BOLD falls to Springfield in Section 2A

Fourth-seeded Tigers surprise No. 1 Warriors, 6-4

BIRD ISLAND — Hoping to defend its 2019 Class A state baseball title, BOLD will have to work through the elimination bracket.

Thanks to a four-run top of the sixth inning, fourth-seeded Springfield upset top-seeded BOLD, 6-4, at Lions Memorial Park.

The Tigers’ six hits came from six players. Mason Leonard hit a two-run home run in the first as he finished the day with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brenden Buerkle went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. On the mound, Jakob Nachreiner got the win after five innings of work while Tori Helget picked up the save.

Braeden Tersteeg paced BOLD’s offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Tate Sheehan finished 2-for-2 with a run. Aidan Elfering and Tim Peppel both collected a hit apiece.

Avery Herdina started the game for the Warriors, striking out six over five innings. Elfering was hit with the loss after two innings of relief.


The Warriors face Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Saturday at ISG Field in Mankato.

Section 2A
Springfield 6,

Springfield 200 004 0-6 6 3
BOLD 201 100 0-4 7 1
Hitting - Springfield: Dylan Batzlaff 1-4, Tori Helget 1-4 sb, Brenden Buerkle 1-3 r-2 hbp, Mason Leonard 1-3 hr r-2 rbi-2 bb, Jason Berberich 1-4 r sb, Jakob Nachreiner 1-2 rbi bb, Kyle Quesenberry 0-2 rbi sac, Luke Boyle 0-0 r, MaCoy Krick 0-0 rbi sb sac, James Coffland 0-0 rbi sac … BOLD: Braeden Tersteeg 3-4 2b r rbi, Aidan Elfering 1-4 r, Tim Peppel 1-3 rbi hbp, Tate Sheehan 2-2 r bb, Zeke Walton 0-4 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Springfield: Nachreiner (W) 5-5-4-1-0-2, Helget (Sv) 2-2-0-0-1-1 … BOLD: Avery Herdina 5-3-4-4-2-6, Elfering (L) 2-3-2-2-0-2.

Section 3AA
Paynesville 3,
Fairmont 2

Three runs scored in the fifth inning pushed Paynesville to a win at Marshall in a Section 3AA elimination game.

Paynesville advances to play Pipestone at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Legion Field in Marshall. Pipestone remained alive with a7-3 victory over Minnewaska. If Paynesville beats the Arrows, there’s a second game for the Bulldogs at 5 p.m.

Paynesville 000 030 0-3 7 1
Fairmont 010 001 0-2 5 2
Hitting - Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 1-3, Drew Tangen 1-2 bb, Ryan Messer 2-3, Tanner Stanley 1-3 r, Tori Olmscheid 1-3, Chase Bayer 1-3 rbi, Abe Bullard 0-2 r hbp, Cooper Bast 0-3 r … Fairmont: Eli Anderson 1-4 2b, Zach Jorgensen 1-4, Jack Kosbad 1-4 r, Nate Soelter 1-3, Landen Meyerdirk 1-2 r rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Eli Nelson (W) 6-4-2-1-4-5, Trent Wendlandt 1/3-0-0-0-0-0, Messer (Sv) 2/3-1-0-0-0-0 … Fairmont: Jacob Crissinger (L) 7-7-3-2-1-2.

Pipestone 7,
Minnewaska 3

Pipestone scored two runs to start the game at Marshall before allowing three runs in the fourth. Pipestone scored four runs in the fifth and one in the fifth to take the win, eliminating Minnewaska from the playoffs.

Dawson Kellen got the complete-game pitching win for the Arrows, striking out three and walking none. He scattered eight hits and allowed three earned runs.

Sam Hested and Hunter Johnson each had two hits for the Lakers.

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Minnewaska 000 300 0-3 8 3
Hitting - Pipestone: C. Lueck 2-4 r, Dawson Schelhaas 1-2 r-3 bb-2, Dawson Kellen 1-2 bb, Austin Johnson 0-3 bb, Merrick Heidebrink 1-3 r rbi-2 bb, Connor Zaphier bb, Luke Ploeger 0-1 r-2, Kaden Musch 0-3 r, Jayden Houselog 1-3 rbi bb, Kellan Johnson ... Minnewaska: Darion Alexander 1-4, Mitchell Gruber 1-4, Sam Hested 2-3 r, D. Alexander 1-3 r rbi, Torii Johnson 1-3 r rbi, Hunter Johnson 2-3 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Pipestone: Dawson Kellen (W) 7-8-3-3-0-3 ... Minnewaska: D. Alexander (L) 4 2/3-6-6-2-5-6, H. Johnson 1 1/3-0-1-1-2-0, A. Versteeg 1-0-0-0-0-2

Section 5AA
HLWW 4, Litchfield 1

Howard Lake Waverly Winsted pitcher Noah Bush earned 12 strikeouts in seven innings, eliminating Litchfield 4-1 at Litchfield.

Litchfield ends its season at 16-7.


HLWW 003 001 0-4 7 0
Litchfield 100 000 0-1 4 0
Hitting - HLWW: Noah Bush 2-3 2b r rbi, Colton Long 2-3 hr r rbi-3, Steve Heber 1-3 2b, Jake Zander 1-3 r … Litchfield: Bennett Lecher 2-3 2b r, Ben Alsleben 1-3 rbi, Caden Besemer 1-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - HLWW: Bush (W) 7-4-1-0-1-12 … Litchfield: Avery Liestman (L) 7-7-4-4-2-8.

Section 3A

Maverick Conn singled home Carter Amland with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning for Lac qui Parle Valley in its walk-off win over Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove at Milroy.

The Eagles (11-9) advance to play Yellow Medicine East at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Milroy.

RRC/WWG is 13-9.

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LQPV 000 200 01-3 3 1
Hitting - RRC/WWG: Mason Irlbeck 1-4 rbi, Cory Anderson 1-4, Cole VanDewille 1-3, Ashton Juhnke 2-2 r, Don Kleven 1-2 rbi … LQPV: Carter Amland 1-3 r-2, Maverick Conn 2-4 3b rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RRC/WWG: Luke Willhite 6⅔-1-2-0-3-7, Irlbeck (L) ⅔-2-1-1-0-0 … LQPV: Blake Wollschlager 6⅔-5-2-1-3-7, Amland (W) 1-1/3-1-0-0-0-0

YME 7, Wabasso 3

Yellow Medicine East scored five runs in the third to push its lead to six before giving up a run in the fourth. YME scored a run in the sixth before giving up two runs to Wabasso in the sixth.

Caleb Jans earned the win with 5⅔ innings pitched.

YME 105 001 0-7 6 2
Wabasso 000 102 0-3 7 4
Hitting - YME: Hunter Wilke 0-2 r-2 bb-2, Caleb Jans 1-3 r, Nikson Knapper 1-4 rbi, Cole Fischer 0-2 r bb, Cody Dahlager 2-4 r rbi, Ty Schulte 1-4 r rbi-2, Bryce Sneller 1-2 rbi-2, … Wabasso: Colby Wall 2-4, ty Altermatt 0-3 bb, Will Carlson 1-4 r-2 sb, Carter Benz 1-3 r sb, Matthew Evink 0-2 rbi bb sac, Adyren Tietz 1-3 rbi 2b, Hunter Taylor 1-2 bb, Joe Liebl 1-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Caleb Jans (W) 5-1/3-6-3-2-2-3, Knapper 1⅔-1-0-0-1-0 … Wabasso: Benz (L) 5-1/3-6-7-6-3-10, Liebl 1⅔-0-0-0-0-0

Section 6A-South
KMS 1, BBE 0

Alex Call struck out 13 in a complete-game effort, which top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg needed in a one-run win over No. 3 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.


The lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when Isaac Rudningen scored on a groundout by Isaac Call.

Rudningen, Alex Cal and Wylee Lottman each had a hit for KMS, with Call supplying a double.

Payton Winter had a strong outing on the rubber for the Jaguars, striking out five with three hits and no walks allowed in 5-1/3 innings. Five different players had hits for the Jaguars in the losing effort.

The Fighting Saintsl take on New York Mills, the North sub-section’s top team, for a spot in the section championship game. That game is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at New York Mills.

In the elimination bracket, BBE will try to keep its season alive against Browerville/Eagle Valley at 2:30 p.m. in New York Mills. The winner plays again at 4:30 p.m. in Bluffton against the winner of Ashby vs. Upsala/Swanville.

BBE 000 000 0-0 5 0
KMS 000 100 x-1 3 2
Hitting - BBE: Will Van Beck 1-4, Gavin Kampsen 1-3, Andrew Weller 1-3, Luke Dingmann 1-3, Wyatt Steffenson 1-3 … KMS: Isaac Rudningen 1-3 r sb, Wylee Lottman 1-3, Alex Call 1-2 2b bb, Isaac Call 0-2 rbi bb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: Payton Winter (L) 5 1/3-3-1-1-0-5, Van Beck 2/3-0-0-0-2-0 … KMS: A. Call (W) 7-5-0-0-1-13.

KMS 10,
Border West 1

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg impressed in its Section 6A-South opener as the top-seeded Fighting Saints beat No. 4 Border West in Ortonville.

Hunter Wilts, Jaiden Henjum and Jared Cortez each had two hits for KMS. Wilts scored twice, drove in a run and had a stolen base, Cortez had a double and two runs scored, and Henjum finished with a double and a run.

Wylee Lottman started the game for the Fighting Saints, striking out six over six innings of work.

Border West 000 100 0- 1 5 3
KMS 104 140 x-10 10 1
Hitting - Border West: Nate Moberg 1-3, Isaac Hannen 3-3 rbi sb, Bryant Callenius 1-2 sb bb, Jakob Adelmen 0-2 r bb … KMS: Isaac Rudningen 1-4, Wylee Lottman 1-3 2b r rbi sb bb, Jared Cortez 2-4 2b r-2, Devon Swanson 1-4 2b r rbi-2, Brody Forsell 1-4 rbi, Hunter Wilts 2-3 r-2 rbi sb bb, Jaiden Henjum 2-2 2b r sac, Isaac Call 0-1 r rbi bb-2 sf, Alex Call 0-2 r bb-2, Hunter Kallstrom 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Border West: Hannen (L) 2 2/3-4-5-4-2-3, Eli Larson 2 1/3-6-5-2-3-2, Marshall Tolifson 1-0-0-0-1-2 … KMS: Lottman (W) 6-5-1-0-2-6, Forsell 1-0-0-0-1-2.

BBE 5, USA 0

Third-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa knocked off No. 2 Upsala/Swanville Area in the Section 6A-South playoffs at Clinton.

Payton Winter led the Jaguars’ offense, going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Blaine Fischer added two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Gavin Kampsen had a hit, a run and an RBI.

On the mound, Wyatt Steffenson threw a one-hitter for BBE, striking out four.

BBE 000 230 0-5 10 0
USA 000 000 0-0 1 1
Hitting - BBE: Will Van Beck 1-3 r sb bb, Payton Winter 3-3 2b r rbi-2 bb, Gavin Kampsen 1-4 r rbi, Andrew Weller 1-4, Blaine Fischer 2-3 2b rbi bb, Luke Dingmann 1-4, Wyatt Steffenson 1-4 r sb, Easton Hagen 0-3 r sb bb … USA: Jeremy Mugg 1-2.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: Steffenson (W) 7-1-0-0-3-4 … USA: Cooper Thieschafer 4 1/3-8-5-5-2-2, Micah Ripplinger 2 2/3-2-0-0-2-2.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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