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Prep Baseball roundup: Another record day for ACGC

Josh Kingery sets RBI record, increases strikeout mark and ties for most homers

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Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City senior Josh Kingery celebrates his fifth home run of the season against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.
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ATWATER — Josh Kingery’s historic performance led to the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City baseball team earning a 10-0 victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday.

Kingery gave up one hit and had 16 strikeouts. The senior left-hander went 2 of 4 with an RBI double, and capped off his final at-bat with a two-run home run.

Kingery broke the school record for most RBIs in a season with 27, his previous record of most strikeouts in a regular season which now stands at 107, and tied the school record for most home runs in a single season with five, all on Monday.

“It was just kind of the same as every other game,” Kingery said. “I try to treat every game the same and go out there and compete and try to give it my best.”

For Mike Kingery, Josh Kingery’s achievements capped off what was a strong outing for ACGC baseball.

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“I was very happy,” Mike Kingery said. “The pitching was good and our hitting was good.”

This is the second time this season the Falcons matched up against the Jaguars. The first outing resulted in a 24-0 victory for ACGC.

Pat Illies, the head coach of BBE, hoped to keep Monday’s game closer than the first.

“We knew that we were going to face (Josh Kingery) so we knew that we had to just go out there and try to shut him down and play good defense,” he said.

Despite holding the Falcons scoreless in the first three innings under BBE pitcher Wyatt Steffenson, who recorded six strikeouts and gave up only one hit, ACGC hit well. In the sixth inning, with the score 6-0, Josh Kingery and Jack Peterson both hit two-run homers.

“I wasn’t going out there trying to hit a home run and that’s normally when those things happen,” Josh Kingery said. “ Just try and go up there with the same mindset every time, which is line drive.”

Mike Kingery gave praise to BBE for its defensive efforts.
“(BBE) was much improved over the last time we played them when we won 24-0. I give them kudos. (Steffenson) did really well,” he said.

Illies explained why Steffenson pitched three innings.

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“We thought (Steffenson) is not much of a six-seven-inning kind of guy, he is about a three-four-inning kind of guy,” he said. “We thought we’d try multiple guys, and it worked out for the first three (innings) … We tried to keep it zero-zero, one-zero, but it kind of got away from us in a couple bad plays. But (ACGC) hit the ball and you got to give them credit.”

ACGC (13-2) plays its final game of the regular season on Friday on the road against New London-Spicer. Mike Kingery hopes his team continues its good hitting and pitching leading into the playoffs.

BBE (8-8) will host Upsala/Swanville Area on Thursday and is thankful to have battled against Josh Kingery on the mound leading into the playoffs.

“It helps facing a pitcher like (Josh Kingery) because it gets you ready for the playoffs,” Illies said.

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ACGC's Jack Peterson connected for a two-run home run to end the game 10-0 gainst BBE on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

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Jaguars' Wyatt Steffenson reacts to a fastball strike by ACGC pitcher Josh Kingery on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

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BBE's Wyatt Steffenson gave up one hit and struck out six in three innings against ACGC on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

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ACGC's Hayden Straumann darts for home against BBE on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

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BBE's Gavin Kampsen talks with ACGC first baseman Jaxson Behm after getting the Jaguars' lone hit against the Falcons Monday, May 17, 2021 at Atwater. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Central Minnesota
ACGC 10, BBE 0

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ACGC 000 154-10 7 0
Hitting - BBE: Gavin Kampsen 1-2 … ACGC: Josh Kingery 2-3 2b hr r-2 rbi-3 sb bb, Jack Peterson 1-4 hr r-3 rbi-2, Jaxon Behm 1-3, Zach Bagley 1-3 sb, Hayden Straumann 1-3 2b r sb, Malcolm Ludwig 1-1 r-2 bb, Keegan Kessler-Gross 0-2 r bb, Hunter Bjur 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: Wyatt Steffenson 3-1-0-0-2-6, Easton Hagen (L) 1-3-5-4-1-1, Talen Kampsen 1-1-1-0-1-1, Luke Dingmann 2/3-2-4-4-0-1 … ACGC: Kingery (W) 6-1-0-0-0-16.

Paynesville 5,
EV-W 3

Tanner Stanley homered and Eli Nelson got the complete-game victory on the mound to help host Paynesville beat Eden Valley-Watkins.

Grayson Fuchs, Nelson and Tori Olmscheid all had two hits for the Bulldogs (9-4 Central Minnesota, 13-4 overall). Nelson struck out four, walked four and scattered six hits.

The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth to erase Paynesville’s 5-0 lead.

Nolan Geislinger and Jackson Geislinger each had two hits for the Eagles (7-6, 8-8).

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Paynesville 022 100 x-5 9 0
Hitting - EV-W: Nolan Geislinger 2-4 rbi-2 sb-2, Landon Neiman 0-2 rbi, Jackson Geislinger 2-3 2b, Armondo Walker 1-3 r 2b, Sam Nistler 1-3 r, Caden Neiman 0-1 r sb … Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 2-4 r rbi sb, Drew Tangen 0-3 rbi, Eli Nelson 2-4 rbi, Abe Bullard 1-3 r, Tanner Stanley 1-2 r-2 rbi-2 hr, Cooper Bast 0-3 r, Tori Olmscheid 2-3, Chase Bayer 1-3 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - EV-W: Buatsch (L) 5-9-5-3-2-2, Jared Geislinger 1-0-0-0-0-1 … Paynesville: Nelson (W) 7-6-3-3-4-4

Central Lakes
Game 1:
Sartell 5, Willmar 4

Thanks to timely plays from Steven Brinkerhoff and Jack Greenlun, No. 3-ranked Sartell handed No. 4 Willmar its first loss of the season in Game 1 of a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader at St. Cloud Orthopedics Field in Sartell.

Down 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning, the Cardinals forced the game into extras after Ian Koosman hit a two-out RBI double that scored Sam Etterman.

In the bottom of the eighth, Brinkerhoff hit a two-out RBI double of his own as Greenlun reached home for the walk-off run.

Greenlun provided a two-run home run for the Sabres in the bottom of the sixth. On the mound, Brinkerhoff was credited with the win after tossing a scoreless inning in the eighth.

Koosman led Willmar’s offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Jett Salonek and Dylan Arndorfer were both 1-for-3 with a run, with Arndorfer hitting for a double. Andrew Baumgart took the loss for the Cardinals, tossing 7-2/3 innings.

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Hitting - Willmar: Jett Salonek 1-3 r bb hbp, Hunter Magnuson 1-3 sac, Ian Koosman 3-4 2b-2 rbi-3, Dylan Arndorfer 1-3 2b r bb, Alex Schramm 1-4 rbi, Sam Etterman 0-4 r bb … Sartell: Charlie Kent 3-4 2b r-2, Jacob Merrill 1-3 r rbi sac, Jack Greenlun 2-3 hr r-2 rbi-2 bb, Steven Brinkerhoff 1-4 2b rbi, Kalen Lewis 1-2, Blake Haus 1-3, Austin Henrichs 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Andrew Baumgart (L) 7 2/3-10-5-4-1-3 … Sartell: Chase Heying 3 1/3-4-3-3-4-5, Jalen Vorpahl 2 2/3-1-0-0-1-3, Tyler Phelps-Hemmesch 1-1-1-1-1-1, Brinkerhoff (W) 1-1-0-0-1-1.

Game 2:
Sartell 6, Willmar 0

Tyler Gentile tossed a six-hit shutout to lead Sartell past Willmar at St. Cloud Orthopedics Field in Sartell.

Genitle struck out one and walked one. He threw 85 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Steven Brinkerhoff and Charlie Kent each homered for the Sabres, who scored two in the second and four more in the sixth.

Jett Salonek, the Cardinals’ lead-off hitter, went 2-for-4. Sam Etterman, Chase Dirksen, Dylan Arndorfer and Alex Schramm each had hits for Willmar.

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Willmar 000 000 0-0 6 0
Hitting - Sartell: Charlie Kent 1-4 r rbi hr, Jacob Merrill 1-3, Calen O’Connell 0-0 r, Jack Greenlun 1-3 r, Steven Brinkerhoff 2-3 r-2 rbi-3 2b hr, Tyler Gentile 1-2 r rbi bb-2 2b, Kalen Lewis 1-2 bb, Blake Haus 1-3, Carson Gross 0-0 sb … Willmar: Jett Salonek 2-4, Sam Etterman 1-4, Andrew Baumgart 0-2 hbp, Ian Koosman 0-2 bb, Chase Dirksen 1-3, Dylan Arndorfer 1-3, Alex Schramm 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sartell: Gentile (W) 7-6-0-0-1-1 … Willmar: Etterman (L) 5-8-6-6-0-3, Hunter Magnuson 1-0-0-0-2-1, Arndorfer 1-0-0-0-1-0

Camden
CMCS 2, RCW 1

Thanks to the combined efforts of Josh Nelson and Ethan Bulthuis, Central Minnesota Christian held Renville County West to one hit in a Camden Conference victory at Sacred Heart.

Nelson struck out nine and allowed one hit — a Landon Tanner single — over six innings to get the win. Ethan Bulthuis came in and got the save after giving up no runs, hits or walks in the seventh. Trenton Bulthuis finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Bluejays. Nelson was 2-for-3.

The Jaguars’ Tyler Froland took the loss despite striking out 12.

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RCW 000 100 0-1 1 2
Hitting - CMCS: Trenton Bulthuis 2-4 2b rbi, Josh Nelson 2-3, Ethan Bulthuis 1-4, Trevor Post 1-3 2b … RCW: Landon Tanner 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - CMCS: Nelson (W) 6-1-1-1-2-9, E. Bulthuis (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-0 … RCW: Tyler Froland (L) 7-6-2-0-1-12.

YME 13,
Lakeview 10

Yellow Medicine East needed three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Lakeville at Cottonwood.

The teams were tied 10-10 through seven.

Nikson Knapper and Cody Dahlager each had two hits for the Sting. Caine Herigon, Brock Kvistad and Luke Sander all had three hits for the Lakers. Herigon also homered.

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Lakeview 211 033 00-10 16 4
Hitting - YME: Hunter Wilke 1-4 r-2 rbi-3 2b sf, Nikson Knapper 2-6 r-3 rbi, Tyler Schulte 0-1 r hbp-2, Cole Fischer 0-4 rbi hbp, Cody Dahlager 2-5 r rbi-4 hbp sb-3, Nolan Hildahl 1-2 r-2 rbi-2, Jake Odegard 0-1 r hbp, Bryce Sneller 0-1 r, Tyler Nordaune 0-4 r sac, Isaac Jimenez 0-0 r … Lakeview: Aaron Lienemann 2-5 r sb-2, Jordan Fischer 1-3 r rbi hbp-2, Caine Herigon 3-5 r-2 rbi hr, Brock Kvistad 3-5 r-2 rbi 3b, Cayden Caron 1-4 r-3 rbi-2 2b hbp, Connor Larsen 2-5 rbi sb-2, Hunter Magnuson 1-3 rbi, Luke Sander 2-5 r rbi, Justin Timm 0-4 sac
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Caleb Jans 4-10-7-6-0-2, Sneller (W) 3-4-3-3-3-5, Knapper (Sv) 1-2-0-0-0-2 … Lakeview: Herigon 2-1/3-4-9-6-5-5-6, J. Fischer 2⅔-1-1-1-2-1, Kvistad (L) 2⅔-1-3-0-5-1, Caron 1/3-0-0-0-0-0

Non-Conference
MACCRAY 7,
Adrian/Ellsworth 1

Brooks Asche tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead MACCRAY past Adrian/Ellsworth at Raymond.

Asche struck out three and walked none. He allowed one earned run.

Brady Kienitz went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a triple and a stolen base for the Wolverines. Eli DuHoux homered and knocked in three runs for MACCRAY.

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MACCRAY 102 040 x-7 7 0
Hitting - Adrian/Ellsworth: Evan Lenz 1-3 r 2b, Marshall Wagner 2-3 rbi 2b, Isaac Bullerman 1-2 … MACCRAY: Brady Kienitz 2-3 r-2 rbi 3b sb, Isaac Strommer 0-3 r-2 rbi bb, Dreyer Homan 1-3 sb, Carter Wrede 1-4, Eli DuHoux 1-4 r rbi-3 hr, Brooks Ache 1-3 hbp, Mitchell Brynjuflson 0-1 r hbp-2, Joe Heidecker 1-2 bb, Logan Cronen 0-2 rbi bb, Isaac Post 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Adrian/Ellsworth: Ky Ruppert (L) 2-1/3-2-3-1-0-7, Dawson Krahling ⅔-0-0-0-0-1, Lenz 2-2-4-4-3-2, Andy Rahe 1-3-0-0-0-0 … MACCRAY: Asche (W) 7-4-1-1-0-3
Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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