Tigers fall to Owatonna

Prep softball/baseball roundup May 17, 2024

Owatonna 7, Marshall 2

OWATONNA — The Owatonna bats were too strong for the Marshall baseball team to subdue on Friday night. The Huskies jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back as they defeated the Tigers 7-2.

Owatonna first got on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. After a double play retired the first two batters in the second inning, the Huskies then rallied to tag on another four runs and seize all momentum.

The Tigers responded in the top of the third when Liam Kruse walked and Andrew Stelter followed up with a two-run home run to bring the Tigers back into the game. Yet, the homer proved to be the last of the Tigers’ scoring as Owatonna shutdown the Tigers for each of the final four innings.

Talan Plante accounted for three Tiger hits on the day, including a double, while Brownlee added a single. No other Tigers recorded a hit, though the team did finish with five walks.

Chase Alcorn recorded the loss for Marshall after allowing two earned runs and three unearned runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings. Logan Miller allowed one earned run and one unearned over 2 1/3 innings of relief while Braeden Myhre held Owatonna without a hit, run or walk in the final two frames.

Owatonna got back a run in the third inning and another in the fourth to bring the game to its final score.

Marshall falls to 15-4 with the loss, ending a seven-game win streak. The Tigers will now head to Luverne today for the Big South Conference Championship. The game will be held at Redbird Field at 2:30 p.m.

YME 5, Redwood Valley 4

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine East baseball team held off a late rally from Redwood Valley on Friday night to pull out a 5-4 win in their final home game of the regular season on Friday night.

The Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the top of the first but YME came right back with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. They led for the remainder of the game.

Drew Monson pitched the first four innings for YME to pick up the win on the mound. He allowed two earned runs on two hits and five walks while striking out three.

In relief, Jacob Peterson allowed one earned run and one unearned run in the sixth inning to cap off two innings of solid work. He allowed just one hit and three walks while striking out a pair. Connor Fagen closed out the win with a scoreless, hitless, walkless final frame to pick up the save.

Monson and Peterson each also had a pair of hits including a double for the Sting. Eric Jimenez and Braden Nelson each also singled twice.

YME improves to 6-9 with the win and will wrap up its regular season with a pair of road matchups, taking on Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and Central Minnesota Christian on Monday and Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

MCC 16, A/E 4

SLAYTON — The Murray County Central baseball team exploded four multiple runs in three of the first four innings of its game against Adrian/Ellsworth on Friday night. The offensive fireworks allowed the Rebels to coast to a 16-4 win.

MCC put up three runs in the first inning and, after a relatively quiet second inning with just one run for the Knights, Adrian/Ellsworth responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third to make the score 4-2. That was the last time the Dragons would get close as the Rebels came back with seven runs in the bottom of the frame and, after allowing another pair of runs in the top of the fourth, MCC added five more in the bottom before winning via mercy rule.

Krew Schneider and Teague Meyer each had three hits on the day for MCC, including a double for Schneider. Dugan Kluis also had a pair of singles while Owen Gillette and Carter Lewis each tripled.

Schneider started the game on the mound for MCC, pitching the first 3 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on two hits and three walks. He also struck out four batters.

In relief, Cayden Veldhuisen struck out five batters over 1 2/3 scoreless frames while holding Adrian/Ellsworth to just a hit and a walk.

MCC improves to 12-3 with the win and will wrap up its regular season by hosting Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Monday at 4:30 p.m.


LAMBERTON –Despite trailing by as many as four runs, the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton baseball team rallied late in its home game against Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Friday night to pull out a 10-4 road victory.

RRC/WWG scored one run in each of the first two innings before extending its lead to 4-0 after a two-run third. Each of the Falcons’ four runs came on a sacrifice. From there, however, it was all TMB.

TMB first got on the board in the fourth inning when Noah Knakmuhs singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Trevor Smith single. The Panthers then capitalized on three fifth-inning errors from the Falcons to tack on another five runs for a 5-4 lead. They put the game away in the sixth inning with another five unanswered runs.

Smith led the Panthers at the plate with three singles on the day while Jeret Ankrum doubled for the team’s only extra-base hit. Smith also drove in three runs while Knakmuhs and Alex Schuh each drove in another two RBIs.

Alex Munson picked up the win on the mound after allowing two earned runs and two unearned in four innings of work. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three batters before he was relieved by Ashton Squires.

In relief, Squires struck out four batters over three innings while holding RRC/WWG without a run or a walk and just one hit.

Hudsen Jenniges led the Falcons on both sides of the plate. As a batter, his two hits were a team-high. As a pitcher, he tossed five innings while allowing just three earned runs. He struck out six batters while holding TMB to six hits and three walks but errors tagged him with an extra five unearned runs.

Quintyn Vold allowed two runs in two innings of relief on two hits and a walk. He also struck out a pair of batters.

Austin Imker doubled to give RRC/WWG its only extra-base hit of the game.

TMB improves to 12-5 with the win and will host Windom for its next game on Monday at 4:30 p.m. while Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove falls to 9-7 and will conclude its regular season in Slayton against Murray County Central on Monday at 4:30 p.m.


RTR 10, RRC/WWG 0 (5)

TYLER — After locking up the No. 2 seed in the Section 3A South bracket, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton softball team didn’t lose focus on the present. The Knights continued to play at a high level in their regular-season finale Friday night, taking down Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 10-0 in five innings.

The Knights sealed the run-rule win when Payton Johansen led off the bottom of the fifth on a double and scored on a Lily Klumper walk-off single.

Johansen was one of five Knights with a double in the game, along with Paisley Thooft, Daryssa Cruz, Kya Alderson and Gabi Borresen. Laken Baartman also had a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to give RTR a 4-0 lead.

Baartman, Alderson, Borresen, Cruz and Madi Burns each had a pair of hits for RTR.

Alderson led the Knights with three RBIs and as the Knights’ pitcher. She held RRC/WWG with just one baserunner on the day, courtesy of an error, in the five-inning no-hitter. She struck out 14 of the 16 batters she faced.

Carlie Ross allowed nine runs on 12 hits in four innings on the mound for RRC/WWG while Natalie Wahl allowed one run on two hits without getting an out.

RTR improves to 17-3 with the win while RRC/WWG falls to 7-11.


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