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Prep baseball roundup: Benson squeeze play beats Monte

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Benson starting pitcher Morgan Staton winds and fires against Montevideo in a West Central South Conference game Friday in Benson. Staton allowed one hit and struck out seven in five innings but didn’t figure in the decision when the Braves won 4-3 in the seventh inning, scoring on a suicide squeeze play.

BENSON — Brady McDonald laid down a suicide squeeze to score Jake Connelly and Benson  downed Montevideo 4-3, coming from behind for the second day in a row.

Tied at three in the bottom of the seventh, Luke Schwarz hit a one-out single and was replaced on the base paths by Connelly.

Connelly reached third on a hit-and-run single by Jake Schwendemann, and scored the game-winner on the squeeze play when the throw went to first.

Cody Hammerschmidt earned the win for the second straight night, coming into a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth and escaping unscathed. He completed 1.2 innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 3.

Morgan Staton started for Benson, pitching 5.1 innings and striking out 7.

Hammerschmidt was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and Schwarz also had 2 hits.

Jordan Thompson struck out 5 in 4 innings for Montevideo and was 3-for-3 at the plate.

Benson next plays Minnewaska 3 p.m. Thursday at home. Montevideo plays at YME on Monday.

Benson 4, Montevideo 3

Monte (0-1, 1-1).......000 011 1 —  3 7 2

Benson (2-0, 2-0).....002 010 1 —  4 7 0

HITTING – Montevideo: Logan Knoshal 1-for-4, RBI, Jordan Thompson 3-for-3, run, Zach Enevoldsen 1-for-4, Ricky Schmitz 1-for-4, RBI, Jordan Henderson 1-for-4, run … Benson: Tyler Krienke 1-for-4, run, sb, Cody Hammerschmidt 2-for-4, 2 RBI, Chad Schwarz 2-for-4, Jake Schwendemann 1-for-3, sb, Aaron Ahrndt 1-for-2, sb, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Montevideo: Jordan Thompson 4-2-2-0-1-5; Jake Bednar (L) 2.2-5-2-2-3-5 … Benson: Morgan Staton 5.1-5-2-2-6-7, Cody Hammerschmidt (W) 1.2-2-1-1-0-3

Mound Westonka 7,

New London-Spicer 4

Mound Westonka scored 2 runs on 4 walks in the first inning and 3 runs on 2 errors in the second inning to put away New London-Spicer.

The Wildcats (1-1) scored four runs in the last three inning thanks to 7 walks by the Mound Westonka pitching staff.

Jarrett Hatlestad had the Wildcats’ lone hit and walked twice.

NLS next plays Monday at Dassel-Cokato.

NLS (1-1)...................000 011 2 — 4 1 3

Mound Westonka.....213 100 x —  7 7 1

HITTING – NLS: Jarrett Hatlestad 1-for-2, 2 walks … Mound Westonka: Charlie Curti 1-for-5, 2 runs, Andy Seats 2-for-4, run, Tyler Hebig 1-for-1, 2B, 3 walks

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – NLS: Nick Bergeson (L) 3-5-6-3-5-2; Jordan Payne 2-2-1-1-2-5; Ryan Vraa 1-0-0-0-1-1 … Mound Westonka: Evan Kennedy (W)

Minnewaska 11, YME 2

Sophomore left-hander Riley Thompson gave up two hits and two runs, both unearned, over five innings. Austin Giese threw the last two innings getting five strikeouts. Neither pitcher walked a man.

Jon Nygaard triple and drove in a run for the Lakers. Chris Jensen had an RBI hit in the Stings 2-run fifth.

YME      000 020 0 —  2   2  *

Minnewaska..........030 512 x — 11  8  * 

HITTING – YME: Chris Jensen 1-for-2, rbi; Chase Richter 1-for-2, 2b … Minnewaska: Jon Nygaard 1-for-3, 3b, rbi; Austin Giese 1-for-4, rbi; Austin Ostrander 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, rbi; Riley Thompson 1-for-3, rbi; Jaden Beecher 1-for-4, 2b; Matt Paulson 1-for-3, 3 runs

PITCHING  – YME: Joe Sannerud (L) … Minnewaska: Riley Thompson (W)

LQPV 6, Pipestone 4

Lac qui Parle Valley, coming off an improbable postseason run last season that got them to the Class A state final, opened its 2013 season by getting only three hits Friday. But all three of those, which came off senior Preston Kraft’s bat, drove in runs as the Eagles rallied past Pipestone 6-4.

Kraft doubled in a run in the third, launched a solo home run in the fifth and connected on a two-run single in the sixth that put LQPV up 5-4.

The Eagles added insurance when Nick Burkleo got hit by a pitch when the bases got loaded after Kraft’s go-ahead single.

Garrett Olson got the final out in the fourth inning and worked the fifth and sixth and part of the seventh to get the win in relief of Burkleo. Colby Siegert then got the final three outs to earn a save.

Austin Haas drew three walks and scored twice for LQPV, which hosts Tracy-Milroy-Balaton today at noon.

Pipestone..................200 200 0 — 4 4 0

LQPV.........................001 014 x — 6 3 3

HITTING – Pipestone: Jason Skyberg 1-for-3, run; Gunnar Manderscheid 1-for-3, solo HR, rbi; Eric Buffington 1-for-3, run; Derik Evans 1-for-3 … LQPV: Preston Kraft 3-for-3, 2b, solo HR, 4 rbi; Austin Haas 0-for-1, 3 bb’s, 2 runs

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Pipestone: Brady Bos 4-1-1-1-6-5, Mauricio Sada (L) 2-2-5-5-3-2 … LQPV: Nick Burkleo 3.2-3-3-2-2-6, Garrett Olson (W) 2.1-1-0-0-3-1, Colby Siegert (S) 1-0-0-0-0-1


Wheaton/HN 11,

Hancock 3

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross scored eight runs in the first three innings and rode the early advantage to an 11-3 victory over Hancock on Friday.

Hancock fell to 0-2 and will play at Ortonville at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Owls’ Taylor Holleman had two hits and drove in a run and Philip Schaefer also drove in a run and scored a run.

Brandon Shaw took the loss. Jarid Berning and Collin Brown pitched in relief, with Brown striking out five of the eight batters he faces.

Hancock..................000 201 0 —   3 5 2 

Wheaton..................305 030 0 — 11 6 4 

HITTING – Hancock: Taylor Holleman 2-4 rbi, Philip Schaefer 1-4 rbi r, Justin Miller 1-3 r, Brett Kellner 1-4, Austin Anderson 0-0 r sb-2 … Wheaton: Braden Krump 1-2 r-2, Justin Lupkes 0-1 r-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Hancock: Brandon Shaw (L), Jarid Berning, Collin Brown … Wheaton: Cameron Maudal (W)