Prep baseball: Worthington falls victim to perfect game
MARSHALL — Sophomore Drew Hmielewski pitched a perfect game Tuesday as the Marshall Tigers shut out the Worthington Trojans 7-0 in a Southwest Conference baseball game.
Hmielewski got ahead of the Trojans with his fastball, mixed in an excellent curve and showed exceptional command of the strike zone. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 10.
The Tigers took the lead early with a run in the bottom of the first inning and erupted for four more in the fourth inning with a couple of hits, a walk and two Worthington errors.
Ryan Lee went the distance on the mound for Worthington, walking six and striking out five. He allowed five hits.
“He kept us in the game,” said WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei. “We’d definitely like to cut down on the walks, but he was competitive out there.”
Sauerbrei gave due credit to Hmielewski’s pitching, but he said his team still needs to improve with the bats.
“Even though Hmielewski pitched well, I think striking out 10 times is too much at this time of the season. We need to be a little more aggressive and more confident. We were a little bit too defensive on the swings today,” he said.
R H E
Worthington 000 000 0 — 0 0 5
Marshall 100 411 x — 7 5 0
MLA 3, SWU 2
HERON LAKE — Andrew Hirsch took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the last out as Mountain Lake Area nipped Southwestern United 3-2.
Hirsch also performed well at the plate Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Teammate Jared Wilaby had a double and an RBI and Jacob Swess also drove in a run.
Nathan Adrian was the winning pitcher in relief, going four and two-thirds innings while allowing just three hits and two earned runs.
Isaac Fest went six innings for SWU and took the loss. He struck out 10.
Angel Esqueda hit an RBI double for SWU. Dakota Schmid doubled and Isaac Fest had a hit and two stolen bases.
SWU, 1-13 overall and 1-7 in conference play, will resume a rain-suspended game against Murray County Central Friday at Heron Lake.
R H E
MLA 010 001 1 — 3 8 2
SWU 000 000 2 — 2 4 3
MCC 7, E/SWC 5
SLAYTON — Nick Petersen went 3-for-3 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Murray County Central Rebels clipped Edgerton/Southwest Christian.
Paul Mesner was 2-for-3 with an RBI while teammates Seth Bass and Mitchell Woldt both contibuted RBI doubles.
Mesner earned the win with four and one-third innings of work. He walked two and struck out seven. Woldt got the save after walking two and striking out six in the final two and two-thirds innings.
Wyatt Butson pitched well in taking the loss for E/SWC. He walked three and struck out 13.
Tyus Janssen went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Edgerton/Southwest Christian and teammate Luke Nibbelink was 2-for-2 with an RBI double.
R H E
E/SWC 100 112 0 — 5 8 1
MCC 104 002 x — 7 8 1
T-M-B 5, MACCRAY 2
RAYMOND — Spencer Smith pitched three and one-third innings in relief of Taylor Carlson to pick up Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s win over MACCRAY. Carlson came back in relief to get the save.
Tyler Moffenbier took the loss.
Jordan Towne hit a two-run double for T-M-B in the sixth inning. Brady Lanoue was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Tanner Phelps was 2-for-4.
T-M-B is 4-6 on the season.
R H E
T-M-B 001 004 0 — 5 9 1
MACCRAY 001 100 0 — 2 7 2
Adrian 9, RRC-WWG 8
LAMBERTON — Adrian scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-7 lead, only to see Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove send it to extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Adrian scored the winning run in the top of the eighth on an error and three walks.
Ian Ruppert had two hits for Adrian with a double and four RBIs.
Colby Davis led RRC/WWG with two doubles.
Jordan Bertrand started on the mound for Adrian. Logan Rogers relieved in the fifth, Ruppert pitched the sixth, then Rogers returned for the seventh and eighth and picked up the win.
Mitch Jarmer took the loss.
Adrian is 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the Red Rock Conference. RRC/WWG is 4-7 and 3-6.
R H E
Adrian 004 000 41 — 9 7 5
RRC/WWG 102 040 10 — 8 6 5