Prep baseball: Adrian holds on despite miscues
ADRIAN— In a Thursday afternoon game moved from Slayton to Adrian due to poor field conditions, the Adrian Dragons overcame defensive struggles to squeak by Murray County Central 4-3.
The game was riddled with seven Dragon errors, but the Adrian pitching was the shining light in the win.
Ian Ruppert started for Adrian and he allowed three unearned runs on two hits in two and one-third innings of work. Logan Rogers then came in for relief and pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on no hits, tacking on eight strikeouts to pick up the win.
“We kicked the ball around,” Adrian head coach Kevin Nowotny said. “We got lucky. MCC played really well. We are living on our pitching right now. We need to get our defense under control and start hitting better.”
The Dragons first scored in the second inning, starting with a Ruppert single, followed by a walk by Nick Ryne. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, and Ruppert then scored on Trey Henning’s fielder’s choice. In the third, Brady Lonneman walked, and then Jordan Dingmann’s single put runners on first and third. Rogers’ fielder’s choice scored Lonneman, and Jordan Bertrand ripped a single, scoring two runs.
Paul Mesner started on the mound for the Rebels. He went six complete innings, giving up four runs on four hits with only three walks and four strikeouts. Mesner was tagged with the loss on the hill.
The Rebels didn’t have a single defensive error in the contest, but they simply couldn’t muster the offense to win the ballgame. Nick Petersen and Kyle Schreier had a hit apiece for the Rebels, the only two for the team.
MCC goes on to face Edgerton/SWC on Tuesday, and their record now falls to 3-2 overall, and 2-2 in the conference.
The Dragons are now 6-1 overall, and 4-0 in conference play. Nowotny attributes the team’s success to the depth the team possesses. Adrian has seven seniors on the roster, and also has four juniors to pad the chart — all with experience.
“We had to call a lot of younger kids up last year,” Nowotny stated. “So naturally they got a lot of experience, and now they are really helping us competitively.”
The Dragons have a tough week ahead of them, facing Pipestone on Monday, Red Rock Central on Tuesday and Worthington on Thursday.
“We are looking forward to playing these teams,” Nowotny said. “They are always quality teams and are very tough. It’ll be nice to see their pitching and we are hoping to be competitive with each of them.”
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MCC 012 000 0—3 2 0
Adrian 013 000 x—4 4 7