Dragons win Red Rock Conference with 7-1 victory over SWU (baseball wrap-up)
HERON LAKE -- Pounding out 13 hits, including four extra-base blasts, the Adrian Dragons clinched the Red Rock Conference baseball championship with a 7-1 victory over Southwestern United Tuesday.
The championship is Adrian's eighth conference title in the past 14 seasons.
Jordon Kontz scattered seven Wildcat hits over a complete seven-inning effort, giving up just two walks and one unearned run (in the first inning). Kontz struck out eight SWU batters.
At the plate, Adrian (8-1, 13-2) had seven players stroke hits, as four Dragons picked up multiple hits.
Jordan Reker (two doubles, three runs, one RBI) and Tanner Loosbrock (triple) were each 3-for-4, while Glen Kruger (two RBI's) and Matt Gades both went 2-for-4.
Kontz helped his cause with an RBI double, while both Joey Bertrand and Adam Diekmann drove in runs with base hits.
James Anderson again showed good control on the mound for the Wildcats (4-5, 4-9), as he walked only one Dragon in seven innings, while striking out three.
Kirk McBreen and Octavio Jimenez (run scored) both were 2-for-4 for SWU, while Anderson, Mike Stenzel and Derek Stenzel each smacked one hit.
The Wildcats travel to Mountain Lake Thursday to tangle with ML/B-O, while the Dragons host Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
R H E
Adrian 022 102 0 -- 7 13 2
SWU 100 000 0 -- 1 7 2
Pipestone Area 5, Luverne 4
PIPESTONE -- Despite getting just three hits, the Pipestone Area Arrows claimed a key Southwest Conference victory over the Luverne Cardinals.
The victory clinches a share of the league title for the Arrows.
Jon Schelhaas, Robbie Forde and Greg Quist each had a hit for the Arrows, who took advantage of five walks, five hit batsmen and four Cardinal errors to earn the victory.
Doug Mead tossed a complete game for the Arrows (8-1, 10-3), fanning four and walking one batter.
Phil Paquette pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs (no earned) in the fifth and striking out four batters for Luverne (8-4, 11-6).
Zach Olson and Brent Dinger were each 2-for-3 for the Cardinals. Olson had two singles, while Dinger clubbed a three-run home run in the first and a solo home run in the fourth.
PA hosts Worthington Thursday, while Luverne hosts RRC/W-WG the same day.
R H E
LHS 300 100 0 -- 4 6 4
PA 020 030 x -- 5 3 1
MCC 4, ML/B-O 3
SLAYTON -- Breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh on a controversial balk call, the Murray County Central Rebels edged Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in a key Red Rock Conference game.
The Rebels (5-3, 7-6) loaded the bases and sent Ben Clarke in an attempt to steal home when the balk was called, allowing Clarke to cross with the winning run.
Earlier, the Wolverines (4-4, 8-9) had rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game.
Joey Gordon (2-for-3) blasted a solo home run to get that ML/B-O rally started and later Matt Strom (3-for-4, double, two RBI's) scored on a wild pitch to knot the score.
Clarke finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to pace the Rebels. Justin Reinsma (RBI triple) and Kyle DeLong (RBI double) both had big hits to help MCC.
Paul Counter, who drew four intentional walks at the plate, picked up the pitching victory for the Rebels as he struck out six and walked just two in a complete game effort.
Barrett Herrig also pitched a gem for the Wolverines, going the distance and allowing just five walks, six hits and three earned runs, while striking out nine.
MCC, in solo possession of second place in the conference, travels to Edgerton Thursday, while ML/B-O hosts Southwestern United.
R H E
ML/B-O 000 010 2 -- 3 7 1
MCC 100 011 1 -- 4 6 1
Edgerton 12, RRC/W-WG 4
WESTBROOK -- DJ Berning and Marty Van Peursem each had three hits, and the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen scored nine runs in the sixth inning to post a Red Rock Conference victory over Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Jordan Gunnink had a hit and scored three runs, and Brady Vanderwaal fanned seven batters in five innings to earn the victory for Edgerton (2-7, 3-10).
Brian Benedict was charged with the loss, allowing nine runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Eric Altermatt was 3-for-3 for the Falcons (2-6, 2-10), who play at Adrian Thursday.
Edgerton hosts MCC Thursday.
R H E
EHS 001 209 0 -- 12 10 0
R/W 130 000 0 -- 4 8 4