SPICER - Trailing in both games against New London-Spicer on Thursday, Litchfield found a way to climb out of the abyss.
Thanks to a four-run top of the fourth inning combined with a strong relief effort from Avery Liestman, the Dragons were able to swipe Game 1 against the Wildcats, 6-5. Then in the nightcap, Cade Marquardt tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, then scored the game-winning run on an error in a 5-4 win.
Down 2-0 through three innings in the opener, Dylan Schutz scored on a grounder while Carter Block tied the game after scoring on a Tyler Peterson RBI single. An error lead to Liestman reaching home, followed by Peterson beating the tag at home for the inning's fourth run off an Owen Boerema double.
With a pair of unearned runs, NLS tied the game in the fifth before Peterson came up big again in the sixth with a ground rule double that brought home Jacob Schneider. Block scored the decisive run in the top of the seventh on an error.
Liestman threw 2.1/3 innings of relief to get the win, holding the Wildcats to one run (unearned) on one hit with five strikeouts. Boerema started the game, picking up 12 strikeouts in 4-2/3 innings.
In Game 2, Litchfield led 2-0 after a sacrifice fly and an RBI double from Max Tibbits in the first and third innings, respectively. But NLS climbed back with a three-run fourth when Payton Madison was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Christian Lessman scored on a passed ball and Jake Schmidt reached home on a grounder.
With the game tied at 4-all, Boerema led the inning off with a single, then reached third after an error and a passed ball before scoring on a Marquardt double. Two batters later, an error at first base allowed Marquardt to score the game-winning run from second base.
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New London-Spicer 110 020 1-5 5 3
Hitting - Litchfield: Owen Boerema 1-3 rbi, Cade Marquardt 1-3, Dylan Schutz 1-3 sb-2, Carter Block 1-2 r-2 sb, Jack Ramthun 1-3, Tyler Peterson 2-3 2b r rbi-2 sb, Jacob Schneider 0-2 r rbi, Avery Liestman 0-3 r ... New London-Spicer: Nick Perkins 1-3 r, Christian Lessman 2-4 2b r rbi, Payton Madison 1-3 r rbi, Trent Pientka 1-4 2b, Jake Schmidt 0-3 r, Blake Vagle 0-4 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Owen Boerema 4.2-4-4-1-3-12, Avery Liestman (W) 2.1-1-1-0-0-5 ... New London-Spicer: Nate Tebben 4-4-4-4-5-1, Jake Schmidt 3-3-2-1-3-2
New London-Spicer 000 300 1-4 5 3
Litchfield 101 001 2-5 9 1
Hitting - New London-Spicer: Ethan Haugen 1-3 r, Christian Lessman 2-4 r, Jake Schmidt 1-2 r, Trent Pientka 1-3 2b r rbi, Payton Madison 0-1 rbi ... Litchfield: Owen Boerema 3-4 2b r-3 sb, Cade Marquardt 1-4 2b r rbi, Max Tibbits 1-2 2b rbi-2, Carter Block 1-3, Jacob Schneider 2-3, Bret Wendlandt 1-2 rbi, Dylan Schutz 0-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Lessman (L) 6-9-5-4-4-5 ... Litchfield: Avery Liestman 4-3-3-2-1-5, Jack Ramthun 2-1-0-0-1-1, Wendlandt (W) 1-1-1-0-1-0
SC Tech 5,
With a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, followed by an error with two outs in extra innings, St. Cloud Tech stunned Willmar on Thursday with a 5-4 eight-inning Central Lakes Conference win at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.
Down 4-3 heading into the final inning, a line drive to single by Jacob Carper brought home Andrew Schmitt for the game-tying run.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, a wild pitch put Sam Oster on third. The Tigers' Conner Doucette hit a ground ball and ended up reaching base on an error, letting Oster cross home and secure the win.
Trailing 3-1 through four innings, the Cardinals put together a three-run fifth inning. Tanner Bauman scored the first run of the inning on an Ashton Gregory single, followed by an Andy Schultz sacrifice fly that scored Caleb Owens. A defensive error gave Gregory the chance to reach home, making it a 4-3 Willmar lead.
Gregory went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Drey Dirksen went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Jayden Dierenfeld went 2-for-3 and went five innings as the starting pitcher, striking out three.
Willmar 000 130 00-4 12 7
St. Cloud Tech 002 100 11-5 6 1
Hitting - Willmar: Caleb Owens 1-4 r, Ashton Gregory 3-3 r rbi, Drey Dirksen 2-4 3b r, Jayden Dierenfeld 2-3, Gunnar Banks 1-3 2b rbi, Zach Courtney 1-4, Wade Fischer 1-4, Tanner Bauman 1-4 r, Andy Schultz 0-3 rbi ... St. Cloud Tech: Jacob Carper 2-3 rbi, Noah Hegland 1-4 2b rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Dierenfeld 5-3-3-0-3-3, Dalton Ogdahl 2-2-1-0-0-1, Andrew Baumgart (L) 0.2-1-1-0-1-1 ... St. Cloud Tech: Peyton Bigaouette 6-9-4-3-1-3, Sam Oster (W) 2-3-0-0-0-0
Montevideo scored all five of its runs in the third inning and the Thunder Hawks held on to defeat BOLD on Thursday in a West Central Conference doubleheader.
Colby Buseman, Jackson Snell and Chase Korte all drove in runs for the T-Hawks, and Seth Kuno had two hits and scored a run. Korte got the win and Noah Buseman picked up the save.
BOLD's Aiden Elfering had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs.
Montevideo 005 000 0-5 8 0
BOLD 300 010 0-4 5 5
Hitting - Montevideo: Seth Kuno 2-3 r, Colby Buseman 1-4 r rbi, Noah Buseman 2-4, Jackson Snell 1-4 r rbi, Matthew Fragodt 1-3, Cade Weber 1-3 r, Chase Korte 0-3 r rbi ... BOLD: Jordan Sagedahl 1-3 r sb-2, Riley Weis 1-2 r rbi, Aiden Elfering 3-3 2b rbi-2, Luke Ryan 0-3 r sb, Hayden Tersteeg 0-3 r sb, Mat Moorse 0-2 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montevideo: Korte (W) 5-5-4-3-2-3, N Buseman (S) 2-0-0-0-1-0 ... BOLD: Sagedahl (L) 7-8-5-1-0-5
Tim Peppel had three hits, including a home run and a double, and he drove in three runs to lead BOLD to a win on Thursday in a West Central Conference doubleheader on Thursday.
Riley Weis and Braeden Tersteeg both had two hits and drove in two runs, and Matt Moorse worked six innings and struck out nine to get the win.
BOLD 310 023 0-9 11 0
Montevideo 000 100 0-1 3 3
Hitting - BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-3 3b r-2, Braeden Tersteeg 2-3 r rbi-2, Jordan Sagedahl 1-4 r-2, Hayden Tersteeg 1-4 r, Riley Weis 2-4 2b rbi-2, Andrew Sheehan 1-3 r, Tim Peppel 3-4 2b hr r rbi-3, Aiden Elfering 0-3 r ... Montevideo: Seth Kuno 1-3, Jackson Snell 1-3 r, Chase Korte 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Matt Moorse (W) 6-3-1-1-1-9, B Tersteeg 0.2-0-0-0-1-0, Ryan 0.1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Montevideo: Jordan Witzel (L) 1.1-5-4-4-1-0, Kuno 3.1-2-2-2-3-3, Noah Buseman 0.1-1-0-0-0-0, Sawyer Reidinger 2-3-3-3-1-1
Sauk Centre 7,
A three-run fifth inning gave Sauk Centre the cushion it needed to defeat Benson in Game 1 of a West Central Conference doubleheader Thursday.
Matt Ebnet led the Braves' offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Matt Lenarz took the loss despite striking out five.
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Benson 000 104 0-5 5 6
Hitting - Sauk Centre: Hunter Fletcher 2-3 r-2 rbi, Dusty Karl 1-3 r rbi ... Benson: Matt Ebnet 2-3 2b r-2 rbi, Will Enderson 1-3 r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sauk Centre: Andrew Bick (W) 7-5-5-4-1-7 ... Benson: Matt Lenarz (L) 4-5-4-2-3-5, Sam Lenarz 3-1-3-1-1-2
Sauk Centre 5
Opening the game with a seven-run first inning, Benson avoided the sweep by beating Sauk Centre 9-5 in the West Central Conference nightcap on Thursday.
After a strong start from Jared Knutson (3-2/3 innings, seven strikeouts), Matt Goossen followed up with his own seven-strikeout performance, getting the win in relief. Matt Ebnet finished 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs while Matt Lenarz was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs for the Braves.
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Sauk Centre 102 101 0-5 6 5
Hitting - Benson: Jacob Wolter 1-2 r rbi-2, Matt Ebnet 1-3 r rbi-2, Matt Lenarz 1-3 r-2 ... Sauk Centre: Jake Zollman 3-4 r-2 rbi, Hunter Fletcher 2-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Jared Knutson 3.2-4-4-1-3-7, Matt Goossen (W) 3.1-2-1-1-1-7 ... Sauk Centre: Riley Meyer (L) 4-5-9-5-0-3, Preston Sorenson 3-2-0-0-1-1
Melrose had four players with two hits as part of a 12-hit game in the Dutchmen's 10-6 Game 1 victory over Minnewaska on Thursday.
Ryan Amundson had the top offensive game for the Lakers, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Jared Freese also went 2-for-3 with a run, and Dylan Jergenson scored twice while going 1-for-2.
Melrose 124 012 0-10 12 3
Minnewaska 110 000 4- 6 9 6
Hitting - Melrose: Grant Moscho 2-5 r-2 rbi, Reegan Nelson 2-4 2b rbi, Luke Dehmer 2-4, Dylan Fleischaker 2-4 r ... Minnewaska: Ryan Amundson 2-3 2b r rbi-2, Luke Barkeim 1-5 rbi, Clay Blair 1-4, Jared Freese 2-3 r, Dylan Jergenson 1-2 r-2, Grant Jensen 1-3 r, Parker Holtberg 1-4, Cade Fish 0-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Nelson (W) 5.2-6-2-0-4-8, Bradley Hellermann 1-3-4-4-2-2 ... Minnewaska: Freese (L) 5-11-8-1-1-5, Jergenson 2-1-2-1-1-2
Minnewaska broke open a tie game with four run in the fifth and earned a split of a doubleheader against Melrose on Thursday at Minnewaska High School.
The Lakers' Grant Jensen had two hits and drove in three runs, and Darion Alexander, Cade Fish and Clay Blair all had two hits. Blair also drove in two runs. Luke Barkeim got the win.
Minnewaska 000 442 0-10 13 2
Melrose 001 310 0-5 5 3
Hitting - Minnewaska: Ryan Amundson 1-5 r, Jared Freese 2-4 r-2, Darion Alexander 2-4 3b r, Clay Blair 2-4 rbi-2 r, Luke Barkeim 1-4 rbi r-2, Isaiah Testa 0-3 rbi r-, Grant Jensen 2-4 2b rbi-3 r, Cade Fish 2-4 rbi, Parker Holtberg 1-4 r ... Melrose: Grant Moscho 1-3 2b rbi r, Reegan Nelson 1-4 rbi r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Barkeim (W) 7-5-5-2-2-6 ... Melrose: Moscho (L) 5-10-8-5-0-6, Ben Welle 2-3-2-0-1-2
Yellow Medicine East scored six runs in the top of the sixth and wrapped up a wild Camden Conference victory over Dawson-Boyd on Thursday.
YME's Angel Jimenez had four hits and drove in seven runs and Ty Schulte had two hits and drove in three runs.
D-B scored all of its runs in the fourth inning. Dustin Deuth had a hit and two RBIs.
YME 317 316-21 13 2
D-B 000 (10)00-10 6 6
Hitting - Yellow Medicine East: Bennett Knapper 1-6 r, Ayden Friese 3-5 r-3 sb-2, Tate Schulte 1-2 r-2, Jared Martin 1-1 r rbi, Angel Jimenez 4-6 2b 3b r-2 rbi-7, Ty Schulte 2-5 r-2 rbi-3 sb-3, Cole Fischer 1-3 r rbi-2, Alex Formo 0-1 r, Carter Sneller 0-4 r-2 rbi sb, Ethan Peterson 0-0 r sb, Caleb Jans 0-0 r-3 sb, Dalton Anderson 0-2 r-2 ... Dawson-Boyd: Colby Deuth 1-3 2b r rbi sb, Kolten Lindblad 1-2 2b r-2 sb, Cody Stock 1-3 r, Dustin Deuth 1-2 r rbi-2, Brayden Hahn 1-3, Braxton Hahn 1-1 r rbi, Griffin Johnson 0-2 r rbi sb, Brenden Stultz 0-3 r rbi sb, Aiden Swenson 0-2 r rbi, Aric Gruwell 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Yellow Medicine East: Jimenez 3-5-8-8-7-2, Jans (W) 3-1-2-0-4-5 ... Dawson-Boyd: Stultz (L) 2.1-5-11-6-8-0, C Deuth 1.2-4-3-3-2-1, Stock 2-4-7-0-3-1
Wyatt Halvorson led the Lac qui Parle Valley offensive attack with two two-run home runs and the Eagles defeated Central Minnesota Christian School on Thursday in Madison.
Tucker Droogsma doubled in two runs and Caden Bjornjeld had two hits and an RBI and also got the win.
CMCS' Moise Daugherty had two hits and Skylar Zwart drove in a run.
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LQPV 903 2x-14 11 0
Hitting - Central Minnesota Christian School: Case Mulder 1-3, Moise Daugherty 2-2, Skylar Zwart 1-2 rbi ... Lac qui Parle Valley: Eean Allpress 1-2 3b rbi-3 r-3, Caden Bjornjeld 2-3 2b rbi, Dain Haas 1-2 3b rbi r-2, Wyatt Halvorson 2-4 hr-2 rbi-4, Tucker Droogsma 1-2 2b rbi-2, Brett Baldwin 1-1, Trevor Gearman 1-2 rbi, Trinity Lindner 1-2 rbi, Gavin Fernholz 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Central Minnesota Christian School: Tucker Dehmlow (L) 0.1-8-9-9-2-0, Zwart 2.2-2-3-3-3-3, Josh Nelson 1-1-2-0-1-1 ... Lac qui Parle Valley: Bjornjeld (W) 3-2-0-0-2-3, Mason Clark 1-3-2-2-2-3, Lindner 1-0-0-0-0-2
Down 3-2 after the top of the second inning, MACCRAY went off for six runs in the bottom of the frame, cruising to a 13-3 six-inning Camden Conference win on Thursday.
Brady Kienitz had a strong day at the plate for the Wolverines, going 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Isaac Strommer also had two hits while scoring three times and driving in a run.
On the mound, Eli Aker got the win for MACCRAY after striking out eight while allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.
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MACCRAY 260 131-13 14 0
Hitting - Minneota: Teddy Pesch 2-3 3b r rbi ... MACCRAY: Rhys Schwitters 2-5 r-2, Isaac Strommer 2-3 r-3 rbi, Brady Kienitz 2-4 r-3 rbi-3, Gabe Henker 2-3 rbi-2, Brooks Asche 1-4 r rbi, Dreyer Homan 1-3 rbi, Ole Sandry 1-3 3b, Eli Aker 2-2 r-2, Andrew Miller 1-2 r rbi, Carter Wrede 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minneota: Austin Sorensen (L) 1-8-8-8-3-0, Sam Buysse 4.2-6-5-2-3-5 ... MACCRAY: Aker (W) 5-7-3-3-2-8, Homan 1-0-0-0-0-0
Driving in seven runs in the top of the third inning, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg locked down Renville County West with an 11-1 six-inning win in Camden Conference play Thursday.
The top of the third saw the Saints get a Cade Melin RBI single, Regan Carlson scoring on a passed ball, an RBI double from Alex Call, RBI singles by Noah Thorson and Weston Gjerde, a bases-loaded walk by Carlson and Isaac Call getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Alex Call, Levi Sweere and Gjerde combined to throw a two-hitter. Alex got the win after striking out 10 over four innings for KMS.
RCW's lone run came in the bottom of the first when Jack Howard stole home. Justin Schrupp and Ayden Gustafson both were 1-for-3 for the Jaguars.
KMS 117 011-11 11 1
RCW 100 000- 1 2 1
Hitting - KMS: Weston Gjerde 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 sb, Dylan Rudningen 2-3 2b r, Regan Carlson 1-2 r rbi, Isaac Call 2-4 2b rbi-2, Cade Melin 1-3 r rbi, Alex Call 1-4 2b r rbi, Christian Diederich 1-2 2b r-2, Noah Thorson 2-4 r-2 rbi, Wylee Lottman 0-3 r rbi sb ... Renville County West: Justin Schrupp 1-3 sb, Ayden Gustafson 1-3, Jack Howard 0-2 r sb-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: A Call (W) 4-2-1-1-3-10, Levi Sweere 1-0-0-0-0-0, Gjerde 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Renville County West: Howard (L) 2.1-6-6-5-2-4, Gustafson 2-3-4-4-4-1, Jacob Grund 1.2-2-1-0-4-1
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted gave BBE a scare in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Jaguars held on for the win on Thursday.
Jackson Peter had three hits and drove in three runs and Ashton Dingmann had two hits, including a triple, and had three RBIs. He also worked four innings to get the win.
BBE 400 034 1-12 8 7
HLWW 240 000 4-10 11 7
Hitting - BBE: Abe Peter 2-2 r-4, Will VanBeck 1-5 5, Jackson Peter 3-4 rbi-3 r-3, Ashton Dingmann 2-5 3b rbi-3 r, Gavin Kampsen 0-4 rbi-2 r ... Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted: Trent Mulone 2-5 hr rbi-3 r, Noah Bush 4-5 rbi-2 r-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: Peter (W) 4-7-6-3-1-4, Dingmann 3-4-4-0-1-3 ... HLWW: Bennett Paulson (L) 5-6-7-3-4-1-4, Nate Hever 0.2-1-4-3-4-0, Cody Dickhausen 1.1-1-1-1-1-1
BBE jumped ahead early and earned a sweep over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday.
Five BBE players had a hit and Thaniel Cebulla drove in two runs. Payton VanBeck got the win with help from reliever Will VanBeck.
HLWW 103 010 0-5 5 5
BBE 502 002 x-9 5 0
Hitting - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted: Trent Mulone 2-3 2b-2 rbi-2 ... BBE: Abe Peter 1-3 2b rbi r, Jackson Peter 0-2 r-2, Ashton Dingmann 1-2 2b rbi r-2, Evan Wiener 1-2 rbi-2 r-2, Thaniel Cebulla 1-3 2b rbi-2 r, Riley Lenarz 1-3 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - HLWW: Cody Dickhausen (L) 1-2-5-2-2-0, Jack Fiecke 4-2-2-2-4-2, Nate Hever 1-1-2-1-0-0 ... BBE: Payton VanBeck (W) 5-3-5-5-3-5, Will VanBeck 2-1-0-0-2-3
Sam Oehrlein had two hits and scored three runs and he got the win, working six innings and striking out seven, in Paynesville's Central Minnesota Conference win on Thursday.
Grady Fuchs had two hits and two RBIs.
Paynesville 103 214-11 10 1
Kimball 001 000-1 3 6
Hitting - Paynesville: Levi Bast 1-4 r-2 rbi sb, Sam Ohrlein 2-4 2b r-3 rbi, Luke Johnson 2-3 r-2 rbi, Grady Fuchs 2-4 r rbi-2, Carter Wessel 1-3 3b r-2 rbi-3, Spence Evans 1-4 r, Zach Schroeder 1-3 3b r rbi ... Kimball: Jeremy Zambimski 1-3 r, Noah Young 2-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Ohrlein (W) 6-3-1-1-2-7 ... Kimball: Tyler Stang (L) 6-10-11-6-2-2
Paynesville's Grady Fuchs struck out 15 and limited Kimball to just one hit in a 10-0 six-inning win on Thursday.
On offense, Spence Evans went 2-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored, and Carter Wessel went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run. Luke Johnson scored twice and had a stolen base for the Bulldogs.
Kimball 000 000-0 1 1
Paynesville 600 112-10 5 0
Hitting - Kimball: Tucker Schultz 1-2 ... Paynesville: Luke Johnson 1-1 r-2 sb, Carter Wessel 1-2 2b r rbi-3, Spence Evans 2-4 2b r rbi-4, Caden Spanier 1-2 rbi, Levi Bast 0-1 r sb, Sam Ohrlein 0-2 r-2, Trevor Hemmesch 0-0 r, Eric Johnson 0-2 r-2 rbi, Zach Schroeder 0-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Kimball: Tucker Schultz (L) 4-3-7-7-7-0, Josh Donnay 1.1-2-3-3-5-1 ... Paynesville: Grady Fuchs (W) 6-1-0-0-0-15