Mavericks drop baseball pair; B.E. Area routs JCC
WELCOME — The fifth spot in MACCRAY’s lineup came up for the third time in the second inning before Martin County West’s five spot had come to bat once.
The Wolverines sent 25 batters to the plate through the top of the second to build a 15-0 nonconference baseball win over the Mavericks in the first half of a doubleheader Saturday in Welcome.
Game 2 started in similar fashion, with MACCRAY one spot away from batting through the lineup three times in the first two innings.
Brady Kienitz started the game strong for the Wolverines, hitting the second pitch of the day deep into right field for a triple, then scoring three batters later on a sacrifice fly.
Three hit batters and two singles later, MACCRAY had scored five runs in the opening frame.
Wyatt Williamson hit a double for the Mavericks and moved to third on a passed ball, but a strikeout ended the inning with Williamson still on the basepath.
The Wolverines put up nine runs in the second inning on two errors, five singles, three walks and a hit batter.
Only four batters reached base the rest of the game for the Wolverines — Dreyer Homan doubled and scored in the fourth, along with an error, a walk and a hit batter.
Jacob Fiala recorded the second of the Mavericks’ two hits with an infield single, beating out a swinging bunt that traveled less than 10 feet. Fiala moved to second when Lucas Jagodzinske was hit by a pitch, but a popout and a double play ended the frame scoreless.
“We just gave up too many of the free bases, the walks, the hit-by-pitches, the errors. It was one of those games where we needed to make them earn it,” MCW head coach Phillip Rotunda said. “… You could see the difference in the team that threw strikes and the team that didn’t throw strikes.”
In Game 2, the Wolverines’ bats caught fire for 12 runs in the first inning, leading to a 22-1 win.
Five walks, four hit batters and seven singles led to MACCRAY’s double-digit frame.
The Mavericks scored their lone run of the twinbill in the bottom of the first.
Jaxson Rohman singled to center on the first pitch, then stole second. With two outs, Blake Jagodzinske popped a ball down the left-field line, dropping it just fair before it spun toward the fence, allowing Rohman to score on a double.
MACCRAY added four more runs in the second on three hits, including a Logan Cronen double, and two walks.
MCW had a scoring opportunity in the bottom half of the second when Riley Kascht walked and advanced to third on a Jesse Potts single, but a strikeout and popout ended the inning.
The Wolverines scored two runs in the third and four more in the fifth to build their lead.
Kain Sanders, Levi Ebeling, Kascht and Potts pitched the first game for the Mavericks, combining to allow nine hits, while hitting five batters, walking four and striking out two. Kascht pitched three of the innings.
Rohman, Blake Jagodzinske, Potts and Raef Omvig pitched the second game for MCW. The foursome combined for five innings, eight walks, six hit batters, 14 hits and two strikeouts.
Potts handled 2 1/3 innings for the majority of the work.
Martin County West (1-3) plays Loyola Catholic at Franklin Rogers Field in Mankato at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
MAC 590 10 — 15 9 0
MCW 000 00 — 0 2 4
Broks Asche (WP), Logan Cronen (4) and Eli DuHeux. Kain Sanders (LP), Levi Ebeling (2), Riley Kascht (2), Jesse Potts (5) and Lucas Jagodzinske, Jacob Fiala (5).
LOB–MAC 8, MCW 3. 2B–Wyatt Williamson (MCW), Dreyer Homan (MAC). 3B–Brady Kienitz (MAC). SF–Carter Wrede (MAC).
MAC (12)42 04 — 22 14 1
MCW ( 1)00 00 — 1 4 3
Carter Wrede (WP), Dreyer Homan (3) and Dreyer Homan, Garrett Strowness (3). Jaxson Rohman (LP), Blake Jagodzinske (1), Jesse Potts (2), Raef Omvig (5) and Wyatt Williamson, Kain Sanders (5).
LOB–MAC 10, MCW 6. 2B–Blake Jagodzinske (MCW), Logan Cronen (MAC).
Blue Earth Area 22, Jackson County Central 10 — The Bucs continued their torrid hitting ways by pounding out 22 hits to engineer a 12-run rout over the Huskies during six-inning Big South Conference action Saturday in Jackson.
Adam Schavey went 4-for-6 with a double, scored a game-best five runs and produced three RBIs to top Blue Earth Area, while Keegan O’Brien went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Logan O’Hara tripled and singled twice to drive in two runs and crossed the plate three times for the Bucs, Anders Fering went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and generated two RBIs, while Kean Hicks went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Luke Mertens went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks for BEA, Luke Schonborn singled twice to generate two RBIs to complement two runs scored, Anthony Carr singled home a run and scored twice, while Parker Meyers chipped in a hit.
O’Hara allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked three in pitching the final four frames in relief for the Bucs.
Trailing 8-5 after three complete innings, the Bucs erupted for four runs in the top of the fourth, seven more in the fifth and six in the sixth to exit the ballpark early via the run rule.
Blue Earth Area (4-0) is scheduled to play host to Redwood Valley on Tuesday in a Big South doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. in Blue Earth.
BEA 230 476 — 22 22 3
JCC 071 101 — 10 8 3