Amateur Baseball Roundup: Bird Island Bullfrogs power their way to state

Bird Island beats the Paynesville Pirates 10-2 in Region 4C.

MARSHALL — The Bird Island Bullfrogs are headed back to the state amateur baseball tournament.

Bird Island clinched a berth Sunday by beating the Paynesville Pirates 10-2 in the Region 4C tournament.

The Bullfrogs, who advanced to the state Class C tournament’s final weekend last year, had 17 hits Sunday. Trent Athmann, Logan Swann, Shawn Dollerschell and Aidan Elfering all had three hits for Bird Island.

Athmann and Swann each slugged home runs for Bird Island, which advanced in the winners’ bracket by beating Marshall 4-3 in 10 innings Saturday.

Elfering got the complete-game win. He struck out three and walked one, scattering seven hits and allowing one earned run.


Luke Johnson was 2-for-4 for Paynesville, which is still alive in Region 4C. The Pirates, who advanced to Sunday’s game by beating Raymond 3-2 Saturday, move into the losers’ bracket. Paynesville plays Willmar at 11 a.m. Saturday in Marshall in an elimination game.

Bird Island faces the Milroy Yankees at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the winners’ bracket at Marshall. The winner Friday moves into the championship bracket at 11 a.m. Sunday. A second game, if needed, follows.

Three teams from Region 4C advance to state.

The state Class C tournament is over three weekends starting Aug. 20 and ending Sept. 4 with games in Waconia, Chaska and Hamburg.

Region 4C
Bird Island 10,
Paynesville 2

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Hitting - Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 1-4 sb, Drew Tangen 1-4 rbi-2, Luke Johnson 2-4, Garrett Leusink 1-3 2b, Tanner Stanley 1-3, Griffin Bjerke 0-4 r, Sam Oehrlein 1-4 r 2b … Bird Island: Braeden Tersteeg 1-4 r-2, Trent Athmann 3-4 r-3 rbi-2 hr, Logan Swann 3-4 r-3 rbi-3 hr, Tyler Hebrink 2-4 rbi, Shawn Dollerschell 3-5 r 2b, Dylan Gass 2-5 rbi, Aidan Elfering 3-5 rbi, Zeke Walton 0-5 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Oehrlein (L) 4 1/3-11-4-4-2-0, Spencer Imholte 2 1/3-6-6-2-2-0, Caden Spanier 1 1/3-0-0-0-0-0 … Bird Island: Elfering (W) 9-7-2-2-1-3

Milroy Yankees 6, Regal 1

The Milroy Yankees clinched a state Class C tournament berth by beating Regal in the winners’ bracket of the Region 4C tournament at Marshall.

Austin Deutz and Nathan Deutz combined on a seven-hitter for Milrowy, striking out three, walking two and allowing seven hits.

Matt Bauer went 4-for-4 with a run and Derek Rasmussen was 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Yankees.

For Regal, Jordan Beier and Shane Rademacher were each 2-for-4.


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Hitting - Milroy: Andy Schmidt 2-4 r 2b, David Schmidt 1-3 r-2 bb 2b, Matt Bauer 4-4 r, Cory Apperson 0-0 r, Aaron Mathiowetz 1-3 rbi sf, Derek Rasmussen 3-4 rbi-3, Jake Tauer 1-4 rbi sb … Regal: Jordan Beier 2-4, Josh Beier 1-4, Nathan Meyer 1-3 hbp, Shane Radermacher 2-4 2b, Chris Beier 0-3 r bb, Blake Karsch 0-3 bb, Nathan Beier 0-3 sac, Derek Dengerud 1-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Milroy: Austin Deutz (W) 6-5-1-1-0-2, Nathan Deutz (Sv) 3-2-0-0-0-3 … Regal: C. Beier (L) 5 1/3-8-4-4-1-1, Meyer 3⅔-4-2-1-0-4

Willmar 11, Atwater 4

The Willmar Rails remained alive in the Region 4C playoffs with the losers’ bracket win over the Atwater Chuckers at Marshall.

Willmar advances to play Paynesville at 11 a.m. Saturday in Marshall in an elimination game.

Against Atwater, Ian Kossman went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Ashton Gregory was 2-for-5 with three runs and a stolen base. Jack Baumgart was 2-for-6 with a run and three RBI. Christian Lessman went the distance for the win, striking out 11 and walking four. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs.

For Atwater, Jack Peterson and Connor Barker each had two hits.

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Hitting - Willmar: Caleb Owens 0-4 r-3 hbp, Sam Etterman 1-4 rbi, Ashton Gregory 2-5 r-3 sb, Jack Baumgart 2-6 r rbi-3, Zach Reieerson 0-3 r, Zak Madsen 1-1 rbi, Andrew Baumgart 1-2 r rbi-2, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-4 rbi, Ian Koosman 4-4 r-2 rbi … Atwater: Jack Peterson 2-5 r-2, Conner Barker 2-3 r, Jordan Olson 1-3 r rbi 2b, Ezra Kaping 1-4 rbi, Afton Kaping 1-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Christian Lessman (W) 9-7-4-3-4-11 … Atwater: Olson (L) 4 1/3-5-7-7-7-2, Peterson 3⅔-5-1-0-1-2, Scott Borman 1-2-3-0-2-0


Marshall 3, Raymond 2

Marshall scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Raymond in the Region 4C tournament at Marshall.

Raymond had taken the lead with a run in the fourth inning, then added another in the sixth.

Marshall plays Regal in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Marshall. Raymond is done for the season.

Paynesville 3, Raymond 2

Paynesville prevailed in 13 innings to knock off the Raymond Rockets in the Region 4C tournament at Marshall.

Drew Tangen went 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI for the pirates. Grady Fuchs allowed two runs over nine innings and Luke Johnson got the win with four scoreless innings. He struck out five, walked one and allowed one hit.

Tyler Steen and John Sawatzky each had two hits for the Rockets.

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Hitting - Raymond: Eric Hulterstrum 0-5 sb, Tyler Steen 2-4 r, John Sawatzky 2-4 r 2b sac, Isaac Call 0-5 rbi sf, Justin Koenen 1-3 rbi, Caleb Ditmarson 0-2 sac-2, Brett Swanson 1-4 sb … Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 1-5, Luke Johnson 1-5 r sac, Grady Fuchs 1-5 r, Abe Bullard 3-5 r hbp sb, Garrett Leuskink 1-5 rbi 2b, Drew Tangen 3-6 rbi 2b, Sam Oehrlein 1-4, Griffin Bjerke 1-5
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Caleb Ditmarson 6-8-2-1-0-7, Sawatzky 5 1/3-2-0-0-2-4, Tanner Bauman (L) 1-2-1-1-1-0 … Paynesville: Grady Fuchs 9-5-2-2-6-5, L. Johnson (W) 4-1-0-0-1-5

Bird Island 4, Marshall 3

Bird Island secured the victory with a run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Marshall A’s at Marshall.

Bird Island was the top seed from the Corn Belt League. Marshall was the fifth seed, advancing by beating New London-Spicer in a play-in game, 7-3.

Braeden Tersteeg and Tyler Hebrink each had three hits for the Bullfrogs. Trent Athmann and Dylan Gass added two hits apiece for Bird Island.

For Marshall, Mason Penske was 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Matt Hmielewski took the complete-game loss, going 9⅔ innings. He struck out 18, walked two and allowed 12 hits.

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Hitting - Marshall: Matt Hmielewski 1-5, Doug Mead 1-4 r-2, Mason Penske 2-4 r rbi 3b, Zach Olson 1-4 rbi-2, Ryan VanMoer 1-4 2b, Peyton Grant 1-3 … Bird Island: Braeden Tersteeg 3-5 r 2b, Trent Athmann 2-3 r-2, Tyler Hebrink 3-5 rbi sb, Dylan Gass 2-5 rbi sb, Shawn Dollerschell 1-4 2b r rbi sac, Aidan Elfering 1-5 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Marshall: Hmielewski 9⅔-12-4-4-2-18 … Bird Island: Casey Lewandowski 9-7-3-3-3-8, D. Gass (W) 1-0-0-0-0-1

Regal 5, Willmar 2

Nathan Meyer homered and Brandon Wedel tossed a complete-game six-hitter to help Regal to the first-round win in Region 4C at Marshall.

Ashton Gregory went 2-for-4 with a run for Willmar.

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Regal 101 110 10x-5 8 0
Hitting - Willmar: Ian Koosman 1-3, Sam Etterman 1-3 r, Ashton Gregory 2-4 r, Jack Baumgart 1-2 rbi, Gunnar Banks 0-2 sac, Andrew Baumgart 1-2 rbi sf … Regal: Jordan Beier 1-3, Josh Beier 2-4, Nathan Meyer 2-5 hr r-2 rbi, Shane Rademacher 1-4 r-2 2b, Chris Beier 2-3 rbi, Nathan Beier 0-1 rbi, Derek Dengerud 0-3 r rbi, Jordan Wosmek 0-2 sac
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Patrick Courtney (L) 5-4-4-2-7-4, A. Baumgart 3-4-1-1-1-3 … Regal: Brandon Wedel (W) 9-6-2-2-5-2

Milroy Yankees 2,
Atwater 1

The Milroy Yankees sent the Atwater Chuckers into the losers’ bracket of the Region 4C tournament Saturday at Marshall.

Isaac Schmidt out-dueled Josh Kingery. Schmidt went 8 1/3 innings, allowing no hits and one unearned run. He stuck out six and walked four. Nathan Deutz got the save, allowing one hit and striking out one in ⅔ of an inning.

Josh Kingery took the loss. He went all eight innings, striking out 11 and walking one. He allowed eight hits and two earned runs.

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Milroy 011 000 00x-2 8 1
Hitting - Atwater: Josh Kinzler 0-3 rbi bb, David Kingery 0-3 bb, Conner Baker 1-4, Ezra Kaping 0-2 r bb, Afton Kaping 0-2 bb … Milroy: Andy Schmidt 1-4, David Schmidt 2-4 r 2b, Matt Bauer 2-4 rbi, Aaron Mathiowetz 1-3 bb sb, Derek Rasmussen 1-4 r rbi hr, Jake Tauer 1-3, Jacob Hughes 0-0 hbp
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Atwater: Josh Kingery (L) 8-8-2-2-1-11 … Milroy: Isaac Schmidt (W) 8 1/3-0-1-0-4-6, Nathan Deutz (Sv) ⅔-1-0-0-0-1

Region 12C
Maple Lake 10, Litchfield 2

Maple Lake eliminated Litchfield from the Region 12C playoffs with the victory Sunday at Delano.

Luke Fobbe and Donnie Mavencamp each had three hits for the Lakers.

For Litchfield, Cody Klabunde went 2-for-4 with a home run. Andrew Loch also was 2-for-4 for the Blues.

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Hitting - Maple Lake: Ben Goelz 2-4 r bb, Luke Fobbe 3-5 r-3, Ben Clapp 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb hbp, Hunter Malachek 1-3 r-3 bb-2 sb, Donnie Mavencamp 3-5 rbi-3, Matt Bergstrom 0-3 bb sac, Riley Decker 0-5 rbi, Ben Reilley 1-2 2b, Logan Orazem 0-4 r … Litchfield: Cody Klabunde 2-4 r rbi-2 hr, Andrew Loch 2-4, Avery Liestman 1-3 bb 2b, Jake Jones 1-4, Josh Johnson 1-4, Gabe Lecher 0-2 bb, Dylan Koll 0-2 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Maple Lake: Grant Mergen (W) 6-6-2-2-3-1, Reilley (Sv) 3-1-0-0-0-4 … Litchfield: Liestman (L) 7-7-7-4-3-3, Koll 1-1-0-0-0-0, Jack Ramthun 1-2-3-3-2-1

Buffalo 6, Litchfield 5

Colton Haight’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Buffalo Bulldogs the victory over the Litchfield Blues in Region 12C on Saturday at Delano.

Jake Dusek and Brett Renshaw slugged home runs for Buffalo. Haight and Noah Christenson each had two hits.

For Litchfield, Andrew Loch went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI. And, Jake Jones was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a sacrifice fly.

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Buffalo 210 000 021-6 9 3
Hitting - Litchfield: Cody Kalbunde 1-5 r, Andrew Loch 2-5 r-2 rbi-2 2b, Avery Liestman 1-5 sb, Jake Jones 2-3 rbi-2 2b sf, Josh Johnson 1-3 r bb, Gabe Lecher 0-3 hbp, Winky Estrada 1-4 r … Buffalo: Colton Haight 2-5 r rbi-2, Ethan Hansen 0-3 hbp, Jake Duske 1-4 r-2 rbi-2 hr, Brett Renshaw 1-4 r rbi-2 hr, Ramon Vega Jr. 1-4 sb, Noah Christenson 2-4 r, Kai Brisk 1-4, Evan Soefker 1-3 r bb sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Joey Hyde (L) 8⅔-9-6-6-1-3 … Buffalo: Jon Euerle 6-8-5-3-0-8, John Weber (W) 3-0-0-0-1-4
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