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Baseball roundup: Strong start from Parker Jendro not quite enough in pitchers' duel at Rocori

Alexandria fell by a 1-0 final, and Brandon-Evansville ran into strong pitching in New York Mills against the defending Section 6A champions.

Parker Jendro
Alexandria's Parker Jendro throws during a game against Sartell during the 2021 season. Jendro started and went five strong innings against Rocori on the road on Thursday evening, but the Spartans prevailed in a 1-0 game.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria baseball team locked up in a pitchers’ duel against Section 8-3A rival Rocori and fell in a 1-0 final on Thursday evening.

Parker Jendro gave the Cardinals (1-1) five strong innings. He allowed just one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four before Matthew Hornstein struck out the side on 15 pitches in the sixth.

Rocori senior Cole Fuchs was just a little bit better as he threw a complete-game shutout. Fuchs scattered three hits and walked nobody while striking out six.

Lake Hagen doubled for Alexandria, and Caleb Runge and Brock Lerfald each collected singles. Lerfald also got on base to apply some pressure by getting hit by a pitch.

Rocori’s lone run came on an RBI single from Peyton Randall with two outs in the second inning. The rally started with a one-out walk from Brady Blattner.

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The Cardinals are scheduled to host their home opener at Knute Nelson Memorial Ballpark at 2 p.m. on Saturday against the St. Cloud Crush.

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ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Parker Jendro - L, 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4SO; Matthew Hornstein - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Reed Reisdorf - 0-3; Caleb Runge - 1-3; Nate Hammerback - 0-3; JD Hennen - 0-3; Devin Cimbura - 0-3; Lake Hagen - 1-3, 2B; Brock Lerfald - 1-1, HBP; Jaxon Schoenrock - 0-2; Dayton Downing - 0-2

Chargers fall to defending section champs

Brandon-Evansville ran into the defending Section 6A champions in New York Mills on Thursday night as the Eagles won a 4-1 game.

New York Mills scored single runs in each of the first three innings, and then another in the fifth. The Eagles collected nine hits, while Jonah Johnson threw four strong innings with nine strikeouts. Jayden Hoidahl had the Chargers only hit with a single in the fifth inning.

“We saw some very good pitching and just couldn’t muster up any offense against a strong New York Mills ballclub,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. “I was pleased with how our defense played and thought both Dezmond White and Brady Perleberg gave us some quality innings on the mound. The season is still young and we have some of the foundational pieces in place, but there are plenty of things to work on. We just need the opportunity to get outside so we can work on the parts of the game that you can’t simulate in a gymnasium setting.”

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White went four innings in the loss. He allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Johnson allowed no hits and just two walks during his four frames.

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NYM                                      111 010 X - 4 9 2 

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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