Prep Baseball roundup: MACCRAY cruises past Montevideo

Wolverines earn a 5-1 victory over Thunder Hawks

MACCRAY's Carter Wrede fires a pitch against the host Montevideo Thunder Hawks on Friday, May 21, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.

MONTEVIDEO — The MACCRAY baseball team earned its 13th win of the season by taking a 5-1 victory over Montevideo on Friday.

The Thunder Hawks hoped to snap their seven-game losing streak, but saw it extend to eight with the loss.

With a roster of two seniors, one of them being the lone athlete to have previously played varsity baseball, Montevideo coach Tim Epema says he is pleased with where his program is headed.

“We’re a young team and we’ve been growing as the year progresses,” Epema said. “We’re starting to see them having better at-bats and just having more confidence defensively as well. I’m pleased with the growth I'm seeing. We’ve been in a lot of games lately, even if our record doesn’t show it.”

Montevideo freshman Cooper Dack made his pitching debut against MACCRAY and gave up two hits and two runs. He struck out three in four innings.


The Wolverines opened the scoring in the third inning, scoring two runs. They scored once more in the fourth.

The Thunder Hawks’ Kaden Boike pitched the next three innings, giving up the final two runs to MACCRAY.

Epema discussed why Dack made his debut with the regular season coming to an end.

“(Dack’s) pitched for us and has done a really good job at the JV level. And so we finally decided this would be a good night for him to get a little bit of a taste of varsity experience just to see where he’s at so once we get to the playoffs we’d know,” he said.

Montevideo senior Colby Buseman scored the lone run for the Thunder Hawks in the bottom of the fourth. He finished 2 of 3 with a run and a stolen base.
For MACCRAY, Brady Kienitz was 2 of 3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Epema has seen progress on the field throughout the season, including on Friday.

“It’s starting to show that they’re getting better, and we’re right there,” he said. “We just can’t quite get over that hump.

“They’re progressing and getting better every day, just keeping their nose to the grindstone and working and that’s all that I can ask for.”


The Thunder Hawks (2-15) host Melrose on Monday. MACCRAY (13-2) travels to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Monday.

Montevideo 1

MACCRAY 002 120 0-5 6 0
Montevideo 000 100 0-1 5 0
Hitting - MACCRAY: Brady Kienitz 2-3 2b r-2 rbi-2, Dreyer Homan 1-2 rbi, Brooks Asche 1-3 rbi sb, Gavin Husman 1-3 r sb, Logan Cronen 1-1, Isaac Strommer 0-3 rbi, Mitchell Brynjuflson 0-1 r bb, Tommy Hoekstra 0-0 r sb … Montevideo: Landon Knoshal 1-3 sb, Colby Buseman 2-3 r sb, Brady Snell 1-2 bb, Grayson Eisenlohr 1-2 bb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MACCRAY: Carter Wrede (W) 6-4-1-0-2-6, Kienitz 1-1-0-0-0-0 … Montevideo: Cooper Dack (L) 4-2-3-3-3-3, Kaden Boike 3-4-2-2-0-5.

ACGC 13, NLS 7

Going into extra innings, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City put up six runs in the top of the ninth to pull away from New London-Spicer for the non-conference win at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.

Connor Barker went 3-for-6 for the Falcons, finishing with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Logan Straumann and Jack Peterson each had two hits, with Straumann driving in four runs while Peterson had two runs and two RBIs. Josh Kingery collected the win after striking out nine in 4-1/3 innings of relief.

Aedan Andresen led the Wildcats’ offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Matthew Kraemer finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored.

ACGC 210 040 006-13 12 3
NLS 002 320 000- 7 5 4
Hitting - ACGC: Connor Barker 3-6 2b-2 r rbi-3, Logan Straumann 2-4 2b r rbi-4, Jack Peterson 2-6 r-2 rbi-2, Hunter Bjur 1-1 r rbi-2, Josh Kingery 1-3 r-2 sb-2, Hayden Straumann 1-4 r-2, Jaxon Behm 1-5 r, Zach Bagley 1-5 r rbi-2 … NLS: Aedan Andresen 2-4 r-2 rbi-2, Matthew Kraemer 2-3 2b-2 r-3, Gavin Degner 1-4 rbi-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Peterson 4-4-5-2-1-2, Bagley 2/3-0-2-2-3-2, Kingery (W) 4 1/3-0-0-0-0-9 … NLS: Degner 4-8-7-6-2-5, Hayden Christopherson (L) 4-3-6-4-6-2, Luke Ruter 1-1-0-0-1-1.

Paynesville 3,
Minnewaska 2

Tanner Stanley drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to lift Paynesville over Minnewaska at Paynesville.

The teams played a 2-2 through seven to force extra innings.

Riley Johnson had a two-run single in the third to put Minnewaska up 2-0.

Paynesville answered with two in the sixth, getting a two-run single from Chase Bayer, the Bulldogs’ No. 9 hitter.


Aaron Ver Steeg went 7⅔ innings for Minnewaska, striking out four, walking two and scattering eight hits and two earned runs. Trent Wendlandt got the win for Paynesville, going the final 1-1/3 innings.

Before the game, Paynesville honored long-time coach Dick Realdsen, who retired in 2020 after 44 years in coaching.

Minnewaska 002 000 000-2 9 1
Paynesville 000 002 001-3 8 1
Hitting - Minnewaska: Darion Alexander 0-2 r, Mitchell Gruber 2-3 r sac, Riley Johnson 1-4 rbi-2 sac, Sam Hested 2-5, Torii Johnson 1-4, P.J. Johnson 1-4, Hunter Johnson 2-4 … Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 2-5 2b-2, Eli Nelson 0-4 r sb, Abe Bullard 1-3 r, Tanner Stanley 2-3 r rbi sac, Cooper Bast 1-3 sac, Tori Olmscheid 0-2 sb, Chase Bayer 2-3 rbi-2 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Aaron Ver Steeg 7⅔-8-2-2-2-4, Hunter Johnson (L) ⅔-0-1-1-4-2, T. Johnson 0-0-0-0-1-0 … Paynesville: Ryan Messer 4-6-2-2-3-3, Bennett Evans 3⅔-3-0-0-2-4, Trent Wendlandt (W) 1-1/3-0-0-0-0-0

New Ulm Cathedral 6,

Despite BOLD holding a 5-0 lead, the Warriors gave up four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to fall to New Ulm Cathedral at New Ulm.

The game was a matchup between the top two teams in Section 2A. The Greyhounds improve to 15-3 and 11-1 in section play.

Braeden Tersteeg was 1 of 3 with an RBI triple and scored two runs. BOLD now stands at 12-5 and hosts Sleepy Eye on Monday.

BOLD 110 300 0-5 8 5
New Ulm Cath. 000 004 2-6 9 2
Hitting - BOLD: Braeden Tersteeg 1-3 r-2 rbi 3b hbp, Avery herdina 1-3 r rbi, Aidan Elfering 1-4 rbi 2b, Zeke Walton 1-3 2b hbp, Tim Peppel 1-4 rbi, Ryan King 1-4 r, Owen Flann 2-2 hbp … New Ulm Cathedral: Isaiah Rieser 1-4 r, Noah Wilmes 2-4 r-2, Jacob Berg 2-4 r-2 rbi, David Wilfhart 2-4 rbi-3, Justin Berg 2-3 rbi, Sam Knowles 0-4 r rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Elfering 5 1/3-6-4-3-0-3, Tersteeg 1 1/3-3-2-2-1-2 New Ulm Cathedral: Knowles 5-8-5-2-0-3, Markus Friendshuh (W) 2-0-0-0-1-1.

Morris/CA 3, LQPV 1

Brady Backman went six strong innings and Josh Roholff finished the victory off for Morris/Chokio-Alberta in its win over Lac qui Parle Valley in Madison.

Backman struck out seven, walked four and allowed six hits and no earned runs. Rohloff struck out two and walked two in the seventh to get the save.

Tyler Schickedanz went 2-for-3 for LQPV.

Morris/CA 010 020 0-3 6 2
LQPV 010 000 0-1 5 4
Hitting - Morris/CA: Zach Bruns 1-4, Brandon Jergenson 1-4, Sam Kleinwolterink 2-4 2b rbi, Ross Marty 1-3 … LQPV: Landon Schirm 1-3 rbi, Kaiden Allpress 1-3, Kadyn Fernholz 1-3, Tyler Schickedanz 2-3, Ethan Schommer 1-1.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/CA: Brady Backman (W) 6-6-1-0-4-7 Josh Rohloff (Sv) 1-0-0-0-2-2 … LQPV: Dyllon Geiser (L) 7-5-3-0-0-5

D-B 10, Benson 4

Dawson-Boyd scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Benson at Dawson.

The Blackjacks got big games from Braxton Hahn and Dusty Deuth. Hahn went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Deuth was 2-for-3 with a run, four RBi, a walk and a double.

For Benson, Sam Grussing went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Laumeyer was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Benson 200 020 0- 4 6 0
D-B 001 018 x-10 8 1
Hitting - Benson: Sam Lenarz 1-3 r sb bb, Sam Grussing 2-3 rbi sb bb, Matt Laumeyer 2-4 2b rbi sb, Cole Hedman 1-4 rbi, Patrick Minchow 0-3 r sb bb, Isaac Minchow 0-2 r sb bb-2, Corbin Holmquist 0-1 r … D-B: Blake Thompson 1-2 r-2 rbi bb-2 sb, Braxton Hahn 2-4 r rbi, Aiden Swenson r-2 rbi bb-3 hbp sb, Brayden Hahn 1-3 r rbi-2 bb, Dusty Deuth 2-3 r rbi-4 bb 2b, Preston Johnson 0-2 r bb-2 sb, Aric Gruwell 0-2 r bb-2 sb, Logan Conover 1-4 r, Codie Johnson 1-3 rbi 2b sb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Hedman 4-2-2-2-7-6, I. Minchow (L) 1-3-6-6-4-1, Dylan Ascheman 1-3-2-2-0-3 … D-B: Deuth 5-6-4-4-5-3, P. Johnson (W) 2-0-0-0-2-0

KMS 11, RTR 1

Alex Call went all six innings to help Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to the victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthon at Tyler.

The junior left-hander struck out 10, walked one and surrendered four hits and an earned run.

Seven players had hits in the Fighting Saints lineup. Isaac Rudningen, Wylee Lottman and Jared Cortez all had two hits apiece for KMS.

Hayden Gravely went 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and an RBI for RTR.

KMS 000 425-11 10 0
RTR 000 001- 1 4 0
Hitting - KMS: Isaac Rudningen 2-4 2b r-2 rbi, Wylee Lottman 2-4 r-3 rbi sb, Alex Call 1-3 r-2 rbi bb, Isaac Call 1-2 2b r-2 rbi sb bb, Jared Cortez 2-4 2b r rbi-4, Devon Swanson 1-4 2b rbi-2, Hunter Wilts 1-3, Jaiden Henjum 0-2 r sb … RTR: Aiden Wichmann 1-3 sb, Corbyn Sitzmann 1-2, Hayden Gravely 2-2 rbi, Cody Wichmann 0-2 r sb bb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: A. Call (W) 6-4-1-1-3-10 … RTR: C. Wichmann (L) 5-6-6-4-1-11, Gravely 1-4-5-5-1-1.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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