Class C Saturday roundup in Waconia: Luxemburg hangs on for 5-2 win over St. Benedict

By Dana Melius

ScoreMonster Contributor

Young lefty JT Harren turned in a strong performance on the mound for Luxemburg, then gave way to veteran right-hander Reed Pfannenstein for the final two outs as the Luxemburg Brewers hung on for a 5-2 victory over the St. Benedict Saints in an opening round game.

Harren tossed 8 1/3 innings and cruised after giving up a first-inning run to the Saints. But the ninth was a different story, as he said nerves got to him a bit. Coasting with a 5-1 lead and three outs to go, 

The Saints loaded the bases on a Zach Bakko single, a walk to Matthew Morenson and a one-out single by Nolan Eischens. That brought in Pfannenstein. He got one out on a fielder’s choice RBI grounder by Jonathan Huss, as Bakko scored from third. And another grounder to third off the bat of Andrew Huss wrapped it up, Derrik Orth throwing on to first baseman Isaac Matchinsky.

And Pfannenstein earned the save. He also contributed from his DH spot in the batting order before coming in to pitch, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. The Brewers also got RBI singles from the first two spots in the order: Luke Harren and Ethyn Fruth.

Nolan Eischens led the Saints with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

JT Harren finished up with 134 pitches, recording nine strikeouts while walking three and allowing six hits. Nick Holland took the loss for the Saints, tossing 4 2/3 innings. 

Luxemburg moves on to play the Region 10 champion Ada Athletics in Waconia at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Dumont 4, Richmond 3

It looked like a long night as the Richmond Royals scored two in the top of the first before the Dumont Saints topped that with three in the bottom half. And then things settled down.

Jordan Roos kept busy in the dugout, on the mound, at the plate, and on the bases. It helped Dumont edge Richmond 4-3 in Game 3 in Waconia on Saturday.

Ross tossed a complete-game victory for the Saints, moving Dumont on to the second round for a  tough matchup against the surging Loretto oarks on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The tall righthander’s busy night included tossing 145 pitches for the win. He struck out five, walked three and gave up seven hits. Offensively, he went 1-for-2 with a run scored, RBI, base on balls, hit by pitch and added a stolen base.

Roos was helped along the way by teammate Patrick Kussarts, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Dumont added a run in the fifth on Kussarts’ RBI single for a 4-2 lead but the Royals closed the gap with its own run in the seventh. The Royals’ Trent Gertken singled in Dusty Adams and moved leadoff hitter Brady Klehr to third.

But that would be it as Roos was able to shot the door on Richmond batters to end the inning. Richmond put a runner on first in the 8th on a Cameron Miller single but went no farther. And Roos set the Royals down 1-2-3 in the 9th for the win.

Klehr took the loss on the mound for Richmond, going the first five innings. He struck out seven and gave up six hits. Reliever Eli Emerson tossed three innings, striking out two.

Sobieski 2, Windom 0

Lefty Caleb Strack, a Randall draftee, struck ot 17 enroute to a one-hitter and led the Sobieski Skis to a 2-0 win over the Windom Pirates in Claas C MBA State Tournament action in Waconia.

Windom’s Luke Gilbertson singled with two outs in the eighth inning to break up Strack’s gem. Strack tossed 132 pitches in the complete-game victory. 

The Skis got on the scoreboard first when leadoff hitter Beau Hanowski walked and moved to second on another base on balls to Scott Litchy. He moved up on a Windom error, then scored on a wild pitch. 

A pitcher’s duel between Strack and Windom’s Collin Lovell kept things tight until Dusty Parker’s RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Skis a little breathing room. 

With Strack piling up his pitch count, a walk and tough Sobieski error on a hard chopper to first put two runners on with two outs. But Strack got his 17th and final strikeout to end things and move the Skis onto the second round.

Parker led the Skis with a 2-for-3 game, a run scored and an RBI. Ben Hanowski added two hits, a single and a double.

Sobieski moves on to face Region 1 champ Isanti Redbirds for at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 in Chaska.

Bemidji 12, New Prague 3

Bemidji came into the 2021 Class C MBA State Tournament with big bats and proved it with a convincing 12-3 opening-round victory over New Praque at Waconia.

The Blue Ox’s Otto Grimm got things rolling in the first with a long two-run home run for a quick 2-0 lead. But it was shortstop Mitch Hendricks who contributed plenty the rest of the way.

Hendricks finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. His two-run double in the fourth gave the Blue Ox a 4-1 lead. And after New Prague closed to within one at 4-2, Hendricks’ two-out RBI single in the sixth put the Blue Ox in control. His RBI single in the eighth, along with a Turner Storm homer were part of a six-run inning and the 12-3 lead.

Dilworth draftee Andrew Pagliaro tossed eight innings for the win, striking out 12 and giving up six hits and a only a couple of earned runs.

Bryce Novak led New Prague with three hits. Patrick Timmer added a 2-for-3 game while Jake Deutch had the Orioles’ lone RBI.

Novak took the loss on the mound for New Prague.

Bemidji moves on to the second round vs. the Region 4A champion Milroy Yankees 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29 in Waconia.

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