Class C Roundup (Dundas): Webster defeats Milroy 10-3 in first trip to state

By Kevin Luckow

Scoremonster Contributor

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*Photos courtesy of Jim Wellbrock

Webster 10, Milroy 3

Webster broke open a close game in the seventh, scoring five runs in the followed by four more in the eighth to defeat Milroy on Saturday night 10-3.

The first six innings were dominated by starting pitchers Collin Lovell (draftee from Windom Pirates) and Webster ace Peter Tveite. Both teams could only manage to scratch out a single run with Milroy taking a 1-0 lead on Ben Heichel’s RBI double and Webster knotting the game at one in the fifth with a Jake Ekness RBI double to deep left center.

In the seventh, Webster batted nine and scored five runs. After two consecutive singles, Ekness singled to left to drive in a run. Two batters later Peter Grassl drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Tveite helped his own cause with an RBI single followed by a two run Brooks Prochaska double.

In the eighth, the Sox added four more runs. Will Arendt doubled to lead off the inning. A shortstop fielding error scored Arendt. Two batters later with runners on second and third, Peter Grassl’s second sacrifice fly in as many innings scored a run. Adam Schmitz and Prochaska both drove in runs with singles and Webster was cruising 10-2.

Milroy got a run back on a double by Heichel, his second RBI double of the night, in the eighth but left two runners.

Tveite went eight innings giving up three runs on six hits, striking out 10 Irish batters and threw 128 pitches. Jordan Huwe pitched a scoreless ninth. Brooks Prochaska went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in for the Sox and Ekness went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Lovell went 6 2/3 innings for Milroy, wearing down in the seventh and allowing six runs on eight hits in taking the loss. 

Heichel went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in for the Irish.

 Webster advances and will play Monticello on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Dundas.

Stark 9, Maple Lake 8

In a game where Maple Lake never had the lead after the second inning, but tied the game in the top of the ninth after being down to their last strike, Stark scratched a run home in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Lakers 9-8.

Maple Lake got the scoring going in the first.  A double to deep left by Ben Clapp drove in a run and later in the inning, Ben Goelz found a hole between first and second to put the Lakers up 3-0.

Stark sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs to take the lead.  With the bases loaded, Tim Seifert singled to left center to score two runs. Leadoff batter Seth Mathiowetz followed with a double to left to score a run and Adam Sellner singled to score the fourth run of the inning.

Ben Clapp’s second hit of the day, a solo home run, tied the game at four, but Stark scored two in its half of the inning as Seifert and Mathiowetz both had run-scoring hits to make it 6-4.

Maple Lake came back in the fourth.  After walks put two runners on base, Luke Fobbe and Clapp produced run-scoring singles to tie the game at six.  

Stark once again pulled ahead in the sixth. Mathiowetz reached on an infield single, Mason Cox drove him home with a double. On an attempt sacrifice bunt, a dropped throw at first base allowed Cox to score.

The lead held until the ninth thanks to superb relief by Justin Hauge (Springfield). But Hauge tired in the ninth. Fobbe reached on an infield single, Clapp nearly tied the game but his deep drive to left was 10 feet short of leaving the park. His double put runners on second and third. Down to their last strike, Donnie Mavencamp drove a deep fly to left that also nearly cleared the fence, but it was good for a two-run double to tie the game.

In the ninth however, walks haunted Maple Lake, loading the bases with one out. A bouncer toward second base was grabbed by reliever Jordan Flick, but his throw pulled catcher Matt Bergstrom off home plate and David Supernant crossed with the winning run.

Adam Sellner started for Stark and allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings. Reliever Justin Hauge pitched five innings allowing the two ninth inning runs, but got the win. Mason Cox went 3-5 with a walk and the game winning run batted in, garnering player of the game honors. Seth Mathiowetz went 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and two runs batted in.  No. 9-hitter Tim Seifert went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Hunter Malachak started for Maple Lake and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs. Alex Winslow took the loss as his two walks in the ninth help set up the game winning hit. Ben Clapp had an extraordinary game, going 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in. 

With the win, Stark moves on to face Bemidji on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. in Faribault.

Cold Spring 20, New York Mills  4  (7 innings)

Cold Spring, on the strength of a seven-run third inning and a six run sixth inning, defeated New York Mills 20-4 in seven innings.

The Rockies got on the board right away in the first inning scoring three unearned runs highlighted by an Alex Geislinger RBI double and a Brady Blattner RBI single.  

In the Millers’ half of the first inning, Derin Gaudette and Brandon Kupfer roped back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 3-1.

In the fourth, Cold Spring scored seven runs on six hits, including RBI singles by Brady Linn and Tyler Geislinger and RBI doubles by Austin Dufner and Alex Geislinger. Geislinger won Player of the Game honors going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.  

New York Mills got three runs back in the last of the third.  Jonah Johnson drove in a run with a single and Gaudette tripled in three runs to make a 11-4 game.

The Millers never got closer as Cold Spring put the game away with a six-run sixth inning and cruised to the victory.

Cold Spring starter Jake Brinker threw five innings allowing all four Millers runs on eight hits.  Cole Fuchs threw two scoreless innings in relief and also had a big game at the plate going 4-for-6 from the eighth spot in the order. Nine-hitter Brady Linn went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in.

Millers’ starter Darin Gaudette took the loss going 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, three earned while going 3-for-3 at the plate. Logan Small went 2-for-3.

With the win, Cold Spring moves on to face Watertown on Sunday August 28th at 4:30 pm in Faribault.

Avon 4, Fairmont 3

After Avon and Fairmont were tied at three after three innings, it’d be easy to think it was going to be a slugfest.  From the fourth inning on, there would be no scoring until a walk-off single gave Avon a 4-3 victory.

The scoring started off in the first as Fairmont’s Jon Traetow hit a solo home run to right center field to give the Martins a 1-0 lead.  

The Martins added to the lead in the third inning as Blake Crawmer led off with a single.  After being sacrificed to second on a play that saw a throwing error that allowed Spencer Chirpich to reach and advance to second and Crawmer to third, Derek Shoen drove in Crawmer with a groundout and a single by Traetow put the Martins on top 3-0.

Avon struck back in the third inning.  Carter Holthaus singled to left, Ryan Janzen reached on a bunt single setting the stage for a Caleb Curry three-run home run to tie the game at three.

Fairmont left runners in scoring position in the sixth and the eighth but could not push a run home.  

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth. Joe Dolan worked a walk on a 3-2 count. Cody Stitch executed a sacrifice bunt that advanced Dolan to second. With two outs, Janzen lined a single to drive in Dolan to win the game and player of the game honors.

After Mitch McIntyre went the first six innings for Avon allowing three runs, two earned in six innings, draftee Matt Swanson from Upsala threw three scoreless innings to earn the win. Janzen went 2-for-4 with a walk and the game-winning RBI. Curry was 1-for-4 with the three-run home run.

For Fairmont, Spencer Chirpich went the distance allowing four runs on seven hits for the tough luck loss. Jon Traetow went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in.

Avon advances to face the St. Martin Martins next Saturday night in Faribault at 7 p.m.

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