CASTLEWOOD - Back-to-back home runs and a grand slam by Jason Minett led Marshall to a 10-0 victory over Castlewood (S.D.) on Wednesday night.
Minett finished the game 1-for-2 with four RBI and two runs scored.
The A's got on the board in the second inning, scoring three runs. After a leadoff single by Jarred Carlson, Minett was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs.
After Austin Stubbs reached first base on a fielder's choice that retired Carlson at third and a Brandan Alfson single that loaded the bases, Tanner Neale drove in both Minett and and Stubbs with a single.
The two RBI from Neale were part of a 2-for-4 night at the plate for him.
The scoring continued in the next frame as the A's put five runs on the board in the third inning.
Marshall quickly loaded the bases after Leo Zerr was hit by a pitch, Jordon Kontz singled and Carlson reached on an error.
The bases weren't loaded for long as Minett cleared them with his grand slam. That was followed by a solo shot from Austin Stubbs.
Castlewood struggled in the field during the game, and the A's took advantage in the sixth inning. After Neale singled with one out in the inning, he worked his way over to third thanks to a wild pitch and an error before scoring on a double play.
Kontz got the win on the mound for Marshall. In six shutout innings, Kontz allowed just three hits and struck out three Raven batters.
Neale threw a six-pitch seventh inning to seal the victory in his pitching debut for the A's.
The A's (14-2) return to action this weekend at the Nick Bell Classic in Cold Spring. They will play three games over the weekend, beginning with Friday night's game against Cold Spring. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
A's 10, Ravens 0, 7 innings
HITTING: Marshall (Ben Korger 1-for-4; Jordon Kontz 2-for-4, run; Jarred Carlson 1-for-4, run; Jason Minett 1-for-2, HR, four RBI, two runs; Austin Stubbs 1-for-4, HR, RBI, two runs; Brandan Alfson 1-for-4, two runs; Tanner Neale 2-for-4, two RBI, run); Castlewood (Dave Steenstra 1-for-3; Zach Lambrechts 2-for-3).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Marshall (Jordon Kontz (W) 6-3-0-0-0-3; Tanner Neale 1-1-0-0-0-1); Castlewood (Ryan Neale (L) 2 1/3-6-8-7-0-1; Chris Lather 4 2/3-3-2-0-1-1).
WINDOM - The Hadley Buttermakers opened up the best-of-three playoff series with a 12-0 seven-inning win over Windom Wednesday night.
Nick Bruning drove in four runs on a 3-for-5 night and scored three runs led the Buttermakers at the plate. Max Zwart and Joe Larson also totaled three hits for Hadley in the win.
Justin Reinsma pitched a complete-game shutout for the Buttermakers, striking out three batters and allowing just four hits in seven innings of work.
The best-of-three series resumes Saturday in Hadley. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Hadley 12, Windom 0, 7 innings
DATELINE - .
HITTING: Hadley (Nick Bruning 3-for-5, two doubles, four RBI, three runs; Max Zwart 3-for-4, double, two RBI; Joe Larson 3-for-5, RBI; Nate Wieneke 2-for-5, two RBI, three runs; Colby Pack 2-for-4, double, RBI, two runs; Trent Carlson 2-for-5, RBI, run); Windom (Drake Borsgard 1-for-3; Kirby Johnson 1-for-3; Zack Bartosh 1-for-3; Sam Huska 1-for-2).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Hadley (Justin Reinsma 7-4-0-0-1-3); Windom (Collin Lovell 5-10-8-7-2-6; Nick Kulseth 2-5-4-3-0-1).
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RAYMOND - Austin Deutz struck out four Rockets to lead the Milroy Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Raymond Rockets on Wednesday night.
Andy Schmidt drove in a run on a double to lead the Yankees at the plate. Josh Hadley drove in and scored a run on a 1-for-3 night at the plate.
The Yankees return to action on Friday night. They will travel to either Bird Island or Sacred Heart, with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
HITTING: Milroy (Andy Schmidt 1-for-4, double, RBI, run; Josh Hadley 1-for-3, RBI, run); Raymond (Calvin Kosminskas 2-for-4; John Sawatzky 2-for-5).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Milroy (Austin Deutz 6-7-3-2-2-4; Matt Bauer 3-0-0-0-1-4); Raymond (John Sawatzky 8-8-4-4-0-3; Kyle Knott 1-0-0-0-0-2).
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LAMBERTON - Blake Altermatt struck out seven batters over six innings of work to lead Lamberton to a 13-1 victory in seven innings over Sleepy Eye.
Altermatt also went 3-for-5 with two RBI at the plate as a key part of the offensive attack for Lamberton. Jake Wahl drove in four runs on three hits to lead the Longsox.
Lamberton is now 17-8 on the season. They resume play Friday night at 8 p.m. against Searles.
DATELINE - .
HITTING: Sleepy Eye (Andrew Bach 1-for-3; Alan Woitas 1-for-3); Lamberton (Blake Altermatt 3-for-5, two RBI; Jake Wahl 3-for-5, four RBI; Neil Eichten 2-for-4, RBI; Derrick Jenninges 2-for-2, RBI).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Sleepy Eye (Matt Helget (L)); Lamberton (Blake Altermatt (W) 6-2-1-0-6-7; Neil Eichten 0-0-0-0-0-2).
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GRANITE FALLS - Granite Falls fell to Willmar 6-4 Tuesday night, thanks to a four-hit effort and complete-game pitching performance from the Rails' Tyler Brower.
Brower finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, run and RBI. On the mound, he allowed four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and seven walks.
Adam Brewers got the loss on the mound for the Kilowatts. He allowed five runs (one earned) on eight hits with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
Craig Listul was the lone player with multiple hits for Granite Falls. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
HITTING: Willmar (Tyler Brower 4-for-5, RBI, run; Andrew Bangen 1-for-3, RBI, run; Jeff Petrik 1-for-5; Tanner Thunstadt 2-for-4; Darrin Ditterich 2-for-3, two runs); Granite Falls (Cody Fruin 1-for-4, run; Phil Johnson 1-for-2, two runs; Tyler Dammann 1-for-5, two RBI; Tyler Kanten 1-for-4; Craig Listul 2-for-5, two RBI, run; Aaron Zieske 1-for-3; Travis Enger 1-for-2).
PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): Willmar (Tyler Brower (W) 9-8-4-4-7-6); Granite Falls (Adam Brewers (L) 6 1/3-8-5-1-1-8; Cody Fruin 1-2-1-1-1-1; Dylan Lindstrom 1 2/3-0-0-0-0-4).