Class C Saturday Roundup (Faribault): Nisswa wins see-saw battle over New Ulm 4-2

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

Photos via: Justin Braun Photography

In a back-and-forth battle that included five lead changes, the Nisswa Lightning defeated the New Ulm Brewers 4-2 at Bell Field.

Nisswa took a 1-0 lead with a run in the third. Kody Ruedisili singled to right center, stole second and scored on a double to the gap in left center by Nic Nelson.

New Ulm tied it up 1-1 with a run in the fourth. Cole Ranweiler led off with a single. Jaden Domeier walked. Andrew Peters singled in Ranweiler who just beat the tag at home.

Nisswa regained the lead 2-1 in the fourth with a solo homer to left center by Aaron Jenkins.

New Ulm’s Trevor Nissen blasted a long homer to left to even the score with Nisswa 2-2 in the top of the sixth.

Nisswa retook the lead 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Casperson walked, Ruedisili reached on and error. Nelson drove in Casperson with a sacrifice fly. Jeremiah Piepkorn drove in Ruedisili with a single to center.

Ruedisili finished 2-for-4 with two runs. Nelson batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Piepkorn went 1-for-4 with one RBI. Jenkins finished 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

Jaden Domeier led New Ulm at the plate, going 2-for-4. Hunter Ranweiler went 1-for-2 with a run. Andrew Peters batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. Nissen went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Brett Kramer of Fort Ripley picked up the win in relief of starter Ryan Chmielewski.

Chmielewski pitched 6 2/3 innings with two runs on eight hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.

Kramer pitched 2 1/3 innings with no runs on one hit, two walks and four strikeouts.

New Ulm starter Wade French pitched seven innings in picking up the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

Reliever Mitch Bockenstedt threw one inning with no runs on no hits, no walks and one strikeout. 

Nisswa next faces Jordan at 11 a.m. Sunday at Dundas.

Delano 5, Isanti 0

Delano pitchers Avery Liestman and Jackson Royer combined on a nine-hit shutout to lead the Athletics to a 5-0 win over the Isanti Redbirds at Bell Field.

Liestman, a draftee from Litchfield, started and earned the victory with seven strikeouts, one walk and seven hits in seven innings pitched.

Royer pitched two innings with two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Phil Bray started at pitcher for Isanti. He went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.

Three relievers finished up. James Skroch, a draftee from North Branch, pitched the seventh inning with no runs on one hit, one walk and no strikeouts. James Green pitched the eighth, allowing no runs on one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Chris Olean threw the ninth with no runs on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts.

Three Athletics had two hits each in the nine-hit attack. Brady Miller went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Trevor Johnson batted 2-for-4 with a run. Jake Nelson finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Also for Delano, Oran Hinkle, Jack Paulson and Jeff Althoff each had a hit and an RBI.

Wyatt Soderquist led Isanti in hitting, going 3-for-4. Six others had a hit each.

Delano’s next game is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dundas versus the winner of Avon and St. Patrick.

Bird Island 1, Red Wing 0

Logan Swann made Bird Island’s second hit of the game count against Red Wing.

He singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Bullfrogs a 1-0 win over the Red Wing Aces at Bell Field.

The win comes on the heels of a 21-inning affair last Sunday for Bird Island where it defeated Loretto 3-2 in the longest game in state tournament history. 

Trent Athmann, who reached first when the catcher dropped a third strike, scored the game winner from second. Athmann advanced to second on a walk to Shawn Dollerschell. Swann singled to center, and Athmann scored on a close play to the plate.

The game was a pitcher’s duel all the way. 

Kobe Holtz, a draftee from Atwater, won the game in relief of starter Josh Kingery.

Kingery pitched nine scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, no walks and five hits.

Holtz finished the last four innings with no runs on no hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Ben Kuehni started on the hill for Red Wing. He pitched 5 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings with five walks and four strikeouts.

Brady Schroeder pitched the last seven innings, allowing one run on two hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

Marcus Walm led Red Wing in hitting, going 2-for-5.

Bird Island next meets Watertown at in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Sunday at Faribault.

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