Wanamingo Defeats Dodge County in 80 Minutes
The Wanamingo Jacks got by the Dodge County Diamondbacks 3-0 today at Memorial Field in Wanamingo. The game was approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes long.
Wanamingo pitcher Brady Anfinson threw 92 pitches, 70 strikes with 5 hits allowed, 6 strikeouts, no walks in the shutout victory. Anfinson also benefitted from some terrific defensive plays by Alex Roosen and first base and Aaron Bauer at third base.
Dodge County starting pitcher Kasey Krekling (the Head Coach of the Hayfield Vikings Class A State Champions) pulled himself after the first inning due to an aching arm. He threw 12 pitches, 8 strikes. Allowed 2 hits in the inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning Eric Swiggum took a 1-0 count ball over the opposite right field extended fence for his fith home run of the season. It was the only run they would need.
Alex Roosen followed with a single but would be stranded at first base when the inning ended.
Diamondbacks first baseman Hayden Sheerhan jumped on Anfinson's first pitch in the second inning to hit a single. With one out Cam Rutledge hammered a single.
Brady Nelson hit a ball that looked like it was going to get to the second base hole when Jacks first baseman Alex Roosen reached out and knocked it down. Roosen then flipped the ball to Anfinson racing over to cover first base. The runners did advance to second and third base.
#8 hitter in the Dodge County order Erik Bungum lifted a 0-2 count lazy fly ball to shallow right field to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning Gavin Roosen would have a one out bunt for a single. During the Braxton Baker at bat Roosen would head to second base. The throw from the catcher sailed into center. Roosen never hesitated and went to third base just beating the tag.
Baker hit a deep fly ball to the outfield to score Roosen making the score 2-0 Wanamingo.
In the bottom of the 5th inning Baker was hit by a pitch with one out. A second out was recorded before Peder Sviggum hit the ball to right field. The right fielder dove allowing the ball to get by him and roll to the fence scoring Baker and placing Sviggum at second base. The Jacks had a 3-0 lead.
Anfinson set down 11 straight batters before Diamondbacks #9 hitter Zach Nelson (who came in Krekling's spot after he left the game with the aching arm) opened the 6th inning with a solid single.
Top of the order batter AJ Yusten (Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School baseball Head Coach) hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Devin Knudson was out following a fly ball to left field. Anfinson enjoyed a 3 pitch set down of the Diamondbacks.
Zach Johnson also enjoyed a three pitch 8th inning to finish the last 7 innings with 66 pitches thrown, 48 strikes. He allowed 3 hits, had no walks, 6 strikeouts and hit a batter.
Wanamingo got a one out triple off the bat of Alex Roosen in the bottom of the 6th inning but he was left there. Zach Johnson then retired the last 8 batters. Johnson also retired 9 straight from the second through 5th innings when Baker was hit by a 1-1 count pitch.
Both of the Johnson allowed runs were not earned in my scorebook.
Dodge County had a two out double in the 7th inning and one out double in the 8th inning but both Brendan Knoll and Erik Bungum were at second when the innings ended.
Anfinson threw 11 pitches to record the final three outs of the game.
The Region 5C playoffs will be seeded after next weekend. Wanamingo plays a makeup game with Rochester Monday night at Hudson Field. The latest standings on the Twin Rivers League webpage on the Minnesota Baseball Association website had the Jacks a game out of first in the loss column with the Roadrunners of Rochester just ahead
Wanamingo hosts Owatonna for a doubleheader Saturday. We are scheduled to broadcast the second game of that doubleheader on KDHL Radio, 920 AM, 97.9 FM and on the KDHL app heard around the world. They will be 7 inning games. Coverage will start approximately 2:50 p.m.
The Jacks close out their season Sunday, July 25, 2021 against Winona in Wanamingo.
Dodge County fell to 5-8 overall, 5-7 in the League. The Diamondbacks close out their season with home games in Kasson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the Rochester Roadrunners and Friday in Kasson same time against Austin.
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