Hayfield and Randolph Baseball remain unbeaten
The Hayfield Vikings beat Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 12-1 in six innings while the Randolph Rockets shut out Spring Grove 12-0 in 5 innings today.
The Vikings had an impressive three-run homerun from junior Easton Fritcher with two strikeouts early in the second inning to propel them to victory. It landed well behind the fence in the right center field of William J. Grose Park in Waterville.
Senior Ethan Slaathaug, the point guard of State Champion Hayfield Vikings’ basketball team, hit a single to start the inning, stole the second base and went to third on a pitch error. He would score later on the round tripper.
Slaathaug hit a two-run RBI single in the third inning to score senior wide receiver Isaiah Tempel who clubbed a two-out single before him.
The Buccaneers scored their lone run down the third inning. Levi Bowman ended Hayfield’s starting pitcher Nolan Klocke’s unsuccessful offer with a single from the field with one out. This was followed by a walk from the number nine batter. WEM senior pitcher Ethan Bartelt was hit by a pitch to charge the bases.
Colten Henry hit a single RBI. They would never mount another threat.
The Vikings added three runs in the 5th inning, helped by a few mistakes. Junior Karver Heydt hit an RBI brace at left center field after a senior single from Joey Tempel. Main cleaning hitter Lucas Hanson walked to charge the bases.
Isaiah Tempel hit the ball resulting in an error allowing Heydt to score. The choice and the march of a field player followed. With a senior, Erik Bungum was walked. The last run scored when a ball from junior designate hitter Isaac Watson’s bat was lined up by the Buccaneers shortstop and he stepped on the second base sack to register one and for some reason threw the ball to the pitcher instead of the first for the possible. double-dealing.
At the top of the 6th inning, 11 batters came home with 5 runs scored on a hit. There were 5 marches in the inning and two batters.
Junior pitcher Klocke threw 72 pitches in 5 innings with 41 catches. Klocke put out 3 batters and walked 2. He allowed 3 hits and also hit a batter. Lucas Hansen abandoned the team at the end of the 6th for Hayfield. Hansen delivered 10 shots, 6 shots with one strikeout.
Bartelt was credited with losing the Buccaneers in 5 and 1/3 innings with 102 pitches thrown, 62 catches. The senior put out 5, walked 4 and hit a batter.
Kurtis Crosby came in relief struggling to find the sweet spot. He faced 7 hitters. Did not allow a hit but walked 4 Vikings and hit a batter.
Hayfield is 11-0 in the Gopher Conference, 16-0 overall. They have been ranked No.1 in Class A throughout the season and have shown Waterville why.
All nine batters have taken the score into account at least once with only two in the roster not scoring. They are strong throughout the range.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown fell to 5-11 overall, 3-9 in the Gopher Conference.
In Randolph’s win over Spring Grove on the road, the Rockets had 10 hits while two pitchers held Spring Grove to 4 hits. The Lions also had 3 runaway errors for Randolph.
The Rockets stole 8 bases in the game. Brandon Gerster had 3 sweeps, Kavin Blonigen 2.
Mason Lorenzen clubbed 3 hits for 3 RBIs, Gerster had 2 hits with 1 RBI. Blonigen added a 2 RBI double.
Collin Otto started the game on the mound allowing 3 hits in 4 no-step innings and three strikeouts.
Tayven Geiger started the last inning by allowing 1 touchdown without a strike and two strikeouts. Otto threw 56 pitches, 36 for strikes. Geiger threw 9 shots with 8 strikes.
The Randolph Rockets fell back in the latest Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings while Hayfield remained in first place in Class A. The full rankings are below.
5. New York Mills
2. Rochester Lourdes
7. Glencoe-Silver Lake
10. Belle Plaine
1. Mankato West
3. Sartell-St. Stephen
4. Chisago Lakes
6. New Ulm
7. Holy Angels Academy
9. Mankato East
7. Bloomington Jefferson
9. Champlin Park
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