The Cokato Kernels split two 6-5 nailbiters in recent action, hanging on to defeat Maple Plain 6-5 at home Friday, before falling 6-5 to Loretto in a late-inning heartbreaker on the road Saturday.
Against Maple Plain, Isaac Nelson hit a fifth-inning grand slam, and Steve Schmitt pitched out trouble in the ninth, to give the Kernels a 6-5 win over Maple Plain at home Friday.
Against Loretto, the Kernels trailed 4-1 heading into the top of the ninth. Cokato rallied for four runs to take a 5-4 lead, only to see Loretto (12-5 NSL) score two in the bottom of the ninth to score a walkoff victory.
The Kernels are now 6-15 overall, 6-11 in NSL play. They will play in the four-team NSL “piggyback” bracket to determine the final playoff spot starting Wednesday, July 25.
After going 2-14 in their last 16 games, the DC Saints ended their skid with three North Star League wins.
DC defeated Litchfield 14-7 Wednesday at home, on Darwin Night with Fox 9 News in attendance, behind Ben Lindquist’s five RBI. Lindquist had a two-run double, and a three-run home run.
The Saints then defeated Buffalo at home Friday, on a walkoff RBI single from Andy Haataja. Austin Zweibohmer picked up the win in relief, throwing three scoreless innings.
Dassel-Cokato picked up their third win in a row with a 12-7 victory at Hutchinson Sunday. Tyler Zweibohmer threw a complete game, and Opsahl and Lindquist had three RBI.
DC is now 9-9 in the North Star League, tied for fifth place.
Look for a full recap in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.
Friday, July 20
Delano at Cokato Kernels, 7:30 p.m.
Montrose Waverly at DC Saints, 7:30 p.m.
Cokato Legion at Delano, 7 p.m.
Monday, July 23
Hutchinson at Cokato Legion, Saints Field, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25
Cokato Kernels, NSL Playoffs, TBD
Cokato Legion, District Playoffs, TBD
Dassel-Cokato will hold its fall sports eligibility meeting Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the High School.
Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., CMPC, will be the keynote speaker.
Kamphoff, an entrepreneur and professor at Minnesota State, is a go-to performance coach for leaders, professional athletes, executives and championship teams around the nation. Her clients range from Verizon Wireless, Mayo Clinic, and the Minnesota Vikings
Fox 9 News visited Saints Field Wednesday as part of their Town Ball series. Photos of the game can be found here:
The Fox 9 news team led by Jeff Passolt did several segments at Saints Field Wednesday. Check out their videos here: