Central Minnesota town ball roundup

Posted on Aug. 24, 2015 

Recaps courtesy of Roger Mischke

Class C State Tournament

Kimball Express 3   Nimrod Gnats 2  (Watkins 8/22/15)

The Express topped the Region 14 runner up the Gnats behind some great pitching and a couple of big home runs. Ben Johnson and draftee from Bird Island Dylan Gass had great pitching performances. Ben threw 7 1/3 innings, he scattered 6 hits, walked just 1 and he had 9 big strikeouts. Dylan Gass actually earned the win with his 1 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up a hit and faced just 5 batters to earn the save for the Express. The Gnats got on the board first, as they scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning. Former Snurdbird, Brett Dormanen, started the inning with a base hit and with 2 outs, Alex Brockpahler got a single and Adam Johnson followed with a base hit and Gunnar Johnson sharply hit a ground ball that wasn’t fielded and the Gnats had 2 runs on the board. The Express came back with Adam Beyer’s shot over the left field fence to make the score 2-1 and it stayed that way till the seventh inning, when Kimball’s Austin Ruehle walked and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and to third on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Winter and Matt Dingman drove in Austin with a sacrifice fly to left field. This tied the game till the top of the 9th when Ben Johnson stepped up to the plate and he hit a no doubter homerun, over the left center field fence. This gave the Express the lead, going into the bottom of ninth inning and Mr. Gass was able to preserve the win for the Express. Overall Ben Johnson went 2-3 with his homer and Adam Beyer with his homer and Scott Marquardt went 1-4 with a double. Brian Marquardt went 1-4 with a stolen base, Austin Ruehle walked and scored, Jordan Joseph earned a walk and Matt Dingmann had his big sacrifice fly in the 7th. Gunner Johnson was the pitcher of record for the Gnats, he is a former all conference division 1 pitcher. Gunner threw all 9 and he scattered 5 hits, walked 3 and he had 11 strikeouts. Steve Funk led the Gnats with a double and earning singles for the Gnats were; Paul Funk, Alex Brokpahler, Adam Johnson, Gunner Johnson and Zach Johnson. The Express advance to play the Ada A’s, the region 10 champions, at 11 AM Sunday at Watkins.

The Watkins Clippers will be playing the New Market Muskies, the Region 3 Runner Up,  on Saturday at 11:00 at Clipper Park.

The Sartell Muskies will be playing the Waconia Lakers, the Region 7 Runner Up, at 11:00 on Sunday at Springer Park.

LAKEWOOD LEAGUE ROUND UP

(Results Section 7B Playoffs)

Beaudreaus Saints 7 Cold Spring Springers 5  (Marshall 8/22)

The Saints topped the Defending Class B state champions the Springers in a game that was suspended because of rain the previous weekend. The game picked up with the Saints up 2-0 in the 3rd inning, with the bases loaded and 2 outs. The Saints picked up 2 more in the 4th inning and 1 in the 5th inning. The Springers did put up 3 runs in the 5th inning to make 4-3 going into the 7th the Springers added 2. The Saints came back with 2 in the 8th and that was your final score of 7-5. Brad Haag earned the win, as he threw  7 innings, he scattered 5 hits, walked 2 and he had 2 strikeouts. Ryan Schnieder earned the save with 2 innings of relief, he gave up a hit and he walked 2. The Saints scored their first run, with Jeff Fasching led off single, sacrifice bunt by Steven Neutzling and a single by Jason Kotschevar. In the 3rd inning, a leadoff walk to Brian Minks a wild pitch and an error and a Ryan Schneider double drove in Minks. In the fourth inning, Kotschevar led off with a single, sacrifice bunt by Hockemeyer, walk to Hengel and a single by Ryan Schneider drove in Minks and Kotschevar. In the 5th inning they added one with a lead off walk to Neutzling, single by Kotschevar and Hockemeyer drove in Neutzling. The Springers did answer with a 3 run homer by Tyler Geislinger, scoring Jungels and Holthaus. In the 7th inning, Ryan Holthaus led off with a double and scored on Zach Hinkemeyer’s single and he advanced on Eric Loxtercamp’s fly ball and scored off Garret Fuch’s single. The Saints Tom Imholte led off the 8th inning with a single, Minks walked, sacrifice bunt by Hengel, walk to Schneider and a fielder choice by Maiers and a Springer error allowed Imholte and Schneider to score. Jason Kotschevar went 3-5 with a RBI and Ryan Schneider went 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI’s and he walked twice. Tom Imholte went 2-5 and Nick Hengel, Nick Maiers and Jeff Fasching all had singles. Justin Thompson was the pitcher of record for the Springers, he did throw all 9 innings. He gave up 11 hits, walked 8 and he had 5 strikeouts. The Springers did have some costly errors during the course of this game. Tyler Geislinger’s 3 run homer and Drew VanLoy and Zach Femrite both went 1-4 with doubles. Ryan Holthaus went 1-4 with a double and he scored twice. Zach Hinkemeyer went 1-3 with a RBI, Alex Jungels went 1-3, he walked and scored a run and Garret Fuchs went 1-5 with a RBI.

Marshall A’s 9 Sauk Rapids Cyclones 8  (Elimination Game) Marshall 8/22

The A’s topped the Cyclones in a very close game, to end the Cyclones season. The tying and winning runs were left on base after a great catch by the A’s outfielder. The pitcher of record for the A’s was their starter, Colton Smit, he threw 5 2/3 innings,  scattered 9 hits, walked 1 and he had 5 strikeouts. Travis McGlauflin earned the save with 3 1/3 innings of relief, he gave up 7 hits, 3 runs and he had 4 strikeouts. Andrew Kinney continued to swing a hot bat, as he went 3-5 with a 2 home runs for 4 RBI’s and Ben Korger went 2-5 with a home run and 4 RBI’s. Ben Sanders went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI and Austin Stubs went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Jordon Kontz, Leo Zerr and Derek Buysse all had base hits for the A’s. Bryce Gapinski was the pitcher of record for the Cyclones, he threw 2 innings and Andy Thayer threw 5 1/3 innings of relief. Andy Henkemeyer went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI’s and he walked. Matt Meyer went 3-5 with a RBI and he scored a run, Scott Geiger went 2-4 and he scored a run and Tom Wippler went 2-6. Tyler Bjork went 1-5 with a double and a RBI and he scored a run and Joel Heller went 1-3 with a RBI. Paul Schlangen went 1-5 and he scored a run and Kyle Henkemeyer went 1-4 and he scored 2 runs.

Cold Spring Springers 11 Marshall A’s 1 (7 In.) (Elimination Game)(8/22)

The Springers pounded out 13 hits to top the A’s in an elimination game, that ended with the 10 run rule after 7 innings. Zach Femrite threw a great game, he threw all 7 innings, he gave up just 3 hits, no walks and he had 8 strikeouts. Zach faced just 25 batters in his performance. The Springers got on the board in the first inning, Garrett Fuchs walked, a Joe Dempsey single, Drew VanLoy single and Zach Femrite double drove in both Fuchs and Dempsey. Zach advanced to 3rd on the threw and scored on a fielder choice by Justin Thompson. Andrew Kinney got the A’s on the board in the second inning, as he led off the second with a homerun. The Springers came back with 4 more runs in the second inning. A lead off single by Zach Hinkemeyer, double by Eric Loxtercamp and a double by Garret Fuchs drove in both Hinkemeyer and Loxtercamp. Joe Dempsey followed with another double to drive in Fuchs, Dempsey advance to 3rd after a wild pitch and Drew VanLoy hit into a fielders choice to drive in Dempsey. The Springers struck again with 4 runs in the 5th inning, a lead off double by Thompson, followed by a Alex Jungels double to drive in Thompson. A walk to Ryan Holthaus, Hinkemeyer on by fielder’s choice and a single by Loxtercamp, then Fuchs had a single to drive in Holthaus and Hinkemeyer. Then Dempsey crushed another double to score Loxtercamp. Overall Garret Fuchs had possibly his best day as a Springer, he went 2-3 with a double to drive in 4 RBI’s. Joe Dempsey crushed the ball, as he went 2-4 with 2 doubles for 2 RBI’s and he scored 2 runs. Eric Loxtercamp went 2-3 with a double and he scored 2 runs and Zach Femrite went 1-4 with a double for 2 RBI’s. Drew VanLoy went 1-4 with a RBI and he scored a run, Ryan Holthaus went 1-2 with a walk and he scored. Justin Thompson went 1-1 with a double, he walked and he scored a run. Zach Hinkemeyer went 1-3 and he scored 2 runs and Nate Hinkemeyer went 1-1. Jordan Kontz was the pitcher of record for the A’s, he threw 2 innings, gave up 6 hits, walked 1 and he had a strikeout. Leo Zerr threw 2 1/3 innings, gave up 5 hits and he walked 2 and Ben Korger threw 1 1/3 innings, he gave up 2 hits and he had 2 strikeouts. Andrew Kinngey went 1-3 with a homerun, Jordan Konz went 1-3 with a double and Derek Buysse went 1-3 with a single.

Cold Spring Springers 15  Beaudreaus Saints 3 (7 in.) St. Johns University (8/23/15)

The Springers topped the Saints with a 17 hit attack led by 3 hit games by Garrett Fuchs and Joe Dempsey and a very good pitching performance by Drew VanLoy. The Springers topped the Saints 15-3 in a game halted by the 10 run rule after 7 innings. Drew threw a complete game, he gave up just 4 hits, walked 2 and he had 6 strikeouts. The Springers put 3 runs on the board in the top of the first, they never did look back after that. A walk to Eric Loxtercamp and three straight singles by Joe Demsey, Drew VanLoy and Zach Femrite drove in Loxtercamp and Dempsey and Justin Thompson drove in VanLoy by a fielder’s choice. In the 2nd inning the Springers added 2 more runs with singles by Zach Hinkemeyer, Loxtercamp, Fuchs and Femrite to drive in Hinkemeyer and Fuchs. The Saints did get on the board in the bottom of 2nd inning, they put 3 up; Nick Maiers led off, he was hit by a pitch, Jeff Fasching got by way of an error and Will Spaniol’s single drove in Maiers and Fasching. The Springers answered that in the top of the 3rd inning, by sending 9 batters to the plate and 5 hits, including a triple and a pair of doubles and the Springers had five more on the board. This did make the score 10-3 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Joe Dempsey went 3-5 with 3 RBI’s and he scored 3 runs. Garrett Fuchs went 3-5 with double and a RBI and he scored 2 runs. Tyler Geislinger went 1-2, as a pinch hitter in the 5th inning, Tyler hit his 2nd home run of the weekend, a blast to right field, he had 3 big RBI’s. Drew VanLoy had a great game both on the mound and with the bat. He went 2-3 with a double and a RBI, walked and he scored 2 runs. Zach Femrite went 2-2 as the DH, he had 2 RBI’s and Zach Hinkemeyer, not only had a good game at his shortstop position, he went 2-4 with a RBI, he scored a run and he had a stolen base.  Eric Loxtercamp went 1-2 with a sacrifice fly for a RBI and he walked and scored a run. Alex Jungels went 1-3 with a big triple and he scored a run and Ryan Holthaus went 1-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly for a RBI and he scored a run. Jack Arnold went 1-1 and he scored a run and Justin Thompson got credited with a RBI on a fielder’s choice. Lefty Nick Denny was the pitcher of record for the Saints, he was their starter, he went 2 1/3 innings, Brain Anderson went 3 2/3 innings and Dan Kronenberg closed it out 2 innings. Tom Imholte went 1-3 with a double 2 RBI’s and Will Spaniol went 1-3 with a RBI. Chad Hockemeyer went 1-2 with a double and he walked. Nick Hengel went 1-3 and he was hit by a pitch, Nick Maiers went 1-3 and he scored a run and Ryan Schneider walked.

Cold Spring Springers 11  Beaudreaus Saints 7  (St. Johns University (8/23/15)  (REGION 7B CHAMPIONSHIP)

The win by the Springers forced a second game, in this true double elimination tournament. The Springers were the home team by way of their number 1 seeding, they led by a solid pitching performance by Jack Arnold and Chris Butala. Also backed by a 14 hits attack by the Springers, leading the hit attack was Tyler Geislinger and Garrett Fuchs. Both teams scored in the first inning, a triple by Loxtercamp and a long fly ball off the glove of the right field that was standing against the fence by Joe Dempsey drove in Loxtercamp. A leadoff single by Brian Minks and a walk to Nick Maiers and  single by Jeff Fasching drove in Minks. The Springers added 2 runs in the 3rd inning and the Saints added 3 to make the scored 4-3 into the bottom of the 5th inning. The Springers sent nine batters to the plate, 4 singles and a home run later the Springers had added 6 runs on the board. The big blow was Tyler Geislingers 3rd home run of the weekend! This made the score 10-4, but in the 6th inning the Saints added 2 more and a single run in the 7th. It was 10-7 going into the 8th inning and the Springers added 1 run. Jack Arnold threw 6 2/3 innings, he scattered 9 hits, walked 4 and he had a strikeout. He battled out of some very tough situations. Chris Butala threw 2 1/3 innings to close the deal, he threw great, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk and he had 2 strikeouts. Tyler Geislinger went 3-4 with a 2 run homerun and he had a stolen base. Garrett Fuchs went 2-5 with a double for 2 RBI’s and he scored 2 runs. Zach Hinkemeyer went 2-3 he walked and he scored 3 runs. Eric Loxtercamp went 2-4 with a triple, he walked and he scored 2 runs. Joe Dempsey went 1-4 with a sacrifice fly for a RBI and he scored a run. Drew VanLoy went 1-4 with a RBI and he scored, Ryan Holthaus went 10-4 and Zach Femrite went 1-3 with a sacrifice bunt. The Saints was led by Brian Minks, he went 3-5 with a double and he scored 2 runs and Nick Maiers went 2-4 with a double for 2 RBI’s and he walked. Jeff Fasching went 1-2 with a sacrifice fly and 2 RBI’s and he walked twice. Tom Imholte went 1-4, he scored twice and was hit by a pitch and Jason Kotzchaver went 1-3 and he walked and scored a run and Dominic Austin earned a RBI’s with his fielder’s choice. The Springers will now go on to defend their 2 time state championship, they take a 33- 7 into their first game against the Express of Duluth, they come in at 19-12; most of their ball players are either former or present ball players for St. Scholastics College. Their College Coach is Mr. Peter Berg a Cathedral graduate. The Beadreaus are back to try to match or possible improve last  year’s state tourney performance. They will take a 17-10 record in the their first game of the state; against the Brewers of Forest Lake, they will come in with a 22-11 record, they were 11-7 in the Metro Minny League.

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