Prep Baseball Roundup: Litchfield, Paynesville to meet in 5AA-West title game today

DELANO -- Jordan Roos threw a crisp four-hitter without a walk and the Paynesville Bulldogs came from a run down to upset 5AA-West top seed Dassel-Cokato 3-1 on Tuesday.

DELANO - Jordan Roos threw a crisp four-hitter without a walk and the Paynesville Bulldogs came from a run down to upset 5AA-West top seed Dassel-Cokato 3-1 on Tuesday.

“This was a great game, well-played by both teams, especially each infield,” said winning coach Brad Skoglund.

The Chargers went up 1-0 in the fourth. Isak Haataja singled and came home on Ethan Niemela’s double, who had half of D-C’s four hits off Roos.

The Bulldogs tied it 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Nathan Schultz singled home Roos, who had doubled.

In the sixth, Blake Karsh and Matthew Quade singled and Brandon Schleper walked to load the bases with two outs. Nick Dingman walked to force in Karsh with the go-ahead run. Quade later made it 3-1, scoring on a fielder’s choice.


No. 5 Paynesville and No. 2 Litchfield meet for the sub-section title at 7 p.m. today, back in Delano.

Paynesville 3, Dassel-Cokato 1

Paynesville (14-6)            000 012 0 - 3 7 1

Dassel-Cokato   000 100 0 - 1 4 0

HITTING – Paynesville: Blake Karsh 1-for-4, Matthew Quade 1-for-3, Nick Dingman 0-for-3, rbi; Jordan Roos 1-for-3, 2b, Nathan Schultz 2-for-3. rbi; Josh Mackedanz 1-for-3, Trent Gjerking 1-for-2, bb, rbi … DC: Isak Haataja 1-for-3, 2b; Trent Thineson 1-for-3, Matt Johnson 1-for-3, Ethan Niemela 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Roos (W) 7-4-1-1-0-4 … DC: Trent Kuckulburg (L) 7-7-3-3-3-3

Litchfield 4, HLWW 0

Ross Wendlandt threw a five-hitter and the Dragons advanced in the Section 5AA-West playoffs with a victory over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Tuesday in Delano.


The Dragons, now 12-8 overall, play Paynesville in sub-section final at 7 p.m. today in Delano.

Wendlandt walked one and struck out three working a complete game.

The Dragons scored three runs in the first inning, with Brandon Behnke, Braeden Wahl and Sam Renner driving in runs.

Cody Klabunde added insurance with a solo home run in the third inning. He was 2-for-4 and also scored two runs.

Jake Schultz was 2-for-2 and walked twice.

HLWW  000 000 0 - 0  5  1 

Litchfield              301 000 x - 4 10 3 

HITTING – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted: Max Kittock 1-3 2b, Jake Gruenhagen 1-2 … Litchfield: Jack Schultz 2-2 bb-2, Cody Klabunde 2-4 hr rbi r-2, Eddie Estrada 1-3 2b r, Braeden Wahl 1-3 rbi r, Brandon Behnke 1-3 rbi, Sam Renner 1-2 rbi sf, Andy Schneider 1-3


PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted: Jordan Steffer (L) 3-7-4-3-1-0, Brady Jenkins 3-3-0-0-1-0 … Litchfield: Ross Wendlandt (W) 7-5-0-0-1-3

Section 6AA

Minnewaska 8, Pequot Lakes 3

The No. 3-seeded (West) Lakers overcame a slow start and four errors to end Pequot Lakes’ season. Pequot Lakes grabbed a quick 2-0 lead before Minnewaska scored twice in the fifth inning and five more times in the sixth to take control.

Minnewaska will now take on No. 2 (East) Little Falls in the quarterfinals today at 7 p.m. on Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.

The Lakers batted around in the sixth and scored all the runs with two outs, highlighted by Justin Amundson’s two-run triple and a two-run single from Austin VerSteeg. Hunter Thompson knocked in the other run with a single.

Riley Thompson struck out nine and scattered six hits and two walks without allowing an earned run to gain the victory.

VerSteeg also hit a two-run single in the fifth that put the Lakers ahead 3-2. Amundson added two singles.


Pequot Lakes     200 000 1 - 3  6  0

Minnewaska      010 025 x - 8 10 4

HITTING – Pequot Lakes: Jared Sewall 2-3, Austin Mesenbrink 1-3 run rbi, Kody Kettleson 1-3 2b rbi … Minnewaska: Justin Amundson 3-4 3b runs-2 rbi-2, Austin VerSteeg 2-4 rbi-4, Austin Ostrander 1-4, Matt Paulson 1-2 runs-2, Matt McIver 1-3, Hunter Thompson 1-2 runs-2 rbi, Jayden Beecher 1-2 run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Pequot Lakes: Jordan Thorson (L) 6-10-8-7-2-4 … Minnewaska: Riley Thompson (W) 7-6-3-0-2-9

Section 5A-West

Royalton 2, ACGC 1

No. 7-seed Royalton edged No. 6- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and sent the Falcons into the loser’s bracket.

Royalton plated both of its runs in the second on a throwing error and an RBI ground ball.


Jordan Nelson’s RBI base hit accounted for the Falcons’ run, but ACGC had some tough luck with runners on base, lining into inning-ending double plays in the second, third and fifth innings.

Brody Larson struck out eight in seven innings and was the tough-luck loser.

Parker Prezinek outdueled Larson, allowing just the one run and fanning four.

Each team managed just three hits, with Mitch Macik and Colton Minnick accounting for the Falcons’ other two hits.

ACGC plays No. 1 Browerville 4:30 p.m. today in Cold Spring in the loser’s bracket.

Royalton              020 000 0 - 2 3 3

ACGC    001 000 0 - 1 3 1

HITTING – Royalton: Cade Stang 1-3, 2b, Jordan Smieja 1-2, 2b, Parker Prezinek 1-3… ACGC: Jordan Nelson 1-3, rbi, Mitch Macik 1-3, Colton Minnick 1-3


PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Royalton: Prezinek (W) 7-3-1-1-3-4 … ACGC: Brody Larson (L) 7-3-2-1-3-8

Section 3AA

NLS 8, Benson 2

A weather delay of about 35 minutes in the bottom of the fifth inning prolonged the game in Montevideo, but in the end it was New London-Spicer prolonging its season.

Statistics were not available at press time Tuesday.

The Wildcats will now play Thursday in Marshall at 5 p.m. against the host Tigers in another loser’s bracket game. Marshall beat NLS 12-1 in the North semifinals on Saturday.

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