Class C Roundup (Faribault): Matt Tautges tosses 3-hitter as Buckman beats Cannon Falls 7-1

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

Matt Tautges tossed a three-hitter as the Buckman Billygoats rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Cannon Falls Bears in the Class C tournament nightcap Saturday at Bell Field in Faribault.

Tautges walked four and struck out three in nine innings pitched and earned the Player of the Game award.

Two big innings of three runs each propelled the Billygoats to victory.

In the fourth, three straight singles by Noah Boser, Aaron Weber and Andrew Rueckert led to one run scored by Boser and drove in by Rueckert. Then a squeeze bunt by Matt Kummert drove in Weber for a 3-0 lead.

The Billygoats scored three more runs in the fifth. Speedy Jack Suska led off by beating out an infield single. Tautges reached on a fielder’s choice. Lane Girtz was hit by a pitch. Weber doubled in Tautges and Girtz. Rueckert singled in Weber.

Buckman upped its lead to 7-0 in the seventh inning when Suska stole home on a double steal with Andrew Winscher who swiped second.

Cannon Falls’s lone run crossed the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch hitter Aaron Stein reached second on an error, and Hayden Strain re-entered and scored on an single Carleton Lindow.

Rueckert led Buckman in hitting, going 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Weber went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Suska finished 2-for-4 with one run scored.

Three players had a hit each for the Bears. Lindow batted 1-for-4 with an RBI. Eugene Larkin finished 1-for-3. Luke Sjoquist went 1-for 4.

Nick Drinker started on the mound for Cannon Falls and picked up the loss. He pitched four innings with three runs, on six hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Keith Meyer pitched the next three innings, allowing four runs on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Luke Winchell finished up the last two innings scoreless on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.

Buckman returns to Faribault at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 to meet the Luverne Redbirds.

Watkins 6, Pierz Lakers 5

In a back-and-forth game, the Watkins Clippers had the last word, edging the Pierz Lakers 6-5 on Saturday at Bell Field in Faribault.

Watkins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Pierz went ahead 2-1 with two runs in the second, Watkins tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the second, but Pierz scored two runs in the fifth and a single run in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead into the eighth.

Watkins won it 6-5 with three runs in the eighth. The rally started with back-to-back doubles by Carter Block and Carson Geislinger. Landon Neiman drove in Block and Geislinger on an infield hit. Neimann stole second and scored the game-winning run on a double down the left-field line by Nolan Geislinger.

Three Clippers had multiple hits. Nolan Geislinger went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Block batted 2-for-4 with a run scored. Neiman finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Paul Herman led Pierz at the plate, going 3-for-5 with one run scored. Cekalla went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Pitcher J.T. Harren won the game in relief of starter Justin Thompson. Thompson pitched five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, one walk and one strikeout. Harren pitched the last four scoreless innings on four hits, no walks and one strikeout.

Preston Rocheleau started on the hill for Pierz. He went five innings, allowing three runs on on four hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Noah Cekalla pitched the next 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits and one walk. Brady Petron picked up the loss, allowing one run on two hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Watkins next faces the Red Wing Aces at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Bell Field in Faribault.

Elrosa 3, Montgomery 1

Left-hander Payton VanBeck pitched a complete-game, seven-hitter to lead the Elrosa Saints to a 3-1 victory over the Montgomery Mallards Saturday afternoon at Bell Field in Faribault.

VanBeck allowed one earned run while walking two and striking out six to send the Saints into the second round at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Dundas.

Montgomery starting pitcher Johnny Krocak also threw a good game. He lasted seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

Alex Watermann, a draftee from the Prior Lake Mudcats, pitched the last two innings without allowing a run hit or walk while striking out four.

Five different players had a hit for Elrosa. Kevin Kuefler went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Ashton Dingmann batted 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Peyton Winter went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Jackson Peter finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Blaine Fischer went 1-for-4.

Dawson Pint led Montgomery at the plate, going 2-for-4.  Four others got a hit each: Cole Pint 1-for-4 with a run; Ryan Iverson 1-for-4; Johnny Krocak 1-for-4; Tom Flicek 1-for-4 with an RBI; and Aaron Dwyer 1-for-3.

The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Winter singled in Dingmann who doubled.

Elrosa upped its lead to 2-0 with a run in the fifth inning and 3-0 with a run in the eighth inning. In the fifth, Kuefler singled to left, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-base error in center. In the eighth, Peter singled to left, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a passed ball.

The Saints’ lone run crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cole Pint beat out an infield hit and scored on a single to center by Tom Flicek.

Urbank 4, Sartell 2

Left-hander Alex Koep of the Urbank Bombers won a pitchers’ duel with lefty John Schumer of the Sartell Muskies Saturday as the Bombers held on to win 4-2.

Koep, who had a no-hitter going through six innings, lasted seven innings in throwing a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts, two walks and two runs to earn the victory.

Andrew Johnson pitched the last two scoreless innings to pick up the save. He allowed no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout. He also led the Bombers in hitting, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Schumer went the distance in allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

The Bombers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back infield hits by Matt Ferley and Andrew Johnson, and an error allowed both to score.

Urbank increased its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the third inning. Johnson and Koep hit consecutive singles, and they scored on a two-RBI double down the left-field line by Austen Hadley.

The Muskies finally got on the scoreboard with two runs on four hits with two outs in the seventh inning. Brian Schellinger broke up the no-hitter with a single to left. Braeben Dykhuzien then hit a bloop single to center that drove in Schellinger. Adam Schillinger  then beat out a nibbler in front of home plate. Andrew Deters then drove in Dykhuzien with a single.

Urbank next plays St. Partick at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bell Field.

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