Lakers tame the Tigers
Minnewaska helped erase six errors with a five-run fourth inning and the Lakers went on to an 11-8 win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Wednesday in Minnewaska.
Austin VerSteeg hit a two-run triple and Austin Ostrander followed with another triple to bring home VerSteeg in the game-changing fourth.
The Lakers improved to 9-4 in the West Central North and 9-8 overall. The Laker victory lifted them into a tie with Montevideo and Sauk Centre for the North championship. Sauk Centre defeated Montevideo 7-6 on Wednesday. The Tigers finished the regular season 10-9, fourth in WCC-North.
Laker's Justin Amundson was 3-for-4 with a triple and a RBI, and VerSteeg and Ostrander both were 2-for-3 with triples and doubles.
Hunter Thompson was 2-for-2 and also hit one of the Lakers’ four triples. Jon Nygaard and VerSteeg both drove in two runs.
MA/C-A's senior Bryce Jergenson was 3-for-5, and Noah Grove and Joey Dufault both were 2-for-4. All three Tigers drove in runs.
Matt Paulson allowed two earned runs and struck out four to get the win. Jayden Beecher earned a save, pitching three innings and allowing one earned run. Freshman Sean Amundson took the loss on the mound for the Tigers.
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Minnewaska 11, Morris/C-A 8
Morris/C-A 031 103 0 — 8 11 1
Minnewaska 211 520 x — 11 12 6
HITTING – Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Bryce Jergenson 3-5 rbi r, Gage Backman 1-4 rbi r, Corey Storck 1-2 rbi-2, Noah Grove 2-4 rbi r, Riley Biesterfeld 1-4 r, Joey Dufault 2-4 rbi r, Ethan Stahman 1-3 r; Minnewaska: Justin Amundson 3-4 3b rbi r, Jon Nygaard 1-2 rbi-2 r, Austin VerSteeg 2-3 3b 2b rbi-2 r-2, Austin Ostrander 2-3 3b 2b rbi r-2, Riley Thompson 1-3 r-2, Matt McIver 1-4, Hunter Thompson 2-2 3b rbi r
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Sean Amundson (L) 4-9-9-9-4-1, Danny Tracy 0.2-3-2-2-1-1, Bryce Jergenson 1.1-0-0-0-0-2; Minnewaska: Matt Paulson (W) 4-8-5-2-0-4, Jayden Beecher (Sv) 3-3-3-1-0-0