Baseball Roundup: Waterloo tees off on Willmar Stingers
Read how the Bucks collected 17 hits in Northwoods League win
WATERLOO, Iowa — Willmar was able to jump on Waterloo early with a pair of runs on two hits in the first inning. But the Bucks managed to hold the Stingers to one run the rest of the way while collecting 17 hits of their own as Waterloo got the 10-3 Northwoods League win Thursday.
Griffin Cheney got Willmar off to a strong start with a leadoff double, followed by a Kyle Manzardo walk. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brooks Lee brought Cheney and Manzardo home with a single to left field.
The Stingers’ remaining run came from a solo home run by Jayson Newman in the top of the fifth. Willmar was able to load the bases in the top of the ninth with consecutive singles by Cheney, Manzardo and Zane Denton before Bucks’ reliever Zach Button got the final two outs via strikeout.
Meanwhile, every one of Waterloo’s batters collected a hit in the victory. Leadoff batter Xane Washington led the charge, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Levi Usher provided the big bat with four RBIs while also hitting for a triple and double in a 2-for-5 outing. Oraj Anu, Daniel Irisarri, Dalton Shuffield and Alonzo Rubalcaba also came up with two hits apiece for the Bucks.
Will Christophersen was the winning pitcher giving up one hit, the Newman homer, over three innings of work. Zack Toth was charged with the loss after allowing four runs (all earned) on four hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.
Willmar (1-1) and Waterloo (2-0) will face off again at 6:35 p.m. Friday. This weekend, the Stingers will play a trio of home games with Rochester, with a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m./7:05 p.m. The weekend series will wrap up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday back at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar 200 010 000- 3 6 0
Waterloo 001 402 30x-10 17 0
Hitting - Willmar: Griffin Cheney 2-4 2b r, Kyle Manzardo 1-3 r, Zane Denton 1-5, Jayson Newman 1-4 hr r rbi, Brooks Lee 1-4 rbi-2, Grant Schoen 0-2 sb … Waterloo: Xane Washington 3-5 r-2 rbi-2, Oraj Anu 2-5 r, Levi Usher 2-5 2b 3b rbi-4, Patrick Ferguson 1-4, Charley Hesse 1-3 r, Daniel Irisarri 2-4 r, Dalton Shuffield 2-4 r-2 sb, Alonzo Rubalcaba 2-3 2b r-2 rbi sf, Jalen Smith 2-3 2b r rbi-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jacob Webb 3-5-1-1-1-2, Zack Toth (L) 0.1-4-2-2-1-0, Ricky Maddock III 2.2-5-2-2-0-1, Drey Dirksen 1-3-3-3-1-0, Grayson Bray 1-0-0-0-0-1 … Waterloo: Ben Olson 2-2-2-2-5-0, Will Christophersen (W) 3-1-1-1-1-1, Carter Lyles 1-0-0-0-1-1, Blake Corsentino 2-0-0-0-1-1, Zach Button 1-3-0-0-0-3
New London-Spicer got the game-tying run to third base in the eighth and ninth innings. But Regal relief pitcher Nathan Meyer was able to get out of the jam both times to give the Eagles a 5-4 County Line League win on Thursday.
The Twins scored a pair of runs in the eighth and had the bases loaded before Meyer struck out Ben Kulset for the final out. Then in the ninth, New London-Spicer had runners at second and third when Meyer came up clutch again, striking out Dalton Rambow for the final out.
Jordan Beier went 2-for-5 for Regal with a run scored. Meyer helped his own cause with an RBI double in the first inning along with a fifth-inning run, going 1-for-4. Shane Rademacher was the winning pitcher after tossing six innings.
Mike Danielson was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs for the Twins, belting a solo home run in the sixth inning. Scott and Dalton Rambow each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.
Regal 200 210 000-5 8 4
NL-S 100 001 200-4 8 2
Hitting - Regal: Jordan Beier 2-5 r, Josh Beier 0-3 bb, Blake Karsch 1-5 r, Nathan Meyer 1-4 2b bb rbi-2 r, Chris Beier 0-2 bb, Shane Rademacher 1-3 r, William Roguske 1-3 2b bb, Derek Dengerud 1-4 2b rbi, Nick Perkins 1-2 rbi, Sam Oehrlein 0-1 bb … NL-S: Ben Kulset 1-5 r, Adam Schrader 1-3 bb r, Scott Rambow 1-3 bb-2 rbi, Mike Danielson 2-5 hr rbi r-2, Dalton Rambow 1-4 bb rbi, Jett Salonek 0-3 bb, Trent Pientka 1-3, Ethan Haugen 1-3 bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Regal: Rademacher (W) 6-6-2-1-3-3, Meyer (S) 3-2-2-1-3-4 … NL-S: Adam Nibaur (L) 6-8-5-4-3-8, Patrick Courtney 3-0-0-0-2-5