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By the end of the second inning, Lake City and Kasson-Mantorville were looking at a football-score final. But the pitching and defense settled in to allow just two more runs to score. And the biggest was Nate Baer's, who crossed the plate on Drew Bailey's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over their Hiawatha Valley League foe. The KoMets put up three runs in the top of the first, and Lake City took the lead with a four-run second. K-M tied the game in the third, and the game remained knotted until the seventh.
Matt Houglum allowed two earned runs over six innings, and added and RBI single, to lead Kenyon-Wanamingo to a 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday. Calvin Steberg scored twice for the Knights, and also had two stolen bases. Gavin Roosen swiped three bags for K-W, with Tyler Ryan adding a double. Kevin Nordquist finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Cougars. Tyler Grudem took the loss for Z-M, pitching four innings and giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits, three walks to go with three strikeouts.
Red Wing's Ben Schafer battled Christoph Zweifel in a tight first set, but the Winger eventually fell 7-5, 6-0 in the top singles match in Red Wing's season-opening 7-0 loss to Northfield on Thursday. Schafer was the only Winger to win more than one game as the Raiders swept three of the seven duals. Red Wing (0-1) will hit the road on Tuesday to Albert Lea.
Through 4 ½ innings, Red Wing had complete control over Owatonna. The Wingers held a three-run lead, and limited the Huskies to three hits, no runs and just one runner past second base. But the bottom of the fifth was the undoing of Red Wing starter Teddy Tauer as Owatonna put up six runs to come away with a 7-3 Big Nine Conference victory on Thursday. The Wingers put the first run on the board in the top of the first, with Tyler DeFore's triple scoring Brodie Smith after Smith's one-out double. In the third, Tauer's sacrifice fly scored DeFore to give Red Wing a 2-0 lead.
Lake City scored in four innings, then held off a late Kenyon-Wanamingo rally to pick up an 11-6 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Thursday. Allison Hanson led the Tigers offensively, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI. Kasi Cronin also had a big day at the plate for Lake City, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Ashley Thieren earned the win for the Tigers, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and a pair of walks.
St. Charles broke open a one-run game with seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings to storm past Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 9-4, on Tuesday. Isaiah Nolte lasted 3 1/3 innings on the mound for the Cougars, giving up six hits and three runs and taking the loss. Carter Cordes had two RBI for Z-M, with Peyton Liffrig and Kevin Nordquist both coming up with a hit and a run. The Cougars (0-1) will head to Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday.
A two-run first and a three-run sixth inning propelled Triton to a 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Lake City on Tuesday. The game, originally scheduled to be in Dodge Center, was played in Lake City due to field conditions. The Cobras remained the home team. The Tigers were led by Drew Bailey, who had two hits and knocked in a run. Nate Baer also had an RBI for Lake City, with Josh Matanich doubling and scoring a run. Tyler Pribyl took the loss in relief for the Tigers, giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Pine Island got a solid start from Brady Braaten on Tuesday, but Byron came away with the 5-3, Hiawatha Valley League victory. Braaten went three hit-less innings with one strikeout. Drew Lohmeyer ended up taking the loss by giving up four runs on six hits over two innings in relief. Panther Jacob Navratil had two doubles in three at-bats, and scored a run, while Joe Bauer finished 1-for-4 with a run. Pine Island (0-1) will head to Houston on Friday.
First Team (In alphabetical order) Savannah Bleess (sr. guard, Kenyon-Wanamingo) 14.4 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3.2 spg, All-HVL
Powering through the rain and drizzle on Monday afternoon, the Red Wing softball team won its season opener, 9-3, at Red Wing High School. Natalie Boxrud, Meg Grove and Marissa Kelly each had multi-hit games for the Wingers. Boxrud was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Grove went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and Kelly capped off the game going 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and two RBI.