Prep baseball: MLA snaps 12-game losing streak

Daily Globe LAMBERTON -- The doubleheader between the Mountain Lake Area and Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove baseball teams couldn't have been much tighter.The games were so close, that the second needed extra innings.RRC/W-WG earned a 2-...

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LAMBERTON - The doubleheader between the Mountain Lake Area and Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove baseball teams couldn’t have been much tighter.
The games were so close, that the second needed extra innings.
RRC/W-WG earned a 2-0 victory in Game 1, and then the Wolverines snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 2-1 win in nine innings in the nightcap.
“It was two really well-played games,” MLA head coach Tim Snyder said. “Everybody contributed in some way today. We’ve been taking some steps forward.”
In the first game, RRC/W-WG scored a run in the first and one in the fifth for the victory.
Taylor Bunting earned the victory, allowing no runs on three hits while walking three and striking out nine in seven innings. Adam Watkins took the loss. He allowed one earned run on five hits while walking none and striking out five.
In Game 2, RRC/W-WG scored a run in the first. MLA answered with a run in the bottom of the second. Neither team scored in the next six innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Junior Garcia had a pinch-hit single. A sacrifice moved him to second. Stoesz was intentionally walked, giving the Wolverines runners on first and second. Watkins then delivered the game-winning single, scoring Jesse Jepsen (pinch running for Garcia) to give MLA the victory.
Levi Stoesz earned the victory, allowing one earned run on seven hits while walking three and striking out eight in nine innings.
MLA 000 000 0 - 0 3 2
RRC/W-WG 100 010 x - 2 5 0
RRC/W-WG 100 000 000 - 1 7 2
MLA 010 000 001 - 2 6 2
JCC 9, Adrian 8
ADRIAN - Adrian’s furious comeback attempt came up just short in a non-conference loss to Jackson County Central.
JCC, which jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, took a 9-4 lead into the final inning. The Dragons responded with four runs and had the bases load, but couldn’t push across the tying run.
Keegan Klontz started for the Huskies on the hill and threw two innings. He then came on in relief and struck out the final batter of the game to earn the save. Nathan Monson threw two innings while Logan Preuss and Carter Heinrichs each threw an inning and one third.
Jake Stamer started for Adrian and threw one inning. Landon Rogers recorded two outs, while Michael Preuss threw three and one thirds innings. Mitchell Wagner threw the final two innings.
Offensively, JCC was led by Ryan Christopher, who was 3 for 4 with a double. Easton Bahr and Chris Gumto each had two hits.
Adrian’s Ryan Wieneke was 3 for 5, while Michael Preuss, Stamer, Wagner and Rogers each had a double.
JCC 420 101 1 - 9 10 2
Adrian 001 210 4 - 8 13 5
Windom 15, St. James 2
WINDOM - Noah Kloss and Ryan Zamzow each scored three times as Windom earned a victory over St. James in five innings.
Sam Huska earned the victory on the hill for Windom, allowing two earned runs while walking two and striking out five in five innings.
Jeff Peffer had a hit, drove in two and scored twice for Windom. Devin Nielsen had two hits and drove in two, while Huska had two hits and drove in two. Alex Boorsgard had four RBIs. Kloss added a hit and an RBI.
St. James 000 02 - 2 8 6
Windom 257 1x - 15 10 1
E/SWC 14, HL-O 7
HERON LAKE - Josh Agresto allowed no earned runs in six and two-thirds innings while walking four and striking out five to lead Edgerton/Southwest Christian to a victory over Heron Lake-Okabena.
Luke Drooger struck out two to close out the game for E/SWC.
Landon Buckridge was 2 for 2 with four RBIs to lead the Dutchmen, who had seven hits in the game.
Ethan Becker suffered the loss for HL-O (3-13), but was also 2 for 5 at the plate. Angel Esqueda also had two hits for the Wildcats.
E/SWC 102 413 2 - 14 7 8
HL-O 102 100 3 - 7 7 1
Marshall 3, PA 2
MARSHALL - Marshall scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a victory in a key Big South Conference game over Pipestone Area.
Mason Pueske had two hits and drove in two to lead the Tigers.
Justin Rops had two hits and drove in a run for the Arrows, while Michael Friese had two hits. Billy Olsen drove in a run for PA.
Friese took the loss on the hill, allowing one earned run in four and one-thirds innings.
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Marshall 001 010 001 - 3 8 0

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