Amateur Baseball Roundup: Atwater stymies Twins to secure spot in regions

ATWATER -- Justin Schroeder's two-run double and JaColby Anderson's two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning for Atwater as the top-seeded Chuckers used the outburst to beat No. 2 New London-Spicer 5-1 on Sunday in the winner's bracket ...

ATWATER - Justin Schroeder’s two-run double and JaColby Anderson’s two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning for Atwater as the top-seeded Chuckers used the outburst to beat No. 2 New London-Spicer 5-1 on Sunday in the winner’s bracket final of the County Line League playoffs.

The win also secured Atwater a spot in the Region 15C playoffs that is Aug. 7-16 in Roscoe and Paynesville.

The other County Line League participant in the region playoffs will be determined next Sunday as the Twins will play the Norway Lake-Sunburg/Regal winner at noon in Atwater. The Chuckers will play the noon winner at 3 p.m. for the league title.

Atwater batted nine in the fifth against NLS and got a leadoff hit from Michael Malvin. Jordan Tanner then drew a walk and after a groundout, Josh Cunningham drew another walk and Brian Kingery followed with a single to knock in Malvin with the game’s first run.

Schroeder then doubled to left-center to drive in Tanner and Cunningham, and two batters later Anderson singled down the third-base line to bring in Kingery and Schroeder and give Atwater starter Vance Martin a 5-0 lead and eventually the win.


The Chuckers didn’t find the scoreboard again, but Martin and reliever Jordan Olson stymied the Twins on the hill to make the five-run frame stand up. NLS got its only run in the seventh when Ben Kulseth drew a bases-loaded walk.

Olson threw 2.1 scoreless innings to preserve the win.

Austin Rambow singled twice and Kevin Soine doubled for NLS. Soine also worked all eight innings on the mound, scattering eight strikeouts, six hits and four walks.

Atwater 5, New London-Spicer 1

NL-Spicer             000 000 100 - 1 6 0

Atwater               000 050 00x - 5 6 0

HITTING – New London-Spicer: Kevin Soine 1-4 2b, Austin Rambow 2-4, Jake Damhof 1-1 bb-3, Mike Danielson 1-4, Ben Kulseth 1-3 rbi … Atwater: Josh Cunningham 1-3 2b r, Brian Kingery 1-4 r rbi, Justin Schroeder 1-3 2b r rbi-2, JaColby Anderson 1-4 rbi-2, Ryan Walsh 1-4, Michael Malvin 1-4 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Soine (L) 8-6-5-5-4-8 … Atwater: Vance Martin (W) 6.2-5-1-1-4-2, Jordan Olson 2.1-1-0-0-2-1


Norway Lake-Sunburg 10, Starbuck 0

Jonah Johnson struck out 10 and walked just one while surrendering eight hits on Sunday to help keep the Lakers’ season alive.

The No. 4-seeded Lakers pounded out 16 hits off three Starbuck pitchers with Jonah Johnson going 4-for-4 with a two-run double to ignite the charge. Chad Searcy hit a solo home run and was one of five Lakers that got two hits.

Aaron Zimmer had two RBIs and Justin Johnson drew three walks and had the game-ending hit as he hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the eighth to invoke the 10-run rule.

Mike Andreas doubled and had two singles to account for three of Starbuck’s eight hits.

Norway Lake-Sunburg plays 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at No. 3 Regal in the final loser’s bracket game. The winner will then play New London-Spicer on Sunday at noon in Atwater for a spot in the region playoffs.

Starbuck              000 000 00 -  0   8  1

NL-Sunburg        104 012 11 - 10 16 0


HITTING – Starbuck: Jake Amundson 2-3, Andrew Amundson 1-4, Mike Andreas 3-4 2b, Mike Nielson 1-4, Tyler Nielson 1-2 … Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jonah Johnson 4-4 2b rbi-2, Justin Johnson 2-3 bb-3 rbi, James Cortez 2-5 rbi, Chad Searcy 2-4 2b solo-HR rbi, Aaron Zimmer 2-5 rbi-2, Kyle Baker 1-4, Alex Baker 2-5 rbi, Jordan Engler 1-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Matt Katzenmeyer (L) 2.2-10-5-5-0-0, Andy Toop 3.1-4-3-3-4-2, Cory Holten 1.2-2-2-1-3-0 … Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jonah Johnson (W) 7-8-0-0-1-10, Justin Johnson 1-0-0-0-0-0

Regal 6, Paynesville 2

Shane Radermacher, Jordan Beier, Andy Hadley, Nathan Beier and Austin Kampsen had two hits each in an elimination game on Sunday for the No. 3-seeded Regal Eagles.

Regal now hosts No. 4 Norway Lake-Sunburg on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in another elimination game. The winner will then play No. 2 New London-Spicer on Sunday at noon in Atwater for a spot in the Region 15C playoffs.

Chris Beier gave up five hits, three walks and two runs while striking out four in eight innings of work to get the win. Austen Hadley then worked a scoreless ninth to end Paynesville’s season.

Brett Savelkoul singled twice and hit a two-run double for Paynesville.

Paynesville         200 000 000 - 2  6  0


Regal     010 200 12x - 6 14 1

HITTING – Paynesville: Aaron Savelkoul 1-4 r, Brett Savelkoul 3-4 2b rbi-2, Kyle Schmidt 1-4, Ryan Hess 1-4 … Regal: Shane Radermacher 2-5, Jordan Beier 2-3 r rbi, Austen Hadley 1-4 rbi, Chris Beier 1-4, Nathan Meyer 1-3 r rbi, Andy Hadley 2-3 2b r, Nathan Beier 2-4 r, Aaron Schneider 1-1 rbi, Austin Kampsen 2-3 r-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: B. Savelkoul (L) 6-9-4-4-2-1, Andrew Kerzman 2-5-2-2-0-0 … Regal: C. Beier (W) 8-5-2-2-3-4, Austen Hadley 1-1-0-0-0-0-0


Milroy 3, Raymond 1

Milroy’s Aaron Mathowitz broke a 0-0 tie with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth, and the Yankees beat Raymond on Sunday to advance to the Cornbelt championship game.

The Yankees’ Nathan Deutz pitched a complete game, striking out eight.

His only blemish came in the ninth when the Rockets’ Jordan Smith drove in a run on a base hit.


Milroy will play at Bird Island on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the title game.

Raymond plays 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the St. Augustus-Watkins game in its opening Region 11C playoffs game.

Milroy   000 000 021 - 3 5 3

Raymond             000 000 001 - 1 8 3

HITTING – Milroy: Matt Bauer 1-2, Aaron Mathowitz 2-2 2-run HR, Riley Carpenter 2-4 … Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-4, Justin Koenen 1-4 2b, Jordan Smith 2-4 rbi, Calvin Kosminskas 2-4, Zach Nelson 1-3, Austin Smith 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Milroy: Nathan Deutz (W) 9-8-1-1-3-8 … Raymond: Tyler Knott (L) 8-4-2-2-0-8; Zach Nelson 1-1-1-0-0-1


Sartell 15, Litchfield 3


The top-seeded Muskies (24-1) secured a spot in the Region 1C playoffs by thrashing the visiting Blues on Sunday evening in a winner’s bracket game of the league playoffs.

No game details were available at press time Sunday.


Litchfield 2, St. Joseph 1

Kaleb Kalkbrenner worked out of a ninth-inning jam to collect a complete-game win and Jacob Johnson was 4-for-5 and scored twice to fuel Litchfield in its opener of the league playoffs.

The Blues scored once in the third and again in the fifth to give Kalkbrenner just enough offense. Josh Johnson and Eric Hulterstrum picked up the RBIs for the Blues.

Litchfield              001 010 000 - 2 9 3

St. Joseph           000 000 001 - 1 9 2

HITTING – Litchfield: Jacob Johnson 4-5 2b, Josh Johnson 1-3 rbi, Dylan Koll 1-4, Eric Hulterstrum 1-4 2b rbi, Toby Chellin 1-2, Derek Koll 1-4 … St. Joseph: Ethan Carlson 2-5 2b, Zach Overboe 1-4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Kaleb Kalkbrenner (W) 9-9-1-1-2-8 … St. Joseph: Greg Anderson (L) 9-9-2-2-2-3

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