Lancers fall short to CMC in pitcher’s duel, 1-0

Prep sports roundup May 3, 2024

CMC 1, Canby 0

CANBY — Quality defensive play and pitching weren’t enough to get the Canby baseball team to a win on Thursday afternoon. The Lancers held the Central Minnesota Christian Bluejays without an earned run on the day but couldn’t muster any offense of their own in a 1-0 loss.

The game’s lone run came in the bottom of the first inning. Braelin Rime reached base on a single with one out and stole second to get in scoring position. A pop fly nearly put two down for the Lancers but a pair of errors on the play instead resulted in runners on the corners with one out. Canby walked the next Bluejay batter and, after a fly out, walked in the game-winning run. 

Colton Ruether pitched the first five innings for Canby, recording the loss despite not allowing an earned run. He struck out eight batters while holding Central Minnesota Christian to three hits and four walks.

Evan Engesmoe relieved Ruether in the sixth inning and kept the Lancers’ pitching strong. He struck out two of the seven batters he faced and held CMC to just one hit over two innings.

Jace Sigler was the only Lancer with a hit on the day, coming up with a single. Liam MacArthur and Dyllon Christianson each drew a walk and Sigler and Macarthur each stole a base.

Wesley Fussy pitched the full seven innings for CMC while striking out eight batters. 

Canby falls to 2-4 on the season with the loss and will next compete in Madison on Thursday, taking on Lac qui Parle Valley at 5 p.m.


LAMBERTON — The Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove baseball team rallied for four runs in the fifth inning against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. The late barrage of runs proved to be enough for the Falcons as they held on for a 4-1 victory.

The Falcons scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. Abe Stavnes and Jordan Therkilsen each drew a walk to start the frame. A pair of wild bases and a Therkilsen steal put both runners in scoring position and Jack Jackson reached on an error to push across the tying run, 1-1.

RRC/WWG kept coming from there, with Quintyn Vold and Hudsen Jenniges each singling in another run and, after Isaac Simonson walked, Ashton Holmen reached on an error to make the score 4-1. 

Quintyn Vold earned the win for RRC/WWG, pitching 6 2/3 innings for the Falcons. He limited RTR to one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five batters. Isaac Simonson pitched the final out, getting a strikeout to earn the save.

Tyler Wichmann pitched the first five innings for RTR, holding RRC/WWG to two earned runs and two more unearned. He struck out four batters while allowing four hits and four walks. Gabe Elton also pitched a perfect inning of relief while striking out one batter.

RTR scored the game’s first run in the top of the second. With two outs against the Knights, Drew Chandler hit a triple to get in scoring position and Wichmann followed up with an RBI triple to make the score 1-0. 


LAMBERTON — Gabe Elton put together a quality start on the mound for the second game of the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton baseball team’s doubleheader against Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Thursday night. He held the Falcons without an earned run in the game as the Knights put together a 5-1 win to salvage a split.

Elton threw seven strikeouts in six innings for RTR, holding RRC/WWG to two hits, a walk and one unearned run. Eli Determan came in to close out the game in the seventh inning, limiting the Falcons to a hit and a walk while striking out a batter.

With the game tied at 1-1, RTR scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth when, with two outs, Tyler Wichmann drew a walk. He advanced to third on a Seth Cowell double and scored on a passed ball.

The Knights continued to power forward an inning later when Determan walked, Blake Christianson singled and a passed ball and an error scored them both for a 4-1 RTR lead.

The Knights struck first in the bottom of the first. Determan reached base on an error, Christianson drew a walk and Drew Chandler was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Isaac Dagel drove in one run with a sacrifice fly to left field but RTR was unable to muster any further offense in the frame.

RRC/WWG knotted the game back up in the top of the third when Tyler Therkilsen singled, stole second, advanced on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

RTR tacked on one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Cowell hit a leadoff double and advanced when Sean Griesse reached on an error. Chase Christianson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs and Determan grounded into a fielder’s choice to make it 5-1. A fielder’s choice and a pop out limited the damage from going any further.

Austin Imker pitched the first five innings for RRC/WWG, allowing one earned run and four unearned runs on three hits and five walks. He also struck out six batters. Stavnes also pitched a three-up, three-down inning of relief.

With the split, RTR improves to 5-6 while RRC/WWG falls to 7-3. The Falcons will next take on Murray County Central in Lamberton on Monday at 1 p.m. while RTR will match up against Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian in Edgerton on Monday at 4:30 p.m.


Wabasso 10, GFW 0 (Game 1, 5 innings)

Wabasso 21, GFW 0 (Game 2, 4 innings)

WABASSO — Wabasso swept Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 10-0 in five innings and 21-0 in four innings in a Tomahawk Conference softball doubleheader Thursday.

Anna Struntz got the win for Wabasso, pitching two innings while striking out three and allowing one hit. Avery Carlson pitched three innings and recorded six strikeouts and one hit allowed. At the plate for Wabasso, Macy Rohlik and Avery Schoer each had a hit and an RBI.

Isabella Trebelhorn took the loss for GFW, striking out one while allowing 10 runs on four hits. Lauren Schaffer and Trebelhorn picked up hits for the Thunderbirds.

Carlson picked up the win in Game 2, pitching three innings and recording four strikeouts and no hits allowed. Struntz led the team at the bases, getting two hits and two RBIs with a run scored. Camryn Irlbeck and Schoer each had a hit and two RBIs, while Carlson, Aylah Jenniges, Audrey Johnson, Anistasia Smith and Kayleigha Johnson each had a hit and an RBI.

Ellison Fitzpatrick took the loss for GFW, pitching six strikeouts while allowing 10 hits and 21 runs, four earned. GFW did not have a hit in the game.

Wabasso travels to Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday. GFW travels to Sleepy Eye on Monday.


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