Class C Roundup Saturday at Chaska: Maple Lake outduels Jordan

By Mike Marsnik

ScoreMonster Contributor

Maple Lake pitcher Ben Reilly and Buffalo Bulldogs draftee Eric Newman held the Jordan Brewers to three hits and no runs Saturday afternoon in Chaska for a 2-0 win.

Reilly limited the Brewers to two hits over six frames, issuing one walk and fanning six. Newman allowed one hit and two walks while striking out five. Reilly was the winning pitcher and Newman was credited with a save.

Both of the Lakers’ runs came in the top of the sixth as the top of the order came to bat. Luke Fobbe fouled off a 1-2 pitch before slapping a hit up the middle. Riley Decker bunted him down to second. One out later, cleanup hitter right-fielder Hunter Malachek hit a triple into the left-center gap in what turned out to be the winning RBI. Donnie Mavencamp plated Malachek with a single in the hole at short. It came on an 0-2 count. Both sides were shut out the rest of the way.

Mavencamp ended the game 2-for-4, including a second-inning double to left. Malachek was also 2-for-4 in a game where the Lakers were held to six total hits. Ben Goelz had the only other hit. It came with one out in the second right after Mavencamp’s double. Jordan starter Nate Beckman was able to retire the next two to keep it scoreless at that point.

Beckman lasted eight innings on the mound for Jordan, throwing 99 pitches. He struck out seven Maple Lake batters and did not walk a single one. He was tagged with the loss. Joe Lucas took over to start the ninth. He issued one walk and fanned one. 

It was a clean game, errorless for both teams. Maple Lake turned a slick round-the-horn double play to end the fifth inning: Ben Clapp to Decker to Logan Drazem.

St. Martin 1, Fergus Falls 0

The St. Martin Martins squeezed in a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie and righty Scott Lieser threw a complete-game shutout Saturday afternoon in Chaska to take the 1-0 win. He allowed five hits, one walk and hit one batter while striking out seven.

Martins shortstop and leadoff hitter Kyle Lieser opened the bottom of the sixth by drawing a walk off Fergus Falls starter Mitch Porter. Lieser took second and continued to third on a Porter wild pitch that went to the backstop. Porter induced a popup against St. Martin’s shortstop Zach Moritz. With a 2-0 count on catcher Bryan Schlangen, Lieser broke for the plate. Schlangen dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze and Lieser scored what turned out to be the game’s only run.

Despite six innings of no-hit ball, Porter was tagged with the loss. He walked two, hit one and struck out 10. Alex Koep, draftee from the Urbank/Parkers Prairie Bombers, walked one and fanned four in his two hitless innings of relief.

It was the 24th no-hitter in the history of the Class C tournament, only the second combined no-no.

Fergus Falls leadoff hitter and right-fielder Jake Anderson went 2-for-3 with a wallk, the only player in the game with multiple hits.

Young America 11, Ortonville 3

Ortonville handed Young America four unearned runs in the top of the first Saturday in Chaska on three hits and two errors. That was all Cardinals’ righty Dillon Whittaker would need to notch the win. He allowed one run on two hits over five innings, walking two and striking out four. Four other Young America pitchers combined for one run on four hits over the remaining four innings. The Cardinals got an inning from each of their draftees, Will Hoerneman of the Hamburg Hawks (one run), Cade Weigert of the Cologne Hollanders and Zach Stockman of the Plato Blue Jays. The Cardinals’ own Jordan Harris added a scoreless inning.

Isaac Horman and Brice Panning each scored three runs from the top of the batting order. Horman was 2-for-4 with a double and Panning went 3-for-5 with a walk. Catcher Hunter Rickaby had a perfect day at the plate with four singles, a walk, and two RBI.

Ortonville committed five errors during the course of the game and were in danger of losing by the 10-run rule, trailing 10-0 after four and 11-1 after five. Catcher Chris Doney’s RBI single in the sixth kept the game from ending early.

Lefty Chris Fellows took the loss for the Rox, allowed nine runs, only one earned in his 3 1/3 innings. He allowed nine hits and struck out two. The Rox also used all three draftees and one of their own to close it out.

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