The Montgomery Mallards flew into Bell Field in Faribault Wednesday night scoring a
4-1 victory.  Their runs came in the final couple innings while the Lakers lone run scored in the first.

Faribault's run happened on a RBI single by designated hitter Matt Lane.  Prior to his hit two batters reached base on errors.

Montgomery pitchers Derek Christianson and Johnny Krocak allowed 5 hits in the game.  Christianson with the win.  Krocak recorded a save.

Christianson threw 95 pitches in his 7 innings of work.  He had one strikeout, two walks, with 3 hits allowed.  Krocak allowed 2 hits in 2 innings with 3 strikeouts of the 8 batters faced.  He threw 33 pitches, 23 strikes.

Egan Bonde threw well enough to win for the Lakers.  Entering the 8th inning he had allowed 6 hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk but the 8th inning he faced six batters with 4 hits allowed.  All three runs in the inning would be charged to Bonde.

Cole Pint started the top of the 8th inning by drawing a full count walk.  Krocak smacked a 0-2 pitched ball to left field that Lakers outfielder Jack Jandro did not appear to see.  I ruled a hit and error because he had trouble getting the ball backed into the infield.

With runners at the corners Manager Charlie Lechtenburg made a visit to the mound.  At that point Bonde had thrown 104 pitches.

Mallards cleanup hitter Ryan Iversen clubbed a 1-0 count pitch to left field tying the game.  With one out Tyler Bednar cracked a 0-2 pitch single to left scoring Krocak.  Iversen was given the go ahead to head home and was thrown out with a perfect throw from Jandro on the fly to catcher Dylan Valentyn for the second out.

Mike Flicek stepped to the plate and delivered a full count single and Bonde's night was over.  Joey Grote came in to pitch.  His first delivery went to the backstop allowing Bednar to score.

In the bottom of the 8th Faribault had runners at first and second with one out following back to back singles by Danny Pierce and Grote.  Both were hits with two strikes counts.

Lane smacked a soft liner to short and Ryan Archambault was called out on strikes to end the threat.  Krocak then fanned two of the three batters faced in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Bonde threw 120 pitches, 90 strikes, allowed 10 hits, 3 runs, had 10 strikeouts, 2 walks.

Grote faced six batters with 26 pitches, 16 strikes, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit allowed and an unearned run in my scorebook.

Faribault (12-8) is off until next Wednesday, July 7, 2021 when they host Red Wing.  The Mallards (7-8) won their 4th straight game and play Friday, July 9, 2021 at home against Shakopee.

In other D-R-S League action:

  • Union Hill defeated New Market 7-6 in 10 innings.  Bulldogs player Nathan Berg hit a home run to right field, home run to center field, two home runs to left field.  Four home runs in the game.  The Muskies had 3 home runs as a team in New Market
  • Shakopee bested Lonsdale 3-2 in 10 innings.
  • Blaine 5  Elko 3

Other KDHL/POWER 96 area scores:

  • Winona 11  Dodge County  8
  • Rochester Roadrunners 11  Austin Greyhounds 6
  • Belle Plaine 11  Gaylord 9

Tonight New Prague is at Waterville.  7:30 p.m. first pitch

Wanamingo at Jordan  7:30 p.m.

Green Isle at Young America 7:30 p.m.

Jack Jandro of Faribault steals second base. Photo by Mary Van Thomme

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