Merritt's grand slam helps Vikings to split
Finally taking the field to kick off the 2013 season, the Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI softball team earned a split with Renville County West Tuesday in a Camden Conference doubleheader thanks to a grand slam by Brandi Merritt in Game 1.
Merritt stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and the game tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning and blasted a home run to power the Vikings to a 5-1 victory.
Of M/C/L's five hits, four went for extra bases. Jessica Fox went 2-for-3 with a double, Emily Stienessen had a double and Becca Kamrath had a triple.
Kelsea Tolk earned the win in the circle for M/C/L, giving up one run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
In Game 2, RCW rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to steal an 8-7 victory.
Ricki Kallhoff went 2-for-3 for the Vikings in the loss and Stienessen was 2-for-3 with a triple. Brook Bauman tossed a complete game for M/C/L and took the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits with a strikeout and five walks.
M/C/L is back in action Friday at home against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
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YME 8, Morris Area/C-A 6
Thanks to a six-run fourth inning, the Yellow Medicine East softball team picked up its first victory of the year with an 8-6 West Central Conference win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tuesday in Morris.
Nena McCalla and Allie Trudel each had two hits for YME in the victory. Trudel also earned the win in the circle. She gave up six runs (two earned) on 12 hits with a strikeout and one walk.
The Sting are now 1-1 on the season and will face Renville County West Thursday in Granite Falls.
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9-inning win propels TMB?to sweep of Wolverines
It took nearly three games to do it, but the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton softball team swept its first Camden Conference doubleheader of the season with MACCRAY.
Two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Panthers a 7-6 win in Game 1 before cruising to an 8-1 win in Game 2. Due to the number of postponements in the spring schedule already this season, the Camden Conference determined that all games would be five innings as opposed to the traditional seven.
In Game 1, TMB overcame three errors leading to four MACCRAY runs in the top of the fourth inning by striking for five of their own in the bottom half. TMB would need another comeback to secure the win after allowing a run in the top of the ninth.
Game 2 was less nerve-wracking for the Panthers as pitcher Jenny Welu held MACCRAY to one run on three hits. TMB scored five runs in the third and three in the top of the fifth during the game.
Welu pitched all 14 innings for TMB, striking out five and allowing just two earned runs. She also did damage at the plate collecting three hits on the day, including two triples and a double.
Courtney Paczkowski drove in five runs over the two games for the Panthers on three hits, including a double and a triple. Casey Iverson was 5-for-5 on the day while Lexi Nordsiden had two RBIs.
The Panthers (2-0 overall, 2-0 Camden) travel to Cottonwood on Thursday in their next contest for a conference doubleheader with Lakeview.
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Rebels earn sweep of Falcons in Red Rock Conference action
The Murray County Central softball team came away with a sweep of Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in Red Rock Conference action on Tuesday, defeating the Falcons 8-3 and 12-10.
Kristi Bose pitched both wins for MCC, recording seven total strikeouts and nine walks. Ashley Clarke recorded the save in Game 2, going 2 2/3 innings and recording four strikeouts.
Taylor Willhite was tagged with the losses for RRC/WWG, recording three total strikeouts.
In the first game the Rebels took advantage of six walks and a pair of errors to turn four hits into eight runs. Bose and Sophie Nepp recorded doubles, while Angela Hannemann went 3-for-4 for the Falcons.
In Game 2, the teams combined for 24 hits. Katie Larson was 4-for-5 with a triple for RRC/WWG while Hannemann was 3-for-4 with a double.
Bose and Makenzie Schmitz hit doubles in the win for MCC. Bose, Kendra Blomgren and McKenna Schreier were all 2-for-4 in the win.
RRC/WWG will be in action again on Thursday when the Falcons travel to Edgerton, while MCC will travel to Mountain Lake the same day.
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Wabasso 2, SESM 0
Kimberly Frank tossed a complete-game shutout to carry the Wabasso Rabbits to a 2-0 win over Sleepy Eye St. Mary's in a Tomahawk Conference game in Sleepy Eye.
Frank held SESM to six hits and had five strikeouts and three walks. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate, as did Callie Rohlik. Wabasso only had four hits in the game.
SESM's Karissa Fleck went 3-for-3 with a double in the game.
Wabasso is now 1-1 on the season and is scheduled to play today on the road against Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
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Camden rivals Canby and Minneota/LHI settle for split
Camden Conference rivals Canby and Minneota/Lincoln HI took the diamond for a pair of games Tuesday in Canby, and the teams will have to share bragging rights until their next meeting. Canby took Game 1 5-0 behind a complete-game two-hitter by Bryce Gorder, then Minneota/Lincoln HI won Game 2, 3-2, despite getting only one hit in the contest. Game 2 was a non-conference, five-inning matchup.
Gorder struck out seven Minneota/Lincoln HI batters in the opener. The Lancers scored two runs in the first inning and three in the third to provide him with run support early in the six-inning contest.
Tate Citrowske led the charge at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Christian Full was 1-for-3 with a double.
The second game saw Minneota score three runs in the first inning without recording a hit. Full got the start for Canby and struggled with his location, giving up three walks and hitting a pair of batters. He lasted just 2/3 innings before being replaced by Cole Brusven, who held the Vikings scoreless over the next 4 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.
Canby scored a run in the fourth and another in the fifth, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate to end their comeback bid.
Austin Buysse tossed a strong game for the Vikings in the win, striking out seven batters and allowing just seven hits. He walked two batters and gave up two runs (one earned).
Canby (2-1 overal, 2-0 Camden) will try to bounce back Thursday with a conference game against Lac qui Parle Valley in Madison.
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RRC/WWG 3, MCC 2
Henry Rogotzke had a base hit up the middle to score Thomas Blomgren from third base in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove a 3-2 walk-off win over Murray County Central Tuesday in a Red Rock Conference game in Lamberton.
Rogotzke had a big day at the plate for the Falcons, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and he drove in all three RRC/WWG runs.
Tyler Schoborg pitched the first six innings for RRC/WWG and struck out seven batters. Brady Bierl came on in the seven inning with a 2-1 lead and the bases loaded and hit the first batter he faced, then struck out the next three batters. He got the win for the Falcons.
RRC/WWG moves to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action. The Falcons play Thursday against Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian in Edgerton.
The Rebels fall to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Red Rock action. They're scheduled to play Thursday at Mountain Lake.
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RTR 16, Dawson-Boyd 1
Three big innings led to a big win for the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights in a Camden Conference baseball game against Dawson-Boyd Tuesday in Dawson. The Knights put up five runs in the second inning, five more in the fifth inning and six in the sixth inning en route to a 16-1 victory.
RTR scored its 16 runs on 10 hits. Shay Wabeke, Dain LaRock and Luke Wiering each had two hits. One of Wiering's hits was a double, the lone extra-base hit in the game.
While the Knights' offense was rolling, so was starting pitching Alex Schwing. Schwing tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 12 batters and walking just one.
The Knights improve to 2-0 with the win and will face MACCRAY Thursday in Tyler. Dawson-Boyd falls to 0-2 and will host Renville County West Thursday.
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SESM 12, Wabasso 2
Sleepy Eye St. Mary's used three triples and seven Wabasso errors to defeat the Rabbits 12-2 in six innings on Tuesday in Milroy.
David Surprenant was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs for the Knights, who led 11-2 after four innings.
Dirk Pistulka was credited with the loss for Wabasso, allowing four runs (none earned) in just 2/3 innings pitched. Neil Eichten and Blake Altermatt combined for 11 strikeouts in relief and seven hits, while walking just three Knights.
Eichten was 1-for-2 from the plate, driving in both Wabasso runs with a second-inning double.
Wabasso (1-2 overall, 1-2 Tomahawk Conference) travels to Sleepy Eye on Thursday to take on the Sleepy Eye Indians in another Tomahawk Conference game.
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TMB 8, KMS 2
A six-run sixth inning lifted the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton baseball team to an 8-2 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Tuesday in a Camden Conference game played in Sunburg.
TMB scored its eight runs on just five hits. The Panthers drew nine walks against RCW pitchers Sam Johnson and Jordan Engler. Engler pitched the final two innings and took the loss, giving up six runs on three hits with five walks.
Panther senior Parker Lanoue went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. He also earned the victory on the mound, tossing a scoreless fifth inning in relief of Jordan Lanoue. Taylor Carlson threw the last two innings.
Beau Priegnitz added a double and two RBIs for TMB.
TMB moves to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Camden Conference. The Panthers return to the diamond Thursday for a game against Central Minnesota Christian in Tracy.
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Wabasso boys win triangular at New Ulm Country Club
The Wabasso boys' golf team shot a team score of 221 to win a Tomahawk Conference triangular hosted by New Ulm Cathedral Tuesday at New Ulm Country Club.
The Rabbits edged Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop by five strokes. New Ulm Cathedral shot a 243.
Wabasso's Kyle Campbell tied G-F-W's Cory Kruggel for medalist honors with a 50. Connor Huhnerkoch added a 52 to the Rabbits' cause.
There were just two complete teams in the girls' competition. New Ulm Cathedral shot a team score of 206 to finish 14 strokes ahead of the Rabbits.
Wabasso's Briana Jenniges earned medalist honors with a 48.
Girls' Team Scores: 1. New Ulm Cathedral 206, 2. Wabasso 220. Incomplete: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.
Wabasso Individual Scores: Briana Jenniges 48, Jenna Henriksen 55, Kendra Haase 58, Morgan Berg 59.
Boys' Team Results: 1. Wabasso 221, 2. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 226, 3. New Ulm Cathedral 243.
Wabasso Individual Scores: Kyle Campbell 50, Connor Huhnerkoch 52, Chase Haase 57, Zeke Johnson 62.
Charger boys victorious in home triangular
The Westbrook-Walnut Grove boys' and Fulda girls' golf teams came away victorious at the WWG triangular on Tuesday in Westbrook.
The Charger boys shot a 177, led by Dana Madson's 39. Taylor Lindaman added a 41. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton placed second with a 183, and Fulda shot a 215.
Devin Skalak paced the Panther boys with a 43, while Rick Jorgenson shot a 45.
On the girls' side WWG was second, led by Abby Herding's 46. The Chargers shot a 223. Fulda won with a 190.
TMB only fielded three golfers on the day with Annika Anderson shooting a 51 to lead the pack.
Boys' Team Scores: 1. Westbrook-Walnut-Grove 177, 2. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 183, 3. Fulda 215
WWG Individual Results: Dana Madson 39, Taylor Lindaman 41, Trey Kockelman 48, Walker Christians 49.
TMB Individual Results: Devin Skalak 43, Rick Jorgenson 45, Mike Nilius 47, Joey Felt 49.
Girls' Team Scores: 1. Fulda 190, 2. Westbrook-Walnut-Grove 223. Incomplete:?Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
WWG Individual Results: Abby Herding 46, Avoree Bakken 50, Paige Erickson 53, Kelsi Wahl 74.
TMB Individual Results: Annika Anderson 51, Morgan Anderson 54, Emily Crumrine 74.