Prep baseball: Mesner bests Bloemendaal in hot pitching matchup

DAILY GLOBE SLAYTON -- Paul Mesner and Jaden Bloemendaal were locked in a close pitcher's duel Thursday. But Mesner's Murray County Central team defeated Bloemendaal's Edgerton/Southwest Christian 3-2 in a Red Rock Conference baseball matchup. Me...


SLAYTON - Paul Mesner and Jaden Bloemendaal were locked in a close pitcher’s duel Thursday.
But Mesner’s Murray County Central team defeated Bloemendaal’s Edgerton/Southwest Christian 3-2 in a Red Rock Conference baseball matchup.
Mesner allowed no earned runs on three hits while walking one and striking out 13 in a complete-game victory.
Bloemendaal nearly matched him, allowing two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three.
If that wasn’t enough, Mesner was also 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run. Noah Lupkes had a hit and scored a run, while Matt McNab had one hit in the game, but it was a big one. The junior hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Brady Woldt and Tate Meyer each had a hit, while Cole Bassett scored a run for MCC (4-3, 4-2).
E/SWC was led by Luke Drooger (run scored), Landon Buckridge and Logan Walhof, who each had a hit. Dalton Vis scored the other run for the Flying Dutchmen.
MCC is at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton tonight.
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Windom Area 3, JCC 2
JACKSON - Pitching was on display as Windom edged Jackson County Central in a Big South Conference game.
Windom’s Sam Huska allowed one earned run on seven hits while walking none and striking out seven in a complete-game win.
His counterpart, Ryan Christopher, allowed no earned runs on three hits while walking three and striking out nine.
Windom scored once in the first and twice in the third, while JCC scored both its runs in the sixth.
Luke Gilbertson reached on an error and scored in the first to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Jeff Pfeffer reached on an error with one out. After the second out, Huska walked. Devin Nielsen drove in both runners with a double, giving Windom a 3-0 advantage.
JCC scored twice in the sixth. With two outs, Christopher singled. Avery Henderson drove him in with a single and Chris Gumto plated Henderson for the second run of the inning. The Huskies had a chance in the seventh as Nathen Monson singled. However, he would be stranded at second as the Eagles came away with the victory.
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PIPESTONE -- A six-run first inning was all Pipestone Area needed Thursday.
The Arrows came out hot, smacking three hits and looking at four walks to plate six runs in the home half of the first. From there, the Worthington bats were at the mercy of senior hurler Justin Rops. He allowed just one run and Pipestone Area claimed a 6-1 Big South Conference victory at Paulsen Field.
Nate Russell struggled in his start on the hill. He allowed all of the runs -- five of which were earned -- on three hits and four walks. He did record one strikeout.
Nathan Braaksma came out and stomped out the fire, giving the Trojans five and two-thirds solid innings. He allowed just three hits, struck out eight and walked two while the Arrows failed to score again. But by then, it was too late.
Torey Rogers drove in Brandon Veen in the sixth to put Worthington on the board. Veen was 2-for-2 with a run scored while Shawn Hurley and Easton Sauerbrei had a hit each. Rops held the Trojan bats at bay with just one run allowed on five hits while striking out one.
Mitchell Carson was 3-for-4 with a run scored for Pipestone Area. Rops, Michael Friese and Steven Czech all added one hit with Rops scoring once and driving one in. Friese doubled and pushed a run through while Czech also recorded an RBI.
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