Roundup: Swerman’s home run not enough for Alexandria in Willmar, while Minnewaska wins behind one-hitter for Alexander
Willmar's Ian Koosman strikes out 11 to help his team fend off Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference game.
The Alexandria baseball team ran into one of the best Class 3A teams in the state on Tuesday night as Willmar improved to 14-2 with a 4-1 win on its home field.
Willmar’s only two losses this season came in 5-4 and 6-0 games against Sartell-St. Stephen (13-2) on May 17. Ian Koosman threw a complete game for Willmar against Alexandria. He struck out 11 and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. Alexandria’s lone run came on a Devan Swerman solo home run in the fourth inning.
Shay Endres gave Alexandria a chance on the mound. He scattered three hits and three walks in four innings. The Cardinals committed four errors that led to a couple of unearned runs.
ALEXANDRIA 000 100 0 - 1 5 4
WILLMAR 011 101 X - 4 5 1
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Shay Endres - L, 4IP, 3H, 3BB, 3R, 1ER, 5SO; Elijah Holthaus - 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3SO
ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE - Brock Lerfald - 0-3; Holthaus - 0-3; Devan Swerman - 1-3, HR, 1 run, RBI; Endres - 1-3; Nate Hammerback - 0-3; Devin Cimbura - 0-2; Grady Anderson - 1-1; JD Hennen - 1-3; Caleb Runge - 0-3; Lake Hagen - 1-2
Alexander tosses one-hitter for Lakers
Minnewaska senior Darion Alexander tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (9-8) on May 18.
The Lakers improved to 9-7 after Alexander struck out eight and limited the Tigers to just one run in the first inning. Aaron Ver Steeg had an RBI, and Mitchell Gruber put the pressure on the Morris defense by laying down sacrifice bunts in his first two at-bats that led to errors and runs scored for Minnewaska.
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MORRIS AREA 100 000 0 - 1 1 3
MINNEWASKA 101 001 X - 3 0 1
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Darion Alexander - W, 7IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 8SO
MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - Alexander - 0-1, BB, 2 runs; Mitchell Gruber - 0-3; Aaron Ver Steeg - 0-1, 2 BB, RBI; Riley Johnson - 0-3; Dalton Friedrichs - 0-2, BB; Sam Hested - 0-2; Jacob Blair - 1 run; Torii Johnson - 0-2, BB; PJ Johnson - 0-3; Hunter Johnson - 0-2’ Derek Lohre - 0-1
Scores from Tuesday, May 18
(Stats not yet available)
Pequot Lakes (7-7) 10, Osakis (3-9) 2
Sebeka (10-5) 9, Parkers Prairie (5-8) 7