Class C roundup Friday at Waconia: Waconia bats back Kodey Simon shutout for 3-0 win over Foley

By Dana Melius

ScoreMonster Contributor

Waconia 3, Foley 0

Waconia Lakers starting pitcher Kodey Simon kept pounding the strike zone, keeping the Foley Lumberjacks off the scoreboard en route to a four-hit, complete-game 3-0 victory Friday night at Lions Field in Waconia.

The opening game of weekend two in the Minnesota Baseball Association Class C amateur state tournament took just under two hours, as Simon and Jacks’ lefty starter Ryan Chmielewski locked into a pitcher’s duel.

Simon tossed 110 pitches, 83 of them strikes. He struck out five and walked just one. Chmielewski struck out eight over 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He gave way in the bottom of the eighth inning to Drew Beier.

Waconia got on the board with a single run in the fifth. Chris Bullis opened with a double and scored on a Jake Hendricks single. But Hendricks was nipped at second trying to stretch his right field corner liner into a double.

That was it until an eventful eighth inning for the Lakers. With one out, Ronnie Olson and Robbie Smith connected on consecutive singles. After a Justin Schultz fielder’s choice for the second out, Beier came in to releive Chmielewski and Derek Martin responded with an RBI single, scoring Olson to make it 2-0.

A.J. Friedrich made it 3-0 with another single, scoring Schultz. There could have been more for Waconia. Max Kalenberg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Beier got Sam Schiffman looking for a third strike to end the scoring.

Simon did the rest, giving up a leadoff single to Luis Massa, who reached second on an infield ground out. And after a fly out to center fielder Jack Stoddard and a ground out to shortstop Martin, the Lakers advanced.

Beier was the lone hitter in the game with more than one hit, going 2-for-4.

Waconia moves on for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 3 in Chaska against the Sunday winner between Luxemburg and the Region 10 champion Ada Athletics.

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