Prep baseball: Petersen wins it for MCC
SLAYTON — With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon, right-handed hitting Nick Petersen, a senior first baseman for Murray County Central, blasted the first pitch deep over the left-center field fence for a solo home run — breaking a scoreless pitcher’s duel and giving the Rebels a 1-0 Red Rock Conference high school baseball victory over Southwestern United.
It was the season-opener for the Rebels, who hosted the game as SWU’s home field in Heron Lake was still too wet from last week’s snow.
“This was a well-played game, which was very well-pitched,” summed up veteran MCC head coach Tarry Boelter. “The Fest kid (Aaron) pitched a great game and both our guys (Paul Mesner and Jordan Ahlers) threw strikes and allowed our kids to make plays.”
Fest did indeed twirl a gem, going the distance and notching 10 strikeouts. He walked just three batters in seven innings and allowed only two hits. The Wildcats cut down a run at the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning when right fielder Austin Hietbrink fired a throw to first baseman Trey Cranston — whose relay toss to catcher Jacob Getzel was in time.
SWU shortstop Isaac Fest and Wildcat center fielder Dakotah Schmid were each 2-for-3 at the plate for the Wildcats (0-2, 0-1), while Aaron Fest and Angel Esqueda both had singles. Schmid and Marcelo Esqueda each put down well-placed sacrifice bunts to move up SWU base runners during the game, but the Wildcats were never able to cross the plate.
Mesner, a sophomore, held SWU scoreless for the first five frames. He gave up five hits and three walks, while striking out five Wildcats, including two in a row in the top of the first — stranding SWU runners on second and third.
Ahlers, a junior, worked the sixth and seventh innings for the Rebels and picked up the win. He struck out three batters, while allowing only two base runners (one hit and one walk).
MCC’s only hit — before Petersen’s game-winning blast — was a sharp single by sophomore Noah Lupke, which led to SWU’s 9-3-2 put out at the plate.
The Rebels return to action Thursday, hosting Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, while the Wildcats travel to Adrian.
R H E
SWU 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
MCC 000 001 x — 1 2 1
Luverne 7, PA 3
LUVERNE — Seven players combined for eight hits Tuesday and the host Cardinals plated four runs —on three hits and four walks — in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit.
Luverne added a run in the bottom of the sixth and claimed a 7-3 Southwest Conference victory over Pipestone Area, which had scored three times in the top of the fourth frame, aided by a trio of walks and one hit.
Andrew Verhey (2-for-3), Gunnar Olson (two-run home run in the first inning) and Tommy Vajgrt (RBI single in the fourth) were Luverne’s leaders at the plate.
Josh Slieter (four strikeouts) twirled the first three innings for LHS, while Kendall Meyer pitched the fourth and picked up the win. Olson tossed the last three frames and struck out seven Arrows, while giving up just one hit and two walks.
Dominic Freese, Mauricio Sada and Bailey Colemer did the pitching for PA . Colemer was 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI, while Freese also stroked a hit for the Arrows.
Luverne (2-0, 1-0) plays at Redwood Valley Friday and the Arrows (0-1) host Jackson County Central in a doubleheader Saturday.
R H E
PA 000 300 0 — 3 3 1
Luverne 200 401 x — 7 8 1
Adrian 5, MLA 4
MOUNTAIN LAKE — A wild third inning allowed Adrian to score three runs in the seventh and defeat the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines in both teams’ Red Rock Opener.
MLA jumped on Adrian’s starter Tony Sieve in the first. The Wolverines plated three runs, thanks in part to a two RBI triple from Alex Gerdes. Sieve was relieved by Jordan Bertrand after only two thirds of an inning.
Jordan Dingmann used his speed to get one back in the first for the Dragons as he stole second, stole third, and scored on a passed ball.
Bertrand gave up no runs over two and one third innings.
Reyne brought Adrian within one run as he drove in Dingmann with an RBI single.
MLA added another run and entered the seventh with a four to two lead.
MLA gave up three walks, one hit batter, and three passed balls, allowing Adrian to score three and steal the lead.
Logan Rogers pitched the last four innings and picked up the win. Alex Gerdes was credited with the loss for MLA.
R H E
Adrian 100 010 3 — 5 4 1
MLA 300 010 0 — 4 4 4
Windom Area 8, JCC 4
WINDOM — Errors spelled disaster for the Jackson County Huskies as they committed seven in a loss to a solid Windom Area Eagles team.
Shadrach Wacker was 3-for-4 for the Huskies and had a stolen base. Jared Bakalver also had a good night at the plate going 2-for-3 with three stolen bases.
Windom’s bats were led by Andrew Larson who displayed his power, crushing a homer in the sixth. Jack Mellstrom went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Sam Huska and Devin Nielsen each went 2-for-4.
“I think we played solid out of the gate,” said Windom Area coach Brad Schlomann.
R H E
JCC 011 011 0 — 4 8 7
Windom 200 222 x —8 11 1