Prep baseball: Adrian's Rogers whiffs 16
ADRIAN — Logan Rogers stepped up in a big way Thursday when his team needed it most.
Even with Rogers’ record-setting day, the two squads were still locked in a 2-2 tie entering the bottom of the sixth. Two singles, a walk and back-to-back suicide squeeze bunts sent four people home for Adrian and going into the seventh, it had taken the 6-2 lead.
Rogers went all seven in picking up the win, striking out seven and walking only one while allowing four hits. He added to the success with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Michael Preuss also hit a double for the Dragons.
Andrew Hirsch took the hard-luck loss for the Wolverines. He also went the distance and allowed four earned on five hits and fanned five. Alex Gerdes had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two driven in.
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PA 9-8, WHS 5-6 PIPESTONE — A rough patch during the middle innings doomed Worthington in the opener before Pipestone Area’s two runs in the fourth proved to be the difference in the nightcap Thursday when the Arrows swept a Southwest Conference doubleheader.
The Trojans scored four runs in the seventh inning in game one, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 9-1 deficit as they dropped a 9-5 decision. In a tightly played nightcap, Pipestone grabbed an 8-6 win.
Mauricio Sada got the win in the first game, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out 11 as the Arrows scored three in the fourth and four more in the fifth to build their big lead. Nathan Russell got the loss for the Trojans, giving up nine earned and striking out six in four and one-third.
Dominic Freese was 2-for-4 with four RBIs for Pipestone. Sada banged out three hits while Jacoby Hunt, Dominic Freese, Brady Bos and Mason Delany had two hits each. Alex Purdy was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored to lead the Trojans’ offensive attack.
The two teams stayed neck-and-neck for the first three innings in the nightcap, but a pair of Pipestone runs in the fourth put it on top for good.
Freese allowed six runs, only one of which was earned on, six hits and struck out 10 in the win. Worthington’s Easton Saucobeei took the loss, allowing six earned on eight hits and striking out one.
Freese and Jake Haubrich were both 2-for-3 for the Arrows with Sada chipping in a 2-for-4 performance. Nathan Braaksma was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Trojans with Trevor Wietzema going 2-for-4 with one scored and one driven in.
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WA 8, RV 4 REDWOOD FALLS — Windom Area jumped out to a comfortable 6-0 lead and held off a late Redwood Valley charge Thursday en route to an 8-4 Southwest Conference win.
Sam Huska held the Cardinals scoreless through the first three innings while his offense scored three in the first and three more in the fourth to build the lead. The home team scored two in the fourth and fifth to make a game of it, but Huska settled down and closed out the victory.
Jack Mellstrom was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and another scored with Huska going 2-for-3 with a run. Joe Wieneke scored twice and added one hit. Huska went all seven on the hill, allowing two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Jared Lund took the loss for the Cardinals with James Pandleton going 2-for-4 at the plate.
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T-M-B 3, K-M-S 1 MILROY — Tracy-Milroy-Balaton picked up a little momentum heading into the home stretch of its regular season Thursday when it took a 3-1 Camden Conference win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg.
Freshman pitcher Spencer Smith struck out 12 and scattered just three hits in the win for the Panthers. The game was tied at 1-all in the bottom of the fifth when Brady Lanoue slammed an RBI triple. He later came home in to score on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Carlson to put T-M-B on top for good at 3-1.
Smith picked up the win in a complete game performance during which he didn’t allow an earned run and walked only three. Ben Johnson was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Smith aided in his own cause with a 2-for-3 night. Nathan Torkelson went all seven and took the loss for K-M-S.
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