Herber Grand Slam Fuels New Market Win Over Faribault
The New Market Muskies used a Brett Herber sixth inning grand slam to defeat the Faribault Lakers 8-1 in Faribault Tuesday night. It appeared the Lakeville man had been struck out by Lakers starting pitcher Joe Grote the pitch before his big home run. Muskies pitcher Derek Bergstrom of Elko New Market allowed four hits while going the distance. Bergstrom struck out 10 and walked 1. He threw 124 pitches, 79 for strikes.
Each team scored a run in the first inning. New Market added two runs in the fifth inning on a balk and a wild pitch. A couple errors got the bags juiced in the sixth inning before Herber's home run to center field. The Muskies added an insurance run in the ninth. With the win New Market captured the regular season Dakota-Rice-Scott League championship.
Grote went the first six innings for the Lakers and threw 101 pitches, 58 strikes with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks, 6 hits, 7 runs with 2 earned. Derek Ritter finished the game on the hill going the last three innings with 1 run, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts and 2 walks while throwing 47 pitches 26 for strikes.
Faribault's four hits came off the bats of Ryan Archambault, Joe Grote, Derek Ritter and Dylan Valentyn. Valentyn stroked a double and was stranded on the bases and the other hits were singles.
The Lakers fell to 12-11 on the season and New Market is 19-1. Faribault is at Union Hill Thursday.
In another D-R-S game Tuesday Union Hill came from behind to score four two out runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and edge Montgomery 5-4. Jeff Dietz had the game winning hit and Dan Feneis pitched the win for the Bulldogs.