Town Ball: Atwater Chuckers rally to edge Paynesville Pirates

Atwater surrenders an 8-0 lead, then scores late to beat host Paynesville in a County Line League game

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Paynesville shortstop Luke Johnson throws to first base to complete a 6-3 double play during Wednesday's County Line League game against Atwater from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

PAYNESVILLE — The Atwater Chuckers needed two in the eighth to tie it and one in the ninth to beat the Paynesville Lakers 11-10 Wednesday night in a County Line League game.

Atwater led 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. But, Paynesville scored once in the fourth and nine times in the fifth to take a 10-8 lead.

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Paynesville starting pitcher Spencer Imholte delivers to the plate during Wednesday's County Line League game against Atwater from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

After reaching with a one-out single in the top of the ninth, David Kingery scored the winning run following a Pirates’ error by third baseman Grady Fuchs. Then, with one down in the bottom of the inning, Kingery got the game’s final two outs on the mound to collect the save.


Josh Cunningham settled down the Pirates in relief, allowing one hit and striking out four in 3.1 innings to pick up the win.

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Paynesville designated hitter Zac Osendorf hits a sharp line drive into center field during Wednesday's County Line League game against Atwater from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

Josh Kingery went 5-for-6 to lead Atwater’s 17-hit attack.

Zac Osendorf was 2-for-5 with a home run to lead Paynesville.

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Atwater shortstop Cam Melin flips the ball to second baseman Eli Albrecht as part of a 6-4-3 double play during Wednesday's County Line League game against Paynesville from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

County Line
Atwater 11,
Paynesville 10

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Hitting - Atwater: David Kingery 2-5 r rbi, Tyler Stegeman 1-5 r, Josh Kingery 5-6 r-3, Josh Cunningham 2-4 2b-2 r-3 rbi-3, Cam Melin 2-6 r-2 rbi, Ethan Schultz 1-3 r rbi, Justin Schroeder 1-1, Mike Dallnann 1-1 rbi, Jared Elkjer 1-3 rbi, Eli Albrecht 1-4 … Paynesville: Rick Hendrickson 0-2 r rbi, Grady Fuchs 0-4 r rbi, Luke Johnson 1-4 r rbi, Griffin Bjerke 2-4 r rbi-2, Blake Vagle 2-3 r rbi sf, Grant Fuchs 0-4 r, Drew Tangen 1-5 r rbi, Zac Osendorf 2-5 hr r-2 rbi-2, Tanner Stanley 1-3 r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Atwater: J. Kingery 5-4-1-1-4-4, Zach Bagley 0-4-6-5-1-0, Jordan Olson 0-0-3-3-3-0, Josh Cunningham (W) 3.1-1-0-0-0-4, D. Kingery (S) 0.2-0-0-0-0-0 … Paynesville: Spencer Imholte 4-10-8-6-1-3, Bjerke (L) 5-7-3-2-5-5


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Paynesville shortstop Luke Johnson makes contact at the plate during Wednesday's County Line League game against Atwater from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

Corn Belt
Raymond 6,
New London-Spicer 2

Despite each team collecting nine hits, Raymond used a four-run third inning to pick up a league victory over New London-Spicer at Spicer.

The first four hitters in the Rockets’ lineup each scored runs in the third. Designated hitter Tyler Steen drove in two with a double. He finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Striking out five Twins, Herman Solomon allowed one run on eight hits and a pair of walks through seven innings to earn the victory.

For the hosts, Josh Soine was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI triple. Mike Danielson, who took the loss on the mound, collected two base hits, as did Dalton Rambow.

The Twins play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bird Island against the Bullfrogs. Raymond plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart.


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Hitting - Raymond: Paxton Nelson 1-5 r, Eric Hulterstrum 1-5 rbi r-2, Caleb Ditmarson 0-3 hbp-2 r, Tyler Steen 2-4 2b rbi-3 r, John Sawatzky 1-4 rbi, Mike Jeseritz 0-3 hbp, Eli Nelson 1-4 rbi, Brady Kienitz 2-4, Brett Swanson 1-4 r, Asaiah Smith 0-0 bb … New London-Spicer: Josh Soine 2-4 2b 3b r rbi, Derek Dolezal 1-4, Mike Danielson 2-4, Dalton Rambow 2-4, Dylan Arndorfer 1-4, Trent Pientka 1-3, Ethan Haugen 0-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Herman Solomon (W) 7-8-1-1-2-5, Brooks Asche 2-1-1-1-0-3 … New London-Spicer: Danielson (L) 5.2-8-5-2-0-2, Patrick Courtney 1.1-0-0-0-0-1, Pientka 2-1-1-1-1-1

Granite Falls 4,
Wabasso 1

Three Granite Falls players had multiple hits and Dalton Anderson threw a complete game in the Kilowatts’ Corn Belt League win over Wabasso at Granite Falls.

Bennett Knapper was 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Granite Falls while Jordan Odegard and Cam Vien were both 2-for-5. Vien scored a run and had a stolen base.

Anderson struck out eight, giving up one unearned run on six hits and three walks in the Kilowatts’ victory.

CJ Theis and Josh Guetter had two hits apiece for the Jaxx.

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Granite Falls 010 011 10x-4 10 1
Hitting - Wabasso: Sam Guetter 1-5 r, CJ Theis 2-3 2b, Josh Guetter 2-4, Aaron Greenlee 1-3 … Granite Falls: Jordan Odegard 2-5, Cam Vien 2-5 r sb, Brandon Grund 1-4, Colten Vien 1-3 2b r, Austin Friese 1-4 r rbi, Bennett Knapper 3-3 r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Wabasso: Kyle Lechner (L) 6-6-3-2-3-8, Leo Meis 2-4-1-1-1-0 … Granite Falls: Dalton Anderson (W) 9-6-1-0-3-8

North Star
Cokato 5, Litchfield 1

Thanks to a complete-game gem from pitcher Steve Schmitt, Cokato left Optimist Park a winner over Litchfield in North Star League play.

Schmitt struck out seven, allowing one run on nine hits and one walk. On offense, the Kernels' Tom Halnen went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Jake Smith hit a solo home run for what would be the game-winning run in the top of the third.

Brady Smith had a team-high two hits for the Blues, including a double. Jake Jones drove in the team’s lone run, bringing Owen Boerema home with a two-out single.

The Blues are host to Maple Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Hitting - Cokato: Sanders Asplin 1-3 2b r rbi sf sb, Isaac Nelson 0-3 r bb, Austin Kantolu 1-5, Tom Halonen 3-5 rbi-2, Jake Smith 1-2 hr r-2 rbi bb, Jackson Martin 2-5, Grayson Londerville 1-3 r rbi bb, Chad Koivisto 1-4 … Litchfield: Dylan Koll 1-5, Matt Spreiter 1-4, Owen Boerema 0-4 r sb, Brady Smith 2-3 2b bb, Jake Jones 1-4 rbi, Avery Liestman 1-4, Andrew Loch 1-3, Kal Volinkaty 1-1, Cody Klabunde 1-2 sac
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Cokato: Steve Schmitt (W) 9-9-1-1-1-7 … Litchfield: Joey Hyde (L) 6-5-4-2-2-3, Koll 3-5-1-1-1-2

Elrosa 3, Starbuck 0

Led by Will VanBeck on the mound and at the plate, Elrosa blanked Starbuck at home.

Tossing 108 pitches (65 for strikes), VanBeck walked two and fanned four as part of a four-hit shutout At the plate, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Earlier in the game, VanBeck and Wiener each crossed home plate following a Peyton Winter RBI single in the second.

The Saints notched six base hits. Of the Stars’ four hits, half belonged to Michael Gruber, who went 2-for-3 with a walk.

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Hitting - Starbuck: Michael Gruber 2-3 bb, Grant Jensen 0-3 bb, Jackson Hendrickson 0-2 hbp, Mason Blair 1-3, Conner Westberg 1-3 … Elrosa: Abraham Peter 1-4 r, Evan Wiener 1-2 hbp r, Luke VanBeck 2-3 rbi r, Ryan Illies 0-2 bb, Peyton Winter 1-3 rbi-2, Ryan Olmscheid 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Michael Andreas (L) 4-4-2-1-1-3, Brian Gruber 2-2-1-1-0-3, M. Gruber 2-0-0-0-0-3 … Elrosa: VanBeck (W) 9-4-0-0-2-4

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Atwater starting pitcher Josh Kingery fires to the plate during Wednesday's County Line League game against Paynesville from Paynesville Baseball Grandstand. Patrick Bernadeau / Tribune

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