Local Roundup: Stingers give one back

MANKATO - Trailing by two runs with five outs to go despite yet another gem from starting pitcher Polo Portela, the Willmar Stingers just kept chipping away, and eventually the Mankato MoonDogs cracked.

Former Willmar WarHawk carries the puck in the offensive zone in a Feb. 13 game against the Breezy Point North Stars at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune
Former Willmar WarHawk carries the puck in the offensive zone in a Feb. 13 game against the Breezy Point North Stars at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune

MANKATO - Trailing by two runs with five outs to go despite yet another gem from starting pitcher Polo Portela, the Willmar Stingers just kept chipping away, and eventually the Mankato MoonDogs cracked.

One inning later, and the Stingers gave it all right back.

Mankato erased a 6-2 deficit with a five-run ninth inning to come away with a 7-6 walk-off win on Monday night at Franklin Rogers Park.

Christopher Schaeffer lined a two-run single with one out off Stingers reliever Alex Reyes to cap the ninth-inning comeback for Mankato that saw seven men reach base while Willmar recorded just one out. The MoonDogs loaded the bases with nobody out against reliever Tyler Oldenberg, who surrendered four runs in 1 / 3 of an inning in his Northwoods League debut.

Zac Wiley laced a two-run double to draw Mankato within 6-4 and an error on shortstop Josh Bissonette allowed another run to score. Reyes issued a walk to the next batter before Schaeffer capped the Stingers disheartening frame.


Before the ninth-inning collapse, a six-run eighth inning had Willmar in a sound position to come away with the win.

MoonDogs starting pitcher Ty Lesley shut out the Stingers through seven innings before they sprung to life late. Willmar sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run eighth inning, thanks in large part to four unearned runs.

Tyler Reichenborn hit a two-run double to tie the game with one out and the Stingers then loaded the bases, but it appeared that Mankato would escape the inning without any further damage.

Bissonette lofted a fly ball to right field with two outs, but Toby Hanson couldn't corral the ball, resulting in an error that plated two runs to put the Stingers up 4-2.

Another error moments later on a Nate Sterijevski grounder led to two more unearned runs for Willmar as it claimed a 6-2 lead.

It was business as usual for Portela, who threw six no-hit innings in his last start on June 20 in Rochester. The right-hander threw 5-2/3 scoreless innings, extending his streak without an earned run allowed to 26-2/3 innings to open the season.

Mankato 7, Willmar 6

Stingers 000 000 060-6 4 2


MoonDogs 000 000 205-7 14 2

Hitting - Willmar: Nolan Bumstead 1-3, Danny Rodriguez 1-4 r, Eddie Estrada 1-3, Tyler Reichenborn 1-4 2b rbi-2 r ... Mankato: Kyle Cuellar 4-5 r-2 rbi, Christopher Schaeffer 2-4 rbi-2, Toby Hanson 2-5 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Polo Portela 5.2-4-0-0-2-5, Braxton Johns 0.1-0-0-0-0-0, Stone Kelly 1-3-2-2-0-0, Calvin Coker 1-1-0-0-0-0, Tyler Oldenberg 0.1-5-4-4-0-0, Alex Reyes (L) 0-1-1-0-1-0 ... Mankato: Tyler Lesley 7.1-4-4-2-3-7, Austin Hansen 0.2-0-2-0-1-1, Logan Alleman (W) 1-0-0-0-0-1

Amateur Baseball

Raymond 7, Sobieski 3

The Raymond Rockets and the Sobieski Skis only seem to meet each other under unique circumstances. If you ask Raymond's players, though, they have no problem with that.

Kyle Knott slugged two home runs to guide the Rockets past the Skis in a 7-3 victory in Saturday's Town Ball Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis.

It's the first rematch between the teams since Raymond bested Sobieski to win the Class C State Championship last season.


Knott provided plenty of the firepower with his pair of solo home runs and a 4-for-5 performance at the plate. He also added a double, joining Eric Hulterstrum and Brett Swanson, who each tripled, as Rockets with extra base hits.

Raymond used four pitchers that combined for 11 strikeouts and eight hits allowed. Alex Lotthammer allowed two hits in his three-inning start with five strikeouts, paving the way for Tyler Knott who earned the win with two innings in relief.

The Skis entered the game as the top-ranked Class C team, just ahead of the Rockets at No. 2.

Sobieski 000 000 000-3 8 2

Raymond 000 000 000-7 14 3

Hitting - Sobieski: Collin Eckmann 1-2 3b, Austin Weisz 2-5 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-5 rbi, Eric Hulterstrum 2-5 3b, Justin Koenen 1-5 rbi, Kyle Knott 4-5 2b hr-2 rbi-2 r-3, Jordan Smith 3-3 rbi, John Sawatzky 1-3, Brett Swanson 2-4 3b

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sobieski: Tyler Jendro 1-0-0-0-0-0, Thomas Miller (L) 5-11-5-5-1-2, Chris Reller 2-3-2-1-0-0 ... Raymond: Alex Lotthammer 3-2-1-0-1-5, Tyler Knott (W) 2-2-1-1-0-1, Zach Nelson 2-0-0-0-0-1, Calvin Kosminskas 2-2-1-1-1-4

Legion Baseball

BOLD pieced together two four-run innings and three Mudhens pitchers put together seven strong innings in a victory over Sacred Heart/MACCRAY on Monday in Bird Island.

BOLD's Riley Weis had two hits and drove in a run, and he also pitched two no-hit innings, striking out four, to get the win.

Max Buchtel drove in two runs and Reed Stadther and Jordan Sagedahl each drove in one. Stadther and Sagedahl also pitched.

SH/M's Ben Henker had a hit and drove in a run and Renick Homan doubled.

BOLD 8, SH/M 1

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BOLD 400 400 x-8 8 1

Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Colton Ammermann 1-2, Renick Homan 1-3 2b, Ben Henker 1-1 rbi, Spencer Wohlman 1-3... BOLD: Max Buchtel 1-2 rbi-2, James Woelfel 1-3, Reed Stadther 1-2 rbi, Hayden Tersteeg 1-3, Riley Weis 2-2 2b rbi, Cade Morse 1-2, Jordan Sagedahl 1-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - SH/M: Trent Kjersten (L) 3.2-8-8-6-0-3, Brett Harguth 2.1-0-0-0-0-1 ... BOLD: Reed Stadther 3-4-1-1-1-1, Riley Weis (W) 2-0-0-0-1-4, Jordan Sagedahl 2-0-0-0-0-4

Tri-Town 4, Litchfield 2

Kobe Holtz struck out 10 and only allowed one earned run as Tri-Town took down Litchfield 4-2 Monday evening.

Litchfield started strong with two runs in the opening frame but Holtz settled in for the remaining innings as the Black Sox scored a run in the first and three more in the third inning to take the win.

Adam Johnson drove in two of those runs with a double in the third inning.

Owen Boerema pitched all six innings for Litchfield and tallied seven strikeouts.

Litchfield 200 000 0-2 6 2

Tri-Town 103 000 x-4 7 2

Hitting - Litchfield: Andrew Loch 2-3 r, Tyler Sangren 1-3 2b r, Afton Kaping 1-4 rbi, Mitch Virnig 2-3 ... Tri-Town: Josh Kinzler 1-2 r, David Kingery 2-3 r, Jaren Kaddatz 1-3 r, Payton Kinzler 2-3 r, Adam Johnson 1-3 2b rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Owen Boerema (L) 6-7-4-4-1-7 ... Tri-Town: Kobe Holtz (W) 6-6-2-1-6-10, David Kingery (S) 1-0-0-0-1-1

G/L 3, Morris 2

Matthew Gruber threw 6-2/3 strong innings, striking out 12, to lead Glenwood/Lowry to a win over Morris on Monday in Morris.

Gruber allowed eight hits but only two walks. Colin Richards got the final out for the save.

Gruber also had a hit and drove in a run.

Minnewaska 002 100 0-3 3 0

Morris 100 100 0-2 8 5

Hitting - Glenwood/Lowry: C. Westberg 1-4, M. Gruber 1-3 rbi r, R. Christianson 1-3 3b r ... Morris: C. Metzger 2-4 r, T. Sayles 2-4, B. Goulet 2-3 2b rbi r, T. Reimers 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Glenwood/Lowry: M. Gruger (W) 6.2-8-2-2-2-12, C. Richards (Sv) 0.1-0-0-0-0-0 ... Morris: Dierks (L) 6-3-3-0-3-4, Vogel 1-0-0-0-0-1

Junior Hockey

Former Willmar WarHawk Jack Walter has committed to play collegiate hockey at St. Mary's University. He'll join fellow WarHawk Danny Nugent.

"His positive attitude and tireless work ethic was a huge boost to the entire WarHawks organization," said Chris Blaisuis, the WarHawks head coach and director of hockey operations. "While we are sad to see Jack leave we couldn't be more happy for him earning this opportunity to play in the MIAC."

The WarHawks acquired Walter at the trade deadline from the Granite City Lumberjacks. He played in 33 games between the two teams and scored six goals with eight assists (14 points). His lone goal in 11 games with the WarHawks proved to be a mighty one as he netted the gamewinner against New Ulm in a March 17 game.

The Woodbury native and East Ridge High School graduate is the fifth WarHawk to commit to play collegiate hockey.



Benson Golf Club has two more names added to their list of players with holes-in-one. Lac qui Parle Valley High School's Tanner Buffington potted a tee shot at the 162-yard hole two May 31 during the Section 5A meet.

Just more than a week later Jason Chopp of Cambridge holed out from the tee box with a 192-yard strike with a five-iron on hole eight. Chopp carded his ace June 4.

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