Tuesday sports roundup: Becker, Van Dam have hot arms

BASEBALL HL-O/F 10-2, E/SWC 0-5 EDGERTON -- Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda's Eli Becker threw a five-inning no-hitter at Edgerton/Southwest Christian in the first game of a Red Rock Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday. Becker walked two batters an...

BASEBALL HL-O/F 10-2, E/SWC 0-5 EDGERTON -- Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda’s Eli Becker threw a five-inning no-hitter at Edgerton/Southwest Christian in the first game of a Red Rock Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday.

Becker walked two batters and struck out seven as HL-O/F prevailed 10-0.

But E/SWC enjoyed an impressive pitching performance in the second game as Jacob Van Dam went the distance in a 5-2 win. Neither run Van Dam allowed was earned, and he struck out nine batters. In his 97 pitches, only 20 were balls.

In the first game, Becker was 2-for-3 with three runs, and Ethan Becker was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Andrew Madsen was also 2-for-4.

Madsen and Jason Kuhnau each had two hits for HL-O/F in the second game.


For E/SWC in game two, Kade Fey was 2-for-3. Gabe Gilbertson drove in two runs and Landon Buckridge scored two.

First gameHL-O/Fulda 631 00 -- 10 8 2E/SWC 000 00 -- 0 0 5Second gameE/SWC 100 221 -- 5 6 5HL-O/Fulda 001 010 -- 2 6 2 Adrian 4-2, MCC 2-8 SLAYTON - Landon Rogers had a pair of hits, Skylar Polzine knocked in two runs and Ian Stamer hurled a three-hitter to boost the visiting Dragons over the Rebels in the first game of their doubleheader.

Noah Reyne and Jeffrey Cauwels also had hits for Adrian, and Cauwels contributed an RBI as well. The Dragons allowed MCC to grab a 2-0 lead in the bottom of third, but answered with four runs in the top of the fourth.

Justin Benda drove in both runs for the Rebels. Nate Everson pitched well in defeat, allowing only six hits while fanning nine Adrian hitters.

In the second game, MCC utilized a five-run fifth to break things open. Matt Woldt led the way at the plate for the Rebels with three hits and two RBIs; Cameron Kresko and Everson had two hits apiece. Spencer Wajer tossed a complete game and fanned seven Dragon batters for the mound win.

Adrian 000 400 - 4 6 1MCC   002 000 - 2 3 1 SOFTBALL E/SWC 20-16, HL-O/F 1-0 OKABENA - Edgerton/Southwest Christian combined for 36 runs on 34 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep in the road, improving to 12-3 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

In the five-inning opener, Chynna Bering went 2-for-2 with a homer, double and two RBIs, and Halie Snyder blasted a three-run round-tripper. Liz Prins and Hannah Nerem each had three hits while Emily Nerem, Jessa Nibbelink and Gabby Buckridge contributed two hits apiece. Jasmine Jensen had a home run of her own in the victory.

Buckridge threw the first four innings in the circle to earn the win, and Addison Fleischman took care of the final frame. Faith Kazemba had two of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda’s three hits.


In the four-inning nightcap, Sierra Van Dyke had a pair of hits and five RBIs while also pitching four innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven. Nibbelink went 3-for-3 at the plate, and Jazzy Prins was 2-for-3 with a triple, double and three RBIs. Hannah Nerem and Emily Nerem also had a pair of hits apiece.  

First gameE/SWC 440 57 - 20 17 0HL-O/F   100 00 - 1 3 4  

Second gameE/SWC 047 5 - 16 17 0HL-O/F   000 0 - 0 1 4   Luverne 7-11, St. James Area 2-3 ST. JAMES -- Rylee Olson pitched complete games for both victories, 7-2 and 11-3, and the Luverne hitters provided plenty of support.

Billi Connell went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the first game, as teammate Sydne Johnson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

In the second game, Connell hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and Olson, who was 3-for-4 in the game, hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Courtney Nath went 3-for-4 with a double and Gracie Bosch was 3-for-4.

First gameLuverne 120 031 0 -- 7 8 3St. James Area 100 001 0 -- 2 5 3Second gameSt. James Area 030 000 0 -- 3 5 3Luverne 500 006 0 -- 11 16 2 MLA 9-11, RRC/WWG 0-1 SANBORN -- Mountain Lake Area bounced Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in a pair of games, 9-0 and 11-1.

Destiny Sybounheuan collected four hits for MLA in the first game and teammate Margo Stoesz added two hits while driving in three runs.

Molly Carnell handled the pitching duties, checking RRC/WWG on five hits while striking out seven.


MLA needed just five innings to subdue RRC/WWG in the nightcap, starting fast with eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Carnell had two hits and two RBIs, and teammates Jordan Boldt and Lexi Toll each drove in two more runs.

Nicole Schropfer pitched four innings for RRC/WWG. Teammates Haley Simonson and Vanessa Kedl had two hits each.

First gameMLA 201 401 1 -- 9 10 0RRC/WWG 000 000 0 -- 0 5 4Second gameRRC/WWG 000 01 -- 1 6 0MLA 821 0x -- 11 6 0 MCC 11-11, Adrian 4-10 ELLSWORTH -- Murray County Central out-hit Adrian 30-25 in a doubleheader and won both games by scores of 11-4 and 11-10.

Danielle Kuball was 3-for-3 with a double and a home run in the first game, and Rebel teammate Amanda Muecke was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run plus four RBIs. In the second game, Muecke was 3-for-4 with a double and a homer and three RBIs, and Shelby Christensen was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

Adrian did pretty good at the plate, too. Paige Bullerman was 3-for-3 in the first game, and Devin Dreesen and Autumn Grussing both had a pair of hits. In the second game, Dreesen was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Grussing was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run and three RBIs.

Muecke was the winning pitcher in both games. Avery Balster and Dreesen took the losses for the Dragons.

In the second game, Adrian stranded runners on second and third base when the final out was made in the top of the seventh inning, leaving the Dragons one run short.

First gameMCC 050 023 1 -- 11 14 2Adrian 000 030 1 -- 4 10 2Second gameAdrian 104 040 1 -- 10 16 2MCC 503 111 x -- 11 15 2 GOLF JCC at Fairmont FAIRMONT - Jackson County Central’s Scott Flatebo carded a 36 to earn medalist honors and boost the Huskies past the Cardinals in boys play at Interlaken Golf Club, 167 to 170. In the girls matchup, Fairmont’s Bergen Senf was medalist with a 39 as FHS won 199-220.

Other scorers for JCC in the boys match were Jack Brinkman (42), Sutton Flatgard (44) and Alec Kocak (45). The top four for the Huskies in the girls match were Regan Farmer (52), Sydney Sadusky (54), Molly Brinkman (55) and Neleh Hash (59).

BOYS TENNIS Fairmont 4, Luverne 3 LUVERNE -- Host Luverne won two of three doubles matches, but Fairmont won three of four singles matches.

The LHS singles winner was Ethan Thorson, a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 winner over Thomas Klanderud. The Cardinal No. 1 doubles team of Luke Jarchow and Matt Jelken won 6-3, 7-5, and the No. 2 duo of Cole Stoltenberg and Cade Ver Steeg won 6-4, 6-2 over their Fairmont counterparts.

Fairmont won the No. 3 doubles match 6-2, 6-3 over Matt Sehr and Graham Cunningham.

Fairmont’s Carter Klanderud beat Luverne’s Mark Robinson 6-3, 1-6, 15-13 (super tiebreaker) at No. 1 singles. Fairmont’s Ben Hernes beat Jim Erickson 2-6, 7-5, 10-4 at No. 2 singles. And FHS fourth singles player Vince Ficara won 6-1, 6-3 over Jordan Winter.

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