Prep Baseball: Paynesville wins WC South crown
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville won its second straight West Central South Conference baseball title with a 2-0 win over BOLD Monday.
Aaron Savelkoul of the Bulldogs (11-4, 13-6) and Jake Stevens of the Warriors (8-7, 11-7) locked up in a pitcher's duel that made hits a premium commodity. Both hurlers gave up just two hits each.
Stevens gave up two walks -- both to Paynesville's Jason Kampsen -- and both times Kampsen scored.
Kampsen took a free pass in the second inning and eventually scored on Anthony Poepping's sacrifice fly.
In the fourth, Kampsen walked again and scored on a throwing error to first base.
Savelkoul struck out 10, but walked five batters. BOLD had runners at second and third with two outs in both the second and third innings, but Paynesville's starting pitcher got out of those jams.
In the fifth, the Warriors loaded the bases and Savelkoul struck out the next batter to crush the rally.
"I think our kids really improved from the start of this season," said Paynesville coach Brad Skoglund, whose team has only been in the West Central South for two seasons. "Aaron has been really rock solid on the mound for us lately."
Paynesville 2, BOLD 0
BOLD (8-7, 11-7) 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3
P'ville (11-4, 13-6) 010 100 x -- 2 2 0
HITTING - BOLD: Andrew Brooks 1-for-2; Alex Steffel 1-for-3 ... Paynesville: Justin Wendlandt 1-for-2; Jordan Lieser 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- BOLD: Jake Stevens (L) 6-2-2-0-2-5 ... Paynesville: Aaron Savelkoul (W) 7-2-0-0-4-10
Benson 4, Minnewaska 3
The Braves knocked the Lakers out of the conference chase by scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Cameron Simmonds, who went 4-for-4, and Kyle Pederson, who was 3-for-3, hit back-to-back singles. A one-out error scored Simmonds and a passed ball plated Pederson.
Trenton Berg had two hits and an RBI for Minnewaska, which led 3-1 after the top of the sixth. Andrew Amundson hit an RBI double.
Waska (8-7, 9-9) 000 021 0 -- 3 6 3
Ben (5-10, 6-11) 010 001 2 -- 4 11 4
HITTING - Minnewaska: Trenton Berg 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Cory Holten 1-for-2; Andy Goracke 1-for-3, 2b; Andrew Amundson 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Dustin Helmick 1-for-1, 2b ... Benson: Cameron Simmonds 4-for-4, 2b; Kyle Pederson 3-for-3, 2 sb's; Luke Schwarz 1-for-4, rbi; Jake Manska 1-for-3, rbi; Logan Connelly 1-for-2; Carter Fennell 1-for-4, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnewaska: Cory Holten 4Xc-7-1-1-3-4; Mike Whittemore Zc-0-0-0-0-0; Taylor Kollman (L) 1Zc-4-3-1-1-2 ... Benson: Brennan Kent (W) 7-6-3-1-1-6
MACCRAY 11, YME 3
Shaun Condon's three-run home run in the first inning set the tone for the Wolverines, who pounded out 10 hits. Jordan Ruter finished 3-for-5, including a double, and two RBI. Caleb Hanson, who pitched the first five innings for the win, hit a two-run double and Dylan Aeikens had two hits and two RBI.
Travis Enger collected two hits to pace the Sting. Mason Hegna had an RBI.
MAC (16-2) 303 400 1 --11 10 2
YME (10-8) 201 000 0 -- 3 5 4
HITTING - MACCRAY: Jordan Ruter 3-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; Shaun Condon 1-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Caleb Hanson 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Dylan Aeikens 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Darren Westerman 1-for-1; Dominik Ammermann 1-for-2 ... YME: Dylan Hoffman 1-for-3; Travis Enger 2-for-2; Dylan Lindstrom 1-for-4; Mason Hegna 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- MACCRAY: Caleb Hanson (W) 5-5-3-2-2-7; Seth Hinrichs 2-0-0-0-1-4 ... YME: Mason Hegna (L) 3-4-6-4-3-5; Derek Lalim 0-1-4-3-3-0; Luke Stevens 4-5-1-1-3-2
Morris 18, Breckenridge 7
Ryan Beyer slugged two 2-run homers and had six RBI to fuel Morris' rout. The Tigers (13-6) sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning to score 10 runs, highlighted by Beyer's first blast.
Beyer homered again in the second and Jon Jallo added another two-run shot in the second for Morris.
Tyler Hansen, Eric Riley and Mitch Kill drove in two runs apiece for Tigers.
Breckenridge (7-7) 011 50 -- 7 5 3
Morris (13-6) (10)53 0x --18 10 2
HITTING - Breckenridge: Ryan Voss 1-for-3, 2b, 3 rbi; Preston Kappes 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Walker Busse 1-for-1, rbi; Zach Hegge 1-for-3, rbi; David Bergquist 1-for-3, solo HR, rbi ... Morris: Tyler Hansen 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Ryan Beyer 3-for-3, 2 2-run HRs, 6 rbi; Eric Riley 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Brady Valnes 1-for-3; Tanner Berning 1-for-2; Evan Schultz 1-for-1; Jon Jallo 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Mitch Kill 1-for-2, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Breckenridge: David Bergquist (L) 1/3-3-8-7-5-0, Walker Busse 32/3-7-10-7-0-6 ... Morris: Matt Lembcke (W) 3-2-2-1-4-3, Ethan Bruer 1-4-5-3-1-2, Mitch Kill 1-0-0-0-0-0
Pipestone 2, Montevideo 1
Tyler Rieck's line-drive two-run homer that curled around the left-field foul pole in the first inning for Pipestone stood up behind the two-hit, 12-strikeout pitching of Brandon Alfson.
Montevideo's Colton Vien pitched a gem also with a strong wind blowing in from right. Besides the homer, he allowed just two other hits while walking one and fanning eight.
The Thunder Hawks got their only run in the top of the sixth when Troy Hendrickson walked, advanced on a wild pitch and a passed ball, and scored on Tyler Kuno's single.
Montevideo (10-9) 000 001 0 -- 1 2 2
Pipestone 200 000 x -- 2 3 0
HITTING - Montevideo: Tyler Kuno 1-for-3, rbi; Jared Schmitt 1-for-2 ... Pipestone: Tyler Rieck 1-for-3, 2-run HR; Cody Schultze 1-for-3; Austin Lueck 1-for-2, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Colton Vien (L) 6-3-2-1-1-8 ... Pipestone: Brandon Alfson (W) 7-2-1-1-2-12
Lester Prairie 11, BLH 3
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity avenged a loss to the Mustangs three days earlier to win the subsection play-in game.
Ben Maiers, who went 3-for-4, hit an RBI double and Brandon Huls singled in another run in the second to give BLH a 2-0 lead. Austin Ludowese knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Mustangs' other run.
BLH (1-18) 020 100 0 -- 3 9 4
LP/HT 013 070 x --11 8 2
HITTING - BLH: Evan Ludowese 2-for-4; Ben Maiers 3-for-4, 2 2b's; Mason Clark 1-for-4; Brandon Huls 1-for-3; Cory Kurth 1-for-4; Ryan Coulter 1-for-3 ... Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity: Jared Vadreck 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Blake Vogel 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Ryan Quast 1-for-4, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- BLH: Ben Maiers (L) 2-2-4-4-5-2, Ryan Huhn 4-6-7-6-6-2 ... Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity: Caleb Bessing (W) 7-9-3-3-2-3