RAYMOND — A string of Red Rock Central errors, and a firm outing on the mound for Dreyer Homan, led to what would become a substantial home victory for MACCRAY on Monday.
MACCRAY beat RRC, 8-1.
The Wolverines tallied nine hits against the Falcons but capitalized on a fair amount of Falcons’ errors and racked up six stolen bases.
“We came out, really played hard and took advantage of a couple errors that we were able to get a couple extra bases on and score a couple extra runs,” MACCRAY coach Nate Hebrink said. “And we really put the pressure on early.”
Homan gave up three hits and one run in seven innings, totaling 11 strikeouts. He also went 2 of 4 at the plate, his final plate appearance being a two-run RBI double.
RRC got off to a strong start, scoring a run in the top of the first. Hebrink was confident that his team was going to turn it around.
“We’ve been scoring quite a bit here within the last few days and I thought one run (allowed) that’s nothing, we can get that back,” he said. “The guys just never quit; 1-0 wasn’t much of a worry for us but we knew we had to get going right away at bat.”
With two errors, two wild pitches and two steals, the Wolverines racked up four runs in the first and never gave up the lead.
“I thought in the first inning when they got those four runs they had a few hits but there were some situations where I didn’t think we reacted very good defensively,” RCR coach Derrick Jenniges said. “We didn’t cover the plate on time with a wild pitch, we were late getting the ball on base … just allowing them to run the bases like wildfire and they took advantage of that.”
Homan, a right-hander, got ahead on RRC, putting on the pressure with 0-2 pitch counst.
“I knew that I just needed to throw strikes and have my fielders back me up and I knew they had my back out in the infield,” he said. “I knew that I just had to do my job and they’d do their job.” Following MACCRAY scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings, Homan had the at-bat of the night. In his final at-bat, his double fell just short of the outfield fence. It scored two runners to give MACCRAY its 8-1 lead.
“I was attacking the fast ball right away and I was waiting for it, right down the middle,” Homan said.
Homan closed the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The second and third batters struck out..
Hebrink credited Homan for his performance.
“I thought Dreyer Homan pitched a really nice game today,” he said. “He kept our defense involved and I thought we did exceptional at the plate.”
MACCRAY now stands at 7-1 and extends its win streak to five.
“We’ve got some great senior leadership and we got some guys that love to play ball, love to play with each other and everyday they come to practice or to a game with a smile on their face and really come ready to play,” he said. “It’s been a great time so far and I really hope we can keep this thing going.”
MACCRAY plays Tuesday at Canby.
MACCRAY 8, RRC 1
RRC 100 000 0-1 3 5
MACCRAY 401 102 x-8 9 0
Hitting - RRC: Luke Willhite 1-3 r 2b, Cole VanDewiele 1-3, Dan Kleven 1-2, Isaac Simonson hbp... MACCRAY: Brady Kienitz 1-4 r-2 2b, Isaac Strommer 2-3 r-2 rbi bb, Dreyer Homan 2-4 rbi-2 2b, Carter Wrede 0-3 r-2 bb, Eli DuHoux 1-3 rbi, Brooks Asche 2-3 rbi, Logan Cronen 1-2 r bb, Emery Aker r, Mitchell Brynjuflson hbp.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RRC: Ashton Juhnke (L) 3-6-5-4-2-2, Dan Kleven 3-3-3-2-1-2... MACCRAY: Dreyer Homan (W) 7-3-1-0-0-11
Four Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City hitters had multiple hits and Dassel-Cokato was held to one by Josh Kingery and Jack Peterson in the Falcons’ non-conference win at Dassel.
Kingery and Malcolm Ludwig were both 2-for-3. Jaxon Behm and Logan Straumann finished 2-for-4. Behm had two doubles and four RBIs. Kingery had a double, three runs and an RBI.
On the mound, Kingery threw six perfect innings, striking out 14. Peterson did give up a hit to the Chargers’ Nikolai Niemela, but picked up three strikeouts with no walks in one inning of relief for ACGC.
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D-C 000 000 0- 0 1 1
Hitting - ACGC: Malcolm Ludwig 2-3 2b r-2, Josh Kingery 2-3 2b r-3 rbi, Jaxon Behm 2-4 2b-2 rbi-4, Logan Straumann 2-4 rbi-2, Jack Peterson 1-4 r rbi, Zach Bagley 0-2 r rbi … D-C: Nikolai Niemela 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Kingery (W) 6-0-0-0-0-14, Peterson 1-1-0-0-0-3 … D-C: Jacob Niemela (L) 5-5-6-5-1-4, Mason Allie 2-4-4-4-2-1.
Jonah Prokott tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking one, to lead host Pierz past Minnewaska.
The Lakers got hits from Mitchell Gruber, Sam Hested and Riley Johnson.
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Pierz 030 020 x-5 5 0
Hitting - Minnewaska: Mitchell Gruber 1-3, Aaron Versteeg 0-2 bb, Sam Hested 1-2, Riley Johnson 1-2 … Pierz: Michael Leidenfrost 0-2 r, Ryan Stuckmayer 1-3, Jeremy Bingesser 0-2 r bb, Noah Cekalla 1-2 r rbi-2, Kamden Happke 0-3 r, Jonah Prokott 2-2 r rbi bb, Andy Winscher 1-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Darion Alexander 4-3-3-2-1-2, Versteeg 2-2-2-2-1-2 … Pierz: Prokott (W) 7-3-0-0-1-10
CMCS 6, Canby 3
Central Minnesota Christian took the win at Prinsburg.
Kadin Dehmlow struck out eight in the complete-game win.
CMCS scored twice in the first inning and four in the second to take a 6-0 lead.
Canby scored two runs in the third and once more in the fifth.
Ethan Bulthuis went 2 of 3 with two RBI and two runs. CMCS (3-3) plays Tuesday at Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls.. Canby is 1-5 and is host to MACCRAY on Tuesday.
Canby 002 010 0-1 6 1
CMCS 240 000 x-6 7 0
Hitting - Canby: Stats not available... CMCS: Blake Greenwaldt 2-4 r-2 2b, Case Mulder 1-3 r rbi, Ethan Bulthuis 2-3 r-2 rbi-2 2b, Josh Nelson 1-2 rbi-2 bb, Kadin Dehmlow 0-2 rbi hbp, Skyler Zwart 1-3, Seth Zwart bb r hbp.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Canby: N/A CMCS: Kadin Dehmlow (W) 7-6-3-3-1-8.
RCW 6, TMB 5
With back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Riley Ashburn and Landon Tanner in the bottom of the seventh inning, Renville County West stunned Tracy-Milroy-Balaton with a come-from-behind Camden Conference win at Sacred Heart.
The rally got started after a Tyler Froland walk and an Ayden Gustafson infield single that came about thanks to high winds blowing around a pop fly. Both Jaguars moved into scoring position after a wild pitch.
Tanner, Isaac Haen and Brandan Hoberg each had two hits in the RCW win. Tyler Amsden was the winning pitcher after tossing 1-2/3 innings in relief of Gustafosn, who had eight strikeouts.