MCW’s Geistfeld hurls no-hitter at Nicollet

FIRING STRIKES — Martin County West starting pitcher Wyatt Geistfeld (3) delivers a strike to the plate during Valley Conference baseball action against Nicollet on Thursday at the Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome. Maverick first baseman Payton Anderson (back left) looks on. Geistfeld went on to throw a no-hitter. (Photo by Greg Abel)

WELCOME — Seven innings, three walks, no runs, no hits.

That was Wyatt Geistfeld’s pitching line during his no-hitter Thursday when the Martin County West Mavericks beat the Nicollet Raiders 7-0 in Welcome during Valley Conference baseball action.

“I didn’t really feel any different, I just thought it was gonna be another time pitching,” Geistfeld said. “My team made plays for me, that’s the main thing. I just threw strikes and let them make plays.”

Geistfeld cruised through the first six innings, facing the minimum 18 batters and only allowing one walk in the second inning, that a strike’em out, throw’em out double play erased.

In most no-hitters, there is an excellent defensive play made to save the accomplishment late in the game. For Geistfeld, that came when first baseman Payton Anderson made a long stretch and picked a quick hop to just beat the runner and record the second out of the sixth inning.

In the seventh, Geistfeld got a groundout to start, then get another ground ball, but an error allowed the runner to reach. Anderson caught a line drive toward first for the second out, but two walks loaded the bases before Geistfeld collected his seventh strikeout of the day to end the game.

MCW head coach Phillip Rotunda said he’s proud to have been a part of a no-hitter and he’s happy with the way his team has played the past couple of times on the field.

“You see no-hitters on TV and stuff, but I’ve never been the coach of one, so that was pretty awesome,” Rotunda said. “With Wyatt, the biggest thing was he threw strikes, that’s what we keep emphasizing with these guys. Just to throw strikes and be aggressive. … Wyatt stayed aggressive, he had a good feel for his curveball tonight and we could tell when he stayed aggressive with it.

“On the offensive side, we put the ball in play, our defense played well, we only had one error. Payton Anderson bailed out three or four throws at first just making plays. I like our defense, I like how our offense is going a bit now that the sun has come out a little. I don’t know if that made a difference, but we started out scoring maybe three runs in the first three games and now we’re up to 18 last game, seven tonight. We just stayed aggressive there.”

The Mavericks’ offense continued their upward trend from their previous game, getting eight hits from the top three spots in the order, held by Anderson, Jaxson Rohman and Geistfeld.

The offense started the game hot when Anderson and Rohman collected back-to-back singles and reached second and third on a double steal. Zac Spear followed with a single up the middle to score both runners, then came around to score when Todd Morrow hit a bloop single into right field.

The Mavericks added two runs in the third off a single from Rohman, the first of two doubles from Geistfeld, with Spear reaching on an error to score Rohman, and Geistfeld crossing the plate after a passed ball.

MCW added two more in the fourth when Blake Jagodzinske and Anderson hit singles and both scored on Geistfeld’s second double, this one over the Raider left fielder’s head.

Anderson and Rohman each ended the day with three singles and two runs scored, while Geistfeld had two doubles, two RBIs and one run. Spear collected a single and a run scored, while reaching base on an error twice.

Donavon Swanson and Jagodzinske each singled, while Kain Sanders reached on a fielder’s choice and stole a base.

Martin County West (2-6, 1-3) plays host to Pipestone at 5 p.m. today in Welcome, while Nicollet (4-6) hosts Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey at 4:30 p.m. today.

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Wyatt Geistfeld (WP) and Donavon Swanson. Riley Hulke (LP), Logan Shay (5) and Riley Mans.

Fairmont 4, St. Peter 3 (8 innings) — Dustin Schultz tripled and scored the eventual game-winning run on Jack Hested’s RBI groundout in the top of the eighth inning to pace the Cardinals’ key one-run Big South Conference victory over the Saints on Thursday in St. Peter.

Fairmont reliever Dalen Keltgen, who gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, worked a scoreless home half of the eighth to net the victory. Keltgen struck out four, walked two and allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Hested started on the mound, pitching 4 1/3 innings to receive no decision. Hested gave up one run, struck out four, walked two and allowed two hits.

Schultz went 2-for-3 with one RBI to top Fairmont’s eight-hit performance, while teammate Nick Eversman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Zach Jorgensen and Hested each went 1-for-3 with one RBI, Jacob Tennyson and Zac Ringnell each collected one hit in three at-bats, while Cale Steuber scored a run for the Cardinals.

Hunter Wilmes doubled home a pair of runs, while teammate Tyson Sowder went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace St. Peter’s five-hit effort.

Saints reliever Ethan Volk allowed one run on one hit and walked one in two innings of relief to receive the loss.

St. Peter starting pitcher Dylan Graft allowed two runs on two hits, walked five and fanned four in four frames to receive no decision. Isaac Peterson allowed one run on five hits and issued one walk in two innings of relief for the Saints.

Fairmont, which won its third consecutive game to improve to 6-2 overall, faces Blue Earth Area at 12:15 p.m. Saturday before playing host Windom Area at 3 p.m. in the Windom Area Invitational.

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Jack Hested, Dalen Keltgen (5, WP) and Zac Ringnell. Dylan Graft, Isaac Peterson (5), Ethan Volk (7, LP) and Tyson Sowder.

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St. Peter posted a 4-2 win over Fairmont during C-squad action Thursday.

Landon Meyerdirk, Cooper Steuber and Lincoln Becker each produced a hit for the Cardinals.

Jacob Crissinger allowed four runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked two in five innings pitched to take the loss for Fairmont.

Preston Vaughn allowed one hit in one scoreless inning of relief and struck out one for the Cardinals.

Madelia 12, Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 10 — The Blackhawks used a late offensive outburst to surpass the Jaguars in Valley Conference action Thursday in in Madelia.

Jedric Altenburg led the Blackhawks with two hits and a run scored, Ethan Arndt collected a hit and two runs, while Nick Chloros walked three times and scored three runs.

Logan Anderson started for the Blackhawks, throwing three innings and giving up four runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three.

Owen Wolter led the Jaguars with a double and two runs scored, while Paxton Gravlin had a two-run single and a sacrifice fly for a third RBI, as well as a run scored.

Clay Gieseke collected two hits and two RBIs, while Carter Spear had an RBI single and Jack Kruse had a two-RBI single.

Cayden Fischer started on the mound for the Jaguars. He threw 3 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on two hits, three walks and three hit batters, while striking out seven.

Wolter relieved in the fourth inning and threw 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and five walks, while fanning two.

The Jaguars (6-2, 3-1) play host to United South Central at 4:30 p.m. today in Truman.

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Logan Anderson, Luke Hennis (WP, 4), Alex Hennis (5), Kurt Logo (7) and Jedric Altenburg. Cayden Fischer (LP), Owen Wolter (4), Clay Gieseke (5) and Mitch Prafke.

Prep Softball

Martin County West 23, Madelia 5 — The Mavericks crushed the Blackhawks by 18 runs in Valley Conference softball action Thursday night in a game relocated to St. James.

Alyssa Williamson led the Mavericks with 5-for-5 performance — including two triples and a double, five runs scored and five RBIs, while Taylor Elliott added three hits, including a two-run home run, and four RBIs to MCW’s offensive explosion.

Hannah Olson tallied three hits including a double, and collected two RBIs, Danielle Nelson doubled and triple to collect two RBIs, while Emily Dunlop got two hits and three RBIs.

Madison Klima added two hits, while Shaylynn Anderson hit a triple and had two RBIs.

Anderson pitched all five innings for MCW, giving up five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four.

The Blackhawks’ Abby Jacobs had a hit and two RBIs, while Blair VanZee had a hit and an RBI.

The Mavericks (5-2, 4-0) play host to Redwood Valley at 5 p.m. today in Welcome.

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Shaylyn Anderson (WP) and Madison Klima. Corban Tatro (LP), Kylie Smith (3), Brooke Lensing (4) and Abby Jacobs.