Class C Roundup Sunday (Miesville): Richmond outlasts Hinckley; Hutchinson cruises past Kimball

By Lucas Seehafer
ScoreMonster Contributor

Photos via Kevin Atkins

Richmond 10, Hinckley 6

The Richmond Royals outlasted the Hinckley Knights, 10-6, to close out Sunday’s Class C state tournament action for their first win at state in 24 years.

There were 16 walks and 19 hits between the two squads in a game that lasted just short of three hours. Luke Jokela earned the win for the Royals, pitching 4 2/3 innings and striking out three. Farming’s Adam Nibaur, a draftee for Richmond, was effective out of the pen, allowing only one run over the course of the game’s final 4 1/3.

At the plate, designated hitter Justin Schroeder went 2-for-5 and contributed two doubles, while Player of the Game Chase Aleshire went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks, and two RBI. Catcher Cole Schmitz went 1-for-4 and three RBI.

Hinckley trailed the entire game but did not go down easily. Center fielder T.J. Johnson drove in four of the Knights’ six runs, including two on a mammoth home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the second inning; he finished 3-for-4 with a walk. Right fielder Lucas Willis went 1-for-2 with a double, RBI, and two walks.

Richmond will face the Dumont Saints on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Faribault.

Hutchinson 12, Kimball 2, F/7

Hutchinson cruised past rival Kimball on Sunday afternoon, 12-2 in seven innings.

Hutchinson first baseman Jake Wendland broke open the game with a grand slam in the top of the second inning to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead; he later added another RBI on a bases-load walk, giving him five on the day. 

Pitcher Lane Glaser added four hits of his own—all singles—and drove in three runs. Every Huskies starter reached base at least once.

Glaser also excelled on the mound, striking out six and allowing two earned runs in six innings of work. Buffalo’s John Weber tossed a scoreless final inning for the Huskies. 

“Pitching’s easy when you score runs. If it goes like that all the time, it should go well,” Glaser, who was named Player of the Game, said following the win. 

Kimball struggled to put forward clutch hits during key at-bats all afternoon. The Express left nine runners on, many of them in scoring position.

First baseman Adam Beyer went 2-for-2 and drove in both of Kimball’s runs. Shortstop Austin Ruehle also added two hits.

Hutchinson will face the Bluffton Braves on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Faribault.

Willmar 15, Clinton 1

The Willmar Rails won convincingly over the Clinton Cards Sunday morning at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville, 15-1. 

The Rails converted 17 hits and scored three runs each in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings and 5 in the ninth.

First baseman Jack Baumgart led Willmar’s charge, going 5-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Shortstop Christian Lessman went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI and designated hitter Sam Etterman went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.

On the mound, righty Patrick Courtney earned the win, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings, striking three, and allowing only four hits. 

For Clinton, Tanner Teske drove in the team’s lone run with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. All six Cards’ hits were singles. Sam Adelman started on the bump and pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and allowing seven runs, though only two were earned.

Willmar advances to the second round of the Class C state tournament and will take on the Delano Athletics Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in Dundas.

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