Riess’ five hits lead Marshall past Worthington

Prep sports roundup April 23, 2024

MARSHALL — Brielle Riess was perfect at the plate for the Marshall softball team on Tuesday afternoon. The senior center fielder went 5 of 5 at the plate to lead the Tigers to a 12-2 victory over Worthington.

Two of Riess’ hits were extra-base hits. She hit an RBI double in the top of the second inning to give Marshall a 2-0 lead and she hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to give the Tigers a 9-0 lead.

Riess’ fifth-inning homer gave the Tigers the final of five runs in the frame to put the game away.

In addition to Riess, Naya Grahn was also effective at the dish with four singles in four at-bats. Harley Beek and Claire Allen each singled twice while Casavan had a double and tied Riess, Allen and Grahn with a team-high two RBIs.

Beek took the circle for the Tigers, throwing all seven innings while limiting Worthington to two runs on six hits. She didn’t walk any batters and finished the day with eight strikeouts.

After a scoreless first inning, Marshall jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a series of singles and Riess’ double. Marshall added another run in the fourth inning before fully pulling away in the fifth.

Worthington got on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth but it was too little, too late for the home team to rally.

Marshall improves to 3-2 with the win and will remain on the road to take on St. Peter on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Minneota/Canby 4, TMB 0

TRACY — Madison Hennen had the hot hand in the circle for the Minneota/Canby softball team on Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore pitcher threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of the Vikings’ doubleheader against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton to lead her team to a 4-0 victory.

Hennen finished the game with 14 strikeouts and was just two walks shy of a perfect game. She didn’t allow a baserunner until the top of the sixth when she walked Rosa Vang. She also walked Braelynn Kirk in the top of the seventh before ending the game with her third strikeout of the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Hennen came up to bat with Dakota Pesch on first after Pesch had singled. Hennen doubled to right field to drive in Pesch and Hennen stole home on a passed ball to make the score 4-0.

Minneota claimed its first lead of the day in the bottom of the first inning. Kiersyn Hulzebos hit a leadoff single to start the day. After Faith Myhre replaced Kiersyn at first on a fielder’s choice, Izabelle Hulzebos singled to put two runners on and Joelle Otto singled to drive in the go-ahead run. 

The Vikings and Panthers went scoreless from there until the fifth inning when Emily Verhelst hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Kiersyn Hulzebos sac fly.

Izabelle Hulzebos was the only batter with multiple hits in the game, finishing with a triple and a single, while Hennen and Tiffany Gronke each hit a double.

Minneota/Canby 10, TMB 7

TRACY — After a defense-oriented first game, the Minneota/Canby softball team got its bats going in game 2 of its doubleheader against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. The Vikings rallied past the Panthers in the final inning to claim a 10-7 victory to complete the sweep.

Minneota/Canby trailed 7-6 when it was its turn to bat in the top of the seventh. Kiersyn Hulzebos and Faith Myhre got the rally started on the right foot with back-to-back singles and they advanced into scoring position on an Izabelle Hulzebos sacrifice bunt. Joelle Otto then singled to drive in both runners for an 8-7 Minneota/Canby lead.

The Lancers continued to build some breathing room when Dakota Pesch reached base on an error and Madison Hennen singled to drive in Otto. Pesch got caught stealing third to put two outs away but Kenadi Arndt was able to drive in Emily Verhelst — in as a courtesy runner for Hennen — to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead.

With their backs against the wall, Jaida Fricke started the bottom of the seventh with a double for TMB. Yet, two strikeouts and a groundout ended the game with a Viking victory.

Hennen pitched her second consecutive complete game of the day while also picking up her second win. While she wasn’t able to replicate the no-hitter magic she had in the first game, she still struck out 11 batters with just one walk. She allowed five earned runs and another two unearned on 14 hits.

Melaina Ankrum started on the mound for TMB, allowing six earned runs on seven hits through 3 1/3 innings. Fricke finished off the game, allowing four earned runs on six hits without a walk.

Hennen also led the Viking at the dish in the game, finishing with a team-high three hits and three RBIs. She Izabelle Hulzebos were also the only Vikings to record a double while Kiersyn Hulzebos, Otto and Arndt each singled twice.

Braelynn Kirk and Fricke each recorded three hits in the game, including a triple for Kirk and a double for Fricke, while Ankrum and Aliyah Loftness each added another two.

TMB led 1-0 heading into the top of the fourth inning when Minneota/Canby exploded for six runs. TMB slowly chipped into the deficit, adding two runs in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth, and another three to go up 7-6 after the sixth inning. Still, the valiant effort was not enough to come away with a win.

Minneota/Canby improves to 7-1 with the win while TMB falls to 3-4. The Vikings will look to continue to surge forward when they host Lakeview on Thursday while TMB will look to get back on track when it hosts Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

RTR 15, HLOF 1

TYLER — Laken Baartman hit her fifth home run of the season on Tuesday night to help the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton softball team pull away for a 15-1 win over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda in five innings.

Both teams went scoreless in the first inning before RTR pulled away in the second. A series of walks, singles and errors gave RTR a 4-0 lead when Baartman came up to bat. With runners on first and second, Baartman blasted a three-run shot to center field to give the Knights a 7-0 advantage.

RTR continued to pile on with a pair of runs in the third inning and another six in the fourth inning. A shutout top of the fifth then ended the game via run rule.

Kya Alderson pitched all five innings for RTR, striking out 10 of the 18 batters she faced while allowing just three hits for one run. Two of the three hits she allowed were doubles while the other was a single.

Brielle Buchert finished the game with a game-high three hits while Baartman, Kya Alderson and Kynsi VanderPlaats each added another two.

RTR improves to 7-1 with the win and will now head out on the road to take on Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


Lac qui Parle Valley 5, TMB 0

TRACY — Hits were hard to come by for the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton baseball team on Tuesday night as the Panthers fell 5-0 to the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles.

LQPV pulled ahead with an RBI single in the top of the second and a sacrifice grounder and an RBI triple in the fourth. The Eagles also scored an extra insurance run in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the deal.

Alex Schuh was the only Panther with a hit on the day, singling in the fourth after Griffin Zick reached on an error. Jacob Meyer also drew a walk in the inning to load the bases with two outs but a strikeout ended the inning. Three more Panthers would reach base on errors in the rest of the game but TMB failed to capitalize.

Ankrum pitched the first 3 2/3 innings for TMB, surrendering two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out three batters and allowed one other unearned run.

Ashton Squires came in for a relief appearance to pitch the final 3 1/3 frames. He limited the Eagles to two hits and three walks while striking out six batters. Yet, two unearned runs still crossed the plate.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton falls to 4-3 with the loss and will look to bounce back when it hosts Dawson-Boyd on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Canby 8, Ortonville 1

CANBY — Jace Sigler homered and tied Colton Ruether with a game-high three hits as the Canby Lancers toppled Ortonville 8-1 for their first win of the season.

Canby trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth inning when they shifted the tenor of the game in their favor.

Ruether and Sigler led off the inning with consecutive singles before Dyllon Christianson singled to drive in Ruether for the tying run.

The Trojans got three straight outs to end the inning without further damage but the Lancers picked right back up where they left off in the next inning. Cash Antony got on base with one out with a single and walks to Eli Greenman and Liam MacArthur loaded the bases. Alonther walk to Ruether gave the Lancers the go-ahead run and Sigler singled to drive in another for a 3-1 lead.

In the sixth inning, the Lancers slammed the door on the Trojans. Antony singled with two outs and back-to-back walks to Greenman and MacArthur again loaded the bases. A Ruether single drove in two runs and a Sigler homer to left field drove in another three for an 8-1 lead.

Ruether took the mound for the Lancers, holding Ortonville to one run over seven innings. He struck out eight batters while allowing four hits and a walk.

Canby improves to 1-3 with the win and will look to stay hot when they head out on the road to face Renville County West on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

MCC 8, E/SWC 6

SLAYTON — Owen Gillette drove in five runs on Tuesday night to lead the Murray County Central baseball team to an 8-6 win over Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian on Tuesday.

Gillettehit a three-run double in the bottom of the second inning to give the Rebels a 7-6 lead that they carried for the remainder of the game. He also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning or an extra insurance run and dropped a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the first to cut the MCC deficit to 3-2.

Teague Meyer finished the game with a team-high three hits, all singles, and scored twice. He also pitched the final 2/3 innings of the game, striking out two batters while allowing a hit and picking up the save.

Krew Schneider started teh game to pick up the win on the mound. He pitched the first four innings, allowing four earned runs and two unearned on five hits. He also struck out seven batters.

Cayden Veldhuisen relieved Schneider to start the fifth, going 2 1/3 frames while allowing one hit, one walk and striking out a batter.

The Rebels and Dutchmen each scored three innings in the first frame. The Dutchmen came back with another three in the top of the second, but MCC scored four of their own in the bottom of the frame before shutting out E/SWC for the remainder of the game.

MCC improves to 5-1 with the win and will look to pick up its fifth consecutive win when it hosts Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


Minneota boys invitational

MINNEOTA — The Canby boys golf team put four golfers in the top 10 of the Camden South Boys meet in Minneota on Tuesday night, edging out Canby for the top spot in the six-team event.

Jack Abrahamson led the Lancerswith a 4-over 40 to place third in the event, including a birdie on hole 8. Brady Hulzebos and Isaac Bollerud each shot a 45 to tie for sixth while Dylan Houseman took ninth place at 7-over 46.

As a team, the Lancers shot a 176 to beat out runner-up Lakeview by six strokes. Minneota took third at 187, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton finished fourth at 215 and Yellow Medicine East placed fifth at 222. Renville County West did not field a team score.

Lakeview’s Carson Boe tied RCW’s Ryan Schrupp for first place at 1-over 37. Boe got a birdie to start the day and added another on hole 7 while Schrupp scored a par or better on each of his final five holes, including a hole 7 birdie.

Lane Arends also finished top 10 for the Lakers, placing sixth with a 45, while Kyle Kurowski and Landon Teske rounded out the Laker scorers with a 49 to claim 15th and a 51 to take 17th respectively.

Alex Munson was the top finisher for Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, carding a 5-over 41 to place fourth, while YME’s Cooper McCosh took fifth place at 7-over 43.

Keaton Jurrens was Minneota’s only top 10 finisher, tying Houseman for ninth at 46, but Blayze Hulzebos, Max Rost and Jase Sorensen tied for 11th at 47.

The Camden South teams will meet again on Friday in Cottonwood at 4:30 p.m.

Minneota boys invitational

MINNEOTA — Canby edged past Lakeview in the Camden South Girls meet in Minneota on Tuesday afternoon, holding on for a three-stroke lead over the Lakers.

Maddison Richter led the lancers with a 2-over 45, beating out her next closest competitor by 14 strokes. The Canby eighth grader had a par on hole 1 and only going ore than one stroke over par on hole 5.

With Richter’s low day paving the way for the Lancer victory, Haley Noyes, Josie Frank and Emma Jerzak finished the job. Noyes placed sixth with a 61 while Frank and Jerzak claimed 11th and 12th place with a 68 and 74.

Lakeview was the only other team of the six to field a team score. Cydney Manning tied Minneota’s Ava Panka for second place at 23-over 59 while Jovie Benson finished sixth at 61. Allison Isaacs and Lauren Boe rounded out the Laker scorers in ninth and 10th place respectively with a 65 and 66.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Taylor Munson and Yellow Medicine East’s Narria Leenerts tied for fourth with 60 strokes each while TMB’s Piper Schulte also placed eighth with a 62.

The Camden South girls teams will meet again at Cottonwood Country Club on Friday at 4:30 p.m.


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