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PREP BASEBALL: Voelker, Crusaders knock off No. 8 Heritage Christian at US Bank Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS – Senior Nic Voelker would not be denied. In his first start of the season, he was simply on a mission. The senior tossed seven shutout innings as Mayer Lutheran knocked off No. 8 Heritage Christian 1-0 at US Bank Stadium Friday night. Although nervous to start the game, Voelker was calm and confident throughout leading the Crusaders to the upset win.

“I was a little nervous,” Voelker said about his mindset coming in. “It was my first start of the year. It went pretty well so say the least.”

Nic Voelker allowed just four hits while striking out seven in his complete game shutout against No. 8 Heritage Christian at US Bank Stadium Friday night.

Nic Voelker allowed just four hits while striking out seven in his complete game shutout against No. 8 Heritage Christian at US Bank Stadium Friday night.

It wasn’t an easy one to finish for Voelker though. After recording the first two outs in the top of the seventh, Voelker allowed a two-out double, and the Eagles were still alive. Following the two-out double, Voelker walked the ensuing batter, and the Eagles had something cooking with runners on first and second with two out. With Voelker and the Crusaders just one out away from knocking off the Eagles, Voelker plunked the next batter, loading the bases for the Eagles.

Voelker, who pitches for the New Germany Dutchmen amateur baseball team  in the Crow River Valley League in the summer, and is familiar with tough situations and playing against tough competition, focused in on the batter with the bases loaded and two outs.
“It definitely helps as far as hitting goes,” Voelker said about the benefits of playing amateur baseball in the summer. “This guy (Seth Halvorsen) threw a heck of a game. A lot like the other guys we face in the summer.

Mayer Lutheran's Matthew Menth tags the Heritage Christian baserunner for the dramatic final out.

Mayer Lutheran’s Matthew Menth tags the Heritage Christian baserunner for the dramatic final out.

With a 2-1 count, Voelker got Zach Richards to hit a groundball to third baseman Matthew Menth. Menth then raced to the bag at third to beat the runner, but the runner was safe, but he slid past the bag as Menth was able to take him out with the ball, ending the game in dramatic fashion. Heritage Christian’s coach Jon Ledeboer pleaded his case to the umpires, but to no avail as the call stood.

Voelker finished off his shutout allowing zero runs off four hits, and despite his team collecting just one hit.

“I was just really excited to play at US Bank to be honest,” Voelker said. “I’m not a huge fan of the turf field, but a very cool experience.”

Two of the four hits allowed by Voelker came in the top of the second, and it looked as if the eighth-ranked Eagles were ready to make a run. Junior catcher Branden Carlson had other ideas. After the leadoff batter reached on a single, Carlson gunned down the runner trying to swipe second for the first out of the inning. The Eagles responded with another base hit to put a runner with just one out. With runs looking like they would come at a premium, the Eagles were once again aggressive on the base paths, and Carlson once again delivered a perfect strike to throw out his second batter attempting to steal to a base.

Alex Baumann had the lone hit of the game for the Crusaders in the win. He also had the key at-bat that helped them push across the lone run of the game. Brock Hoese drew a one-out walk to give the Crusaders just their third base runner of the game. Hoese then moved up to second on a balk by Halvorsen. With one out and Hoese on second, Baumann hit a slow rolling ground ball to the second baseman, and an errant throw to first allowed Hoese to come in and score which proved to be the winning run.

Look for a full photo gallery on the Herald Journal website Monday, April 24.

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PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bulldogs, Crusaders bounce back; Lakers, Royals fall short

Prep Roundup for Thursday, April 20

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BASEBALL

CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE

Pierz 7, HLWW 0

PIERZ: 023;001;1 – 7;8;0

HLWW: 000;000:0 – 0;1;1

HLWW BATTING:

Brad Bickmann (1-for-3, 1B)

HLWW PITCHING:

Trevin Olund, L (5 IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K)

Joe Gallus (2 IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K)

HOWARD LAKE – Preston Rocheleau was dominant from the start on the mound as the Pioneers cruised to a 7-0 win on the road over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. Rocheleau threw a one-hit shutout, while striking out 12 Lakers in the win.

Senior Brad Bickmann had the lone hit for the Lakers in the loss. Bickmann’s hit came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, and it was the only baserunner of the game for the Lakers.

Despite the loss, the Lakers got a nice performance on the mound from sophomore Trevin Olund. Olund went five innings, allowing seven runs off of seven hits. A wild pitch by Olund gave the Pioneers their first two runs, but after that Olund was strong on the mound.

The Pioneers also won game two of the doubleheader by a score of 13-7.

The Lakers are back in action Friday, April 21 when they travel to Litchfield to take on the Dragons and look to pick up their first win of the season.

WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

Litchfield 8, Watertown-Mayer 4

W-M: 100;021;0 – 4;7;1

LITCH: 000;008;x – 8;9;4

WATERTOWN-MAYER BATTING:

Dan Heinsch (2-for-4, RBI), Jack Zellmann (1-for-4, RBI),

WATERTOWN-MAYER PITCHING:

Jadrien Keavy, L (5.1 IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 1BB, 0K)

Kevin Burns (0.2 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K)

LITCHFIELD – A rough sixth inning cost the Royals from picking up their second consecutive win. After leading the entire game, the Royals watched their lead disappear as the Dragons batted around, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to comeback and win.

Jadrien Keavy was tagged with the loss on the mound despite throwing some strong innings early. He gave up six earned runs off of eight hits. At the plate, the Royals were led by Dan Heinsch who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nic Nolan, Jack Zellmann, Keavy each had an RBI as well in the loss.

MN CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

LP/HT 12, Legacy Christian 0 (5 inn.)

LP/HT: 430;14; – 12;10;0

LCA: 000;00 – 0;2;3

LP/HT BATTING:

Hope Feltmann (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2R), Taylor Trettin (1-for-3, 3 RBI), Taylor Ebert (2-for-3, 4 RBI)

LP/HT PITCHING:

Taylor Trettin, W (5IP, 2H, 0R, 7K, 0BB)

ANDOVER – Taylor Trettin’s dominating pitching performance led the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs to a 12-0 bounce back win in five innings over Legacy Christian.  Trettin threw five scoreless frames, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. In her last 12 innings, Trettin has allowed just one run off of four hits.

Senior Hope Feltmann broke out of her slump in a big way. She went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win, including belting her second home run of the season. Eighth-grader Taylor Ebert continued to impress. She finished with two hits, and drove in four runs for the Bulldogs in the blowout win.

The Bulldogs return to action Monday, April 24 when they take to the road against PACT Charter.

MN RIVER CONFERENCE

Mayer Lutheran 17, St. Clair 4

MAYER: 158;12 – 17;12;1

ST. CLAIR: 103;00 – 4;8;3

MAYER BATTING:

Taylor Gabbert (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 3R, 2B, 3B), Mya Chmielewski (2-for-5, 3 RBI, 2R, 2B), Martina Saulsbury (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2R)

MAYER PITCHING:

Anna Asmus, W (5 IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 4K, 1BB)

ST. CLAIR – The Mayer Lutheran softball team bounced back with a 17-4 win over St. Clair in five innings. The Crusaders relied on their top of the lineup as Taylor Gabbert, Mya Chmielewski, and Martina Saulsbury combined for eight hits and drove in eight runs to give the Crusaders the win.

Anna Asmus picked up the mound on the rubber. She threw five innings, allowing four earned runs off of eight hits. The Crusaders are back in action Friday as they host Heritage Christian.

CENTRAL MN CONFERNCE 

BOYS GOLF

PIERZ GOLF COURSE 

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 179; 2. Pierz 181; 3. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 182; 4. Maple Lake 188; 5. Osakis 203; 6. HLWW 206; 7. Paynesville 223

MEDALIST: Nathan Vossen, Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, 40

HLWW FINISHES: Cody Dickhausen 48, Anthony Lueck 49, Jordan Bixby 54, Noah Benson 55.

PIERZ – Cody Dickhausen’s round of 48 led the Lakers to a sixth place finish at the Central MN Conference meet at Pierz Golf Course. The Lakers finished with a team score of 206.

BASEBALL: Matchup between Lakers and Irish postponed

The baseball game scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 between the Maple Lake Irish and HLWW Lakers has been postponed. The game will be made up Monday, May 8 as part of a doubleheader in Howard Lake.

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SOFTBALL: Crusaders use big innings to top Bulldogs

LESTER PRAIRIE – The Mayer Lutheran softball had the big innings working as they handed the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs a 16-5 loss Monday afternoon. The Crusaders scored three or more runs in three different innings to pick up the win.

Junior pitcher Martina Saulsbury was strong on the rubber for the Crusaders. She threw all seven innings without allowing an earned run while striking out seven. She also retired the first nine batters in a row to start the game.

With the Bulldogs trailing 10-3 in the bottom of the sixth, eighth grader Taylor Ebert came through with a clutch two RBI single to bring the Bulldogs back within five. After closing the gap to just five runs heading to the final inning, the Bulldogs were looking for a quick inning in the field as they had the top of the lineup to start the bottom half. The Crusaders had other plans.

The Crusaders batted around to score six runs in the top of the seventh to help seal the win and knock off the Bulldogs on their home field. The Crusaders had a balanced attack at the plate throughout the game as five different players each drove in two runs each.

After a slow start, the Bulldogs got the offense going a bit, but five costly errors throughout the game was too much to overcome.

The Bulldogs fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss, while the Crusaders improved to 4-1 on the young season.

Look for a full recap and story with photos in the April 24 edition of the Herald Journal.

SOFTBALL

Mayer Lutheran 16, LP/HT 5

MAYER: 303;040;6 –16;16;6

LP/HT: 000;302;0 –5;4;5

Batting

MAYER LUTHERAN: Taylor Gabbert (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Mya Chmielewski (1-for-4, 3B, 2 R), Martina Saulsbury (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R).

LP/HT: Taylor Ebert (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Kayla Weinzierl (1-for-3, RBI, 2 R).

Pitching

MAYER LUTHERAN: Martina Saulsbury, W (7 IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 7K)

LP/HT: Tori Trettin, L (7 IP, 16H, 16R, 7ER, 8K)

PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE: Monday, April 17

Prep sports schedule for Monday, April 17

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BASEBALL – CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE

Maple Lake at Glencoe-Silver Lake

 

BASEBALL – MN CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Trinity at Brooklyn Center

Washington Tech at St. Croix Prep

 

BASEBALL – WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

Rockford at Mound Westonka

Maple Lake at Glencoe-Silver Lake

Delano at Dassel-Cokato

Holy Family at Litchfield

Northfield at New Prague

 

BASEBALL – MN RIVER CONFERENCE

LeSueur-Henderson at NYA

Mayer Lutheran at Belle Plaine

Tri-City United at Sibley East

 

SOFTBALL – CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE

Royalton at B-B-E

Eden Valley-Watkins at Albany

 

SOFTBALL – MN CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Concordia Academy Roseville at New Life Academy

Mayer Lutheran at LP/HT

St. Agnes at St. Croix Prep

PACT Charter at Brooklyn Center

West Lutheran at St. Louis Park

Trinity at North Lakes Academy

 

SOFTBALL – WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

Sibley East at Glencoe-Silver Lake

Dassel-Cokato at Delano

New Prague at Mankato East

 

SOFTBALL – MN RIVER CONFERENCE

Mayer Lutheran at LP/HT

Jordan at Waseca

 

TRACK AND FIELD –  CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE

HLWW, Osakis, Swanville at Kimball

 

TRACK AND FIELD –  WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

Delano, Mound Westonka at Litchfield

 

BOYS GOLF – WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE

Watertown-Mayer at Little Crow Golf Course (New London-Spicer)

 

GIRLS GOLF – WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE 

Watertown-Mayer at Ridges at Sand Creek (Jordan)

 

PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE: Tuesday, April 11

Prep sports schedule for Tuesday, April 11.

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CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE – BASEBALL

Pierz at Holdingford

HLWW at Eden Valley-Watkins

Kimball at Maple Lake

Paynesville at B-B-E

 

MN CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – BASEBALL

Spectrum at LP/HT

Maranatha Christian at Trinity

SW Christian at PACT Charter

New Life Academy at St. Croix Lutheran

St. Croix Prep at St. Agnes

 

WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE – BASEBALL

Litchfield at Rockford

Glencoe-Silver Lake at Watertown-Mayer

Holy Family at Providence Academy

New London-Spicer at Annandale

Orono at Jordan

Delano at Edina

 

MN RIVER CONFERENCE – BASEBALL

Orono at Jordan

St. Peter at Belle Plaine

Medford at Tri-City United

LeSueur-Henderson at Waseca

Mayer Lutheran at Sibley East

 

CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE – SOFTBALL

Eden Valley-Watkins at HLWW

Maple Lake at Kimball

B-B-E at Paynesville

Holdingford at Pierz

 

MN CHRISTIAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – SOFTBALL

Chesterton Academy at West Lutheran

Maranatha Christian at Trinity

SW Christian at PACT Charter

Spectrum at LP/HT

 

WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE – SOFTBALL

Orono at Hopkins

Rockford at Litchfield

Annandale at Dassel-Cokato

Watertown-Mayer at Glencoe-Silver Lake

Eden Prairie at Waconia

Marshall at Hutchinson

New Prague at LeSueur-Henderson

 

MN RIVER CONFERENCE – SOFTBALL

Jordan at Belle Plaine

New Prague at LeSueur-Henderson

NYA at Tri-City United

Mayer Lutheran at Sibley East

 

CENTRAL MN CONFERENCE – GIRLS GOLF

B-B-E at Marshall (Marshall Golf Course)

 

WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE – GIRLS GOLF

Watertown-Mayer at Annandale (Albion Ridges CC)

 

WRIGHT COUNTY CONFERENCE – BOYS GOLF

Watertown-Mayer at Annandale (Southbrook Golf Course)

 

MN RIVER CONFERENCE – TRACK AND FIELD

Mayer Lutheran at Belle Plaine Invitational