Class B roundup Friday at Hamburg: New Market batters St. Michael with 17 hits in 10-4 win

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

New Market banged out 17 hits, and winning pitcher Brett Herber struck out 13 as the Muskies defeated the St. Michael Saints 10-4 on Friday at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Scott Lyden had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.

Two others had three hits. Andy Henkemeyer went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Herber batted 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.

New Market took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on four hits and an error. Herber led off with an infield hit. Steve McGuiggan singled down the left-field line. Lyden put down a sacrifice bunt down third and reached first when no one covered. Joe McKibben hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Herber. Taylor Pagel drove in McKibben with a sacrifice fly. Lucas Crimmens singled in Lyden. Mason Trocke singled in Crimmens.

St. Michael answered in bottom of second with two runs on three hits to cut New Market lead to 4-2. Ethan Krehbiel-Valoaga led off with a single down the third base line. Zach Stamp singled to left. Blake Schirmers and Alex Naasz were hit in back-to-back hit by pitches to drive in Krehbiel-Valoaga. Jordan Krupke singled in Stamp.

The Muskies upped their lead to 5-2 over St. Michael with run in third on single by Herber, a double by McGuiggan and a sacrifice fly by Lyden.

New Market increased its lead to 7-2 with two runs in top of fifth. Henkemeyer singled, Herber reached on error, and Lyden hit a two-run single to center to plate Henkemeyer and Herber.

Krehbiel-Valoaga, who led St. Michael with two hits and two runs in five trips to the plate, hit a 375-foot solo home run over left-field fence to cut New Market lead to 7-3 after six innings.

New Market scored two runs on three hits in top of seventh to up the lead to 9-3. Steve McGuiggan led off with a single to center. Lyden doubled to center. McKibben drove in McGuiggan with a sacrifice fly. Kyle Bergstrom drove in Lyden with a single to right.

New Market scored a run on four hits in eighth to up its lead to 10-3. Blake Schmit, Henkemeyer and Herber hit consecutive singles to score the run.

St. Michael finished off the scoring with one run on three hits in bottom of ninth on three straight singles by Blake Shirmers, Alex Naasz and Jordan Krupke, but Henkemeyer, who came on to pitch, struck out the side to end the game 10-4.

St. Michael starting pitcher Jordan Krupke, who also started in the Saints’ first-round 2-1 upset win over the No. 2 state-ranked Moorhead Brewers, picked up the loss against New Market. Krupke allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, no walks and one strikeout in five innings pitched.

Saints relief pitcher Marcus Krupke threw the last four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four.

The Muskies advance to face the winner of the Miesville Mudhens and the East Grand Forks at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 at Hamburg. Miesville and East Grand Forks play at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

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