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When leading off a game, Randolph's Andrew Wenstrom always had one goal in mind: score the first run. Whether he was on the mound or at second base, scoring the first run meant a lot. It put pressure on the other team and eased his mind when pitching. With fellow senior Joey Erickson batting behind him, Wenstrom said the two routinely got on base in front of AJ Weidner, Dane Ehleringer and Matt Weber. "It was almost guaranteed one of those guys would drive us in," Wenstrom said. "I always wanted the lead first. It was nice to pitch with the lead."
Losing 1-0 in a hard-fought sub-section game to Rochester Lourdes, Zumbrota-Mazeppa head softball coach Kevin Nelson stuck with his young starter in a must-win game for the Cougars. Less than an hour removed from an extremely disappointing loss for the Cougars, sophomore Avery Steffen was back in the circle. "She's a gamer," Nelson said of Steffen after the loss to Lourdes on May 23. "She was not happy after the game. I could see that."
Trailing by 11 runs in the sixth inning of the Class A state baseball consolation championship, Randolph head coach Chris Stanton removed his seniors one-by-one from the game. It was one of the last moments any of the four Rocket seniors would have to be recognized by the large crowd at the Chaska Athletic Field. First baseman Jack Bennerotte was the first to walk off the field. It might surprise some of his doctors that he even had the chance to be on the field to begin with.
CHASKA, Minn.—At the State Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history, the Randolph Rockets experienced an extreme of highs and lows on the scoreboard. After falling to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Thursday in the quarterfinals, the Rockets downed Sebeka 11-1, then lost in the consolation championship 16-5 to Hayfield.
JORDAN—Fighting his control and maybe some nerves as well, Andrew Wenstrom couldn't make it out of the third inning. The Rocket pitcher began the inning with a strikeout, but the inning turned disastrous for the Rockets as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg scored eight runs on six hits and two errors. It was enough to knock Wenstrom out of the game. The Saints added two more in the fourth en route to a 10-0 win over the Rockets on Thursday at the Mini Met in Jordan. "We haven't played like that at all (this year)," said Randolph head coach Chris Stanton. "One bad inning."
Clear space in the trophy case. Red Wing has three more trophies to add. Five hours after Winger Cecil Belisle won his second state title in three years, Sophia Yoemans won her third consecutive state title. The two became the fifth pair of golfers in state high school history to win an individual state title from the same school. The last time a boys' and girls' golfer from the same school won their respective title was conveniently Belisle and Yoemans in 2017.
Last season, Randolph was in the same position; one win and they were Section 4A champs headed to state for the first time in school history. However, their state plans were spoiled by Heritage Christian Academy. The Eagles needed two wins over the Rockets and did just that, pulling off 5-1 and 7-5 wins to advance to state. Rocket catcher AJ Weidner, who was apart of last year's section run, said the team knew they had a more developed roster capable of winning the big game.
In all but two innings, Red Wing had at least one runner on base. Yet, nothing materialized in the form of runs as the Wingers fell 2-0 to Albert Lea in Section 1AAA first round baseball action on Saturday. The Wingers couldn't score, but it wasn't for a lack of hitting. The Wingers had five hits and nine total baserunners. "I think we were just waiting for that one big one for our dugout to explode and give us some added confidence," said Red Wing head coach Paul Hartmann.
Celebrating senior night at The Ath before the game on Monday, Red Wing had reason to celebrate again later on. Desperately needing a clutch hit from anyone in the lineup, senior Bear Blaney came to bat in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second base. With two hits already in the game, facing a new pitcher didn't faze Blaney. "I knew I was going to get a hit," Blaney said. "I knew I was going to get on base at least. All I had to do was put the ball in play."
With bragging rights on the line and another yearly score to be etched on a plaque, Saturday’s game between Randolph and Cannon Falls lived up to its moniker. Originally scheduled to play at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville, wet conditions forced the 2019 Battle of Byllesby to John Burch Park in Cannon Falls. The location change did little to subdue the intensity in either dugout as the two teams played in a postseason primer.