Class C roundup Sunday (Faribault): Boser bats Buckman over Watertown 6-4 to title game

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

Photos via: Justin Braun Photography

Led by hot-hitting Noah Boser, the Buckman Billygoats knocked off the 2021 Class C state runner-up Watertown Red Devils 6-4 in the state semifinals at Bell Field.

Boser finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Also with multiple hits for the Billygoats, Lane Girtz went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and Andrew Rueckert went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Pat Tschida led the Red Devils’ attack, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Three others had two hits: Ben Smith 2-5, Zach Iten and Jaiden Keavy 2-4 and Ben Theisen 2-3.

Buckman jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Lane Girtz singled, Noah Boser doubled to right center to drive in Girtz. Andrew Rueckert drove in Boser with a single to right.

Watertown scored two in top of second to tie Buckman 2-2. Jackson Meyer and Ben Theisen hit back-to-back singles. Jadrien Keavy reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Tschida singled to right to drive in Meyer and Theisen.

Buckman took a 5-2 lead over Watertown with three runs in bottom of the third. Matt Tautges walked, Girtz reached on bunt single, Boser singled in Tautges, Aaron Weber reached on a fielder’s choice, and Andrew Ruecker doubled off the fence in left to plate Girtz and Weber.

Watertown cut the Buckman lead to 5-4 with two runs in top of sixth. Mitch Kelzer led off with single to center. Theisen was hit by a pitch and Keavy singled to right to load the bases. Tschida doubled to left to drive in Kelzer and pinch runner Cale Wabbe.

Buckman upped its lead to 6-4 with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Joe Kahl beat out a bunt single. Girtz was hit by a pitch and Boser singled up the middle to drive in Joe Kahl.

Buckman starting pitcher Nathan Ehnstrom earned the victory, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits, one walk and no strikeouts.

Tautges earned the save, pitching the last 3 2/3 innings with no runs on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Ansen Dulas started on the mound for Watertown. He lasted 2 1/3 innings with five runs on six hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

Jonah Lewis pitched the next 3 2/3 innings with no runs on two hits, three walks and four strikeouts.

Holt Hunziker finished up the last two innings with one run on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Buckman advances to the state final game at noon Monday against Nisswa. 

Buckman 13, Dumont 3

A 46-year-old starting pitcher and a 51-year-old reliever from the Buckman Billygoats combined to defeat the Dumont Saints 13-4 at Bell Field.

Starting pitcher Todd Robinson pitched seven innings to earn the win. He allowed four runs on eight hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

Reliever Mike Beier, a draftee from Foley, pitched the last two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three.

Dumont starting pitcher Jordon Roos lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Matt Thielen pitched the next three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks.

Sam Lenarz, a draftee from Benson, pitched the next 1/3 inning with three runs on three hits and a walk.

Justin Downs, a  draftee from Ortonville, threw the last 3 2/3 innings with no runs on no hits and a walk.

Noah Boser led Buckman in hitting, going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Andrew Rueckert batted 2-for-4 with one run. Jack Suska went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Lane Girtz batted 2-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs. Aaron Weber went 1-for-4 with a home run, one run and three RBIs. Joe Kahl went 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

Jacob Uhlich batted 2-for-3 with one RBI for Dumont and  Mason Lampe finished 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Buckman plays its second game in a row next in the semifinals against Watertown at Bell Field. 

Watertown 3, Bird Island 2

The Watertown Red Devils rallied to defeat the Bird Island Bullfrogs 3-2 Sunday at Bell Field.

Trailing 2-0 after one half inning, the Red Devils scored one in the third inning and two in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead that held up to the end.

Bird Island jumped to 2-0 lead in bottom of first inning. Trent Athmann beat out a bunt single. Shawn Dollerschell walked. Logan Swann singled to right to load the bases. Tyler Hebrink singled to center to plate Athmann. Dylan Gass walked to drive in Dollerschell.

Watertown cut the Bird Island lead to 2-1 with a run in top of the third. Ben Theisen led off with single to right. Jadrien Keavy singled to the shortstop hole. Speedy Pat Tschida beat out a bunt single to load the bases. Matt Butler grounded into a double play in which Theisen scored.

Watertown took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Tschida led off with a single to right. Butler sacrifice bunted him to second. Ben Smith walked. Zach Iten singled to right to drive in Tschida. Ryan Hangartner singled to right to plate Smith.

Watertown starting pitcher Holt Hunziker earned the victory with seven innings pitched on two runs, six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Butler picked up the save, throwing the last two scoreless innings on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Jared Dettmann started on the hill for Bird Island. He went 5 2/3 innings with one run on five hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

Kobe Holtz, a draftee from Atwater, pitched the next 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs on one walk and one hit.

Josh Kingery, another draftee from Atwater, pitched the next 1 2/3 innings with no runs on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Casey Lewandowski pitched the ninth inning without allowing a hit or walk while striking out one .

Both teams had eight hits.

Tschida led Watertown in hitting, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Six others had a hit each.

Swann paced the Bullfrogs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double.

No rest for the weary, the Red Devils hit Bell Field again at 4:30 today against the winner of the next game between Dumont and Buckman.

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