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Amateur baseball roundup: ‘Frogs find way into finals

Bird Island beats Raymond to reach Region 4C championship.

Baseball roundup
Bullfrogs starting pitcher Aidan Elfering throws a pitch toward home plate during a game against the Raymond Rockets on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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SPICER — The Bird Island Bullfrogs found their way to bases all evening on Friday en route to a 7-2 victory over the Raymond Rockets to advance to the Region 4C championship game.

Bird Island recorded 16 hits in the win and never trailed the Rockets. Jared Dettmann led the Bullfrogs offensively. He went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.

Five more Bird Island batters recorded multi-hit performances. Shawn Dollerschell went 3-for-6 with a double and one run. Trent Athmann, Logan Swann, Aidan Elfering and Dylan Gass each tallied two hits. Elfering tied Dettmann for a team-high two RBIs.

Elfering not only produced offensively, he pitched a complete game for the Bullfrogs. He struck out 14 batters, allowing six hits and two runs.

Raymond's Paxton Nelson smiles near the Rockets' dugout during a game against the Bird Island Bullfrogs on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

Raymond’s pair of runs came in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2-2. John Sawatzky and Paxton Nelson each scored.


After the Rockets knotted the game at 2-2, the Bullfrogs tacked on five combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Tyler Steen and Brady Kienitz combined for four of the Rocket’s six hits. Steen went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kienitz went 2-for-4.

Dollerschell opened up the scoring in the fourth inning for Bird Island, reaching home on an Elfering RBI single, before Swann scored to make it 2-0.

The Bullfrogs will play against Willmar, Atwater, Starbuck or Milroy in the Region 4C championship game at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.

Bird Island's Shawn Dollerschell slides home safely for the Bullfrogs in a game against the Raymond Rockets on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

Region 4C

Bird Island 7, Raymond 2

Bird Island   000   202   300-7   16   2
Raymond     000   020   000-2   6   2

Hitting - Bird Island: Braeden Tersteeg 1-4 rbi, Trent Athmann 2-6 rbi, Shawn Dollerschell 3-6 2b r, Logan Swann 2-5 bb r-2, Tyler Hebrink 0-5 bb, Aidan Elfering 2-4 bb r rbi-2, Dylan Gass 2-5 r, Zeke Walton 0-4 bb r, Jared Dettmann 4-5 r rbi-2 … Raymond: Paxton Nelson 0-4 r, Tyler Steen 2-4 rbi, Brady Kienitz 2-4, John Sawatzky 1-4 r, Brett Swanson 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Bird Island: Elfering (W) 9-6-2-0-0-14 … Raymond: Herman Solomon 3-2-0-0-0-2, Sawatzky (L) 3.1-10-6-5-1-1, Zach Nelson 0.2-2-1-0-0-0, Brooks Asche 2-2-0-0-3-2

Region 12C

Maple Lake 4, Litchfield 1

The Maple Lake Lakers defeated the Litchfield Blues 4-1 Friday evening to advance in the Region 12C tournament and clinch a top four seed for state at Optimist Park in Litchfield.


Hunter Malachek fueled the Lakers to victory. He pitched a complete game and Litchfield had no answers as he struck out 16 batters, allowing five hits, two walks and one run.

Seven Maple Lake batters recorded one hit. Malachek and Brock Goelz both hit solo home runs. Luke Fobbe and Grant Mergen had the other two RBIs for the Lakers.

Andrew Loch led all batters with two hits, accounting for 40% of Litchfield's hits (5). He batted in the Blues’ lone run of the game.

Litchfield       000   010   000-1   5   2
Maple Lake    001   010   11x-4   7   3

Hitting - Litchfield: Cody Klabunde 1-4 2b r, Andrew Loch 2-4 rbi, Eric Hulterstrum 1-2 bb-2, Ben Alsleben 1-4 … Maple Lake: Luke Fobbe 1-3 bb rbi, Riley Decker 1-4, Hunter Malachek 1-4 hr r rbi, Donnie Mavencamp 1-3 bb, Matt Bergstrom 1-3 bb r, Ryley Hagen 0-0 r, Brock Goelz 1-2 bb hr r rbi, Grant Mergen 1-1 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Avery Liestman (L) 7-6-3-3-3-5, Joey Hyde 1-1-1-1-1-0 … Maple Lake: Malachek (W) 9-5-1-1-2-16

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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