Central Minnesota Town Ball Report: Monticello clinches Sauk Valley title

Back for a sixth season at 1390 Granite City Sports and mnbaseball.org with your weekly amateur baseball (Town Team) baseball reports. Including game summaries, upcoming schedules, league standings, tournament summaries and an occasional special interest feature. The plan is to continue to include: Lakewood League/Section 2B, Central Valley League, Sauk Valley League, Victory League South and Stearns County, Clearwater River Cats teams throughout their league playoffs, regional and state tourney games. Check out the Minnesota Amateur Baseball website for additional information: http://www.mnbaseball.org

LAKEWOOD LEAGUE/SECTION 2B

COLD SPRING SPRINGERS 11, BRAINERD BEES 1 (7 Innings)

The Springers defeated their Lakewood League and Section 2B rivals the Bees, backed by 12 hits, including three doubles and a home run. Veteran right-hander Zach Femrite started on the mound, he threw three innings to earn the win, he gave up one hit and he recorded five strikeouts. Chris Butala threw three innings in relief, he gave up three hits, issued three walks, gave up one run and he recorded two strikeouts. Jack Arnold threw one inning in relief, to close it out, he gave up one hit and he recorded one strikeout. 

The Springers were led on offense by Joe Dempsey, he went 2-for-4 with a home run for six big RBIs and he earned a walk. Zach Femrite went 2-for-3 with a double for an RBI, he earned a pair of walks and he scored one run. Garrett Fuchs went 2-for-4 with a double for two RBIs, he earned a walk and he scored two runs. Brian Hansen went 2-for-4 with a double, he earned a walk, had a stolen base and he scored three runs. Nate Hinkemeyer went 2-for-4 and he scored a run and Eric Loxtercamp went 1-for-5 and he scored a run. Jack Arnold went 1-for-4 and he scored a run and Drew Bulson went 1-for-5 and he scored a run. Chris Butala went 1-for-4 and Sean Terres scored one run. 

The Bees’ starting pitcher Casey Welsh gave up two hits, issued one walk and he gave up two runs. Bryce Flanagan threw five innings in relief, he gave up seven hits, issued two walks, gave up seven runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Tyler Lenz threw two innings in relief, he gave up three hits, issued three walks and he gave up two runs. 

The Bees were led on offense by Brain Voigt, he went 1-for-3 for an RBI and Joel Martin went 1-for-2 and he earned a walk. Phil Zinda, Alex Haapajoki and Casey Welsh all went 1-for-3 and McCale Peterson earned a walk and he scored one run. 

SECTION 2B GAME

MOORHEAD BREWERS 11, MOORHEAD MUDCATS 3

The Brewers defeated their Section 2B rivals the Mudcats, backed by 11 hits, including three extra-base hits. Nick Salentine started on the mound, he threw four innings to earn the win. He gave up two hits, issued one walk and he recorded six strikeouts. Ryan Olson threw three innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued three walks, surrendered one run and he recorded ten strikeouts. Brook Lyter threw one inning in relief, he gave up one hit, issued one walk and he gave up one run. 

The Brewers were led on offense by Joe Hallock, he went 4-for-4 with a home run for three RBIs and he scored three runs. Jayse McLean went 2-for-5 with a triple for two RBIs and he scored one run. Matt Oye went 1-for-4 for two RBIs and he earned a walk and Mike Peschel went 2-for-5 for an RBI. Denver Blinn went 1-for-5 with a double for an RBI and he scored one run. Spencer Flaten went 1-for-4, he earned a walk and he scored one run and Jeremy Peschel earned three walks and he scored a pair of runs. Tanner Adam earned a walk and he scored a run, Jake Faircloth earned two walks and he scored one run and Chris Clemenson earned a walk and he scored a run. 

The Mudcats’ starting pitcher Ty Syverson threw five innings, he gave up seven hits, issued four walks, surrendered six runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Tanner McBain threw two innings in relief, he gave up four hits, issued one walk and he gave up four runs. Brett Erickson threw one inning in relief, he issued four walks and he gave up one run. 

The Mudcats were led on offense by Beau Wilmer, he went 1-for-3 for an RBI and he earned a walk. Mason Penske went 2-for-4 with a double and Alex Sames went 1-for-4 and scored a run. Alex Erickson earned a pair of walks, Eric Watt was hit by a pitch, Tanner McBain earned a walk and Fletcher Andel scored a run. 

SECTION 2B SEEDINGS

No. 1 Cold Spring Springers

No. 2 Moorhead Brewers

No. 3 Beaudreau’s Saints

No. 4 Sauk Rapids Cyclones

No. 5 Brainerd Bees

No. 6 Sobieski Skis

No. 7 Moorhead Mudcats

Sobieski Skis vs. Cold Spring Springers (All Games at Watkins)

Saturday, Aug. 3 Skis vs. Springers, noon

Saturday, Aug. 3 Skis vs. Springers, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4 (If needed), noon

Brainerd Bees vs. Moorhead Brewers (all games at Jack Williams/Fargo)

Saturday, Aug. 3 Brainerd Bees at Moorhead Brewers, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3 Brainerd Bees at Moorhead Brewers, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4 (If Needed), 1 p.m. 

Sauk Rapids Cyclones vs Beaudreau’s Saints

Saturday, Aug. 3 Cyclones at Beaudreau’s, 1 p.m. at Dick Putz)

Saturday, Aug. 3 Beaudreau’s at Cyclones, 4 p.m. at Bob Cross Field

Sunday, Aug. 4 (If Needed) Cyclones at Beaudreau’s, 1 p.m. at Dick Putz

CENTRAL VALLEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

LUXEMBURG BREWERS 9, COLD SPRING ROCKIES 5

The Brewers defeated their Central Valley League rivals the Rockies, backed by 12 hits, including a pair of home runs. Lefty JT Harren started on the mound, he threw 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits, issued six walks, surrendered five runs and he recorded five strikeouts. Lefty Austin Klaverkamp threw 2/3 of an inning in relief, he recorded a pair of strikeouts. Logan Aleshire threw the final two innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued two walks and he recorded three strikeouts. 

The Brewers were led on offense by their catcher Chase Aleshire, he went 1-for-4 with a grand slam for four huge RBIs and he earned a walk. Isaac “Zeek” Matchinsky had a good night, he went 3-for-3 with a home run for three big RBIs, he earned a pair of walks and he scored a pair of runs. Derrik Orth went 2-for-4 for two RBIs and he earned a walk. Luke Harren went 2-for-5, he had a stolen base and he scored one run. Austin Klaverkamp went 2-for-4 and he scored a run and Logan Aleshire went 2-for-5. Sam Iten went 1-for-5 and he scored a run and Reed Pfannenstein earned a walk and he scored a run. Ethyn Fruth earned a walk and Troy “Chico” Schroeder earned a walk and he scored one run.  

The Brewers’ starting pitcher Jake Brinker threw just two innings, he gave up five hits, issued one walk, surrendered four runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Eli Backes threw four innings in relief, he gave up five hits, issued five walks and he gave up four runs. Calvin Kalthoff threw the final two innings in relief, he gave up three hits, issued one walk, gave up one run and he recorded two strikeouts. 

The Rockies were short a couple of their key players, as Monday night is a tough night for amateur ball. They were led on offense by David Jonas, he went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Jordan Neu went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI, he earned a pair of walks and he scored two runs. Brandon Gill went 1-for-4 for two RBIs and he earned a walk. Calvin Kalthoff went 1-for-4, he earned a walk and he scored one run and Austin Dufner had a sacrifice fly, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Colin Eskew went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and he scored a run and Brock Humbert went 1-for-4 and he scored one run. Jake Brinker went 1-for-1 and Eli Backes earned a walk. 

WATKINS CLIPPERS 8, ST. AUGUSTA GUSSIES 6

The Clippers defeated their Central Valley rivals the Gussies, backed by 10 hits, including three extra-base hits. Player/manager, lefty Matt Geislinger started on the mound, he threw seven innings to earn the win. He gave up three hits, issued five walks, surrendered one run and he recorded seven strikeouts. Danny Berg threw 1 2/3 innings in relief, he gave up seven hits and gave up five runs. 

The Clippers were led on offense by Matt Geislinger, he went 3-for-4 with a double for two RBIs and he earned a walk. Kevin Kramer went 1-for-3 with a home run, he earned two walks, he had two stolen bases and he scored two runs. Branden Ashton had a sacrifice fly and he was hit by a pitch, he was credited for three RBIs and he scored one run. Dustin Kramer went 1-for-3 for an RBI and he earned a walk and Carter Block went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Danny Berg went 2-for-4, he was hit by a pitch, he had a stolen base and he scored three runs. Lincoln Haugen went 1-for-4 with a double, he earned a walk and he scored two runs and Reese Jansen went 1-for-4. 

The Gussies’ starting pitcher, Tyler Bautch threw five innings, he gave up nine hits, issued two walks, surrendered five runs and he recorded five strikeouts. Travis Laudenbach threw three innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued three walks and he surrendered three runs. 

The Gussies were led on offense by Nate Gwost, he went 2-for-4 with a home run for three RBIs and he scored two runs. Mitch Gwost went 2-for-4 for an RBI, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Adam Gwost went 2-for-5 with a double for an RBI and Nate Laudenbach had a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Marcus Lommel went 1-for-3, he earned a walk and he scored one run and Brady Grafft went 1-for-4 with a double. Aaron Fruth went 1-for-4 and he earned a walk, Tommy Friesen went 1-for-5 and he scored a run and Matt Skaja earned a pair of walks. 

LUXEMBURG BREWERS 5, KIMBALL EXPRESS 2

The Brewers defeated the Central Valley League rivals the Express to punch their ticket to the Region 10C tournament. The Brewers collected eight hits, including a home run. Right hander Reed Pfannenstein started on the mound, he threw a complete game to earn the win. He gave up four hits, issued four walks, surrendered two runs and he recorded fourteen strikeouts. 

The Brewers were led on offense by Chase Aleshire, he went 2-for-3 with a home run two big RBIs, he earned a walk and he scored two runs. Austin Klaverkamp went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for three RBIs. Logan Aleshire went 2-for-3, he earned a walk, he had a stolen base and he scored a run. Luke Harren went 1-for-3, he earned a walk and he scored a run, Reed Pfannenstein went 1-for-2 and Ethyn Fruth, earned a walk, he had a sacrifice bunt and he scored one run. 

The Express’ starting pitcher Ben Johnson threw five innings, he gave up seven hits, issued two walks, surrendered four runs and he recorded five strikeouts. Zak Wallner threw three innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued two walks, surrendered one run and he recorded two strikeouts.

The Express was led on offense by Adam Beyer was credited with an RBI and he earned a walk and Brooks Marquardt was credited with an RBI. Scott Marquardt went 1-for-3, he was hit by a pitch, he had a stolen base and he scored two runs. Ben Johnson went 1-for-4, Brian Marquardt and Zach Dingmann both went 1-for-3 and both earned a walk and Matt Dingmann earned a walk. 

COLD SPRING ROCKIES 11, PEARL LAKE LAKERS 2

The Rockies defeated their Central Valley League rivals the Lakers, backed by nine hits, including a pair of home runs. Lefty Ryan Hennen started on the mound, he gave up three hits, surrendered one run and he recorded seven strikeouts. Trevor Lardy threw four innings in relief, to close it out, he gave up four hits, surrendered one run and he recorded four strikeouts. 

The Rockies were led on offense by Nick Skluzacek, he went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, he was hit by a pitch and he scored a pair of runs. Austin Dufner went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, a 390-foot drive to center field. Calvin Kalthoff went 2-for-4 for two RBIs, he earned a walk and he scored two runs. David Jonas went 2-for-6 for an RBI and he scored a pair of runs and Sam Distel was credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Jordan Neu went 1-for-2, he earned two walks and he scored three runs, Collin Eskew went 1-for-5 and he scored a run and Brock Humbert earned a walk. 

The Lakers’ starting pitcher, Mitch Wieneke threw three innings, he gave up six hits, issued one walk, surrendered six runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Mitch Ergen threw 2 2/3 innings in relief and Justin Kunkel threw 2 1/3 innings in relief to close it out. 

They were led on offense by Max Fuchs, Mitch Wieneke, Chadd Kunkel and Justin Kunkel all went 1-for-4. Colton Fruth went 1-for-4 and he scored a run, Ryan Heslop went 1-for-3 and Andy Linn scored a run. 

STEARNS COUNTY (Region 15C) (Play-In Game)

ROSCOE RANGERS 10, GREENWALD CUBS 8

The Rangers defeated their Stearns County rivals the Cubs, after falling behind 6-0. They collected eight hits, including a pair of big home runs. Josh Mackendanz started on the mound, he threw six innings, he gave up six hits, he issued five walks, surrendered four runs and he recorded eight strikeouts. Brent Heinen threw three innings in relief to earn the win, he gave up two hits, issued one walk, gave up two runs and he recorded three strikeouts. 

The Rangers were led on offense by Brent Heinen, he went 2-for-4 with a huge three-run home run, he earned a walk and he had a stolen base. Spence Evans went 1-for-1 with a huge pinch hit home run for three big RBIs. Chris Vanderbeek went 2-for-5 for an RBI and Jordan Schleper went 2-for-5 for an RBI and he scored a run. Zach Mackedanz went 1-for-2, he earned a walk and he scored a pair of runs. RJ Leyendecker earned a pair of walks and he scored two runs and Brady Klingfus earned two walks, scored a pair of runs and he was hit by a pitch. Brandon Schleper was hit by a pitch and Devon Savage scored one run. 

The starting pitcher for the Cubs was Tyler Hoffman, he threw 4 1/3 innings, he gave up six hits, issued two walks, surrendered six runs and he recorded one strikeout. Tyler Braegelmann threw two innings in relief, he gave up two hits, issued three walks, gave up three runs and he recorded four strikeouts. Nick Rademacher threw 1 2/3 innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued one walk, gave up one run and he recorded two strikeouts. 

The Cubs were led on offense by Adam VanBeck, he went 4-for-6 for two RBIs and he scored one run. Tyler Thomas went 3-for-5 with a double for an RBI and he scored a pair of runs. Nick Rademacher went 2-for-2 for an RBI and Ryan Kraemer went 2-for-5, he earned a walk and he scored two runs. Tyler Engelmeyer went 1-for-4, he earned a walk, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Brandon Worms went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt and he was hit by a pitch. Zach Ettel went earned a walk and Tyler Braegelmann earned two walks and he scored one run. 

FARMING FLAMES 12, ROSCOE RANGERS 5

The Flames defeated their Stearns County rivals the Rangers for a spot in the Region 15C tournament. Adam Winkels started on the mound, he threw four innings, he gave up four hits, issued two walks, gave up one run and he recorded six strikeouts. Tylor Schroeder threw four innings in relief to earn the win, he gave up seven hits, issued four walks, surrendered four runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Dylan Panek threw the final inning in relief, he issued one walk and he recorded one strikeout. 

The Flames were led by Isaac Nett, he went 4-for-4 with two doubles for three RBIs, he earned a walk and he scored four runs. Brad Mergen went 2-for-4 or two RBIs, he was hit by a pitch and he scored one run. Dylan Panek went 1-for-4 for an RBI and he scored one run and Cody Fourre went 1-for-5 for an RBI. Taylor Fourre went 2-for-5 and he scored a pair of runs and Aaron Eiynck went 1-for-4 with a double and he scored one run. Adam Winkels earned a walk and he scored one run, Tylor Schroeder earned a walk and he had a stolen base and Craig Klein earned a walk and he scored a run. 

The Rangers starting pitcher Brady Klingfus threw four innings, he gave up six hits, surrendered seven runs, issued two walks and he recorded two strikeouts. Brandon Schleper threw 3 1/3 innings in relief, he gave up four hits, issued three walks, gave up five runs and he recorded two strikeouts. Russ Leyendecker threw 2/3 of an inning to close it out, he recorded two strikeouts. 

The Rangers was led on offense by Chris Vanderbeek, he went 2-for-5 with a double, he earned a walk and he scored a run. Brandon Schleper went 2-for-4 for an RBI, he had a stolen base and he scored two runs. Spence Evans went 1-for-4 for an RBI and Jordan Schleper went 1-for-5 and he earned a walk. Brent Heinen went 1-for-5 and he scored a run. Russ Leyendecker went 1-for-5, he earned a walk and he scored one run and Devon Savage went 1-for-4 and he earned a walk. Brady Klingfus went 1-for-3 and RJ Leyendecker went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk. 

REGAL EAGLES 5, MILROY YANKEES 0 (Region 4C)

The No. 1-seeded Eagles of the County Line League defeated the Yankees of the Cornbelt League in Region 4C action. The Eagles collected 13 hits, including a pair of doubles and they got a good pitching performance. Chris Beier started on the mound, he threw a complete game to earn the win. He gave up five hits, issued one walk and he recorded six strikeouts. 

The Eagles were led on offense by Nathan Beier, he went 2-for-4 for two big RBIs and Jordan Beier went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base. Blake Karsch went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sam Ohrlein went 1-for-1 with a double for an RBI. Jordan Wosmek went 1-for-3 for an RBI and Shane Rademacher went 2-for-4 and he scored a run. Derek Dengerud went 1-for-3 with a double and he scored a run and Josh Beier went 1-for-4. Nathan Meyer earned two walks and he scored a run, Chris Beier and Tyler Kemen both earned a walk and Griffin Bjerke scored one run. 

The Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Deutz threw six innings, he gave up nine hits, issued three runs, gave up three runs and he recorded seven strikeouts. Mahlon Zimmerman threw two innings in relief, he gave up four hits, issued one walk, gave up two runs and he recorded three strikeouts. 

They Yankees were led on offense by Brian Dolan, he went 2-for-4 and Riley Carpenter went 1-for-3. Andy Schmidt and Derek Rasmussen both went 1-for-4 and Jacob Hughes earned a walk. 

RAYMOND ROCKETS 6,STARBUCK STARS 0 (Region 4C)

The Rockets of the Cornbelt League defeated the Stars of the County Line League to advance in Region 4C action. The starting pitcher Cole Christenson threw a complete game to earn the win. He gave up five hits, issue one walk and he recorded seven strikeouts. 

The Rockets were led on offense by Justin Koehn, he went 1-for-4 with a double for an RBI and John Swatzky had two sacrifice flies for two RBIs. Jordan Smith went 2-for-4 and he scored a run and Mike Jeseritz went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Hulterstrum went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk and Tyler Steen earned a walk, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Calvin Kosminskas earned a pair of walks and Brett Swanson earned a walk and he scored one run. 

The Stars’ starting pitcher Colin Richards threw eight innings, he gave up five hits, issued five walks, surrendered six runs and he recorded eight strikeouts. 

The Stars were led on offense by Matt Gruber, he went 1-for-4 with a double and Micheal Gruber went 2-for-4. Mike Kragenbring and Mike Andreas both went 1-for-4 and Jackson Hendrickson earned a walk. 

REGION 11C

Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sartell

Big Lake Yellow Jackets vs. Watkins Clippers, 11 a.m.

Sartell Muskies vs. Winner of Luxemburg/Cold Spring, 1:30 p.m.

St. Augusta Gussies vs. Foley Lumberjacks, 4:30 p.m.

Monticello Polecats vs. Loser of Luxemburg/Cold Spring, 7 p.m.

SAUK VALLEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

MONTICELLO POLECATS 2, SARTELL MUSKIES 1

The Polecats defeated their Sauk Valley League rivals the Muskies in a great pitching dual. They were led by a pair of home runs and solid defense. Their starting pitcher Michael Revenig threw five innings, he gave up three hits, issued three walks, surrendered one run and he recorded three strikeouts. Wyatt Morrell threw four innings in relief to earn the win, he gave up four hits.

The Polecats were led on offense by Michael Olson, he went 2-for-5 with two home runs. He led the game off with a home run and one in the top of the ninth inning. Greg Holker, Tommy Blackstone and Braydon Hanson all went 1-for-4, Michael Revenig had two stolen bases and Cole Bovee earned a walk. 

The Muskies’ lefty David Deminsky started on the mound, he threw five innings, he gave up four hits, surrendered one run and he recorded six strikeouts. Austin Gohl threw four innings in relief, he was the pitcher of record. He gave up one hit, issued one walk, surrendered one run and he recorded three strikeouts. 

They Muskies were led on offense by Jake Sweeter, he went 3-for-4 with a double for an RBI. John Schumer went 2-for-4 and Cody Partch went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk. Jace Otto went 1-for-4, Andrew Deters earned a pair of walks and Brian Schellinger earned a walk. 

FOLEY LUMBERJACKS 5, ST. JOSEPH JOES 2

The Lumberjacks defeated their Sauk Valley League rivals the Joes, backed by seven hits, including one extra-base hit. Young right-hander, Drew Beier started on the mound, he threw a complete game to earn the win. He gave up six hits, issued two walks, surrendered two runs and he recorded five strikeouts. 

The Lumberjacks were led on offense by Tanner Brosh, he went 1-for-2 for two RBIs, he was hit twice by a pitch and he scored a pair of runs. Noah Winkelman went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Drew Beier went 1-for-5 with a double for an RBI. Joe Ziwicki had a sacrifice fly for an RBI, he earned a walk and he was hit by a pitch. Brandon Buesgens went 2-for-5, he earned a walk and he scored a pair of runs. Kyle Kipka went 2-for-4, he earned a walk and he scored two runs, Drew Murphy earned a walk and he had a sacrifice bunt and Mitch Keeler was hit by a pitch. 

The Joes’ starting pitcher, Greg Anderson threw six innings, he was the pitcher of record. Tanner Aleshire threw two innings in relief and Jack Atkinson threw the final inning in relief. 

They were led on offense by Hunter Blommer, he went 2-for-4 with a double and he scored a run. Ben Alvord went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk and Alex Kendal went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk. Peter Nelson went 1-for-4, Tanner Aleshire went 1-for-4 and Brandon Bloch scored one run. 

BIG LAKE YELLOW JACKETS 6, SARTELL STONE PONEYS 5

The Yellow Jackets defeated their Sauk Valley League rivals the Stone Poneys, backed by 12 hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run. Taylor Giving  was their starting pitcher, he threw two innings, he gave up one hit, issued two walks and he gave up one run. Matthew Chuba threw four innings in relief, he gave up seven hits, issued one walk, surrendered three runs and he recorded three strikeouts. Kyle Knaeble gave up one hit and a run and Dallas Miller threw two innings in relief, he gave up one hit, issued three walks and he recorded five strikeouts to earn the win. Mason Miller threw the final inning in relief to earn the save. 

The Yellow Jackets were led on offense by Brandon Holthaus, he went 2-for-4 with a home run for three big RBIs. Tony Rathmanner had a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Chance Halligan went 1-for-2 for two RBI’s and he scored a run. Joe Rathmanner went 2-for-4 for an RBI and Sam Dokkenbakken went 2-for-4 with a double and he scored a run. Tanner Teige went 3-for-5 with a double and he scored a run. 

The Stone Poneys starting pitcher, Sean Minder threw a complete game, he gave up 12 hits, he issued two walks, surrendered six runs and he recorded five strikeouts. 

The Stone Poneys were led on offense by Josh Schaefer, he went 3-for-5 with a double for RBI and he had a stolen base. Cameron Knudsen went 1-for-3 for an RBI, he earned two walks and he was hit by a pitch. Zack Overboe went 1-for-2 for an RBI, he earned a pair of walks and he had a sacrifice bunt. William Kranz went 2-for-5 with a double, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Player/manager Jeff Amann went 2-for-4, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Cooper Lynch went 1-for-5 and he scored a run, Dylan Dezurik earned a walk and he scored a run and Pat Dolan had a sacrifice bunt. 

VICTORY LEAGUE (REGION 8C)

ST. STEPHEN STEVES 8, PIERZ BULLDOGS 5

The Steves defeated their Victory League and Region 8C rivals the Bulldogs, backed by 10 hits, including a pair of home runs and three doubles. Chris Belling started on the mound for the Steves, he threw four innings, he gave up three hits, issued two walks, surrendered two runs and he recorded five strikeouts. Young right hander Jake Schelonka threw 3 1/3 innings in relief to earn the win. He gave up three hits, issued four walks, surrendered three runs and he recorded one strikeout. Blake Guggenberger threw 1 2/3 inning in relief to earn the save. 

The Steves were led on offense by Bo Schmitz, he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double for an RBI, he earned a walk and he scored two runs. Tony Schmitz went 1-for-5 with a home run for two big RBIs and he scored two runs. Blake Guggenberger went 1-for-3 with a double for an RBI, he earned a pair of walks and he scored one run. Mathew Meyer went 1-for-4 with a double for an RBI, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Player/manager Ben Oman went 1-for-4 for an RBI and he earned a walk and Riley Hartwig went 2-for-4 for an RBI and he scored one run. Cody Wolhart went 1-for-4 for an RBI and Jake Schelonka went 1-for-4. 

The Bulldogs’ starting pitcher, Preston Rocheleau threw six innings, he gave up eight hits, issued six walks, surrendered six runs and he recorded seven strikeouts. Joe Strauch threw two innings in relief, he gave up two hits, two runs and he recorded one strikeout. 

The Bulldogs were led on offense by Chuck Boser, he went 1-for-2 with a home run for two RBIs, he earned a pair of walks, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Austin Dickman went 2-for-3 for two RBIs, he earned a walk and he was hit by a pitch. Ryan Foreman went 1-for-4 with a double, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Dylan Kummet went 1-for-4, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Logan Meyer was credited for an RBI, Craig Luberts went 1-for-3 and he earned a walk, Jonny Kasper earned a walk and Joe Strachey had a sacrifice bunt. 

AVON LAKERS 4, BUCKMAN BILLYGOATS 3

The Lakers defeated their Victory League and Region 8C rivals, backed by 12 hits. Matt Pichelmann started on the mound for the Lakers, he threw a complete game to earn the win. He gave up seven hits, gave up three runs and he recorded six strikeouts. 

The Lakers were led on offense by Josh Becker, he went 2-for-4 for an RBI, he earned a walk and he had a stolen base. Carter Holthaus went 2-for-4 for two RBIs and Caleb Curry went 4-for-4, he earned a walk and he scored one run. Taylor Holthaus went 1-for-5, he had a stolen base and he scored a run and Cody Stich went 1-for-5 and he scored a run. Matt Meyer went 1-for-5, Tony Harlander went 1-for-1 and he scored a run and Adam Harlander earned a walk. 

The Billygoats’ starting pitcher Jeremy Monson threw 4 1/3 innings, he gave up eight hits, issued two walks, surrendered two runs and he recorded five strikeouts. Chad Weiss threw 4 2/3 innings in relief, he gave up four hits, issued one walk, surrendered two runs and he recorded nine strikeouts. 

The Billygoats were led on offense by Noah Boser, he went 2-for-4 with a home run and Mark Kahl went 2-for-4. Lane Girtz went 1-for-4 for an RBI and Andrew Ruekert was credited with an RBI. Matt Tautges went 1-for-4, he had a stolen base and he scored a run, Matt Kummet went 1-for-4 and he scored a run and Aaron Weber was hit by a pitch. 

Region 8C

Saturday, Aug. 3 at Pierz

Pierz Bulldogs vs Randall Cubs, 11 a.m. 

Nisswa Lightning vs. St. Stephen Steves, 1:30 p.m.

Avon Lakers vs. Ft. Ripley Rebels, 4:30 p.m.

Buckman Billygoats vs. Upsala Blue Jays, 7:30 p.m.

EXHIBITION GAMES

NEW LONDON-SPICER TWINS 9, GRANITE FALLS KILOWATTS 4

The Twins of the County Line Leagued defeated the Kilowatts of the Corn Belt League in Region 4C action. Backed by nine hits, including a home run and one double. Patrick Courtney started on the mound, he threw eight innings to earn the win. He gave up 10 hits, issued three walks, gave up two runs and he recorded 11 strikeouts. Mike Danielson threw one inning in relief to close it out, he gave up four hits, gave up one run and he recorded one strikeout. 

The Twins were led on offense by Austen Hadley, he went 2-for-3 with a double for two RBIs, he had a sacrifice bunt, he was hit by a pitch and he scored two runs. Adam Schrader went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a sacrifice bunt for four RBIs. Jake Rambow went 3-for-5 for an RBI and he scored two runs and Mike Danielson went 1-for-4, he was hit by a pitch and he scored one run. Scott Rambow went 1-for-4, Wyatt White was hit by a pitch and he scored a run and John Perkins had a stolen base and he scored one run. 

The starting pitcher for the Kilowatts was Colton Vien, he threw four innings, he gave up three hits, issued three walks, gave up six runs and he recorded one strikeout. Adam Brewers threw four innings in relief, he gave up six hits, gave up three runs and he recorded four strikeouts. 

They were led on offense by Zac Endvoldsen, he went 4-for-5 for an RBI and Craig Listul went 3-for-5 for an RBI. Jordan Odegard went 2-for-5 and he scored a run and Kyle TeBeest went 1-for-3. Austin Friese went 1-for-1 and he scored a run and Colton Vien went 1-for-5 and he scored a run. Tyler Damian went 1-for-4, Tyler Blue went 1-for-1 and Brandon Grund was hit by a pitch.  

Sauk Rapids Cyclones 11, Clearwater River Cats 1 (July 21)

The Cyclones defeated Clearwater in five innings at Sportsman’s Park in Clearwater. Sauk Rapids broke the game open in the top of the third. Leading 3-1 after two innings, the Cyclones scored seven runs as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Luis Massa led the inning off with a solo shot over the left field fence. Hits by Bjorn Hanson, Matt Johnson, and Alex Krieling helped the Cyclones take advantage of two River Cats’ errors.

Sauk Rapids added a run in the fourth when Hanson led the inning off with a double, and came around to score on an RBI single from Carlos Gomez. 

Kreiling pitched a five inning complete game. He gave up one hit, a home run off the bat of Clearwater’s Cole Guensingman. Other than that, Kreiling was perfect, facing 16 batters over five innings and not allowing another base runner. Kreiling recorded three strikeouts. 

“Amazing outing by Alex today,” manager Erik Hanson said. “That’s his longest outing of the year, and I was happy to see him get the win.”

Kreiling was the winning pitcher for Sauk Rapids. Andy Nefs was the losing pitcher for Clearwater.

Clearwater River Cats 10, Sauk Rapids Cyclones 8 

The River Cats got their revenge in the second game of the twinbill. 

Sauk Rapids was up 6-2 through four innings thanks to another Massa home run and doubles from Hanson and David Kroger. The River Cats tied the game in the top of the fifth as they scored four runs while sending nine batters to the plate. Andy Thayer relieved on the mound in the sixth, as Clearwater scored another four runs to take a 10-6 lead. The big hit was a two-run home run by River Cats’ first baseman Cory Schmidt. The Clones mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh as Hanson led the inning off with a double. Kroger followed that with a laser over the left field fence for a two-run homer. Thayer hit a one out double and Gomez drew a two out walk. But they would be stranded on base as Clearwater escaped the jam and walked away with a 10-8 victory.

Noah Klinefelter started on the mound for the Cyclones. He pitched five innings giving up six runs on five hits. Klinefelter struckout four River Cats and walked two. Andy Thayer pitched two innings. Thayer gave up four runs on four hits. He recorded a strikeout and walked one. The winning pitcher was for Clearwater was Jake Carper. Thayer took the loss for the Clones.

UPCOMING GAMES

REGION 11C at Sartell HOSTED BY St. CLOUD ORTHOPEDICS FIELD

Central Valley League/Sauk Valley League

Saturday, Aug. 3

CVL 1vs.  SVL 4, 11 a.m.

SVL 2 vs. CVL 3, 1:30 p.m.

CVL 2 vs. SVL 3, 4:30 p.m.

SVL 1 vs CVL 4, 7 p.m.

REGION 15C at Richmond for day games, at Farming for night games

STEARNS COUNTY LEAGUE

Friday, Aug. 2 

Lake Henry Lakers vs. Elrosa Saints, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3

SCL Playoff Winner vs. Meire Grove Grovers, 11 a.m.

St. Martin Martins vs. Spring Hill Chargers, 1:30 p.m.

Richmond Royals vs. New Munich Silverstreaks, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Winners of Game No. 1 vs. Game No. 4, 11 a.m.

Winners of Game No. 2 vs. Game No. 3, 8 p.m.

Losers of Game No. 1 vs. Game No. 4, 1:30 p.m.

Losers of Game No. 2 vs. Game No. 3, 4 p.m.

ROGER MISCHKE

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