Area Baseball: Goodhue advances after double-digit rout
Goodhue couldn’t have gotten off to a better start on Thursday in a 20-0 rout of Christian Life Academy in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs.
After Casey Ryan struck out the side to start the game, Goodhue’s offense came alive in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats hit six singles, took two walks, were hit by a pitch and reached base on two errors to score nine runs.
Goodhue had no trouble putting the bat on the ball, racking up 11 total hits in four innings of play. Colin Warren and Conor O’Reilly led the way with two hits apiece. Warren hit two doubles, two RBI and scored two runs, while O’Reilly hit one double, one RBI and scored two runs. Jack Gadient had only one hit and one walk but drove in three runs.
Ryan and Carson Morken teamed up to pitch five innings of shutout baseball. Ryan struck out seven while allowing just one hit and Morken struck out five.
Next up for Goodhue is No. 4 seed Mayer Lutheran, which had a bye to start the postseason.
Blue Earth 11, Cannon Falls 8
Cannon Falls came up short against Blue Earth on Thursday, losing in the first round of the Section 2AA playoffs, 11-8.
In what was a strange first two innings, Cannon Falls found itself with an 8-7 lead through two, although both teams combined for just five hits during that span.
Blue Earth scratched across six runs to start the game off due to two errors, two walks and two hit batters. The Bombers responded with a seven-run second inning, made possible by four walks, three hits, two hit batters and an error.
Cannon Falls went cold from there, however, logging only two hits the rest of the way and not scoring a run. Blue Earth regained the lead in the fourth inning, coincidentally due to a walk, a hit batter, an error and a fielder’s choice.
Isaac Banks led Cannon Falls with two hits, while Erwin Strelow hit a double and scored a run.
Hayden Strain was given the nod on the mound but was pulled after one inning. He struck out one, walked three and gave up three earned runs. Cody Miller came on in the second inning to pitch the remaining six innings. He struck out two, walked two and gave up three earned runs on seven hits.
The loss ends Cannon Falls’ season.
Jordan 11, K-W 1
Kenyon-Wanamingo saw its season come to a close on Thursday after an 11-1 loss to Jordan in the first round of the Section 2AA playoffs.
The Knights got on the board right away, building a 1-0 lead after one inning. The wheels fell off the cart from there, however, as Jordan scored 11 unanswered runs to close the game out.
K-W was led by Micah Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with a double, and Tyler Craig’s one hit and one run.
Jack Beulke was the losing pitcher as he struck out three, walked two and gave up three earned runs on nine hits through five innings.
Pine Island 3, Stewartville 1
Pine Island found itself in a pitcher's duel as neither team could surpass five hits in what turned out to be a 3-1 Panther win over Stewartville on Wednesday in the first round of the Subsection 1AA West playoffs.
The Panthers put up two runs in the first inning and after Stewartville answered with a run of its own in the third inning, Pine Island put the icing on the game with a final tally in the sixth.
Carter Drazan led the Pine Island offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run. The other three Panther hits were attributed to Keegan Majerus, Joe Bauer and Josh Navratil.
Majerus was the winning pitcher after getting the start. He pitched 4 ⅓ innings, striking out six, walking four and giving up one earned run on three hits. Bauer pitched the final 2 ⅔ innings. He struck out two and gave up one hit.
Next up for Pine Island will be No. 2 seed Triton on Saturday in the second round of the Section 1AA playoffs. The game will be played in Stewartville.
Lake City 11, St. Charles 5
Lake City got off to a hot start on Wednesday and never looked back, defeating St. Charles, 11-5, in the first round of the Subsection 1AA East playoffs.
The Tigers scored eight runs in the first inning, chasing St. Charles’ starting pitcher Sam Linderbaum before he could record three outs. Lake City hit four singles, took five walks, had one hit batter and scored on an error in the first.
Hunter Grimm led Lake City, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double and two runs. Zach Scharpen had two hits, RBI and runs, while Marc Kjos had two hits — one a double — one RBI and one run.
Nate Baer was the starting pitcher and earned the win after striking out one, walking two and giving up four earned runs on three hits through three innings. Scharpen came on in relief to pitch four innings. He struck out two, walked three and gave up one earned run on three hits.
Lake City advances to the subsection semifinals with the win and will travel to Chatfield on Saturday to take on No. 3 seed LaCrescent.
Lourdes 7, Z-M 1
As the No. 8 seed in the Section 1AA West bracket, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa baseball team was unable to pull off the upset over No. 1 seed Rochester Lourdes, falling, 7-1, on Wednesday.
The Cougars scored one run in the seventh inning, but after the previous six innings resulted in only one hit and no runs, the hill to climb was insurmountable.
Carter Cordes provided the lone RBI for Z-M as Willy Holm and Willy Heitmann also recorded one hit apiece.
Tyler Grudem was the losing pitcher as he struck out three, walked eight and gave up seven earned runs on eight hits over 5 ⅔ innings. Spencer Krohn pitched the final ⅓ inning.
With the loss, Z-M's season is over.