron Savelkoul 1-for-3; Jordan Lieser 3-for-4, 2b, 4 rbi; Eric Wolbeck 1-for-4; Aaron Lund 1-for-3, rbi; Justin Wendlandt ... Morris: Ryan Beyer 2-for-4, 3 runs; Eric Riley 1-for-4; Mitch Carbert 2-for-4, 2b, 2-run HR, 4 rbi; Jon Jallo 1-for-2; Tanner Berning 1-for-3; Tanner Rohloff 1-for-3, 2b; Tyler Hansen 1-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Jordan Lieser 5-6-3-3-0-4, Aaron Savelkoul (L) 11/3-3-4-3-0-3 ... Morris: Mitch Kill 6-7-4-3-5-2, Travis Rinkenberger (W) 1-1-2-0-1-1

Benson 9, ACGC 6

Anthony Berreau knocked in three runs with singles in the first and third innings to spark the Benson (4-10, 5-11) offense.

Cameron Simmonds also had a two-run single for the Braves and Kyle Pederson drove in two runs with a groundout in the first and a single in the fourth.

Mitch Tauer and James Nelson had run-scoring singles for ACGC, which was held to four hits.

Benson (4-10, 5-11) 202 302 0 -- 9 8 3

ACGC (0-14, 1-15) 420 000 0 -- 6 4 7

HITTING - Benson: Kyle Pederson 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Anthony Berreau 2-for-4, 3 rbi; Cody Jaeger 1-for-3; Cameron Simmonds 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Brennan Kent 1-for-1; Jed Eix 1-for-2 ... ACGC: Mitch Tauer 2-for-2, rbi; James Nelson 1-for-2, rbi; Randy Peterson 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson: Patrick Brandt 1-0-4-3-2-0, Jed Eix (W) 6-4-2-1-3-7 ... ACGC: Dylan Rossell (L) 7-8-9-5-6-5

Montevideo 6, BOLD 2

A four-run first inning ignited Montevideo's offense and allowed the Thunder Hawks (8-7, 10-8) to spoil BOLD's bid of possibly earning a share of the conference title.

Mitch Christensen, Troy Hendrickson, Tyler Kuno, Ryan Tostenson and Colton Vien hit consecutive singles to start the game for Montevideo. Kuno, Tostenson and Vien -- who was 3-for-3 -- all drove in a run with their hits.

Christian Brabender struck out four and allowed six hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work to pick up the win.

Alex Gay singled in a run in the first for BOLD (8-6, 11-6). Tate Neubauer and Kyle Athmann added doubles.

Monte (8-7, 10-8) 402 000 0 -- 6 10 0

BOLD (8-6, 11-6) 100 010 0 -- 2 6 2

HITTING - Montevideo: Mitch Christensen 1-for-4; Troy Hendrickson 1-for-4, rbi; Tyler Kuno 1-for-4, rbi; Ryan Tostenson 1-for-4, 2 runs; Colton Vien 3-for-3; Joe Bednar 1-for-3, rbi; Jerad Schmitt 2-for-3 ... BOLD: Shawn Dollerschell 1-for-3; Alex Gay 1-for-3, rbi; Tate Neubauer 2-for-3, 2b; Jacob Skeie 1-for-3; Kyle Athmann 1-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Christian Brabender (W) 7-6-2-2-1-4 ... BOLD: Shawn Dollerschell (L) 0-5-4-4-0-0, Kyle Krause 7-5-2-1-2-3

YME 19, Minnewaska 10

YME scored seven runs in both the fifth and seventh innings after sending a combined 23 batters to the plate in the innings. The Sting collected 16 hits with Mason Hegna leading the charge by going 3-for-4. Hegna hit a three-run homer in the second, slugged two-run doubles in the third and fifth and hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to drive in eight runs.

Jordan Hagert supplied a three-run double in the fifth while Dylan Lindstrom and Garrett Cole, who also had three hits apiece, both hit two-run doubles in the seventh for YME.

Kevin Jenks highlighted a six-run sixth for Minnewaska with a two-run homer. Shane Bosek also drove in two runs in the frame with a single.

YME (9-6, 10-7) 032 070 7 --19 16 6

Waska (8-6, 9-8) 022 006 0 --10 8 2

HITTING - YME: Mason Hegna 3-for-4, 2 2b's, 3-run HR, 2 runs, 8 rbi; Garrett Cole 3-for-4, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Dylan Lindstrom 3-for-4, 2b, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Jordan Hagert 2-for-4, 2b, 3 runs, 3 rbi; Dylan Hoffman 2-for-5; Travis Enger 1-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Derek Dyrdahl 1-for-4, 2 runs; Tyler Sand 1-for-2, 2 runs; Dustin Baker 1-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi ... Minnewaska: Kevin Jenks 2-for-5, 3-run HR, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Trenton Berg 1-for-4; Cory Holten 1-for-4; Mike Nielsen 1-for-5; Shane Bosek 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Ryan Kleven 1-for-3, 2 runs; Eric Elbe 1-for-2, 2b, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- YME: Dylan Lindstrom 3-2-4-2-6-2, Tyler Sand (W) 4-5-6-4-1-1 ... Minnewaska: Taylor Kollman (L) 3-7-5-5-3-2, Eric Elbe 12/3-3-7-4-2-0, Aaron Giese 1/3-0-0-0-2-1, Dustin Helmick 11/3-3-5-5-2-2, Kevin Jenks 2/3-3-2-2-0-0