CJ’s Blog [updated 9/7, 3:40 p.m.]

Posted on Aug. 27, 2015 by CJ Siewert [updated 9/7, 3:40 p.m.]

Sept. 7

3:40 p.m. – The Class C semifinals in Watkins were postponed until Monday. Plato defeated Nisswa and Green Isle defeated Howard Lake to set the stage for an all Crow River Valley League (South) Class C Championship. Recaps by Trent Jackson:

Plato 3, Nisswa 2

In day two of the semi-final game, Plato came back to score three unanswered runs to defeat Nisswa. The Bluejays got on the board in the fifth when Chris Odegaard smoked a double off the top of the center field wall, scoring Kyle Panning. In the sixth, Plato scored a run off a Nisswa error and a RBI single from Tony Beringer, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.

Before the rain delay in the fourth inning, Nisswa got off to a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, Morgan Shepherd led off the inning with a base on balls. Next, Brett Jenkins laid down a sacrifice bunt and Plato pitcher Adam Prehn errantly threw the ball past the first basemen Joe Nix, moving the runners to second and third. Drew Boland then grounded out, scoring Shepherd, and Aaron Jenkins singled to plate Brett Jenkins.

Adam Prehn started the game Sunday night, and finished four innings before the rain delay. Tony Kley, a Winsted draftee, took the mound on Monday. Kley pitched a great game, pitching five shutout innings to earn the victory. Plato advances to the Class C Championship.

BOX SCORE

Green Isle 13, Howard Lake 7

Green Isle scored seven runs off seven hits in the ninth inning to defeat Howard Lake to advance to the Class C Championship. After five innings, Green Isle had a 4-3 lead, but Howard Lake came back in the sixth and seventh to give their selves a 7-4 lead.

In the eighth, Green Isle’s Mac Zachow hit a monster two-run bomb over the scoreboard in right center field to cut the Howard Lake lead to 7-6.

In the ninth inning, trailing 7-6, Ryan Evanson started the rally with a single to center. After that, the Irish didn’t look back, as they scored seven runs off seven hits, taking the life out of the Orphans.

Five Irish players collected multiple hit games. Mac Zachow went 2 for 4, with four RBI. Alex Twenge had three hits and three RBI.

The Howard Lake offense was led by Eric Schreifels, who recorded three hits, including two doubles. Brett Ahsenmacher posted two RBI and also robbed an Irish homer in fourth inning, leaping over the left field fence.

Despite collecting five errors, Green Isle prevailed over Howard Lake with 15 hits. Alex Twenge received the win on the mound, shutting out the Orphans in the final two innings.  

BOX SCORE

Sept. 7

12:40 a.m. – Sunday was a long day in Cold Spring and Watkins. Rain delays in both Cold Spring and Watkins forced two games to be postponed in Watkins, and the last game in Cold Spring started late, around 10:00 p.m. Moorhead advanced to the Class B Championship game to face Dundas. Recaps by Trent Jackson:

Plato 8, Cannon Falls 5

Plato defeated Cannon Falls in the opening game at Watkins on Sunday. The Bluejays scored eight runs off 13 hits, knocking out Cannon Falls starting pitcher Ben Smith after just 1.1 innings after scoring four runs early. Chris Odegaard, Matt Odegaard, Tyler Lang, Ben Slater, Joe Nix, and Kyle Panning all had two hits. Dylan McCormick, a draftee from Brownton earned the victory on the mound after pitching 2.1 innings in relief on starting pitcher Cody Hallahan. Chris Odegaard pitched the final two innings to earn the save. Cannon Falls’ catcher Taylor Pagel led the Bear’s offense with three hits including a double.

BOX SCORE

Nisswa 3, Jordan 2

Jordan had a 2-0 lead over Nisswa through seven innings, until the Lightning slugger Jason Roepke hit a three-run bomb to give Nisswa a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. Nisswa starting pitcher Kyle Schaible pitched a complete game to earn the win. He gave up just five hits with four strikeouts. Despite pitching 7.1 solid innings, Scott Hollingsworth was handed the loss on the mound for Jordan. 

BOX SCORE

Green Isle 2, Hampton 0

A solo homerun from Green Isle’s Ben Alexander was enough for the Irish, as Lucas Herd and Axel Twenge combined for the shutout over Hampton Sunday afternoon in Watkins. Herd pitched seven innings, giving up just four hits. Twenge earned the two-inning save, allowing just three hits. Herd also recorded three hits and an RBI. Patrick Strey led Hampton’s offense, with three hits.

BOX SCORE

Howard Lake 2, Waconia 1

Shane Kahn pitched an excellent game on the mound for Howard Lake to earn the victory, he allowed just one Waconia hit. Howard Lake scored two runs in the fifth inning with singles from Matt Streich and Luke Gagnon, followed by runs batted in by Dan Wackler and Eric Schreifels. Chris Hardie came in to relieve Kahn in the eighth for Howard Lake, and earned a two-inning save, allowing just one hit. Steve Boger and Riley Gruenhagen both had two hits for the Orphans. Waconia scored their sole run in the seventh off a sacrifice fly from Peter Brown. Craig LaPlante had two hits for Waconia.

BOX SCORE

Cold Spring 10, Chaska 5

Zach Femrite continued to dominate on the mound. Femrite threw 173 pitches for the complete game victory over Chaska. Eric Loxtercamp and Alex Jungels both had three hits and two RBI for the Springers, who had 16 total hits. Cold Spring jumped on Chaska starting pitcher Ryan Seifert right away, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings, and one in the third. Seifert received the loss for the Cubs. Josh Korth led the Chaska offense with two runs batted in.

BOX SCORE

Moorhead 3, Cold Spring 1

Strong pitching led the Brewers past the Springers in the last game on Saturday in Cold Spring. Vic Sokolofsky started on the bump for Moorhead and got off to a great start but unfortunately had to leave the game due to an injury in the fourth inning. He allowed just one run off six hits. Jason Bielke earned the win on the mound for Moorhead, pitching 3.2 great shutout innings, notching five strikeouts. Mike Peschel closed out the Springers in the final two innings. Moorhead scored three runs off nine hits. A sacrifice fly by Derek Dormanen proved to be the game-winning run in the third inning. Nick Colwell and David Ernst led the Brewers offense; Colwell with three hits and Ernst with two runs batted in. Moorhead moves on to face Dundas for the Class B Championship Monday at noon in Cold Spring. They must defeat Dundas twice, as they are undefeated so far.

BOX SCORE

5:00 p.m. – Nisswa vs. Plato @ Watkins

Nisswa and Plato completed 4.2 innings before it started pouring in Watkins. The game was postponed and will resume Monday at 11:00 in Watkins. Nisswa is leading 2-0.

7:30 p.m. – Green Isle vs. Howard Lake @ Watkins

Game was postponed in Watkins, will be played following the Nisswa/Plato game.

Sept. 6

1:44 a.m. – Recaps from the second half of Saturday’s Class C games are posted below.

Nisswa 10, New Market 4

The Lightning struck first in the opening frame with a pair of runs and never relinquished the lead.

Nisswa added two in the third, two in the fifth, one in the seventh, one in the eighth and another two in the ninth for its 10-run total.

New Market scored one in the second and rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth, but it was far too little, too late.

Aaron Jenkins paced the Nisswa offensive attack, going 4-for-5 with two runs, an RBI, double and a hit-by-pitch. The Lightning compiled 16 total hits.

Avon draftee Kyle Collins earned the win after eight innings of work. Collins allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits with four Ks and two walks.

Derek Bergstrom suffered the loss for New Market after five innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Hampton 5, Maple Plain 0

The pitching duo of Marcus Frederickson and Brett Gwaltney, a draftee from Lake City, shut out Maple Plain in a 5-0 victory.

Frederickson tossed six innings with five hits, five strikeouts and three walks, while Gwaltney went the last three frames with two hits and a strikeout.

Hampton scored two runs in the second inning, which proved to be all it needed. The Cardinals added one in the third and two in the fourth for their five-run total.

Patrick Strey and Josh Chatfield led the Cardinals at the plate, both batting 3-for-4 with a run, RBI and a double.

Jordan Flick, a draftee from Dassel-Cokato, suffered the loss after three and two-thirds innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits with three Ks and two walks.

Green Isle 6, Pelican Rapids 0

State tournament veteran Mac Zachow pitched a complete game shutout for the Irish, allowing just three hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

Zachow’s run support came with two runs each in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings.

Lucas Herd led the way at the dish, going 3-for-5 with three runs and a double.

Casey Kowalski, a draftee from Urbank-Parkers Prairie, suffered the loss after seven innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Waconia 2, Kimball 1 (10 inn.)

The final game of the night went into extras and it was Waconia that walked off in the 10th on a double off the bat of Craig LaPlante to score Nick Litfin.

Each team registered a run in the second inning and the score remained 1-1 until the walk off hit in the 10th.

Kodey Simon earned his second win of the tournament after the complete game outing. Simon allowed one run on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The lone run of the game for Kimball was a solo shot off the bat of Ben Johnson.

Chris Bullis (2-4, BB), Jeremy Salden (2-5, R) and LaPlante (2-5, RBI) led the Lakers at the plate.

Jordan Joseph took the loss after two and one-third innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout and a walk. 

Sept. 5

4:21 p.m. – Recaps from the first half of Saturday’s games, highlighted by a no-hitter by Cannon Falls’ Keith Meyers.

Cannon Falls 4, Luverne 0

Cannon Falls ace Keith Meyers tossed the 23rd no-hitter in state tournament history today, beating the Luverne Redbirds 4-0.

Meyers struck out 12 and was two plate appearances away from a perfect game. He beaned one and his defense committed one error.

The Bears scored one in the first inning, which proved to be the game-winner. Brock Peterson scored on an error after reaching base on a single.

The next six innings went scoreless until Cannon Falls added three insurance runs in the eighth. Peterson walked, Braxton Lindow singled and Rich Burr followed with a double to score Peterson and Lindow. Paul Rolfes pinch ran for Burr and scored on a single by Tanner Jackson.

Lindow led the way at the plate for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with a run.

Jordan 3, Blue Earth 2

Two perennial state contenders faced off today and the game didn’t disappoint.

Jordan struck first in the opening frame with two runs. Joe Lucas led off with a triple – his second in as many games – followed by a Steven Beckman walk. Scott Hollingsworth reached on an error, allowing Lucas to score. Mitch Ries then hit a single to score Beckman for the 2-0 lead.

Neither team crossed home for the next five innings until the Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the seventh. Lucas walked and stole second and third, and then scored on an error by Blue Earth catcher Bobby Olson.

Blue Earth finally got to Jordan starting pitcher Trent Bohnsack in the eighth with two runs. Kane Malo singled and Brandyn Olson walked, ending Bohnsack’s day on the mound. Hollingsworth came in relief and gave up a walk to Lee Hodges to load the bases. Bobby Olson was then hit by a pitch to score the Pirates’ first run. Brandyn Olson then scored on a fielder’s choice.

But the Brewers were able to hold on in the ninth without allowing a run to come away with the win.

Bohnsack got the win after seven and one-third innings. He allowed two runs on six hits with four Ks and three walks. Hollingworth earned the save, giving up one hit with a strikeout and a walk.

Ries led the way for Jordan at the dish, going 3-for-4 with and RBI and a walk.

Aaron Wendt suffered the loss after five innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Plato 6, Now London-Spicer 0

Winsted draftee Tony Kley tossed another scoreless eight innings for Plato and his offense supported him with six runs to advance to the elite eight.

Kley gave up five hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

The Bluejays scored what proved the be the winning run in the second inning. Brian Graupman scored after a walk, hit-by-pitch, passed ball and a sac fly by Chris Odegaard.

Plato increased its lead to 4-0 in the third. Tyler Lang walked, Nolan Lepel reached on an error and both runners advanced another bag on yet another error. Ben Slater followed with a single to score Lang. Graupmann then singled to score Lepel, ending Brad Mergen’s day on the hill – a draftee from Farming. Adam Prehn then reached on a fielder’s choice and Slater scored on an error.

In the seventh, Plato added two more runs for its six-run total. Matt Odegaard singled and Lang doubled to score Odegaard. After a fly out, Lang scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.

Lang led the way offensively for Plato, going 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Howard Lake 9, New Ulm 4

The Orphans got off to a quick start with three runs in the first and two in the second and never looked back. Eric Schreifels Chris Hardie and Steve Boger each had an RBI in the first.

New Ulm starter Mitch Kelly had a short stint on the mound, exiting in the second inning after a two walks and a sac bunt. Wade French replaced Kelly and gave up a single to Luke Gagnon, which allowed two runs to score.

Howard Lake added another run in the fifth after Boger hit a sac fly to score Schreifels.

New Ulm ended the shutout in the sixth. Jason Shaul doubled and scored on a Brady Ranweiler double.

In the eighth, the Orphans tacked on a run to take a 7-1 lead. Boger scored on a Matt Donovan double.

In the bottom half, New Ulm answered with two runs. Justin Hoffmann scored on an error for the first run. Zach Hoffmann then scored on a fielder’s choice.

Howard Lake continued to add runs in the ninth with two more. Brett Ahsenmacher scored on an single by Schreifels. Jared Koch then scored on a sac fly by Jake Gruenhagen.

Gagnon led the way for the Orphans, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI.

Mitch Wurm, a draftee from Maple Lake, pitched the eight and one-third innings for the win. Wurm allowed four runs on nine hits with six Ks and two walks. 

Sept. 4

10:21 p.m. – Dundas has reached the championship game, while Chaska, Cold Spring and Moorhead battle it out in the loser’s bracket. Read recaps from Friday’s action here:

Cold Spring 4, Beaudreau’s 2

In a rematch of last season’s Class B state championship, the result was the same as Cold Spring beat the Beaudreau’s Saints 4-2 to advance in the loser’s bracket.

In the top of the third, Ryan Holthaus singled and later scored on a Garrett Fuchs single to take a 1-0 lead for Cold Spring.

The Springers added two more runs in the fourth after Zach Femrite doubled and scored on an Alex Jungels single. Tyler Geislinger then tripled to score Jungels.

Beaudreau’s ended the shutout in the fifth as Nick Maiers doubled, Jeffrey Fasching walked and Steven Neutzling singled. Maiers was thrown out at home, but Fasching scored on an error by the catcher.

In the seventh, Fasching doubled and scored on a Neutzling single to make the score 3-2. But Cold Spring added an insurance run in the ninth. Holthaus walked, Nick Penick pinch ran and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hinkemeyer then singled and Holthaus reentered at third base. Fuchs followed with a single to score Holthaus.

Somebody other than Femrite pitched for Cold Spring and it turned out to be similar results. Justin Thompson went the complete game allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Fuchs continued to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Brad Haag suffered the loss in a complete game effort. He allowed four runs on 13 hits with two Ks and one walk.

Dundas 5, Moorhead 4

The Dukes put up three runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed the rest of the way. Carson Jones reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Steve Loos followed with a single to score Jones. Tyler Jones then reached on an error. Loos was picked off second. Nathan Van Roekel answered with a single to move Jones to third. Jones then scored on an error. Mike Ludwig singled as did Todd Mathison, scoring Van Roekel for the third run of the frame.

The Brewers rallied for three runs of their own to tie the game in the fourth. With two outs and nobody on, Nick Colwell singled, Derek Dormanen walked and Chris Coste walked to load the bases. Tanner Adams ensued with a single to score Colwell. Spencer Flaten then singled to score Dormanen. And Coste crossed home for the third run of the inning on an error.

Dundas immediately responded with one run in the bottom half. Mathison was hit by a pitch and stole second. He then scored on a Paul Wadzinski double.

Moorhead once again answered with a run in the seventh to tie the game 4-4. Flaten walked, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Jeremy Peschel single.

But in the back-and-forth battle this game was, Dundas answered yet again the bottom half. Wadzinski walked and advanced on a sac bunt by Carson Jones. Tyler Jones then singled to score Wadzinski, which proved to be the winning run.

Noah Luedtke earned the complete game win for the Dukes. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with four Ks and three walks.

Wadzinski paced the Dukes at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run, RBI, double and a walk.

Dundas makes its first state championship game appearance since 2010. In their last three state title games (2010, 2008 and 2003), the Dukes have lost all three times. Their last state championship was in 1999 as they defeated Rochester.

Chaska 5, Coon Rapids 0

Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Chaska broke the game open with four runs and held on for the 5-0 victory.

With two outs in the eighth, Tony Lane singled, Josh Korth walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Justin Johnson was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Kyle Geason. Coon Rapids starting pitcher Steve Schroer walked Geason with the bases full, which also ended his night on the mound.

Andrew Driessen came in relief and fired a first pitch strike to Chase Hentges to take a 0-1 count. But on the next pitch Hentges cleared the bases with a triple and gave the Cubs a comfortable 5-0 lead.

After a walk and a strikeout to start the ninth, Chaska starting pitcher Pete Ohnsorg left the game and was replaced by Ryan Seifert who got the final two batters.

Ohnsorg got the win after eight and one-third innings. He didn’t allow a run on just two hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

Hentges led the Cubs at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a triple.

Chaska now faces Cold Spring at 5 p.m. Sunday in Cold Spring. The winner faces Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game then faces Dundas in the championship at noon Monday. 

Sept. 3

11:33 p.m. – Recaps from the 7:30 p.m. games:

Dundas 4, Chaska 0

Charlie Ruud pitched a complete game shutout for the Dukes as they advanced to the semifinals of the Class B winner’s bracket.

After three scoreless innings, Dundas broke the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Mike Ludwig hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyler Jones. The Dukes added two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth for their four-run total.

Jones was perfect at the plate for Dundas, going 4-for-4 with three runs and two doubles.

Ruud’s complete game gem featured five strikeouts and two walks. He gave up seven hits.

Austin Lubinsky suffered the loss after seven and two-thirds innings. He allowed four runs on 12 hits with seven Ks and one walk.

Moorhead 4, Beaudreau’s 2

After five scoreless innings, Tom Fuchs blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning for the Moorhead Brewers, which proved to be the difference.

Beaudreau’s scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.

David Ernst picked up the win after seven and one-third innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Vic Sokolofsky got the save by recording the final five outs. He gave up one hit with a strikeout and a walk.

Nick Maiers suffered the loss after six innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk. 

8:20 p.m. – Recaps from the 5 p.m. games:

Coon Rapids 9, Eagan 7

Coon Rapids exploded for three runs in the first and six in the third for a commanding 9-0 lead and managed to hold off a late rally by Eagan to win 9-7.

Kean Paxton, Adam Wedwick and Zac Sather each tallied an RBI in the first to take a 3-0 lead.

In the third, Sather hit a three-run homer, which was later backed up by another three-run homer off the bat of Sam Christofferson to take a 9-0 advantage.

Eagan plated two in the fourth after Collin Olstad singled in Mark Tatera, who also singled. Roy Larson, who doubled, then scored on a fielder’s choice.

The Bandits cut into the lead again in the sixth as Tatera hit a solo homer, later backed by a sacrifice fly RBI off the bat of Jordan Brandt.

The score remained 9-4 until the bottom of the ninth when Larson blasted a three-run homer to make it 9-7, but Coon Rapids closed it out and held on for the win. 

Sather led the way for the Redbird offense, going 3-for-5 with a run, four RBI, a double and a home run.

Taylor Nelson earned the win in relief of Steve Schroer, who went four innings. Nelson allowed two runs on five hits with a walk.

Cold Spring 6, Rochester 2

The two-time defending Class B champ Cold Spring started its long run through the loser’s bracket on the right foot, defeating Rochester 6-2.

Eric Loxtercamp singled in the first inning followed by a double off the bat of Garrett Fuchs. Loxtercamp then scored on a groundout by Joe Dempsey and Fuchs scored on a groundout by Drew VanLoy to make it 2-0 after the first half inning.

The Royals responded in the bottom half with a run after Dave Adams hit a ground-rule double to score Josh Conley, but Cold Spring ace Zach Femrite got out of the jam by stranding runners on second and third.

The Springers increased their lead to 3-1 in the second after Ryan Holthaus walked, went to third on a single by Zach Hinkemeyer and scored by stealing home.

In the third, Cold Spring tacked on another run after Fuchs doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice and an error.

Two more Springer runs crossed home in the fourth. Hinkemeyer reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on a Loxtercamp double. Fuchs then singled to score Loxtercamp to make it 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Rochester plated one after Drew Block hit an RBI double to score Buzz Hannahan, who walked. But that was it for both offenses as the Springers held on for the win.

Fuchs led the way at the plate for Cold Spring, going 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and an RBI.

Femrite tossed the complete game for the third time this state tournament. He allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and five walks. Femrite has pitched all 25 innings for the Springers. 

Aug. 30

10:21 p.m. – Recaps from the 5 and 7:30 p.m. games. Read into the Pelican Rapids recap for a short feature on 19-year old Parker Hanson. Also check out our Facebook page for photo galleries. 

Waconia vs. Sartell photos

Hampton vs. Belle Plaine photos

Jordan vs. Chokio photos

Maple Plain vs. Morris photos

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Pelican Rapids 8, Spring Hill 3

After three scoreless innings, Pelican Rapids broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth with five runs.

Jan-Erik Lindberg singled followed by a home run off the bat of Tydan Storrutsen to take a 2-0 lead. Garrett Dahlgren doubled, Kyly Schrupp walked and Parker Hanson doubled to score Dahlgren. Dana Johnson then ripped a single to score Schrupp and Hanson for a 5-0 advantage.

Spring Hill answered in the next inning with two runs – one on a Nathan Terres bases loaded sac fly and another on an Eric Schoenberg RBI single.

But the Lakers got both of those runs back in the bottom half as Alex Johnson and Schrupp both hit RBI singles.

The Chargers scored one in the sixth, but that would be it for Spring Hill as Pelican Rapids added a run in the eighth and held on for the 8-3 victory.

Kyle Shaikoski, a draftee from Fergus Falls, earned the win after five and two-thirds innings. He allowed two runs in 10 hits with three Ks and five walks.

Lindberg paced the Lakers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

And for those that don’t follow the media outlets in the Hawley, Minnesota area, Pelican Rapids left fielder Parker Hanson had a typically good day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run and an RBI. But what isn’t typical is that he put up those stats with one hand. Hanson was born without his left hand and has been a star athlete throughout his high school playing days Hawley High School.

In the field, Hanson uses a glove on his right hand and then has to take the glove off and throw with the same hand.

At the plate, he uses a prosthetic attachment to grip the bat and then throws off the entire prosthetic – while attached to the bat – after hitting the ball and running to first.

Hanson, 19, recently graduated from Hawley and is set to play baseball at Dakota County Tech.

New Ulm Brewers 11, St. Patrick 1 (7 inn.)

Last year’s state runner up came out and showed it is ready for another deep tournament run, making quick work of St. Patrick in seven innings.

The Brewers scored at least one run in every inning they batted except for the fifth. They scored one in the first, four n the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth. The 11 runs were manufactured by 14 hits.

Garrett Fischer (3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) and Jason Shaul (3-4, R, RBI) led the way for New Ulm at the plate.

Wade French picked up the win after six innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

Seth Ambroz suffered the loss for the Irish after two innings. He gave up five runs on five hits.

Maple Plain 5, Morris 2

Maple Plain jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning and never relinquished the lead.

The Diamond Devils increased their lead to 3-0 in the third before Morris got on the board in the fourth with a run and another in the fifth to cut the deficit to one run.

It stayed a 3-2 lead for Maple Plain until the ninth when the Diamond Devils added two insurance runs and held on for the victory.

Jordan Flick, a draftee from Dassel-Cokato, picked up his second win of the tournament. Flick went the distance allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Kevin Johnson paced Maple Plain at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run, three RBI and a double.

Sam Mattson took the loss for Morris after six innings. He allowed three runs (one earned on five hits with six Ks and two walks.

Luverne 4, Fort Ripley 2

Phil Paquette hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning for Luverne and the Redbirds never looked back.

Paquette plated another run in the fifth inning with a single, followed by a Mike Wenninger RBI single to make it 4-0 in favor of Luverne.

Fort Ripley ended the shutout in the sixth on a Dustin Littlefied RBI single.

The Rebel scored another run in the ninth, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Luverne walked away with the win.

Brandon Alfson, a draftee from Pipestone, went the distance for Luverne. He allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks.

Wenninger paced Luverne at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Ethan Branum suffered the loss. He lasted four and two-thirds innings.  

4:33 p.m. – Recaps from the 1:30 p.m. games:

Jordan 5, Chokio 3

Playing in their fourth consecutive state tournament since dropping to Class C in 2012, the Jordan Brewers slowly put up runs throughout the game against Chokio, who made its first state appearance since 1987.

Joe Lucas tripled to lead off the first for Jordan and scored on a sac fly by Trent Simek.

In the third, Steve Beckman singled, Simek singled and Mitch Reis knocked in Beckman with an RBI single to take a 2-0 lead.

The Brewers took a 3-0 advantage in the fifth on a Simek single followed by a Jake Lucas RBI base hit.

Chokio finally got to Jordan starter Mitch Bockenstedt with two runs in the sixth. Alex Erickson singled, advanced on an error and scored on a Nick Hervin base hit. Another run scored on a goundout by Dylan McCalip.

Jordan got a run back in the bottom half after Alex Beckman walked, advanced on a sac bunt and scored on an RBI single by Scott Hollingsworth.

Both teams scored a run in the eighth and the Brewers held on for the win.

Bockenstedt earned the win after six innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with seven Ks and two walks.

Trent Bohnsack pitched the ninth and struck out two for the save.

Joe Lucas (2-4, 2 R, 3B, BB), Hollingsworth (2-4, 2 RBI, 2B, BB), and Simek (2-4, R, RBI) led the Brewers at the plate.

Colton Vien, a draftee from Montevideo, went the distance in a losing effort. He allowed five runs on eight hits with five Ks and four walks.

Hampton 11, Belle Plaine 1 (7 inn.)

Belle Plaine took an early 1-0 lead in the first but that would be all the offense on the day for the Tigers as Hampton scored 11 unanswered runs for a convincing seven-inning victory.

Hampton put up two in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and another in the sixth for its 11-run total.

The Cardinals compiled 16 hits, paced by Rhett Hebig who went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a double.

Marcus Fredrickson took the win after five innings. He allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Derek Dahlke took the loss after three innings. He allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits with a strikeout and two walks. 

2:15 p.m. – Recaps from the 11 a.m. games

Kimball 4, Ada 3

The Kimball Express, playing just five miles away from their home park, erased a two-run deficit by scoring three in the eighth and held on for the 4-3 win over Ada.

Brian Marquardt hit a sac fly to score the first run in the eighth, followed by a two-run single off the bat of Kyle Winter that proved to be the game-winner.

Dylan Gass, a draftee from Bird Island, earned the win in relief of starter Zach Dingmann. Gass went four and one-third without allowing a run on six hits and three strikeouts.

Jordan Joseph got the save, punching out the final two outs in the ninth with a pair of Ks.

Joseph led the Express at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a run, RBI and two doubles.

Ethan Opsahl, a member of last year’s All-Tournament Team, took the loss in a complete game effort. He allowed four runs on 11 hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Waconia 3, Sartell 2

In a matchup of teams worthy of playing on Labor Day, the Waconia Lakers broke a 2-2 tie with the No. 1 ranked Sartell Muskies in the ninth inning and held on for the one-run win.

Derek Martin (1-5) and Chris Bullis (2-4) both contributed RBI singles in the third inning to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.

Sartell finally got to Waconia pitcher Kodey Simon with its first hits of the game in the sixth inning. With Rob Voshell on base, Tim Burns blasted a 400-foot home run over the left-center field fence to tie the game at 2-2.

That score remained until the top of the ninth when Peter Brown knocked in the game-winner with a line-drive single to left.

Simon earned the win in complete game fashion. He allowed two runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

Adam Wenker suffered his first loss of the season in a complete game effort. He allowed three runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Craig LaPlante led Waconia at the plate, going 3-for-4. 

Aug. 29 

11:09 p.m. – Recaps from the 7:30 p.m. games. Also check out the photo galleries on our Facebook page.

Howard Lake vs. Lastrup photos

Green Isle vs. Faribault photos

Nisswa vs. Loretto photos

Cannon Falls vs. Bertha photos

Plato 3, Lamberton 0

The Plato Bluejays didn’t need much offense to win tonight as draftee Tony Kley shut down the Long Sox bats with an eight-inning gem. Kley, a draftee from Winsted, didn’t allow a run and gave up just four hits with 15 strikeouts and one walk. Chris Odegaard got the save in the ninth with two strikeouts.

The Bluejays scored what proved to be the game-winner in the third inning on a two-run homer by Matt Odegaard.

The third run of the game came in the sixth as Nolan Lepel doubled, Tyler Chap pinch ran, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Joe Nix.

Tyler Land was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Johnny Pistulka took to loss in a complete game effort. He gave up seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Howard Lake 4, Lastrup 1

Lastrup ace Chad Weiss cruised through five innings without allowing a run, but the Howard Lake batters finally got to him in the sixth, scoring three runs.

Dan Wackler hit a sharp single to left with the bases loaded to score two runs and a sac fly by Steve Boger scored the third run of the frame.  

A Brett Ahsenmacher single to right in the seventh scored the fourth and final run of the game for the Orphans.

Mitch Wurm, a draftee from Maple Lake, was nearly unhittable as he allowed just one hit –which was a bloop single over an infield playing up with a runner on third. Wurm went the distance with 14 Ks.

Ahsenmacher led the Orphans at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a rrun and an RBI.

Moorhead 7, Eagan 5

The Brewers advanced in the winner’s bracket by beating a tough Eagan squad. Moorhead led 3-0 after three, but the Bandits scored two in the fourth and it stayed a one-run game until the seventh.

Moorhead then plated two in the bottom of seven, answered by two in the eighth by Eagan, only to be answered back by the Brewers with two in the bottom half to make it 7-4. Eagan scored one in the ninth, but Vic Sokolofsky closed the door and earned the save for the Brewers.

The game was delayed for nearly half hour in the eighth due to the lights going out at Joe Faber Field.

Five Brewers had multiple hits – Mike Peschel (2-4, R, RBI, BB), Nick Colwell (2-5, 2 R), Derek Dormanen (2-5, R, RBI), Chris Coste (2-4, RBI) and Tanner Adam (2-4, R, RBI, 3B).

Tanner Dahl earned the win after seven and two-thirds innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits with 13 strikeouts and three walks.

Sean Dietrick took the loss for Eagan after six innings. 

8:28 p.m. – Recaps from the 5 p.m. games

Beaudreau’s 6, Coon Rapids 1

The Beaudreau’s Saints started off fast scoring two runs in the first and another pair in the second and cruised the rest of the way to advance in the winner’s bracket of the Class B tourney.

Brad Haag went the distance for the Saints, allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Coon Rapids used five pitchers and gave up 15 hits.

Nick Maiers led the Beaudreau’s at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and a double.

New London-Spicer 7, Delano 3

The Twins used a five-run fifth inning to defeat the Athletics in Watkins.

The offensive attack was spread evenly for New London-Spicer as it collected 12 hits. Scott Rambow was the leader, going 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI.

Brad Mergen, a draftee from Farming, earned the win after seven and one-third inning. He gave up three runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Austin Hadley, a draftee from Regal, completed the save without allowing a hit.

Toby Hanson gave the A’s a spark in the eighth with a three-run homer, but it was too little, too late.

Green Isle 5, Faribault 2

The Irish were able to enact revenge from last season’s state tournament collapse against the Lakers, a game where the Lakers scored nine unanswered runs to win 9-8.

This time around, Green Isle got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and didn’t trail the rest of the way. Faribault scored two in the second, but the Irish responded with one in the third that proved to be the game-winner.

GI added an insurance run in the fifth and two more in the eighth and held on for the win.

Mac Zachow earned the win after seven innings of work. He allowed two runs (zero earned) on eight hits with three Ks and a walk.

Alex Twenge tossed the final two innings and struck out four.

Ben Alexander led the Irish at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a run, RBI and a double.

The pitching preacher Matt Lane suffered the loss after eight and two-thirds innings. He gave up six runs (three earned) on 13 hits with nine Ks and one walk. 

5:13 p.m. – Recaps of the 1:30 p.m. games:

Blue Earth 4, Owatonna 3

Trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Blue Earth rallied for two runs and held on for the victory.

Garrett Anderson earned the win in relief of starter Aaron Wendt. Anderson tossed two innings, allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Wendt went six innings with two runs on five hits, four strikeouts and four walks. Lee Hodges picked up the save in the ninth. He faced three, striking out one.

Bobby Olson led the Pirates at the dish, going 2-for-4.

Brandon Wolf went seven innings for the Aces with a no decision. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with a strikeout and two walks.

Kelvin Nelson, a draftee from Waseca, suffered the loss in two innings of relief.

Chaska 4, Rochester 3

Chaska broke up a 2-2 tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth and held off a ninth inning rally by Rochester to advance in the winner’s bracket of the Class B tourney.

Pete Ohnsorg tossed the complete game for the Cubs, allowing three runs on nine hits with six Ks and one walk.

Chase Hentges once again led Chaska offensively, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Josh Conley took the loss for the Royals. He went the distance, allowing four runs on eight hits with two Ks.

Nisswa 8, Loretto 7

Trailing by five runs in the ninth inning, Loretto would not go quietly as the Larks were able to score five and tie the game with Nisswa. But the Lightning answered in the bottom half by loading the bases with no out and ended the game on a bloop single by Adam Hardy with the infield in. 

Nisswa took an early 4-0 lead with one in the first and three in the second. Drew Boland hit a three-run homer in the second for the Lightning. The Region 8 champs then added three more runs in the fifth for a 7-1 lead. Loretto added one in the eighth and then put up a five-spot in the ninth before the Lightning ended it in the bottom half with the walk off winner.

Nisswa compiled 16 hits, paced by Boland (3-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2 BB), Jason Roepke (3-5, 2 R) and Hardy (3-5, 2 RBI).

Draftee Kyle Collins of Avon pitched seven innings for the Lightning with a no decision. Collins allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Roepke earned the win despite allowing two runs in the ninth inning. 

2:06 p.m. – Here are recaps from today’s 11 a.m. games. Two Class C region champs were taken down, as well as the defending Class B state champs (although they are not eliminated since it is double elimination the rest of way for Class B). 

Cannon Falls 2, Bertha 1

In a pitcher’s duel between Cannon Falls’ Keith Meyers and the combination Bertha’s Jake Lund (Midway draftee) and Patrick Riewer, it was Meyers and the Bears that came out on top.

Meyers went the distance, allowing one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Lund went five frames for Bertha, allowing two runs with two Ks and two walks. Riewer finished the last four frames without allowing a run on four hits and five strikeouts.

A two-run fifth inning proved to be enough for Cannon Falls. Brock Peterson and Paul Rolfes scored in the frame on a single off the bat of Taylor Pagel.

Bertha’s lone run came in the seventh as Brian Hinzmann scored.

New Market 9, Watkins 2

The Muskies busted out for four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Watkins pitcher Taylor Nawrocki was knoked out of the game after record just two outs in the first frame. Matt Geislinger came in relief and settle things down until New Market put up another four runs in the third.

Both teams didn’t have the best showings defensively as the Muskies commited three errors and the Clippers had four.

Nate Rost got the win for New Market, pitching eight innings with two runs (one earned) on four hits and three strikeouts.

Three Muskies had two hits apiece – David Stewart (2-4, R, 2 RBI, HBP), Scott Lyden (2-5, R) and Tyler Bergstrom (2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB).

Dundas 4, Cold Spring 3

The Dukes recorded their second straight come-from-behind victory, defeating defending state champ Cold Spring at Joe Faber Field.

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth innings, Dundas took advantage of a Cold Spring error for two runs that proved to be the difference.

Todd Mathison earned the win in relief of starter Dylan Gausman. Mathison pitched two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two Ks. Charlie Ruud picked up the two-inning save without allowing a run or hit.

The Dukes tallied four hits in the game, led by Tyler Jones who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a walk.

Fresh off of pitching seven innings Thursday night, Zach Femrite took the complete game loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. 

Aug. 28

11:01 p.m. – The eight-team double elimination Class B field is set. The second round games are set for Saturday at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.

Dundas vs. Cold Spring – 11 a.m.

Chaska vs. Rochester – 1:30 p.m.

Coon Rapids vs. Beaudraeu’s – 5 p.m.

Eagan vs. Moorhead – 7:30 p.m.

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Chaska vs. Isanti photo gallery

Shakopee vs. Eagan photo gallery

Moorhead vs. Monticello photo gallery

Earlier today in Watkins, Chaska fell behind Isanti 2-0 in the first inning, but immediately responded in the bottom half with a three-run home run by Chase Hentges. Isanti tied the game at 3-3 in the third, but another home run by Hentges in the fourth – this time a solo shot – proved to be the deciding factor. The Cubs tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth and held on for a 6-3 victory.

Isanti catcher Kyle Johnson led all hitters in the game, going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Austin Lubinsky earned the win after seven and one-third innings. He allowed three runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

In Cold Spring, the Eagan Bandits completed what could be considered an upset with a 4-3 win over perennial state contender Shakopee. Both clubs plated a run each in the first and the Bandits took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. The Indians cut the deficit to one in the seventh, but Eagan responded with a run in the eighth on a solo home run by Mark Tatera to take a 4-2 advantage. Shakopee made it interesting in the ninth after an RBI single by Zach Bohar made it a one-run game, but a double play ended the threat and the Bandits claimed the victory.

Jordan Brandt took the win for the Bandits after seven innings of work. He allowed two runs on four hits with four Ks and two walks.

Chris Rupert suffered the complete game loss. He struck out nine and gave up seven hits.

The nightcap in Cold Spring was a convincing one; a 15-2, seven-inning win for the Moorhead Brewers over the Monticello Polecats.

Monticello struck first with a run in the opening frame, but that would be its last lead of the night. The Brewers answered with one in the bottom half, two in the third, five in the fifth and seven in the sixth. 

Derek Dormanen (4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Chris Clemenson (4-5, R, 5 RBI, 2B) led the Brewers at the plate.

David Ernst got the win on the mound, pitching five frames with two runs on six hits and six strikeouts.

The final game of the night in Watkins proved to be a back and forth battle to the end, but it was the Rochester Royals that came out on top, winning 10-8 over the Blaine Fusion.

Rochester scored one in the first, answered by two runs by Blaine in the bottom half. Rochester then tied the game at 2-2 in the second, but that only lasted until the third as the Fusion plated three on a bases-loaded walk, an error and a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 lead. Blaine increased its lead to 8-2 in the fourth on a three-run home run off the bat of Matt Mossey.

But the Royals showed signs of life in the fifth as they rallied for six runs to tie the game at 8-8. An error and a single scored two, followed by a Dave Adams three-run home run and a solo shot off the bat of Drew Block to tie the game.  

In the top of the ninth, Block and Jordan Martini both hit RBI singles to give the Royals a 10-8 lead and Josh Conley closed the door in the bottom half to earn the win in relief.

Martini led the Royals at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

Stayed tuned tomorrow as the Class C tournament resumes with second round action. We’ll get to see how the region champions play after two weeks off.

Aug. 27

10:20 p.m. – The second weekend of the state tournament has started off with a bang with the Class B teams rolling into Cold Spring and Watkins.

First off, I’m more than happy to be blogging from the state tournament for the fourth year. This never gets old. And a big thanks to Paul Stenzel for covering for me last weekend while I was unable to be here. You’ll read more from Paul next weekend, so stay tuned.

Moving along…

Dundas highlighted today’s early game with an improbable comeback in the ninth inning. Trailing 6-3 to St. Michael, the Dukes rallied for seven runs in the frame – highlighted by a two-run homer off the bat of Todd Mathison – and held on for a 10-6 victory. The Dukes led 2-0 early in the game, but the Saints busted out for five runs in the third to take a 5-2 advantage. Another St. Michael run was scored in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Travis Enger and Blake Schirmers, but that would be it for the Saints.

Dundas scored one in the seventh to cut the deficit to three, and the rest of the damage was done in the ninth.

Charlie Ruud earned the win in relief of starter Noah Luedtke. Ruud went four and two-thirds innings without allowing a run on two hits and three strikeouts.

Mathison led the Dukes offense, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a home run.

Enger suffered the loss, allowing seven runs – four earned – in two innings or work.

The other early game was much more of a pitching a defensive battle until the ninth inning.

Coon Rapids scored two runs on Miesville in the first inning and the score remained 2-0 until the ninth inning. Steve Schroer pitched a gem for the Redbirds, going the distance with one run on five hits, including two strikeouts and two walks.

The Redbirds offense added a bunch of insurance runs in the ninth with six runs in the frame.

Miesville ended the shutout in the ninth with a run, but it was far too little too late and Coon Rapids held on for an 8-1 “upset.”

Jake Poehler (3-5, 2 R), Patrick O’Donnell (3-5, R) and Dan Skog (3-5, 2 R) paced the Coon Rapids offense.

Andrew Werner suffered the loss after eight innings. He allowed six runs on 14 hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

The late games Thursday featured wins by last year’s state championship game participants. The Beaudreau’s Saints defeated Forest Lake 6-3 behind a complete game outing by Ryan Schneider. Schneider was the player of the game as he also paced the Saints at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs, three RBI and a home run.

Forest Lake was led offensively by Trip Schultz (2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) and Dave Gauerke (2-3).

The two-time defending champ and host of the tourney – Cold Spring – capped off the night with a convincing 10-0 win over Duluth in seven innings.

Zach Femrite pitched the whole way, holding the Xpress scoreless with five hits. Femrite also batted 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks.

Joel Wuorio suffered the loss for Duluth.

Tomorrow the Class B tournament continues at 5 p.m. with Chaska vs. Isanti at Watkins and Eagan vs. Shakopee at Cold Spring, followed by the 7:30 p.m. games – Blaine vs. Rochester at Watkins and Moorhead vs. Monticello at Cold Spring. 

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