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Prep Baseball Roundup: Another one-run win for ACGC

Falcons win tight Section 3AA-North matchup against Minnewaska

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ACGC shortstop Keegan Kessler-Gross waits for the ball to tag out Minnewaska's Darion Alexander on a stolen base attempt in a Section 3AA-North playoff game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Kingery Field in Atwater. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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ATWATER — After playing in just one one-run game in the regular season, Atwater-Comsos-Grove City baseball has played in three straight one-run games in the Section 3AA-North playoffs.

And the Falcons have emerged victorious in each of these tight games.

Hosting third-seeded Minnewaska , a solo home run by Josh Kingery in the bottom of the fifth gave top-seeded ACGC the cushion it needed for a 2-1 win at Kingery Field.

The Falcons play the South sub-section’s No. 1 team, Luverne, at noon Saturday at Legion Field in Marshall. Minnewaska plays Pipestone in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Saturday in Marshall.

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Minnewaska second baseman Torii Johnson tosses the ball out of his glove for an out at first during a Section 3AA-North playoff game against ACGC on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Kingery Field in Atwater. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

On Tuesday, both ACGC and Minnewaska got on the board in the third inning. The Lakers scored first on a Hunter Johnson double that brought home Torii Johnson. Then in the bottom half, Connor Barker was able to beat the throw at first for an inning-ending double play, allowing Kingery to score the tying run.

Kingery finished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Zach Bagley had a double for the Falcons.

Torii and Hunter Johnson accounted for both of the Lakers’ hits.

ACGC’s Jack Peterson managed to out-pitch Minnewaska’s Mitchell Gruber in a classic pitchers’ duel. Peterson had five strikeouts and three walks in a complete-game victory. Gruber had five strikeouts and five walks.

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ACGC pitcher Jack Peterson tosses the ball during a Section 3AA-North game against Minnewaska on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Kingery Field in Atwater. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Section 3AA-North
ACGC 2,
Minnewaska 1

Minnewaska 001 000 0-1 2 1
ACGC 001 010 x-2 3 1
Hitting - Minnewaska: Torii Johnson 1-3 2b r, Hunter Johnson 1-2 rbi … ACGC: Josh Kingery 2-2 hr r-2 rbi, Zach Bagley 1-2 2b bb, Connor Barker 0-3 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Mitchell Gruber (L) 6-3-2-2-5-5 … ACGC: Jack Peterson (W) 7-2-1-1-3-5.

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Minnewaska first baseman Sam Hested (14) looks the ball in while ACGC's Josh Kingery slides back to first on a pickoff attempt during a Section 3AA-North playoff game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Kingery Field in Atwater. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Section 3AA elimination
Paynesville 5,
Benson 0

Bennett Evans threw a complete-game shutout and Abe Bullard had a solo home run to lead off a four-run second inning as Paynesville won a Section 3AA elimination game against Benson at Kingery Field in Atwater.

Evans struck out six, giving up four hits and zero walks to secure the victory. Bullard finished 1-for-3. Tori Olmscheid added two hits, including a double, two runs and an RBI to the Bulldogs’ efforts.

With the win, Paynesville takes on Fairmont in another elimination game at 5 p.m. Thursday at Legion Field in Marshall.

Patrick Minchow led the Braves, going 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Matt Laumeyer took the loss after tossing all six innings.

Benson concludes the season with a 12-9 record.

Benson 000 000 0-0 4 3
Paynesville 040 001 x-5 8 1
Hitting - Benson: Patrick Minchow 2-3 2b sb, Sam Lenarz 1-3, Sam Grussing 1-3 … Paynesville: Eli Nelson 2-3, Ryan Messer 1-3, Abe Bullard 1-3 hr r rbi, Tanner Stanley 1-3 2b r, Tori Olmscheid 2-3 2b r-2 rbi, Chase Bayer 1-2 2b r rbi sb bb, Grayson Fuchs 0-3 rbi-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Matt Laumeyer (L) 6-8-5-5-1-2 … Paynesville: Bennett Evans (W) 7-4-0-0-0-6.

Section 6AAA
Willmar 24, Edison 0

Willmar ’s Ian Koosman, Hunter Magnuson and Cayden Hansen combined to throw a perfect game in the Section 6AAA opener as the top-seeded Cardinals beat No. 8 Minneapolis Edison at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Koosman collected the win with eight strikeouts over three innings. Magnuson added a pair of strikes in an inning of work.

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Willmar’s offense finished with 14 hits as Andrew Baumgart, Sam Etterman and Chase Dirksen each had two hits. Baumgart drove in three runs and scored three times while Etterman had three RBIs and two runs.

The Cardinals are back at Bill Taunton Stadium to host No. 4 Mound-Westonka at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The White Hawks advanced with a 4-3 win over No. 5 DeLaSalle on Tuesday.

Edison 000 00- 0 0 7
Willmar 466 8x-24 14 0
Hitting - Edison: No hits … Willmar: Hunter Magnuson 1-1 2b r-2 sb hbp-2, Jason Malmgren 1-2 r rbi-2, Andrew Baumgart 2-2 2b r-3 rbi-3 sb bb, Carter Schow 1-2 r rbi, Sam Etterman 2-3 2b r-2 rbi-3 sb, Dylan Arndorfer 1-2 2b r rbi-2 bb, Mason Madsen 1-2 r rbi, Connor Owens 1-1 r, Chase Dirksen 2-3 rbi, Brandt Sunder 1-1 r-2 rbi-2, Ridgley Hulstein 1-1 r, Jett Salonek 0-1 r-2 sb-2 bb-2, Sam Raitz 0-1 r-2 rbi sb bb, Sergio Fernandez 0-1 r, Mason Swanson 0-0 r rbi bb, Ian Koosman 0-2 r-2 rbi sb bb, Alex Schramm 0-3 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Edison: Freddie Lushine (L) 1 2/3-5-10-3-2-3, Charlie Rusnacko 2/3-3-6-6-3-0, Jason Sellers 2/3-0-0-0-1-0, Sam Schneider 1/3-4-6-0-0-1, Toby Carr 2/3-2-2-2-2-1 … Willmar: Koosman (W) 3-0-0-0-0-8, Magnuson 1-0-0-0-0-2, Cayden Hansen 1-0-0-0-0-0.

Section 5AA
Breck 12, Litchfield 2

Fifth-seeded Breck advanced in the Section 5AA tournament with a 10-run win over No. 4 Litchfield at Optimist Park in Litchfield.

The Dragons play in an elimination game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at 4:30 p.m. Thursday back at Optimist Park.

Section 2A
BOLD 15,
HLO/Fulda 2

After a first-round bye, top-seeded BOLD opened the Section 2A playoffs with a five-inning win over No. 9 Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda in Bird Island.

Braeden Tersteeg and Aiden Elfering were both 2-for-3 for the Warriors and Owen Flann was 2-for-4. Elfering had a triple along with two runs and two RBIs. Tersteeg drove in two runs and scored another. Flann had two runs and two RBIs.

Elfering was also the winning pitcher, striking out four in three innings.

Eli Fest, Payton Leopold and Tyson Cotter each had hits for the Coyotes.

BOLD will host No. 4 Springfield at 5 p.m. Thursday back at Bird Island.

HLO/Fulda 200 00- 2 3 4
BOLD 375 0x-15 8 3
Hitting - HLO/Fulda: Eli Fest 1-3 2b r rbi, Payton Leopold 1-3 rbi, Tyson Cotter 1-2, Matt Madsen 0-3 r … BOLD: Braeden Tersteeg 2-3 r rbi-2, Aidan Elfering 2-3 3b r-2 rbi-2 sf sac, Owen Flann 2-4 r-2 rbi-2, Carson Edwards 1-2 r-2 rbi bb, Tate Sheehan 1-2 2b r rbi hbp, Avery Herdina 0-2 r-2 rbi sb-2 hbp-2, Zeke Walton 0-1 r-2 sb bb-3, Tim Peppel 0-1 r hbp, Ryan King 0-2 r-2 rbi-2 bb-2, Rylan Gass 0-1 rbi sf sac.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - HLO/Fulda: Cotter (L) 1 2/3-3-10-5-4-1, Zach Haberman 1-5-5-4-2-0, Simon Spittle 1 1/3-0-0-0-1-1 … BOLD: Elfering (W) 3-2-2-1-0-4, Walton 2-1-0-0-1-3.

Section 6A-South
BBE 10, Ortonville 0

Third-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa advanced in the Section 6A-South playoffs following a first-round win over No. 6 Ortonville in Elrosa.

Easton Hagen paced the Jaguars, going 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases. Andrew Weller hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the third inning, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Tanner Shelton and Luke Dingmann each finished 2-for-3 for BBE.

BBE faces No. 2 seed Upsala/Swanville at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Clinton. The Patriots opened the playoffs with an 8-1 win against No. 7 St. John’s Prep.

Ortonville 000 00- 0 4 4
BBE 002 26-10 13 1
Hitting - Ortonville: Deaven Boots 1-3, Andrew Strong 2-3 sb, Carter Powell 1-2 2b bb … BBE: Will VanBeck 1-4 2b r-2 rbi, Easton Hagen 3-4 r-2 rbi sb-3, Payton Winter 1-2 bb-2, Gavin Kampsen 1-4 2b rbi-2, Andrew Weller 2-3 hr r-2 rbi-2 sb, Blaine Fischer 1-3, Tanner Shelton 2-3 2b r-2 rbi sb, Luke Dingmann 2-3 3b r rbi-2, Wyatt Steffenson 0-2 rbi hbp, Ryan Jensen 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Ortonville: Josh Mueller (L) 4 1/3-11-7-7-1-6, Boots 1/3-2-3-1-1-0 … BBE: Steffenson 1 1/3-0-0-0-3-1, Van Beck (W) 2 2/3-2-0-0-0-4, Winter 1-2-0-0-1-1.

Section 3A-North
MACCRAY 10, YME 0

Dreyer Homan struck out eight in a two-hit complete game victory to put No. 1 MACCRAY past No. 2 Yellow Medicine East in Raymond.

Homan was also the Wolverines’ top hitter, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI. Brooks Asche finished 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, Isaac Strommer went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Joe Heidecker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run for MACCRAY.

Caleb Jans and Jake Odegard each had a hit for the Sting. Bryce Sneller took the loss after 2⅔

innings of work.

MACCRAY faces Adrian/Ellsworth, the No. 6 team in the South sub-section, at noon Saturday in Milroy. YME will play Wabasso in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Milroy.

YME 000 000- 0 2 1
MACCRAY 015 004-10 13 0
Hitting - YME: Caleb Jans 1-3, Jake Odegard 1-2 … MACCRAY: Brady Kienitz 1-4 2b r, Isaac Strommer 2-3 r-2 rbi bb, Dreyer Homan 3-3 2b r rbi bb, Eli DuHoux 1-4, Brooks Asche 2-4 r-3 rbi, Carter Wrede 1-3 2b r rbi sac, Joe Heidecker 2-3 r rbi-2, Gavin Husman 1-4 3b rbi-3, Isaac Post 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Bryce Sneller (L) 2 2/3-8-6-6-1-2, Ty Schulte 2 2/3-5-4-2-1-2, Hunter Wilke 1/3-0-0-0-0-0 … MACCRAY: Homan (W) 6-2-0-0-1-8.

Section 3A elimination
LQPV 5, RCW 1

Lac qui Parle Valley kept its season alive with a win over Renville County West in a section elimination game at Raymond.

Blake Wollschlager hit a home run, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Carter Amland added a hit, an RBI and a run scored while Evan Hegland scored a run for the Eagles. On the mound, Dyllon Geiser struck out six in a complete-game effort.

LQPV will look to keep its season going in another elimination game against Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove at 5 p.m. Thursday in Milroy.

Ayden Gustafson, Tyler Amsen and Blake Engstrom each had hits for the Jaguars. RCW ends the season with a 10-10 record.

RCW 000 100 0-1 3 3
LQPV 014 000 x-5 4 2
Hitting - RCW: Ayden Gustafson 1-3, Tyler Amsden 1-3 rbi, Blake Engstrom 1-3, Issac Haen 0-2 bb, r …. LQPV: Carter Amland 1-3 rbi r, Blake Wollschlager 2-2 hr r-2 rbi, Evan Hegland 1-2 r.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW: Gustafson (L) 3-3-5-4-1-2, Tyler Froland 3-1-0-0-0-3 LQPV: Dyllon Geiser (W) 7-3-1-0-1-6.

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