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Amateur Baseball: Sawatzky wins pitchers’ duel as Rockets down Bullfrogs

BIRD ISLAND — John Sawatzky outlasted Jesse Bjur in a stellar pitchers’ duel as Raymond downed Bird Island 3-1 in a Cornbelt League game on Sunday.

Sawatzky allowed four hits and struck out seven in the seven inning game.

Bjur was solid, as well, allowing six hits, two earned runs while striking out six.

Raymond’s Tyler Steen and Justin Koenen both had two hits and drove in runs, and Mike Jeseritz had the Rockets’ other RB I.

The Bullfrogs’ Tyler Hebrink was 2-for-3.

Raymond 3,

Bird Island 1

Raymond 101 000 1 — 3 6 0

Bird Island 100 000 0 — 1 4 2

HITTING – Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-4 rbi, Justin Koenen 2-4 rbi r-2, Tyler Steen 2-3 rbi, Jordan Smith 1-2 … Bird Island: Dylan Gass 1-2, Shawn Dollerschell 1-3 r, Tyler Hebrink 2-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Raymond: John Sawatzky (W) 7-4-1-1-2-7 … Bird Island: Jess Bjur (L) 7-6-3-2-3-6

Saturday’s result

Bird Island 14, Hutchinson 13

The Bullfrogs endured a difficult day for both team’s pitching staffs and won in eight innings on Saturday in Bird Island.

The teams combined for 33 hits and the game’s five pitchers issued 18 walks.

Bird Island’s Logan Sandgren had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, and Trevor Nissen also had three hits and drove in three.

Hutchinson 250 100 014 0 — 13 12 1

Bird Island 300 017 020 1 — 14 21 5

HITTING – Hutchinson: Jake Wendland 2-5 rbi-3 Josh Wendland 1-4 rbi-2 r-4 … Bird Island: Trent Athmann 1-5 r-2, Dylan Gass 3-6 2b rbi r-3, Shawn Dollerschell 3-6 2b rbi-2 r-2, Tyler Hebrink 1-5 rbi, Trevor Nissen 3-5 2b rbi-3 r-2, Logan Sandgren 3-6 hr rbi-3 r-2, Ben Steffel 2-5 rbi r, Jeremy Mortenson 2-4 r, Lane Stadther 3-5 rbi-2 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hutchinson: Jayden Juergensen 5-11-8-7-3-2, Adam Katzenmeyer (L) 4.1-10-6-6-3-2 … Bird Island: Darren Ditterich 7-10-8-6-3-1, Barry Wohler 1-2-2-2-3-0, Dylan Gass 2-0-3-2-6-1

Friday’s result

Bird Island 10,

Atwater 9

Bird Island overcame a three-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday in Bird Island.

Trent Athmann was 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles, three runs batted in and he scored three times.

Atwater 002 231 001 — 9 10 2

Bird Island 102 210 004 — 10 18 3

HITTING – Atwater: Brian Kingery 2-5 r, Justin Schroeder 3-5 2b-2 rbi-2 r-2, Jordan Olson 1-5 r, Matt Tanner 2-3 r-2, Zach Cunningham 1-3 rbi, Vance Martin 1-3 … Bird Island: Trent Athmann 5-6 2b-2 rbi-3, r-3, Mark Neubauer 1-6, Shawn Dollerschell 3-5 2b rbi-2 r, Tyler Hebrink 3-5 rbi r, Trevor Nissen 2-5 2b rbi-2, Austin Weis 1-2 r-3, Dylan Gass 3-3 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Atwater: Martin 5-12-6-4-3-5, Kingery 3.1-5-4-1-2-4, JaColby Anderson (L) 0.1-1-0-0-0-1 … Bird Island: Dollerschell 4-9-7-6-3-1, Gass (W) 5-1-2-0-1-4