Lake City loses big lead, still holds on to beat Hayfield
Danny Marking's ground-ball single between shortstop and third base scored Evan Pierson from third base with the winning run as Lake City beat Hayfield 11-10 in a Hiawatha Valley League baseball game Tuesday at Hayfield.
After building a 7-0 lead, Lake City held on dramatically in the bottom of the seventh inning, with a throw-out at the plate for the final out. Pierson's long throw from behind first base cut down Nick DeMaria, after DeMaria tried to score all the way from first base on an overthrow on a ball hit by Scott Thompson.
"It was close," said Hayfield coach Chris Pack. "The throw beat him, but he slid to the outside, away from the tag. It could have gone either way, but we didn't argue."
L.C. out-hit Hayfield 14-10, and both teams had four batters with two hits each.
Hayfield battled back from a 7-0 deficit to make a game of it, with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it. Thomspon, Bradey Perrigo, Kyle Rolfson and Jon Amick had two hits each. Rolfson had a double and three RBI. Hayfield is 1-2.
L.C. batters with two hits were Marking, Ricky Herron, Sean Redmond and Brady Hoeft. Marking had three RBI. Kevin Denn was the winning pitcher in 22⁄3; innings of relief.
HIAWATHA VALLEY LEAGUE
Cannon Falls 10, Winona Cotter 2
Cannon Falls improved to 4-1 with a complete game from ace senior pitcher Adam Templin. He scattered six hits, with eight strikeouts and one walk. Clint Sjoquist had two of the Bombers' 10 hits. For Cotter, Eric Belter went 2-for-4 with a double and scored both runs. Matt O'Brien was 3-for-3 for the Ramblers. Kaleb Lindsey was the losing pitcher, lasting four innings. Cotter is 2-2.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6, Stewartville 4 (8 innings)
Zumbrota-Mazeppa took advantage of eight Stewartville errors in downing the Tigers in Stewartville. Andy Rude had the game-winning hit in the top of the eighth inning. The Tigers had two errors in the frame. Kevin Raasch had two hits in the game for Z-M. Bobby LaDue was the winning pitcher. He entered in the seventh inning.
Pine Island 11, K-M 0 (5 innings)
Isaac Matzek, Brad Swanson, Colin Blumers and Brandon Sather all doubled for the Panthers in their shortened win at Kasson. Pine Island ripped out 12 hits. Ted Kimble threw a one-hitter for P.I., striking out four and walking just one. Kyle McDermott started for the KoMets (0-4), and was relieved by Jeff Schmidt in the second. Pine Island is 2-4.
Byron 11, K-W 2
In a game at Byron, the first five batters in Byron's order had two hits each: Drew Cooper, Adam Schroeder, Adam Linbo, Eric Kruger and Matt Storlie. Cooper scored three runs. Kruger had two doubles. The score was tied 2-2 in the second, then Adam Schroeder shut down the Knights without a hit the next three innings after allowing five the first two innings. Bryce Fogelson relieved to start the sixth and held K-W hitless.
Byron is 4-1 overall, 3-0 in the HVL, and plays Lourdes on Thursday.
THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE
Dover-Eyota 8, Kingsland 6
Aaron Miller had four hits including a two-run double in the sixth inning, helping Dover-Eyota build a 8-0 lead. The Eagles scored five runs in the sixth inning, combining four hits with a couple of Kingsland errors. Brad Skrukrud went 3-for-3 for D-E (3-2). Tom Herbers, a junior right-hander, got the win his first varsity start. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits, with six strikeouts
Chatfield 7, Rushford-Peterson 2
Chatfield scored five runs in the third inning, taking advantage of four R-P errors and a passed ball. Chatfield John Boyum finished with two hits, both doubles. Both sides managed just four hits. R-P was done in by poor fielding, totaling eight errors.
Elgin-Millville 9, Goodhue 5
E-M's Randy Spring drove in three runs with a homer and single and pitched six innings, striking out six while allowing four hits and no walks. Three of the five runs against him were earned. Also for the Watchmen (4-3), Eric Rollie was 2-for-4 with a double and Tom Speer was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Goodhue, the home team, scored four runs in the bottom of the first but managed little after that. Four players for the Wildcats (0-3, 0-5) had one hit each, all singles. Brian Buck pitched the distance for Goodhue.
St. Charles 13, Lewiston-Altura 3
St. Charles blasted three home runs, and got a combined nine hits and eight RBIs from its Nos. 3-5 hitters at St. Charles. John Morris was 3-4 with two RBIs, Mike Kohn was 3-4 with three RBIs and a home run, Paul McKay was 3-4 with three RBIs and a home run, and Chris Ask had three RBIs and a home run. The game went just five innings due to the 10-run rule..
Wabasha-Kellogg 9, Plainview 6
Wabasha-Kellogg chipped away at Plainview's early 6-1 lead, after the Gophers scored six runs in the second inning. The Falcons (3-1) regained the lead for good in the fifth inning on Justin Passe's first homer of the season, a solo shot to left-center. W-K's Matt Tentis added a solo homer for insurance in the sixth, his second of the season. Josh Passe, Justin Passe and Greg Fox all had two hits for W-K. Plainview had only three hits, two by Matt Misheski, and a two-run homer by Mike Reiter.