Roundup: Upsala clips Ashby to hand Arrows their first loss; Minnewaska fends off NL-S

Ashby, Upsala Swanville both battling for top seeds in their Section 6A subsections.

Minnewaska senior Darion Alexander pitches in a game against Spectrum on May 8, 2021. Alexander threw six scoreless innings against New London-Spicer on May 25 to earn the win for the 11-8 Lakers. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Ashby baseball team had won four one-run games as part of its 18-game winning streak to start the spring, but another good team finally edged the Arrows on Monday night.

Upsala-Swanville Area is 16-2 now after winning a 4-3 final over Ashby (18-1). It was a battle of two of the top teams in Section 6A as USA may be the top seed in the 6A South, while the Arrows and New York Mills (16-2) are right there battling for the top seed in the North.

“We walked too many guys and didn’t have very good at-bats,” Ashby head coach Jared Larson said of the loss to the Patriots. “Not going to win many ball games giving up 11 walks and leaving as many runners on as we did tonight.”

The game was tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Cooper Thieschafer singled in a run on the first pitch he saw during the at-bat. Miles Hoff went 2-for-3 at the plate for Ashby and had a two-run single in the second inning.

Levi Lampert earned the win for Upsala-Swanville by striking out two over a hitless inning of work in relief. Thieschafer went the first six innings and scattered three hits and struck out five. Carson Spangler took the loss for Ashby after the Patriots got to him for two runs. Hunter Norby started and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.


Lakers edge New London-Spicer

Minnewaska got six solid innings from senior Darion Alexander on Monday in a 3-2 win over New London-Spicer (3-16) that moved the Lakers to 11-8 overall.

Alexander walked five batters, but he struck out six and allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings. The Wildcats got two runs in the seventh, but Mitchell Gruber got the all-important third out to shut the door after allowing two hits and two walks.

Senior Aaron Ver Steeg was Minnewaska’s catalyst at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Sam Hested also drove in a run.

NEW LONDON-SPICER 000 000 2 - 2 3 1

MINNEWASKA 101 001 X - 3 8 1

MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Darion Alexander - W, 6IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 6SO; Mitchell Gruber - S, 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0SO

MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - Alexander - 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 runs; Gruber - 1-4; Aaron Ver Steeg - 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI; Riley Johnson - 1-3, 1 run; Jacob Blair - 0-1; Dalton Friedrichs - 0-2, BB; Sam Hested - 1-3, RBI; Torii Johnson - 2-2, BB; PJ Johnson - 0-2, BB; Hunter Johnson - 0-1, BB; Jace Lindemann - 0-1

Scores from Monday, May 24

(Stats not yet available)


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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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