Class C Sunday roundup (Faribault): Watertown rallies to defeat Cold Spring 6-4

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

Photos via Justin Braun Photography

The Watertown Red Devils recovered from a slow start to defeat the Cold Spring Rockies 6-4.

The teams were tied 3-3 after one inning, but Watertown took a 6-3 lead with three runs in the fourth inning.

Cold Spring finished off the scoring with one run in the seventh.

Watertown ace pitcher Holt Hunziker picked up the victory by throwing 6 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on six hits, three walks and seven strikeouts,

Pat Tschida pitched the last 2 1/3 innings to earn the save. He didn’t allow a run on two hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

Zach Iten led the Red Devils’ 14-attack by going 4-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Butler batted 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Ben Smith went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

 Tschida finished 2-for3 with two runs scored.

Alex Geislinger led the Rockies’ in hitting, going 4-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Austin Dufner went 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Starting Cold Spring pitcher Jake Brinker lasted four innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Cole Fuchs pitched the next 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run on one hit, four walks and two strikeouts.

Trevor Lardy finished up the last 1 2/3 innings with no runs on two hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Watertown next meets Webster at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Faribault.

Dumont 7, Richmond 6, 12 innings

Dumont’s Mason Lampe was flying high Sunday.

Lampe’s day started in Watford City, North Dakota where he and teammate Carson Maudal caught a ride to Faribault on a plane. They might not need a plane to fly back after Lampe delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the Saints past Richmond 7-6 at Bell Field.

Lampe and Maudal attended a wedding for a former Saints teammate Curtis Coffman in Watford City, North Dakota, located on the western border near Montana but Wheaton farmer Wolfgang Brink, who sprays crops in the area, picked the duo up and flew them to Faribault so they could make first pitch at Bell Field. Brink and Lampe were a year apart at Wheaton/Herman-Norcross High School.

Talk about a pick me up for the Saints. 

Lampe went 3-for-7 with three RBIs and a double while Maudal went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run.

Dumont drew attention at last year’s state tournament after reaching the round of 16 after defeating Loretto 6-4 in the second round and Richmond 4-2 in the first round. The Saints fell to eventual champion Sobieski 5-0 in the third round.

The Saints out-hit the Royals 17-12 and took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings. In the second, Pat Kussats walked, Eli Larson beat out an infield hit, and Carson Maudal drove in Kussats. In the third, Jordon Roos singled, Matthew Thielen reached on an error, Erik Deal singled to load the bases, and Lampe drove in Roos on a fielder’s choice.

Richmond answered with a single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Justin Schroeder homered to center in the fourth to make it 2-1. In the fifth, Chase Aleshire doubled to the base of the fence in left, and Cole Schmitz doubled in Aleshire.

Dumont scored four runs in the sixth inning to regain the lead 6-2. Maudal and Jordan Paul singled. They moved up to second and third on a passed ball. Roos hit a two-RBI single to drive in Maudal and Paul. Thielen and Trent Bestland walked. Roos stole third and home. Lampe doubled over the right fielder to drive in Bestland.

Richmond cut the lead to 6-4 in the eighth inning with back-to-back homers by Cole Schmitz and Sam Holthaus.

The Royals tied it 6-6 in the top of the ninth. Carter Thelen walked. Aleshire reached on an error. Thelen went to third on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Miller. Thelen scored on a passed ball. Schmitz singled in Aleshire.

In the 12th inning, Roos singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by Lampe.

Roos started on the mound and lasted five innings, allowing three runs on three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

Thielen picked up the win in relief, going four innings and giving up two runs on five hits, four walks and five strikeouts.

Roos also hit well, going 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs. Kussats batted 2-for-4 with one run. Paul and Eli Larson finished 2-for-6.

Luke Jokela started at pitcher for Richmond. He threw five innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Adam Nibaur then pitched a third of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.

Adam Winkels pitched a strong six innings to finish out the game and pick up the loss. He allowed just one run on three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts.

Schmitz led Richmond in hitting, going 3-for-6 with a run and three RBIs. Miller went 2-for-6.

Dumont next meets Stark at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 2 at Dundas.

Stark 7, Bemidji 3

A game that started out as pitchers’ duel turned into a 7-3 win for the Stark Longhorns with six runs in the ninth inning against the Bemidji Blue Ox at Bell Field.

The game was scoreless through five innings with starting pitchers Adam Sellner of Stark and Isaiah Beihn of Bemidji in dueling shutouts.

Stark finally broke through with a run in the top of the eighth. Nick Labat led off with a double down the left-field line. Tim Seifert drove in Labat with a single to center.

Bemidji tied it 1-1 with run in the bottom of the seventh. Cody Rutledge led off with a walk and reached second when interference was called on a rundown. He then scored on a double down the right field line by Collin Rutledge.

Stark erupted for six runs on five hits and an error in the top of the ninth. Brandon Helget and Adam Sellner led off with infield hits. Zach Haala reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Dylan Klein was hit by a pitch to drive in Helget. David Surprenant hit a two-RBI single to score Sellner and Haala. Sean Mathiowitz hit a single to center in which he ended up driving in one run, and two more runs, including Mathiowetz, scored on errors.

Bemidji finished off the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Thoma singled and Turner Storm reached on a hit by pitch. Bazil Zuehlke drove in Thoma and Storm with a single.

Sellner earned the victory, throwing eight innings with three runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. 

Justin Haugo pitched the ninth for Stark with no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout.

Biehn pitched eight innings for Bemidji, allowing one run on eight hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Storm pitched the last inning, giving up four runs on two hits, no walks and one strikeout.

Sellner led Stark in hitting, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Zuehlke paced Bemidji in going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Stark next faces the winner of Richmond and Dumont (playing now at Faribault) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dundas.

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