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Baseball: Lakers fall to Bulldogs in extra innings

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Baseball: Lakers fall to Bulldogs in extra innings
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The Minnewaska baseball team dropped its last two games in the West Central South Conference with a 7-1 loss against Morris last Thursday, two days after falling in a wild game against Paynesville, 8-7 in nine innings.


Eric Riley was too much for the Lakers on the mound in the 7-1 loss to Morris. Riley struck out 11 in a complete-game performance. He scattered five hits and walked just two.

Alex Henricks got to him in the fourth with the lone Minnewaska run. Henricks led off the inning with a triple and came around to score on an error in the next at-bat.

"We ran into a good pitcher tonight who threw well," head coach Chris Bennes said. "It was nice to see our guys start to get to him in the middle innings, but we still struck out too many times looking. Our defense made a few mistakes on some tough plays early that gave them the early lead and we could never climb out of that hole completely."

It was a different story against Paynesville as the Lakers battled back after falling behind 4-0 through three innings. Minnewaska scored twice in the fourth inning to cut the lead in half. They added three more on one play in the fifth to turn the early deficit into a one-run lead.

Cory Jackson laid down a bunt with runners on first and third in the fifth. Paynesville pitcher Nathan Nietfeld fielded the ball and threw the ball over his first baseman's head and into right field. That brought both runners home for the Lakers before another error on a throw to third base went into left field to bring Jackson home with the go-ahead run.

That 5-4 lead for Minnewaska is how things would go into the seventh. The Bulldogs responded with two straight singles to start the inning. Jake Deadrick then delivered a big blow with a three-run home run to give his team a 7-5 lead.

The Lakers were not done, though. They answered back with two more in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The two teams went scoreless in the eighth before Jon Kerzman sent an RBI-double into left-center field in the top of the ninth for the eventual game-winning run.

"It was a very exciting game," Bennes said. "But it did not have the outcome we wanted. We did a nice job coming from behind two different times...we cannot make mistakes against good baseball teams and expect to win. We have played well for the last two weeks and against most teams, our performance tonight would have been good enough to win. But we need to tip our hats to a good performance by the Bulldogs."


MORRIS 131 000 2 - 7 8 3

MINNEWASKA 000 100 0 - 1 5 3

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Taylor Kollman - (L) 7IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, 2SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Trenton Berg - 1-4; Alex Henricks - 1-3, 1 run, 3B; Michael Whittemore - 1-3; Ryan Kleven - 1-3; Dustin Helmick - 1-2

PAYNESVILLE 031 000 301 - 8 15 4

MINNEWASKA 000 230 200 - 7 7 4

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Mike Whittemore - (L) 9IP, 15H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 8SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Berg - 2-5, 2 SB; Kevin Jenks - 2-4, 1 run; Whittemore - 1-4, 1 run, 2B, SB, RBI; Kleven - 2 BB; Shane Bosek - 1 run, SB; Andy Goracke - 1-3, 2 runs, BB; Cory Jackson - 1-3, 2 runs, BB, RBI

The Minnewaska baseball team split its last two games with a 6-0 win over Montevideo on Monday after dropping a 9-7 decision to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last Friday.

Mike Whittemore was dominant in the win over Montevideo. He threw a complete game two hitter, allowing just two walks and striking out 10.

The loss to the Falcons last Friday featured a lot of offense from both teams. Trenton Berg led the Lakers with two triples, two runs scored and an RBI. Dustin Helmick and Kevin Jenks each had two RBIs, as well.

The Lakers found themselves down 8-1 after three innings, but a six run fourth got them right back in the game. That would be all the closer they could get, though, as the Falcons added an insurance run in the sixth to secure the win.

Andy Goracke came on in relief in the third inning and threw well to give Minnewaska a chance.


MONTEVIDEO 000 000 0 - 0

MINNEWASKA 012 300 0 - 6

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Mike Whittemore - (W) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 10SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Trenton Berg - 2-4, 1 run, 2B, SB; Kevin Jenks - 1-4, RBI; Whittemore - 2 BB, 2 SB, 1 run; Alex Henricks - BB, 2 SB, 1 run, RBI; Ryan Kleven - HBP, 1 run; Andy Goracke - 2 BB; Jeremy Walker - HBP; Cory Jackson - 1-2, 1 run, SB, BB, RBI; Dustin Helmicks - HBP, 1 run

ACGC 305 001 0 - 9

MINNEWASKA 100 600 0 - 7

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Berg - (L) 2 2/3IP, 5H, 8R, 6ER, 5BB, 0SO; Goracke - 4 1/3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Berg - 2-3, 2 runs, 2 3B, BB, RBI; Jenks - 1-4, 2 RBI; Henricks - 2-4, 1 run, 2 SB; Goracke - BB, 1 run; Walker - HBP, 1 run; Taylor Kollman - HBP, 1 run, RBI; Jackson - RBI; Helmick - 1-2, 1 run, BB, 2 RBI

Lakers win two

The Minnewaska baseball team won its third straight game last week with a 17-5 win over Montevideo last Thursday, two days after the Lakers upended Yellow Medicine East 12-2.

Mike Whittemore gave the Lakers a huge performance at the plate against the Thunder Hawks with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. His day got off to a good start with a three-run home run in the first inning that got his team on the board.

Andy Goracke earned the win on the mound in 4 2/3 innings of relief work.

The big offensive day was a carryover from the 12-2 win over YME on Tuesday. The Lakers had 10 hits, led by two apiece from Trenton Berg, Alex Henricks and Jeremy Walker. Walker and Berg each added two RBIs.

Whittemore chipped in on the mound against YME. He shutdown the Sting, holding them to just one hit in his five inning complete-game performance. Both runs he allowed were unearned. He struck out seven in the win.


MINNEWASKA 530 405 - 17

MONTEVIDEO 310 100 - 5

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Taylor Kollman - 1 1/3IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 1SO; Andy Goracke - (W) 4 2/3IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Trenton Berg - BB, RBI; Kevin Jenks - 1-2, 2BB, 3 runs, RBI; Alex Henricks - 1-5, 3 runs, 2B; Mike Whittemore - 3-5, 3 runs, HR, 4 RBI; Ryan Kleven - 1-4, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Shane Bosek - 3-5, 2 runs, RBI; Kollman - 1-2, 2 RBI; Goracke - 1-1, BB, 2 runs; Jeremy Walker - 1-4, 1 run, 2B, 2 RBI

YME 002 00 - 2

MINNEWASKA 432 3X - 12

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Whittemore - (W) 5IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 1BB, 7SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Berg - 2-4, 2 runs, HR, 2 SB, 2 RBI; Jenks - BB, 1 run, RBI, SB; Henricks - 2-2, 2 runs, 2 SB, BB, RBI; Whittemore - 1-2, 1 run, BB, RBI; Kollman - 1-2, 1 run, BB, RBI; Ryan Kleven - 1-2, 1 run, RBI; Goracke - 1-2, 2 runs, BB, RBI; Cory Jackson - 1 run, SB; Walker - 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 run

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