AMATEUR BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Lakers split dramatic doubleheader
MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Heron Lake's amateur baseball team was on both the winning and losing ends of dramatic games decided in the late innings Sunday.
The Lakers scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning en route to an 8-4 victory against Fox Lake before suffering a 4-3 victory against Mountain Lake, which scored the walk-off run on a passed ball, later in the evening.
A one-run error after a bunt by Keith Rogers, followed by a two-run single by Alex Leopold, ended a 1-1 deadlock that lasted five innings and gave Heron Lake a three-run lead entering the bottom of the 10th inning against Fox Lake.
Fox Lake answered with three runs to tie the game and had the potential winning run on third base, but Heron Lake reliever Ben Scheevel induced a groundout to end the threat.
After Fox Lake recorded two quick outs in the top of the 11th inning, Lucas Knutson reached on a single, promptly stole second base, and scored on an RBI single by Kirk McBreen.
After Rogers drew a walk, Jerrad Meinders, Leopold and Scheevel delivered back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to cap a four-run outburst.
Scheevel returned to the mound in the bottom of the frame and notched the save.
Leopold went 3-for-6 with three RBI and a stolen base, and McBreen went 2-for-4 with an RBI, three runs, a stolen base and two walks.
Knutson went 2-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base, and Rogers went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs and two stolen bases.
Meinders allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one in nine innings of work.
Heron Lake scored a run in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a one-run lead, but Mountain Lake responded with a run in both the sixth and seventh innings to escape with a victory.
Barrett Herrig led off the seventh with a double to right-center field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Mountain Lake then attempted a suicide squeeze. The batter missed the ball, but so did Heron Lake's catcher, and Herrig scored the walk-off run.
Knutson went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, and McBreen, Meinders and Chad Knutson each added a hit and a run.
Josh Olson had an RBI, and Mike Rogers had a hit for Heron Lake.
Leopold, who suffered the loss, allowed four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two in six and one-third innings.
Austin Hopwood went 1-for-2, and Mitch Schroeder went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base to lead Mountain Lake.
Heron Lake (5-7, 5-6), will travel to face Windom on Wednesday.
R H E
HL 000 100 000 34 -- 8 11 0
FL 001 000 000 30 -- 4 9 2
R H E
HL 001 110 0 -- 3 5 2
ML 200 001 1 -- 4 5 0
SW Barnstormers 6, Hadley 4
HADLEY -- Mike Wenninger hit a two-run home run to highlight a five-run fifth inning and lead the Southwest Barnstormers to a two-run victory.
Mickey Sehr went 1-for-3 with a double, and Robert Petersen struck out three in six and one-third innings to earn the win.
Taylor Rignell went 3-for-4, Ryan Beers went 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Joe Larson went 2-for-4 to lead Hadley.
R H E
SWB 000 050 1 -- 6 5 1
Hadley 100 001 2 -- 4 9 2
Hadley 11, Tracy 10
HADLEY -- Hadley scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and earn a one-run, walk-off victory in a game scheduled for seven innings.
Beers doubled and Max Zwart singled to put runners on the corners for the Buttermakers in the 10th, and a walk loaded the bases. Another walk forced in the first run, and Rignell was hit by a pitch to drive in the second run. Kyle DeLong then followed with an RBI single up the middle to score the winning run.
Larson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Zach Bruns and Zwart each added two hits for the Buttermakers.
Beers, who hit a two-run home run in the third inning, finished with three RBI.
Paul Counter pitched the final one and two-thirds innings to earn the win for Hadley (9-6, 9-3), which will travel to face Jackson on Wednesday.
R H E
Trcy 401 002 12 -- 10 15 4
Hdly 104 210 03 -- 11 12 2
Adrian 4, Wilmont 1
WILMONT -- Jordon Kontz scattered five hits, walked four and struck out six in a complete-game effort to lead Adrian to the victory.
Matt Gades went 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Glen Kruger went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the A's, who led 3-0 after two innings.
Jesse Teerink went 2-for-3 to lead Wilmont (7-5).
Justin Saufley, who suffered the loss, allowed four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.
R H E
Adrian 120 000 1 -- 4 5 1
Wilmont 000 100 0 -- 1 5 1
Wilmont 14, Spencer 4 (5 inn.)
MARSHALL -- Thirteen consecutive batters reached base and 11 of the 16 players who came to the plate in the fourth inning scored to lead Wilmont to a blowout victory.
Saufley, who had a double, a single and three RBI in the fourth inning, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI to lead Wilmont. Teerink went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Steven Kremer went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Ryan Swanson scattered 11 hits, walked none and struck out five in a complete-game effort to earn the win.
R H E
Wilm. 000 (11) 3 -- 14 8 0
Spencer 102 10 -- 4 11 3
Milroy 4, Wilmont 2
MARSHALL -- Swanson started his second game of the afternoon for Wilmont but couldn't pick up his second win.
Wilmont scored twice in the top of the third inning to even the score, but Milroy scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the third and added an insurance run in the fifth.
Swanson allowed three earned runs, walked one and struck out two in four innings.
Cody Melendrez went 2-for-2 to lead Wilmont.
R H E
Wilmont 002 000 0 -- 2 7 3
Milroy 021 010 x -- 4 7 1