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Prep Baseball: Minnewaska squeezes past Paynesville, 4-3

GLENWOOD -- A bunt by Minnewaska's Taylor Kollman squeezed out a 4-3 victory over Paynesville in eight innings on Thursday in the regular-season finale for both West Central South clubs.

The one-out tap brought in pinch runner Andrew Amundson from third base.

The Bulldogs (11-5, 13-7), who had earlier clinched the league title, will have the opportunity to avenge the defeat on Tuesday when they host the Lakers (9-7, 11-9) in the first round of playoffs.

Jordon Lieser's RBI single put Paynesville up 3-1 in the top of the fifth.

Minnewaska got one back in the lower part of the fifth and tied it 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh with an unearned run scoring on a on an Austin Giese fly out.

Eric Elbe, in relief of Dustin Helmick, got the win with three innings of hitless relief. Trenton Berg went 3-for-3 and scored twice.

Jason Kampsen belted a solo homer for Paynesville in the second. Josh Bungum, the third Bulldogs' pitcher took the loss.

Waska 4, Paynesville 3

Pay (11-5, 13-7) 010 110 00--3 4 3

Was (9-7, 11-9) 001 010 11--4 10 2

HITTING - Paynesville: Jordon Lieser 2-for-3, rbi; Jordan Schleper 1-for-2, Jason Kampsen 1-for-4, solo HR, rbi ...Minnewaska: Trenton Berg 3-for-3, 2 runs; Shane Bosek 1-for-4, Kevin Jenks 2-for-3, 2b; Ryan Kleven 2-for-3, Taylor Kollman 2-for-4, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Jason Kampsen 3-3-1-0-0-6, Jordan Lieser 2-4-1-1-0-1, Josh Bungum (L) 2Zc-3-2-1-1-0 ... Minnewaska: Dustin Helmick 5-4-3-2-1-5, Eric Elbe (W) 3-0-0-0-1-2 ...

West Central North Albany 18, NLS 4

The Wildcats belted three home runs in the last two innings, but Albany already held an 18-0 lead.

Adam Steinbach clubbed a solo shot in the fourth inning, then Jonathan Haverly led off the fifth with a solo homer, followed by a two-run blast from Luke Peterson.

Chaz Hennen hit a two-run homer and had four RBI for the Huskies. Brian Schlangen had three hits and drove in three runs.

Albany (10-6, 11-8) 623 80 -- 18 14 1

NLS (5-11, 7-12) 000 13 -- 4 6 6

HITTING - Albany: Brian Schlangen 3-for-4, 3 rbi; Chaz Hennen 2-for-3, 2-run HR, 4 rbi; Trevor Fleischacker 2-for-4, 3 rbi; Nick Neumann 2-for-3, 2b; Adam Harlander 2-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; Scott Litchy 2-for-4, 2 rbi ... New London-Spicer: Luke Peterson 1-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Adam Steinbach 1-for-1, solo HR, rbi; Jonathan Haverly 1-for-1, solo HR, rbi; Andrew Clancy 1-for-1; Austin Cuka 1-for-1; Shawn Hatlestad 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Albany: Brian Schlangen (W) 3-1-0-0-1-2; Nick Neumann 2-5-4-4-0-1 ... New London-Spicer: Tyler Haats (L) 2Zc-7-10-8-3-0; Brandon Lang 1-4-7-4-2-0; Josh Edwardson Xc-2-2-2-2-0; Jeremy Hinkemeyer 1-1-0-0-0-1