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Baseball roundup: Alexandria, Minnewaska earn wins while WCA and Osakis fall

Alexandria exacts revenge on the St. Cloud Crush, Minnewaska tops WCA, Parkers Prairie and Osakis fall

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Alexandria's Nate Hammerback (left) crosses home plate in a game against the St. Cloud Crush on April 23, 2022. Alexandria lost 5-3 to the St. Cloud Crush on April 23, 2022 but were winners in a rematch on May 3, 2022.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria baseball team avenged a 5-3 loss to the St. Cloud Crush on April 23 by earning a 5-1 win on the road Tuesday.

The Crush got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning but they weren’t able to muster up any more runs than that.

The Cardinals (5-2) jumped ahead in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by Reed Reisdorf and Dayton Downing scoring off of a groundout by Will Suchy. Reisdorf scored once more in the top of the fourth, this time off of another ground ball from Suchy.

Alexandria scored some insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings with Suchy scoring in the sixth off a sacrifice fly by Lake Hagen and Brock Lerfald scoring off of a sacrifice fly from Devin Cimbura.

The Cardinals shut down the Crush batters, limiting them to just two hits.

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Matthew Hornstein earned the win on the mound for the Cardinals. He pitched 4.2 innings, struck out six batters and allowed just two hits and one run. Nick Lavesseur pitched the final 2.1 innings and struck out two batters while allowing no hits and no runs.

Alexandria is back at Knute Nelson Memorial Park on Thursday for a doubleheader with the Brainerd Warriors beginning at 4 p.m.

Alexandria - 0 2 0 1 0 1 1- 5 10 4

St. Cloud Crush - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 2 3

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Matthew Hornstein - W - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 SO, 5 BB; Nick Lavesseur - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 SO, 2 BB

ALEXANDRIA HITTING - Jaxon Schoenrock, 2-5; Caleb Runge, 1-2; Lake Hagen, 0-3; JD Hennen, 1-3; Brock Lerfald, 2-2; Nate Hammerback, 1-4; Dayton Downing, 1-3; Devin Cimbura, 0-0; Reed Reisdorf, 2-3; Will Suchy, 1-3;

Minnewaska’s offense erupts in 14-1 win over West Central Area

The Minnewaska Lakers got the bats going in a 13-run victory over the West Central Area Knights and improved to 6-0.

Minnewaska scored at least one run in every inning and scored six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game on ice.

The Lakers had 12 hits on Tuesday, three of which came off the bat of shortstop Torii Johnson. Center fielder Jack Majerus and catcher Noah Jensen tied for a game-high three RBIs.

The Lakers got their scoring started by scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings before scoring one run each in innings three through six.

Eight different Lakers had a hit on Tuesday.

Jack Larson started the game on the mound for the Lakers. He pitched two innings, allowed one hit and one run and struck out three batters. Hunter Johnson pitched the final 4.2 innings, striking out eight batters and allowing three hits.

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WCA’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning, off of a hit by Dane Anderson. Cole Anderson pitched six innings, allowed eight runs (four earned) off of eight hits and he struck out six.

Anderson and Colton Lindquist combined for all four of the Knights hits on the night.

Minnewaska is on the road at Sauk Centre on Thursday for a game at 5 p.m., while WCA hosts Morris Area at 5 p.m. as well.

Minnewaska - 2 2 1 1 1 1 6 - 14 12 0

West Central Area - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 6

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Jack Larson - W - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO, 4 BB; Hunter Johnson - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 SO

MINNEWASKA HITTING - Jacob Blair, 2-5; Torii Johnson, 3-5; Jack Majerus, 1-4; Jack Larson, 1-3; PJ Johnson, 1-3; Nathan Dell, 1-3; Alex Panitzke, 0-1; Hunter Johnson, 1-3; Logan Rood, 1-1; Cole Baker, 0-1; Conner Stein, 0-2; Balke Andreas, 0-0

WEST CENTRAL AREA PITCHING - Cole Anderson - L - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO; Brayden Stark - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB; Dane Anderson - 0.2 IP, 1 H

Parkers Prairie’s comeback falls short

Down 11-1 to Menagha in the bottom of the seventh, the Parkers Prairie Panthers plated six runs before the final out of the game and lost 11-7.

“Too many miscues on the defensive side of the ball,” Parker Prairie head coach Derek Denny said. “Too little offense too late for us as well. The Braves are a good hitting team, but we didn’t help ourselves at all.”

Parkers Prairie committed six errors in the field.

Parkers Prairie had eight hits on the night. Dylan Debilzen, Jack Wagner and Carter Theonnes each had two hits. Debilzen had a two-RBI triple in the game.

Parkers Prairie fell to 4-2 with the loss.

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Parkers Prairie plays at Upsala on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Menahga - 1 5 0 3 0 0 2 - 11 12 2

Parkers Prairie - 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 - 7 9 6

PARKERS PRAIRIE PITCHING - Holden Traux - L - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB; Nolan Steidl - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R , 2 ER, BB, 2 SO; Jack Wagner - 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

PARKER PRAIRIE HITTING - Dylan Debilzen, 2-3; Cole Gesell, 1-4; Nolan Steidl, 0-4; David Revering, 0-4; Zach Mrnak, 1-4; Jack Wagner, 2-4; Carter Thieschafer, 0-3; Blake Adickes, 0-3; Carter Thoennes, 2-3;

Osakis falls 11-1 to Upsala-Swanville

Tuesday was a tough night for the Osakis Silverstreak baseball team as it fell 11-1 to Upsala-Swanville.

“USA hit the ball well,” Osakis head coach Kendell Proel said. “Our defense played well as we did not have many errors. Our pitchers got behind in many counts and USA was ready to hit the belt-high fastball. Our team needs to improve on putting the ball in play when runners are in scoring position.”

Osakis had just two hits on the night.

Seth Staloch struck out three but allowed four earned runs off of six hits. Kyle Mages and Mekai Hoelscher also pitched for the Silverstreaks. Mages allowed three hits and three earned runs while Hoelscher allowed two hits but struck out two batters.

The Silverstreaks are 2-3 on the season and host Pierz at 5 p.m. on Thursday, before hosting Minnewaska at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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