Truman doubles WBE legion in sub-district unbeatens battle

CLOSE CALL — Winnebago/Blue Earth catcher Karson Legred dives to just nip Truman American Legion Post 115 runner Zach Wolter (3) trying to steal home during Sub-District ‘C’ baseball action Sunday in Truman. Wolter later hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to help Truman defeat WBE, 6-3. Truman batter Cayden Fischer (far right) looks on. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

TRUMAN — The Truman American Legion Post 115 baseball team secured a bid in the upcoming Division II, 2nd District tournament in St. James.

Left-hander Paxton Gravlin pitched five solid innings, while Truman’s offense converted five unearned runs into a 6-3 victory over Winnebago/Blue Earth during the final undefeated Sub-District ‘C’ bracket game Sunday.

Post 115 awaits the survivor between WBE, United South Central and Minnesota Lake at 8 p.m. tonight in Truman. WBE awaits the winner of Sunday’s late elimination game between USC and Minnesota Lake at 5:30 p.m. today in a knockout game.

“Two keys to tonight’s win. One, we were able to manufacture runs without hits, and two, our pitchers (Gravlin and relievers Cayden Fischer and Owen Wolter) were able to strand 14 (Winnebago/) Blue Earth runners,” said Truman head coach Dave Hurn. “Paxton got into a couple of tight spots, but was able to work out of them without too much damage.”

Holding a 1-0 lead after Derek Shoen walked, took second on Owen Wolter’s single and eventually scored on a throwing error in the top of the first, Gravlin managed to keep WBE off the scoreboard when it loaded the bases in the second.

Zac Schonrock doubled with one out, Koby Nagel walked and Karson Legred collected one of his game-best three hits to jam the bases, but WBE did not score. Gravlin coaxed a 5-2 putout to Shoen at third before notching his lone strikeout of the game.

Shoen singled and eventually crossed the plate again via another throwing miscue on a potential pickoff play during Truman’s third at-bat for a 2-0 lead.

A WBE error, walks to Quintin Greier and Carter Wille, Jaiden Cook’s RBI groundout and a wild pitch plated two more Truman runs in the fourth.

Gravlin worked around walks to Schonrock and Jordan Huse, plus Luke Mertens’ hit, to escape unscathed in the home half of the fourth, but did give up two unearned runs behind three Truman errors in the fifth.

Brayden Barnett and Bobby Lindsey reached on errors, Schonrock singled, Nagel hit into an RBI fielder’s choice and another run scored on a Truman miscue.

Zach Wolter hammered a solo home run in Truman’s sixth at-bat before Fischer walked and eventually scored on another WBE error in the seventh.

Nagel walked and scored on Legred’s RBI double off the center-field fence in the WBE seventh, but Truman reliever Owen Wolter later triggered a 1-2-3 game-ending double play.

Nagel allowed five runs — just one earned — on five hits, fanned five and walked eight in 5 2/3 innings.

TRU 101 201 1 — 6 5 3

WBE 000 020 1 — 3 8 4

Paxton Gravlin (WP), Cayden Fischer (6), Owen Wolter (7, Sv) and Mitchell Prafke. Koby Nagel (LP), Jared Kennedy (6) and Karson Legred.

LOB–WBE 14; Truman 7. 2B–Zac Schonrock (WBE), Legred (WBE). HR–Zach Wolter (TRU). SAC–Brayden Barnett (WBE).

WBE 7, United South Central 3 — Karson Legred produced key RBI hits during each of WBE’s three-run outbursts in the second and fifth innings, while Bobby Lindsey doubled twice and scored two runs to pace a second-round sub-district victory over USC on Saturday in Truman.

WBE starting pitcher Zac Schonrock allowed two runs — only one earned — while scattering six hits in six innings of work to hold USC’s offense in check. The crafty left-hander struck out four, walked three and hit one batter to net the victory.

WBE utilized four extra-base hits to help rebound from a 1-0 deficit. USC’s Isaac Meyer was hit by a pitch before scoring on Zach Niebuhr’s RBI double to left.

Niebuhr, however, was erased trying to stretch his two-base hit into a triple as WBE catcher Karson Legred took left fielder Brayden Barnett’s throw to the plate and fired to third baseman Luke Mertens for the out.

Lindsey was hit by a pitch to lead off WBE’s second at-bat before Schonrock reached on one of USC’s three errors. Lindsey crossed the plate on Legred’s RBI double to right before Jordan Huse singled home courtesy runner Keegan O’Brien.

WBE plated another run in the second with two outs as Joe Schavey singled and Barnett was plunked to score courtesy runner Will Howard for a 3-1 lead.

Schonrock shut out USC from the third to the sixth innings before exiting after reaching the maximum pitch count of 105 in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Barnett’s leadoff single to right triggered WBE’s three-run outburst in the fifth. Hunter Bleess bunted Barnett into scoring position before Lindsey delivered an RBI double. Lindsey later tagged on Schonrock’s flyout to right and then scampered home on the throwing error to third.

Koby Nagel then drilled a two-out double and later crossed the plate on Legred’s RBI single to center for a 6-2 WBE lead.

Lindsey manufactured a solo run in the top of the seventh when he doubled, tagged and wheeled to third on Schonrock’s flyout to right and scored on the ensuing overthrow again.

WBE 030 030 1 — 7 10 2

USC 110 000 1 — 3 6 3

Zac Schonrock (WP), Bobby Lindsey (7) and Karson Legred. Sam Zebro (LP) and Zach Niebuhr.

LOB–USC 7; WBE 5. 2B–Lindsey (WBE) 2, Koby Nagel (WBE), Legred (WBE), Niebuhr (USC), Levi Thisius (USC), Joe Bushlack (USC). SAC–Hunter Bleess (WBE), Colby Klocek (USC).

Truman 7, St. James 0 — Ace right-hander Derek Shoen recorded a game-best 10 strikeouts in hurling a five-hit shutout to power the No. 1 seed to a second-round sub-district win over St. James Saturday in Truman.

Truman centerfielder Quintin Greier maintained Shoen’s shutout bid on the strength of his defensive gem in the third. With St. James runners on second and third with one out, Greier corraled a fly ball to center and pegged a strike to catcher Mitchell Prafke for the inning-ending double play.

Shoen assisted his own cause during the bottom of the third when he hammered an RBI single to center with two out to plate Jaiden Cook, who was hit by a pitch.

Cayden Fischer and James Schrunk drew back-to-back walks in the fourth frame before both scored on Carter Wille’s pivotal two-run single down the left-field line to extend Truman’s margin to 3-0.

Owen Wolter singled with one out, advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch and circled the bases on Fischer’s RBI single to left to widen Truman’s advantage to 4-0 in the last of the fifth frame.

Zach Wolter then drilled a two-run double into the right-center gap to add two more insurance runs to Truman’s total in the home half of the sixth. Wille and Cook, who had drawn back-to-back walks and moved into scoring position on Prafke’s third sacrifice bunt of the game, scored on Zach Wolter’s extra-base hit.

STJ 000 000 0 — 0 5 2

TRU 001 213 x — 7 6 2

Sawyer Carr (LP), Derrick Halvorson (6), Ryan Witcraft (6) and Kobe Mohwinkel. Derek Shoen (WP) and Mitchell Prafke.

LOB–Truman 7; St. James 7. 2B–Zach Wolter (TRU), Jacob Brey (STJ). SAC–Prafke (TRU) 3.

WBE 4, Minnesota Lake 0 — Right-handed ace Hunter Bleess chalked up a game-leading 11 strikeouts in tossing a three-hit shutout to steer WBE to a first-round win during Saturday’s sub-district tourney in Truman.

Bobby Lindsey went 3-for-3 with three doubles and scored half of WBE’s runs on the game, while Joe Schavey went 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored.

Left fielder Brayden Barnett made a parallel-to-the-ground, fully-extended diving catch inside the foul line to deny Minnesota Lake’s Ty Maas an extra-base hit in the third.

Lindsey doubled and scored on Zac Schonrock’s RBI single to stake Bleess to a 1-0 lead in the second.

Lindsey doubled for the second time in the game with one out in the fourth, advanced 90 feet when Schonrock’s grounder was mishandled and scored when Karson Legred’s sharp grounder to third was thrown away.

Schonrock later scored when Jordan Huse’s ground ball was misplayed.

Schavey doubled down the left-field line and eventually scored WBE’s solo run in the fifth when Barnett’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away at first base.