Baseball roundup: Ashby and Alexandria pick up wins, Minnewaska falls in extras

Baseball roundup for area teams.

Ashby shortstop Torin Olson goes high to try to gather a throw before slapping down in an attempt to tag Brandon-Evansville's Kian Gackle at second base on May 4, 2021. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Ashby stayed undefeated with a pair of wins in Roseau on Friday night.

In game one against Lake of the Woods, the Arrows (18-0) rolled to an 18-0 win. Carter Spangler allowed just two hits on the mound for the Arrows. Torin Olson, Jaden Norby and Hunter Norby all had multi-hit games in the win.

The second game was far more competitive, but Ashby hung on to beat Roseau 5-3 to stay unbeaten.

The Rams took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the second inning before the Arrows took the lead with two runs in the second. Two more runs from the Arrows in the fifth put the game away. Olson doubled twice to score runs in the win.

Jaden Norby started on the mound and gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out eight batters and walked one.


Minnewaska falls in extras

Two runs in the third inning weren’t enough for Minnewaska to beat Paynesville on Friday night.

Riley Johnson drove in a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to give Minnewaska (10-8) a 2-0 lead. However, Paynesville (14-4) scored three unanswered runs to win its 14th game of the season.

In the ninth inning, a bases loaded walk scored the Bulldog’s game-winning run.

Minnewaska senior Aaron Ver Steeg was good on the mound once again in his 7.2-inning outing. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Mitchell Gruber, Sam Hested, PJ Johnson and Hunter Johnson each had two hits for the Lakers.

MINNEWASKA- 002 000 000 - 2

PAYNESVILLE- 000 002 001 - 3

MINNEWASKA HITTING- Darion Alexander 0-2, R, 3BB; Mitchell Gruber 2-3, R, BB; Aaron Ver Steeg 0-4, BB: Riley Johnson 1-4, 2RBI; Dalton Frederichs 0-5; Sam Hested 2-5; Torii Johnson 1-4; PJ Johnson 2-4; Hunter Johnson 2-4;

PITCHING- Ver Steeg- 7.2 IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K; H. Johnson .2 IP, R, 4BB, 2K; T. Johnson 1BB


Alex avenges loss in Moorhead

In a rematch of an early-season matchup, Alexandria beat Moorhead this time around 6-2 on Friday night.

On Apr. 30, The Cardinals fell to the Spuds 8-6 at Knute Nelson Memorial Park. This time, it was Will Suchy who stole the show. He threw a complete-game three-hitter for Alexandria’s second win in as many nights. Suchy struck out 13 and walked nobody.

Devan Swerman had three hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead the offense. Swerman and Shay Endres both homered in the game.

ALEXANDRIA 303 000 0 - 6 11 1

MOORHEAD 100 100 0 - 2 3 2

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Will Suchy - W, 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 13SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Brock Lerfald - 0-3; Reid Reisdorf - 1-1, 2B; Elijah Holthaus - 2-4, 1 run; Devan Swerman - 3-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Shay Endres - 2-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI; JD Hennen - 3-4, 2B, 1 run, RBI; Nate Hammerback - 0-2, BB, RBI; Grady Anderson - 0-3; Caleb Runge - 0-3; Lake Hagen - 0-1; Clayton Birdsall - 0-1

Parkers Prairie walks off WCA

The West Central Area baseball team dropped its final game of the week against Parkers Prairie.


On Friday night, the Panthers (6-9) earned a walk-off victory to beat the Knights (5-11) in the only meeting between the two teams this year. The Knights strung together four runs in the top of the second to tie the game before Parkers Prairie ended it in the bottom of the frame.

Anthony Sykora was 3-for-4 at the plate for WCA with two doubles.

WCA 010 000 4 - 5

PARKERS PRAIRIE 010 400 1 - 6

WCA HITTING- Reubens Swanson 0-4, RBI; Anthony Sykora 3-4 2 2B, R, 2RBI; Jordan Lohse 1-4, RBI 2B; Colton Lindquist 1-4; Ashton Danner 1-2, 2B, R, BB; Trent Koloski 0-2, R, BB; Dane Anderson- 1-2, R, RBI BB; Mark Adams 0-3; Nate Kisgen 0-2, R; PITCHING- Koloski- 3.2 IP, 7H, 5R, 3BB, K; Sykora 2.2 IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, K

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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