Kenyon-Wanamingo Baseball Four Games From State
The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights have allowed just one run in the past three games of the Section 2 Class 2A baseball tournament.
Since their amazing come-from-behind victory over Sibley East, the Knights have a 10-0 win in six innings over Medford, a 1-0 loss to St. Peter and a 4-0 win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial.
Tuesday they are scheduled to play Le Sueur-Henderson at 5PM; if they win, they would play St. Peter again for the right to take on Belle Plaine for the section title.
Saturday Gavin Roosen threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 LCWM batters. He walked two batters and hit another but no Knight hitters for LCWM got to third base. Roosen threw 102 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Meanwhile the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth.
Calvin Steberg coaxed a walk to open the bottom of the fourth and was sacrificed to second on a terrific bunt by Tyler Ryan. Junior Jack Beulke clobbered a 2-0 fast ball into the right center gap for a stand-up double to deliver the first and would really be the only run Kenyon-Wanamingo would need.
After a ground out where Buelke went to third base, No. 9 hitter Peyton Hilke was safe on an error and Buelke scored.
Ryan hit a single to open the bottom of the sixth inning and was sacrificed to second by Beulke. Micah Johnson hit a grounder to third and was safe on an error and Hilke delivered an RBI single to conclude the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knight scoring.
The Le Sueur-Henderson Giants were behind until the fifth inning and got a walk-off win over Medford.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Ian Gillis opened the inning with a walk and following a pop out freshman Willie Von Ruden delivered a single to put runners at the corners.
There was a strike out followed by an RBI single by Ben Sutcliffe, then Cole Volkman hit a grounder resulting in an error, scoring the second run.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Giants started with a single by Trevor Block. He then stole second base and after two outs Philip Champagne clubbed a RBI single to make the score 2-1.
In the fifth inning following a strike out, the starting pitcher for Medford Nathan Meixner was safe on an error, Gillis walked and then there was a passed ball allowing the runners to move into scoring position.
Javis Von Ruden had a RBI single and was thrown out trying to steal second. The Giants intentionally walked Willie Von Ruden and a fly out ended the inning.
Le Sueur-Henderson tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded two-out triple by Jordan Carlson.
Meixner walked the bases loaded before the big hit and Volkman came in to pitch the rest of the way for the Tigers.
Cole Pengilly started the game for the Giants and went the first 4-1/3 innings, throwing 71 pitches, 46 for strikes. He struck out six and walked two batters.
Mitch Casperson got the win for Le Sueur-Henderson while pitching the rest of the game and allowed just two hits and no runs while collecting one strike out and had just the one intentional walk in the fifth.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants' No. 9 hitter, Grant Becker, hit a single to start the inning and Pengilly followed with another single.
A grounder advanced the runners a base and Carlson smacked a single to collect his fourth RBI and end the game for Le Sueur-Henderson.
The top seed and top-ranked team in the state in Class 2A, Belle Plaine Tigers, were an out away from being on the comeback trail.
St. Peter had a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh and couldn't record the final out.
The Tigers were behind 7-6 and down to their last strike when a grounder turned into an error instead of the final out tying the game and they went on to win in walk off fashion with the next batter getting a hit.