Section 3A Baseball: E/SWC rolls, Windom tops MACCRAY
WINDOM -- Down by two heading into the third inning, the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen scored 10 unanswered runs to cruise to a 10-2 win over the Wabasso Rabbits during a Section 3A baseball tournament game Tuesday.
"Our bats were slow and we were not attacking the baseball early in the game, so we had a conversation about that between innings," E/SWC coach Ron Zwart said. "After that, the kids responded and got the job done."
After allowing a run in the first and second innings, Dutchmen starting pitcher Luke Nibbelink buckled down and shut out the Rabbits the rest of the way.
"The first couple innings were pretty tough," Nibbelink said. "But coach kept telling me to throw it through the catcher. I tried to stay on top of the ball and use all my pitches."
Edgerton/Southwest Christian got on the board with three runs in the third to take the lead, 3-2.
"Coach said to be aggressive and jump on the pitches early," Nibbelink said. "I think we were able to do that better after watching the pitcher through the first few at bats."
Travis Pierson led off the inning with a single, followed by two more singles by Tyus Janssen and Nibbelink. Pierson scored on Nibbelink's hit for E/SWC's first run.
Blake Jouwstra hit a 2-RBI double into the outfield to score the final two runs of the inning.
The Dutchmen added a run on a pair of errors in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
Neither team scored in the next two innings, with Wabasso using three different pitchers to finish off the game.
Edgerton/Southwest Christian sent out Gabe Vander Veen in relief of Luke Nibbelink in the sixth where he pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
"Gabe has been lights out down the stretch," Zwart said. "He is 3-0 with a save now and his ERA coming into today was one. When you have a horse running like that, you have to jump his back and go along for the ride."
Still holding onto a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh, the Dutchmen used four walks, two hit batters and a sac fly to score six runs and take a 10-2 lead.
Vander Veen returned for the seventh, striking out the first two batters he faced and forcing the third into a game-ending pop out.
"I was happy Gabe came in and helped me out after I left those two guys on the bases," Luke Nibbelink said. "He does a good job and I have no problem giving up the ball to him."
Luke Nibbelink pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out two.
"We are just one of those teams that on a given day we can play with anybody; on a given day we can get our lunch handed to us," Zwart said. "I think that if we come out and play well in our next game we will be okay."
The Dutchmen take on MACCRAY Thursday in Granite Falls.
R H E
E/SWC 003 100 6 -- 10 7 0
W 110 000 0 -- 2 6 4
Windom 2, MACCRAY 1
GRANITE FALLS -- Collin Lovell pitched a complete game and smashed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Windom Eagles to a victory over MACCRAY Tuesday.
MACCRAY scored their run in the first inning, but Windom was able to score the game-tying run in the seventh to force extra innings.
Sam Huska doubled with one out in the seventh and advanced to third on a throwing error to put the tying run on the corner. Coach Brad Schlomann pinch ran Andrew Larson for Huska and Larson used a wild pitch in the dirt to score from third.
With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, Lovell (2-for-4) came to the plate and knocked a solo-home run over the fence to give the Eagles the victory.
Devin Nielsen and Jacob Johnson accounted for Windom's two other hits in the game for a total of five.
With the win, the Eagles advance to the face Lac qui Parle Valley Saturday.
R H E
M 100 000 00 -- 1 5 1
W 000 000 11 -- 2 5 1