Prep baseball roundup: Hatlestad, NLS drop hammer on Litchfield

SPICER -- There was just too much Jarrett Hatlestad for Litchfield at the Green Lake Diamond on Friday evening as New London-Spicer came from behind to trip the Dragons 6-5.

SPICER - There was just too much Jarrett Hatlestad for Litchfield at the Green Lake Diamond on Friday evening as New London-Spicer came from behind to trip the Dragons 6-5.

Third-inning: With NLS trailing 4-0, Hatlestad’s bases-clearing triple made it 4-3.

Seventh-inning: Down 5-4 with no out and Michael Arnold (single) on third and Brett Olson (double) on second, Hatlestad hit a shot to deep left plating both and ending the Wright County Conference West Division match.

The swing also made Hatlestad the winning pitcher. He had relieved Arnold with one out in the sixth and the Dragons threatening to score again.

Litchfield’s Eddie Estrada’s two-run single in the first fueled a three-run first at bat for the visitors. Cody Klabune had three of the Dragons’ 10 hits.


Maple Lake is at Litchfield today at 1 p.m.; NLS is at Benson at noon.

New London-Spicer 6, Litchfield 5

Litchfield (9-7)   310 100 0 - 5  10  2

NLS (3-5, 5-8)     003 100 2 - 6  12  4 

HITTING – Litchfield: Jake Schultz 1-for-3, 2b; Cody Klabunde 3-for-4, Eddie Estrada 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Brandon Benhke 1-for-4, Sam Renner 2-for-3, 2b; Ross Wendlandt 1-for-4; Dylan Kotzer 1-for-3 … NLS: Trey Austvold 2-for-3, Lucas Nordmeyer 2-for-4, Ryan Vraa 2-for-3, Michael Arnold 2-for-4, Brett Olson 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Jarrett Hatlestad 2-for-4, 3b, 5 rbi; Tyson Gislason 1-for-3, 2b 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Cody Beavers (L) 6-9-4-4-4-7; Austin Larson (L) 0.0-3-2-2-0-0 … NLS: Michael Arnold 5.1-9-5-4-1-4, Hatlestad (W) 1.2-1-0-0-1-0




Dylan Abraham blasted a third-inning homer and MACCRAY beat RCW for its 11th win of the season.

Abraham also doubled, and Jacob Aviles was 2-for-3.

Derick Sommers spun a four-hit shutout and fanned eight.

The Wolverines (8-1, 11-3) next play Saturday at BOLD, and RCW (4-4, 8-4) faces RTR on Thursday in Sacred Heart.

MAC (8-1, 11-3)  212 202 0 - 9 11 1

RCW (4-4, 8-4)    000 000 0 - 0 4 5

HITTING – MACCRAY: Jacob Aviles 2-3, Derick Sommers 1-4, Dylan Abraham 2-3, 2b, HR, rbi-2, Connor Cronen 1-3, Cheyton Homan 1-2, Andrew Schultz 1-3, Chase Christensen 1-1 … RCW: Colin Thompson 2-3, 2b, Hayden Johnson 1-3, Nick Fischer 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MACCRAY: Sommers (W) 7-4-0-0-1-8 … RCW: Adam Perhaar (L) 3-6-7-4-4-4; Trent Kjersten 2-4-2-2-2-3; Brody Elfering 2-1-0-0-0-2


CMCS 14,

Dawson-Boyd 1

The Bluejays knocked six hits with several walks for 10 runs in the second. Seven Jays had RBIs in the frame.

CMCS plays two games Saturday at Prinsburg: noon vs. Heritage Christian and Lakeview later, a triangular at City Park.   

Central (3-3)       1(10)3 00-14 10 2 

Dawson-Boyd     001 00 - 1   1 3 

HITTING – CMCS: Jaxon Schwitters 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 rbi, 2b; Noah Wubben 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 2b’s; Taylor Slagter 2-for-2, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Nick Daugherty 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Ryan Brouwer 1-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Tanner Stoel 1-for-2, 2 bb’s, rbi; Austin Bulthuis 1-for-3, rbi; TJ Stoel 0-for-3, rbi… DB: Dan Baldwin 1-for-2, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - CMCS: TJ Stoel (W) 3-1-1-0-2-4, Jaxon Schwitters 1-0-0-0-1-0, Matthew Van Eps 1-0-0-0-0-0-1 … DB: Braden Thompson (L) 1-2-6-5-5-1, Jordan Bothun 1-5-5-5-1-0, Tyler Deuth 3-3-3-3-2-0



Garrett Olson homered and Phil Kleven and Sawyer Bohn both drove in three runs to lead Lac qui Parle Valley to a win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Friday in Madison.

Brandon Hill got the win, working a complete game and striking out 10.

The Eagles finished the Camden Conference season 9-1, tied with MACCRAY. They are 13-4 overall.

LQPV plays Canby at noon today in a wood bat tournament in Canby. The Eagles open the section playoffs at 11 a.m., May 24, against Canby in Madison.

At the same site, Central Minnesota Christian School plays Lakeview at 1 p.m. The losers are eliminated and the winners play after the second game.

KMS      000 020 0 - 2 3 2

LQPV    002 303 x - 8 6 4 


HITTING – KMS: Jordan Engler 2-4 2b, Brandin Dahl 1-2 … LQPV: Sawyer Bohn 1-3 2b rbi-3, Jon Nielsen 1-4 rbi, Garrett Olson 2-3 hr rbi r-2, Phil Kleven 2-3 rbi r-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: Engler (L) 6-6-8-4-4-4 … LQPV: Brandon Hill (W) 7-3-2-1-3-10

West Central

BOLD 5, Melrose 4

BOLD took a four-run lead into the fifth inning and held off the Dutchmen in a West Central Conference game on Friday in Bird Island.

Trent Athmann was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and he scored a run. Athmann also pitched the final two innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out two to earn the save in relief of starter Lane Stadther.

Stadther worked five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four.

Riley Kramer also had a hit and drove in two runs and Austin Weis had a hit in his lone at bat and he scored twice.


BOLD is 11-2 and has won three straight since losing two in a row last week.

The Warriors play MACCRAY at 3 p.m. today in Bird Island.

Melrose                001 020 1 - 4 6 1 

BOLD    120 200 x - 5 6 2 

HITTING – Melrose: Anthony Welle 2-3 r, Austin Schoenberg 2-4 rbi r … BOLD: Trent Athmann 2-3 rbi-3 r, Riley Kramer 1-3 rbi-2, Ben Steffel 1-3, Austin Weis 1-1 r-2, Max Buchtel 1-2 r, Brett Grund 0-2 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Matthew Beste (L) 4-5-5-3-3-1 … BOLD: Lane Stadther (W) 5-5-3-2-3-4, Athmann (Sv) 2-1-1-0-1-2

Morris/CA 14, YME 1

Bryce Jergenson led off the game with a double, and it didn’t get any easier from there for YME.

The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and drew eight walks, scoring multiple runs in five different innings. 

Gage Backman had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in six runs.

Jergenson, Noah Grove and Seth Staples each scored three times, and Grove had two doubles.

Staples started for the Tigers and went the distance, striking out nine.

YME next plays Tuesday at Benson, and MCA hosts Ortonville on Saturday.

MCA      203 023 4 - 14 12 0

YME (1-7, 1-13)  001 000 0 - 1 5 4

HITTING – MCA: Bryce Jergenson 1-3, 2b, r-3, Noah Grove 2-3, 2b-2, r-3, Jase Wilts 1-1, r-2, Cory Storck 1-4, rbi, Brady Jergenson 1-4, Gage Backman 3-4, 2b-2, rbi-6, Joey Dufault 1-2, Riley Biesterfield 1-2, Seth Staples 1-2, rbi-3 … YME: Austin Vikander 1-3, 3b, Blake Lindstrom 1-3, Derek Grund 1-2, Dylan Johnson 1-2, rbi, Grady Rydeen 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MCA: Seth Staples (W) 7-5-1-1-2-9 … YME: Johnson (L) 5-8-7-3-1-1; Logan Thorstad 0.1-0-3-3-3-0; Jordan Odegard 1.1-4-4-4-3-1; Vikander 0.1-0-0-0-1-1

Montevideo 8,

Morris/CA 3

Montevideo scored all of its runs in four innings as the Thunder Hawks pieced together four two-run frames to earn their 10th win of the season.

Driving in runs for Montevideo (8-4, 10-5) were Austin Hiepler (double in first), Marcus Kranz (sacrifice fly in first and single in third), Ricky Schmitz (sacrifice fly in fifth), Spencer Hildahl (single in fifth) and Tristan Weber (single in fourth).

That was plenty of support for Jordan Thompson as the senior shook off giving up 12 hits by not issuing a walk and striking out five.

The Tigers scored twice in the fourth on Riley Biesterfield’s single and again in the seven on Gage Backman’s double. Noah Grove supplied three singles.

Monte hosts Pipestone in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday starting at noon.

Morris/CA            000 200 1 - 3 12 2

Montevideo         202 220 x - 8 10 0

HITTING – MCA: Bryce Jergenson 1-4, Noah Grove 3-4, Brady Jergenson 2-4, Gage Backman 2-4 2b rbi, Sean Amundson 1-3, Riley Biesterfield 1-3 rbi-2, Jase Wilts 2-3 … Montevideo: Jeff Rohloff 3-3 runs-2 2b, Austin Hiepler 1-4 2b rbi, Zac Enevoldsen 1-3 2b runs-2, Marcus Kranz 1-2 rbi-2, Ricky Schmitz 0-2 rbi, Spencer Hildahl 3-3 3b rbi, Tristan Weber 1-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - MCA: Amundson (L) 4-8-6-4-0-5, Biesterfield 1-2-2-0-0-0, Brady Jergenson 1-0-0-0-1-0 … Montevideo: Jordan Thompson (W) 7-12-3-3-0-5


Late Thursday

Game One

Litchfield 6, Spectrum 1

Kal Volinkaty won his first varsity start, working a complete game and allowing just one run while striking out four.

Riley Johnson and Jake Schultz drove in two runs and Braeden Wahl and Eddie Estrada also had RBIs in a Thursday game played in Dassel.

Spectrum             000 010 0 - 1 4 1 

Litchfield             020 400 x - 6 7 1 

HITTING – Spectrum: Connor Hansen 1-2 rbi, Joey Chaffin 1-3 r … Litchfield: Riley Johnson 1-3 2b rbi-2 r, Brandon Behnke 1-3, Braeden Wahl 1-3 2b rbi, Sam Renner 1-3 r, Eddie Estrada 1-4 3b rbi r, Jake Schultz 1-2 2b rbi-2 r, Cody Klabunde 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Spectrum: Ryan Pribnow (L) 4-7-6-6-2-3 … Litchfield: Kal Volinkaty (W) 7-4-1-1-0-4

Game Two

Dassel-Cokato 6,

Litchfield 4

The Dragons took a short-lived lead in the fifth as Dassel-Cokato responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning and the Chargers held on to win the Wright County Conference game on Thursday.

Estrada was 3-for-3 and Cody Klabunde had two hits and drove in three runs.

Litchfield             000 030 1 - 4  9  0 

Dassel-Cokato    011 040 x - 6 10 0 

HITTING – Litchfield: Wahl 2-3 rbi r, Estrada 3-3 2b r, Klabunde 2-4 2b rbi-3, Schultz 1-4 r, Dylan Kotzer 1-2 … Dassel-Cokato: Isak Haataja 3-4 3b rbi-2 r-2, Ethan Niemela 2-3 rbi, Dalton Asplin 2-2 rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Schultz (L) 4.1-9-6-4-4-2, Austin Larson 0.2-1-0-0-0-0, Johnson 1-0-0-0-1-1 … Dassel-Cokato: Trent Kreckelberg (W) 7-9-4-4-4-12

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