Alexandria, Ashby roll, while Brandon-Evansville splits in battle of good Pheasant Conference teams
The two wins for Ashby wrapped up a Pheasant Conference championship as the Arrows continue to cement themselves as one of the top teams in the Section 6A field with the playoffs looming.
The Alexandria baseball team (8-7) is on a three-game winning streak heading into a 5 p.m. first pitch with Becker (5-7) on Friday after the Cardinals rolled over Rocori (7-6) 10-2 Thursday.
Alexandria jumped on the Spartans early with four runs through the first two innings. A five-run fourth inning then put the game away on a night where the Cardinals had 14 hits.
Elijah Holthaus and Shay Endres each had two hits and three RBIs. Holthaus and JD Hennen both picked up doubles, while Endres and Devan Swerman had home runs in the game.
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Will Suchy got the win on the mound after going five innings, scattering five hits and four walks and striking out four.
The Cardinals are at Knute Nelson Memorial Ballpark tonight, Friday, to host Becker and wrap up a four-game week.
Free admission to Senior Night
Alexandria will host its Senior Night to celebrate its senior baseball players with a 7 p.m. first pitch against Fergus Falls (2-10) on May 20.
The junior varsity game will precede the varsity game at 4:30 that day.
Admission to the games is free for everyone, and there will be free root beer floats provided by Geneva Capital for all the kids in attendance. Each child will also be put into a drawing for autographed jerseys signed by this year’s Alexandria baseball players.
ROCORI 000 110 0 - 2 6 0
ALEXANDRIA 130 510 X - 10 14 4
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Will Suchy - 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4SO; Brock Lerfald - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2SO; Connor Lerfald - 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO
ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Brock Lerfald - 1-4, RBI; Elijah Holthaus - 2-3, 2B, 1 run, 3 RBI; Devan Swerman - 2-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Shay Endres - 2-4, HR, 1 run, 3 RBI; Nate Hammerback - 1-3; Grady Anderson - 0-1; Devin Cimbura - 0-3; Clayton Birdsall - 0-1; JD Hennen - 3-3, 2B, 3 runs; Brady McCoy - 2-2, 2 runs; Lake Hagen - 1-3, RBI; Reid Reisdorf - 1 run
Ashby stays perfect at 15-0 and wraps up conference title
Ashby cruised to a 15-0 record on May 13 with a sweep of Ortonville (2-8) in 17-3 and 10-3 finals that secured the Pheasant Conference championship for the Arrows.
Hunter Norby went 2-for-4 at the plate in the 17-3 win and drove in four runs. Ashby had 18 hits total and put up six runs in the fifth inning of that game as Carson Spangler, Torin Olson, Carter Spangler and Evan Paulson each had RBIs in the frame.
Olson got the win on the mound by going 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits.
Jaden Norby got Ashby going in the 10-3 win with a solo home run in the first inning.
The Arrows pulled away for good with a four-run fourth inning. Mattson Hoff doubled in a run, while Carson Spangler, Olson and Hunter Norby all singled in a run. Hoff had three of Ashby’s 12 hits in that game to help lead the way.
“Unbelievably proud of these young men,” Ashby head coach Jared Larson said. “Can’t wait to see what is in store for the remainder of the year.”
Chargers split with Hancock
Brandon-Evansville is 10-5 after splitting a doubleheader with Hancock (8-5) on Thursday.
The Chargers won a 6-0 game behind a standout pitching performance from Tyler Bitzan (5-1). The Owls countered with a solid outing from Kody Berget in game two to win a 4-3 final.
Brandon-Evansville led 3-0 in the nightcap, but Hancock rallied with a run in the third and three more in the fourth to hold on for the win.
“The second game of the doubleheader was very evenly matched and it just came down to a couple misplayed balls that ended up being the difference in the game,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Kody Berget pitched very well for Hancock and didn’t give us many opportunities later in the game to regain the lead. Hancock also played very good defense to complement Berget’s pitching. It was a fun Pheasant Conference game to be part of even though we came up a little short.”
Brady Perleberg, Kyle Schaffran, Hunter Koep, Titus Fuller and Lucas Fuller all had hits for B-E, while Dezmond White took the tough-luck loss on the mound.
Brady Perleberg and Bitzan threw a combined shutout in the first game. Bitzan scattered five hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked just one.
“The defense stepped up behind Tyler and made plays,” coach Perleberg said. “Tyler looked very sharp and was very efficient on the hill and pitched with poise and confidence all game.”
The Chargers pieced together their offense, scoring one in the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings around a two-run fourth inning. B-E had eight hits in the game, with Titus Fuller and Bitzan each getting two hits to lead the way.
“Our offense did a nice job of putting pressure on as we had runners on base in all seven innings,” coach Perleberg said. “I felt our guys really did a nice job of putting the ball in play with two strike counts and making the Hancock defense work.”
BOLD wins tight game over Lakers
BOLD beat Minnewaska in a close, low-scoring game for the second time this season on Thursday night.
The Warriors (10-4) got a big game from Aidan Elfering on the mound as he scattered four hits and three walks in a complete-game win. Elfering struck out seven.
Minnewaska’s Mitchell Gruber gave his team a chance to win by going 5 2/3 innings. Gruber scattered five hits and five walks, but held the Warriors to just two runs, one earned, in the third inning.
Gruber, Aaron Ver Steeg, Riley Johnson and PJ Johnson each had singles for the Lakers.
MINNEWASKA 000 000 0 - 0 4 1
BOLD 002 000 X - 2 5 0
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Mitchell Gruber - L, 5 2/3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 5BB, 5SO; Hunter Johnson - 1/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0SO
MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - Darion Alexander - 0-3, BB; Gruber - 1-3; Aaron Ver Steeg - 1-2 BB; Riley Johnson - 1-3; Dalton Friedrichs - 0-3; Sam Hested - 0-2; Torii Johnson - 0-3; PJ Johnson - 1-3; Hunter Johnson - 0-2, BB