Prep baseball: T-M-B's Carlson whiffs 17
TRACY — Hard-throwing junior Taylor Carlson struck out 17 batters and the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Murray County Central 1-0 in a high school baseball game Friday.
Gavin VanMoer tripled to the right-centerfield gap with two out in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a wild pitch, moving T-M-B to 2-3 on the season.
Carlson, who struck out 12 batters in a game on Monday, threw his off-speed pitches for strikes Friday to keep the Rebels off-balance. He allowed just one hit and walked three.
MCC’s Paul Mesner also pitched an outstanding game. He went the distance, allowing three hits while walking no one and striking out six.
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MCC 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
T-M-B 000 000 1 — 1 3 1
WESTBROOK — Neil Eichten went 3-for-4 to lead the Wabasso Rabbits past host Red Rock Central-Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Wabasso struck early and hard, scoring four runs in the first inning, three in the second and two in the third.
Josh Altermatt pitched five innings and was the winning pitcher. Mitchell Jarmer, the first of six pitchers used by RRC-WWG, took the loss.
Taylor Bunting was 2-for-3 with a double for RRC-WWG. Tyler Schoborg also doubled for the home team.
RRC-WWG is 1-4 on the season.
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Wab 432 000 0 — 9 7 1
RRC-W 001 100 0 — 2 4 2
LQPV 3, Pipestone 2
PIPESTONE — Breaking open a 1-1 game, Lac qui Parle Valley scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and held on to beat Pipestone Area.
Brandon Hill pitched eight innings to pick up the mound victory. He out-duelled the Arrows’ Dominic Freese, who also went the distance.
Freese lost despite allowing just two hits. He walked five and struck out eight.
Brady Bos and Boyer Bouman had two hits apiece for the Arrows.
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LQPV 100 00 02 — 3 2 3
PA 000 001 01 — 2 7 3
Minneota 8, E/SWC 6
EDGERTON — It has not been a good week for Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian.
Tuesday, the Flying Dutchmen held a 7-3 lead going into the sixth against Murray County Central and wound up dropping an 8-7 heartbreaker. Friday, it was more of the same. E/SWC led 6-2 going into the sixth just to see the Vikings score four in the sixth and two more in the seventh to steal an 8-6 non-conference win.
Wyatt Butson gave the Flying Dutchmen 5 1/3 strong innings on the hill before the Minneota bats began to catch up with him in the sixth. Luke Drooger came on in relief and struck out the first man he faced; but the visitors cut the lead to 6-3 on a wild pitch shortly after. A two-run double got them within one before a throwing error tied it at 6-all.
A two-run single in the seventh proved to be the knockout punch in another tough loss.
Butson allowed three earned in the no-decision with Drooger taking the loss in relief. Tyus Janssen went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs to lead E/SWC at the plate. Luke Nibbelink came up with a 2-for-3 performance with two runs and two ribbies.
The Flying Dutchmen (0-5 overall, 0-3 Red Rock Conference) will host a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Tuesday.
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E/SWC 102 030 0 — 6 8 5
Minn. 001 014 2 — 8 5 4
FAIRMONT — Jackson County Central’s struggles continued Friday as it dropped its eighth and ninth straight games to open the season.
The Huskies were swept in a non-conference doubleheader at Fairmont. The Cardinals got the run-rule win in the opener at 14-3 before JCC put up a little more of a fight in the nightcap, but ultimately lost 11-6.
The road won’t get any easier for the Huskies (0-9 overall, 0-5 Southwest Conference.) Next up for them is a 4 p.m. doubleheader against 7-1 Luverne on Thursday.