SATURDAY - APRIL 21, 2018
CROOKSTON PIRATES BASEBALL SWEPT IN DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST THIEF RIVER
The Crookston Pirate baseball team continued to struggle at the plate, striking out 17 times in two 6-1 losses against Thief River Falls in a doubleheader of non-section games played at MEC Park.
Game One -
Pitching led the way for Thief River Falls during game one. Dylan Manderud dominated on the mound for the Prowlers striking out seven batters while allowing just one Crookston hit in the first four innings. “We struggled again, I didn’t see a whole lot offensively,” explained Crookston head coach Mitch Bakken. Thief River Falls plated four runs in the bottom of the second inning off of Crookston pitcher Joey Doda to claim a 4-0 lead highlighted by a two-RBI single off the bat of Austin Olson. Olson added one more run in the third inning with a single after an additional sacrifice ground out to close out the host’s scoring with a 6-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. The Pirates continued their early trend of scoring in the final inning of games as Walker Winjum reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second and third base on two separate wild pitches, before a final wild pitch to the backstop allowed Winjum to score from third base for the Pirates lone run. “They gave us a run on a wild-pitch, but we were moving up guys while they were working their pitchers in and the good thing is we don’t give up,” shared Bakken. The Pirates rally would end with the lone run as Crookston fall 6-1 in game one. “The pitching looked really good, we hardly walked anybody, but all are hitting went right at them and they hit balls that fell in,” Bakken summarized. “Really that’s the difference, is giving them free first and second strikes and not getting the bat off our shoulder.”
Brooks Butt makes contact and puts the ball in play Jade Selzler with a pitch in relief
|Thief River Falls||0||4||2||0||X||6||5||0|
|Dylan Manderud - TRF||4.0||1||0||0||4||7|
|Brady Johnson - TRF||1.0||1||1||1||2||2|
|Joey Doda- Crox||3.0||5||6||6||1||4|
|Jade Selzler - Crox||1.0||0||0||0||2||2|
Brooks Butt - 1-2
Brady Butt - 1-3
Alex LaFrance - 3 walks
For Thief River Falls
Austin Olson - 2-2, 3 rbi, run
Hunter Tabatt - 1-2, rbi
The Pirates took their first lead of the season in game two with a one-out single from Alex LaFrance starting the early rally. Brady Butt followed with a single to move LaFrance over to second base. LaFrance advanced to third base on a wild-pitch followed by a sacrifice fly into right field off the bat of Drew Dragseth to give Crookston a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. “Drew had a quality at bat and did his job by putting the ball in the outfield and scoring a run,” said Bakken. “That was nice to see.” In the bottom of the first Leyton Salentine took the bump for the Pirates and allowed a hit-by-pitch and walk, followed by back-to-back RBI singles to give Thief River Falls a 2-1 lead after one inning. “We’ve been playing behind the whole time, so it wasn’t much of an adjustment and I do think our approaches got better in game two, but it’s just going to take some time (getting used to playing with the lead).” The Prowlers added two more runs in both the third and fourth innings, while Thief River Falls starting pitcher Grant Hartmann cruised through five innings while allowing just four hits and striking out ten as the hosts completed the doubleheader sweep winning game two 6-1. “It’s all plate discipline,” explained Bakken. “I don’t think we’ve seen any pitchers that are dominating or anything, it’s just approaches. We’re giving up too many first pitch strikes. In game two our approaches did seem better. We’re going to need to continue to work on it. Monday, we’re going to focus on getting some more hitting reps. We’ll forget these games and get out and enjoy some beautiful weather.”
Crookston falls to 0-3 and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday. Thief River Falls improves to 2-0.
Leyton Salentine throws to first base Drew Dragseth puts the ball in play
|Thief River Falls||2||0||2||2||-||6||7||0|
|Leyton Salentine - Crox||3.0||4||4||4||3||2|
|Brady Butt - Crox||2.0||3||2||2||2||0|
|Grant Hartman - TRF||5.0||4||1||1||0||10|
Alex LaFrance - 2-2, run
Brady Butt - 1-2
Joey Doda - 1-2
For Thief River Falls
Hunter Tabatt - 2-2, rbi, run
Brayden Johnson - 1-1, rbi, run
Dylan Manderud - 1-2, 2 rbi
CROOKTON SOFTBALL SHOWS IMPROVEMENT, STILL LOSES TWO IN PARK RAPIDS
The Crookston Pirate Softball team showed some improvement, but lost two games at the Park Rapids tournament on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Park Rapids. Crookston lost the first game to Park Rapids 15-2 and they lost to Barnesville 21-4 in the second game.
Park Rapids, like they did on Friday, scored the first runs of the game with two runs in the first for a 2-0 lead after three singles and an error. Park Rapids added three runs in the second inning on three straight singles for a 5-0 lead.
Crookston got on the board in the third inning when Maddi Salentine doubled, advanced to third base on a Jaeden Lizakowski single and came in to score on a pass ball. Lizakowski scored the second Pirate run of the game on an error and Crookston trailed 5-2. Park Rapids blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning with a 10 run inning with seven doubles and three singles to take a 15-2 lead. Crookston didn’t score in the fourth inning and the game was called for a Park Rapids 15-2 victory, the second in less than 24 hours over Crookston.
|Jasmin Hanson - Crox||3.0||17||15||13||0||0|
|Riley Michaelson - PR||4.0||2||2||0||6||1|
Jaeden Lizakowski - 1-2, run, stolen base
Maddi Salentine - 1-1, run, double
For Park Rapids
Tara Johanning - 3-3, 2 rbi, run
Kaisa Coborn - 3-3, 3 runs, rbi
The Barnesville Trojans used a strong third inning and scored 11 runs on their way to a 21-4 victory over the Crookston Pirates in a five inning game.
Neither team scored in the first inning and Barnesville scored a run in the second inning without getting a hit. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, advanced on a fly ball and moved over to third base with a pass ball and the run scored on a stolen base for a 1-0 lead. Barnesville broke the game open with an 11 run third inning. The Trojans scored their 11 runs on 10 hits for a 12-0 lead. Crookston responded with a couple of runs in the bottom of the inning. For the second straight game, Maddi Salentine got the offense rolling with a base hit and advanced to second base on a Jaeden Lizakowski single. The two Pirates converted a double-steal before and Jasmin Hanson walked to load the bases with two out. Amber Cymbaluk singled to score Salentine and Amy Follette singled to right field to score Lizakowski and the Pirates trailed 12-2. Barnesville added four runs in the top of the fourth inning for a 16-2 lead, but Crookston responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Once again, Salentine got the offense rolling with a single, Lizakowski double and both Pirates scored on an Emma Boll two rbi double to bring Crookston within a 16-4 deficit. Barnesville added six more runs in the fifth inning and held on to win 22-4.
Crookston drops to 0-4 on the year and will host East Polk (Win-E-Mac/Fosston) on Tuesday.
|Jenna Coauette - Crox||2.0||6||10||9||4||5|
|Nicole Herbranson - Barn||3.0||5||2||2||1||7|
|Alexis Bolgrean - Barn||1.0||3||2||2||1||1|
|Samantha Passa - Barn||1.0||1||0||0||2||1|
Jaeden Lizakowski - 2-3, 2 runs
Maddi Salentine - 2-3, 2 runs
Nicole Herbranson - 3-4, 5 rbi, 3 runs
Allison Peterson - 2-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 2 walks
Wylie Lewis - 2-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi, walk
CROOKSTON BOY'S TENNIS LOSES THREE TOUGH MATCHES AT ALEXANDRIA'S QUAD
The Crookston Pirates Boy's Tennis lost all three matches against some talented teams at the Alexandria quadrangular. Crookston lost to Becker 6-1, Litchfield 6-1 and Alexandria 5-2. Even though the Pirates lost all three matches, Crookston Coach Cody Brekken was pleased with his teams play. "It was a beautiful day to play tennis today and fun to get out in some warm weather and no wind," said Coach Brekken. "We came out and competed hard and I saw a lot of good things from the guys and they looked a lot better today. They were competing and we made some big strides today."
The Pirates only won one match as Becker won the dual 6-1. The first doubles team of Blake Fee and Logan Wardner won a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 match to pick up the win. The first match was tight and the Pirates trailed early, but responded with a strong finish to pick up the 7-5 first set victory. In the second set, Fee and Wardner played well and won comfortably 6-2 to win the match. "They played well," said Coach Brekken. "They started a little slow, but really picked up their play." Jack Garmen battled in his third singles match and lost a competitive 6-3, 6-2 match. "He played a good match," said Coach Brekken. "It was a close match against a tough opponent."
Tanner Janorschke with a forehand return in the Litchfield match
|1st Singles||Nick Garmen||Jacob Lukkanla||Beck||6-0, 6-0|
|2nd||Tanner Janorschke||Brady Gruenhagen||Beck||6-1, 6-2|
|3rd||Jack Garmen||Caleb Quernemoen||Beck||6-3, 6-2|
|4th||Logan Schultz||Caden Elliot||Beck||6-2, 6-1|
|1st doubles||Blake Fee
MATCH TWO -
Crookston only mustered one win in a 6-1 loss to a powerful Litchfield team. The lone Pirate win came at first doubles again. This time it was Blake Fee and Nick Garmen playing together, for the first time this season. It took a while for the Pirates to get use to playing with each other and they trailed early in the first set, but they picked up their play to win the first set with some pretty impressive serving and big swings to win 6-4. In the second set, Fee and Nick Garmen were clicking and they cruised to a 6-1 victory to win the match. "You can tell they have fun out there," said Coach Brekken. "They started pretty slow and as things picked up they were able to set each other up and finished strong." The Pirates had some competitive matches with Brandon Boetcher losing a battle at fourth singles in three sets. "Brandon played a good match," said Coach Brekken. "He is a first year guy and continues to get better. That is huge and seeing the improvement is fun to see." The first year player lost the first set 6-2, but bounced back to win the second set 6-3 to force a third set. In the third he fell short 10-5, but Boetcher continues to play solid tennis. Crookston had another three set loss with the second doubles team of Tanner and Robert Janorschke. The first year players competed and continue to show improvement. In the first set, they lost 6-3, but turned around to win the second set 6-2 to force a third set. In the final set, Litchfield built an early lead and won 10-5, but it was a solid performance for the Janorschke's. "Having two brothers out there play together was fun," said Coach Brekken. "They played well together and it is fun to see the improvement each match."
Blake Fee with a forehand return in the Litchfield match
|1st Singles||Logan Wardner||Trevor Meyer||Litch||6-1, 6-0|
|2nd||Jack Garmen||Matt Wedin||Litch||6-2, 6-4|
|3rd||Logan Schultz||Jordan Green||Litch||6-0, 6-1|
|4th||Brandon Boetcher||Griffin Kinny||Litch||6-2, 3-6, 10-5|
|1st doubles||Blake Fee
|Litch||6-3, 2-6, 10-5|
Crookston finished the day by turning in their best team score of the day, winning two matches and losing two three set matches in a 5-2 loss to Alexandria. Nick Garmen picked up a win at first singles, in straight sets (6-4, 6-0). "Nick played a great match," said Coach Brekken. "He really kind of bugged the kid because he was getting everything back and that was a nice win." The third doubles team of Brandon Boetcher and Logan Johnson won their first set 6-4 and after losing the second set they bounced back with a 10-3 win in the third set to win in three sets to give the Pirates their second win of the match. "They played well," said Coach Brekken. "They competed and finished strong to pick up the win. It was a nice win for those two." Logan Wardner lost a hard fought three-setter. After losing the first set 6-3, he responded with an impressive 6-1 victory to force a third set, but lost 10-7 in an entertaining match. The second doubles team of Robert Janorschke and Dilon Owens lost their first set 6-4 and responded with a 6-4 win to force a third set. In the third set they lost 10-7, but played a solid and competitive match. "The guys competed the whole day no matter what the score was," said Coach Brekken. "They were hustling and they played great tennis and we kind of elevated our game and now we are setting our expectations. This weekend was huge for us. You can even say from yesterday to today the improvement and how they are figuring out things we can and can't do. It was a great day and of course you always want to win, but the guys played hard, competed and got better and that is all we can ask for."
Crookston drops to 2-7 on the year and will travel to Detroit Lakes on Thursday.
Mason LaPlante with a return and Robert Janorschke with a forehand return
|1st Singles||Nick Garmen||J. J. Foster||Crox||6-4, 6-0|
|2nd||Blake Fee||Eli Simonson||Alex||6-3, 6-0|
|3rd||Logan Wardner||Jacob Partington||Alex||6-3, 1-6, 10-7|
|4th||Tanner Janorschke||Gannon Lueck||Alex||6-1, 6-0|
|1st doubles||Jack Garmen
|Alex||6-4, 4-6, 10-7|
|Crox||6-4, 3-6, 10-3|
WALK-OFF THREE-RUN HOMERUN LEADS UMCBASEBALL TO A SPLIT
WITH UPPER IOWA
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team used walked-off as winners for the second time this week and bounced back from a game one loss to Upper Iowa 14-6 with a walk-off home run from Hunter Baldwin (Soph., St. Thomas, ND) giving the Golden Eagles a split of the two games with a game two win 4-2 in an NSIC doubleheader played at the UMC Baseball Field.
Game One -
Jayden Grover (Soph., Cooperstown, ND) started the game on the mound for the Golden Eagles and struggled early as Upper Iowa plated 5 runs in the opening frame. With the bases loaded, a walk plated the first Peacock run followed by a grand slam off the bat of Connor Klostermann (Jr., Dyersville, IA) to give Upper Iowa a 5-0 lead. Minnesota Crookston countered with two runs in the bottom of the first with Anthony Stewart (Sr., Oak Harbor, WA) and Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) both singled to reach base safely before Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) singled to plate Stewart and score UMC’s first run. Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) extended the rally with a base-hit up the middle allowing Hjelle to score from second base to close the deficit down to 5-2 after one inning. Upper Iowa continued to swing the hot bat in the second inning tallying eight more runs concluding with a two-run long ball from Emmett Kulick (Jr., De Pere, WI) giving the Peacocks a 13-2 lead. Reed Hjelle provided some fireworks for Minnesota Crookston in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run over the left field fence, his sixth of the year, to pull the Golden Eagles within 13-4. Upper Iowa added a run on a passed ball in the fourth to go up 14-4. The Peacocks added two additional runs in the bottom of the sixth to help close out the 14-6 win.
Reed Hjelle put the ball in play on this swing
Ethan Mushitz throws to first base after fielding the ball
|Jayden Grover - UMC||1.1||4||7||6||5||1|
|Gabriel Cavasos - UMC||4.2||6||7||0||3||5|
|Dalton Grose - UMC||1.0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Ryan Munoz - UI||5.0||6||4||4||1||4|
|Clayton Lieb - UI||1.0||3||2||2||1||1|
|Casey Zarr - UI||1.0||1||0||0||0||0|
Reed Hjelle - 3-4, 2 rbi, run
Mitchell Bornhauser - 2-4, rbi
Anthony Stewart - 2-4, run, rbi
Game Two -
Connor Klostermann (Jr., Dyersville, IA) struck first for the Peacocks in the top of the second inning with a single down the right field line giving Upper Iowa a 1-0 lead. Justin Yutrzenka (Soph., Argyle) settled in for the Golden Eagles after allowing the first inning run tossing three straight scoreless innings before tossing a wild pitch allowing Upper Iowa to score its second run to take a 2-0 lead. “We need our starters to get us quality starts and he did that,” said UMC head coach Steve Gust of his starting pitcher’s performance. “He attacked the zone and had a presence on the mound which gives everybody else confidence. For him to come out and attack the zone was good for us in a number of ways.” Kolton Gonnerman (Sr., Cincinnati, IA) was nearly unhittable on the mound for the Peacocks with Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) producing Minnesota Crookston’s first hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, Peppel was victim to a double-play that ended the seventh inning with the Golden Eagles still trailing 2-0. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) led off the inning for the Golden Eagles with his second home run of the day, blasting a no-doubter over the left field fence to bring the Golden Eagles within one run. Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) singled to right field to continue the rally and chase out the Peacocks’ starting pitcher with UMC still trailing 2-1 and no outs in the inning. A tough ground ball off the bat of Wyatt Peppel was booted by the Upper Iowa shortstop putting the tying run at second base and the winning run on first base. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners over and the game-winning run to second base, but a strikeout brought UMC’s final out to the plate with the tying run 90-feet away. Down to the final strike, pinch-hitter Hunter Baldwin (Soph., St. Thomas, ND) connected on a fastball, driving the ball over the scoreboard in left field to give the Golden Eagles their second walk-off win of the week and secure the doubleheader split 4-2. “I was looking for something off-speed but was sitting fastball to make sure I could hit anything with two strikes,” Baldwin said afterward. “That slider, luckily that slider ran right into my bat.”
The walk-off win is one Steve Gust hopes will turn the tide on the Golden Eagles’ season, “that’s big, we were down to our last strike there and for someone to come off the bench, not having a lot of at-bats this year and stay on a baseball with two strikes, that’s just great for our team morale and our offensive perspective of things. They have to stew on this loss and we can feel good for the night at least and hopefully carry this momentum into tomorrow.”
The Golden Eagles improve to 17-22 overall and 3-17 in NSIC play and will continue their home stand with another doubleheader against Upper Iowa on Sunday at 12 PM. Upper Iowa falls to 10-14 and 8-12 in conference play.
UMC celebrates the walk off home run after Baldwin touched home plate
Justin Yutrzenka with a pitch in the second game
|Justin Yutrzenka - UMC||6.0||8||2||2||3||5|
|Loius Gerzin - UMC||2.1||0||0||0||2||2|
|Dalton Grose - UMC (WP)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0|
|K. Gonnerman - UI||8.0||5||2||1||1||5|
|T. Adkins - UI (LP)||0.2||1||2||0||0||1|
Hunter Baldwin - 1-1, pinch hit 3 run walk off home run
Reed Hjelle - 1-3, run, rbi
FRIDAY - APRIL 20, 2018
CROOKSTON BASEBALL STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY IN LOSS TO FRAZEE
The Crookston Pirate Baseball team only had two hits in the game and struck out
17 times as the Frazee Hornets held on for a 7-4 victory in the season opener
for both teams in a game played at the UMC Baseball Field in Crookston.
Frazee scored the first run of the game in the second inning after Thomas Stenger singled, stole second and scored on an error. Frazee added another run in the third inning after Colton Paulsch reached on an error and scored on another error for a 2-0 lead. The Hornets added the third run of the game after a Stenger double and he scored on another Crookston error for a 3-0 lead. “There were three unearned runs right away on silly mistakes that they know not to make,” said Pirate Coach Mitch Bakken. Frazee broke the game open in the fifth inning with two runs after a couple of hits a balk and an rbi single for a 5-0 lead.
Crookston’s offense was struggling as the first 14 outs of the game were strike outs. “Maybe we haven’t gone enough live and they were throwing a little harder than we do,” said Coach Bakken. “We weren’t making the adjustments like they were and that was part of it.” They only had one hit in the first six innings and that was from Joey Doda. Frazee added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 7-0 lead. Things didn’t look good for Crookston, trailing by seven runs, but they didn’t go down without a fight. Cade Salentine led off the inning with a walk, Brooks Butt and Jacob Miller were hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joey Doda was also hit by a pitch to score a run and Crookston trailed 7-1. Another Pirate run scored on a wild pitch. The third run scored on a balk and the fourth run scored on another wild pitch and Crookston trailed 7-4. “We were telling the guys to get close to the plate and we made the pitcher a little nervous,” said Coach Bakken. “I think we scored every way possible, but a hit.” The next batter was retired and Brady Butt doubled, but the next Pirate struck out and Crookston lost 7-4. “We kept battling and didn’t give up,” said Coach Bakken. “We put some different guys in at the end of the game and they did well. We have some competition and the guys on the bench are pushing the starters and that is good. It was good to get out and play, finally.”
Crookston drops to 0-1 on the year and will travel to Thief River Falls to play the Prowlers in a double-header at 10:00 AM on Saturday. The games will be two five-inning games. Frazee improves to 1-0 on the year.
Crookston Coach Mitch Bakken was complimentary of University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball Coach Steve Gust for allowing the Pirates to play on the field. "The field is in great shape and they have done a great job with it," said Coach Bakken. "Steve was gracious enough to allow us to use the field and we appreciate it."
Drew Dragseth makes contact in one of his at bats as the Frazee catcher looks on
Brady Butt runs to second base for a double Cade Salentine scoops up the ball for an out at first base
|Drew Dragseth - Crookston||4.0||4||3||0||0||4|
|Tim Parr - Crookston||2.2||6||4||4||1||4|
|Brady Butt - Crookston||.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Nick Endersby - Frazee||2.0||0||0||0||1||6|
|Logan Wacker- Frazee||2.0||1||0||0||2||6|
|Thomas Stanger - Frazee||2.0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Tanner Tappe -Frazee||.1||0||4||4||4||1|
|Jack Pikula - Frazee||.2||1||0||0||0||1|
Joey Doda slides in to score the fourth Pirate run of the game
Brady Butt 1-4, double
Joey Doda - 1-3, rbi, run
Alex LaFrance - 0-2, 2 walks
Brooks Butt - 0-0, hbp, run
Jacob Miller - 0-0, hbp, run
Thomas Stenger - 3-3, 2 runs, rbi
Gabe Drewes - 2-4, 2 runs, rbi
Logan Wacker - 2-4, run
CROOKSTON PIRATES SOFTBALL SCORES FIRST RUN OF THE SEASON BUT FALLS TO PARK RAPIDS
The Crookston Pirates softball team scored its first run of the season but fell to a talented Park Rapids side 25-1 in a four-inning, section 8AA game played at the Crookston American Legion/Donnie Lauf Memorial Softball Field.
Sophia Steiner started the game in the circle for the Pirates and allowed 9 runs in the first inning to a line-up of aggressive Park Rapids hitters. Crookston also struggled defensively in the first inning with two errors in the first inning allowing the visitors to take a 9-0 lead. Crookston managed its only hit of the game in the leadoff spot of the first inning with Jaeden Lizakowski reaching on single lined into center field, but she was picked off at third base followed by a groundout and strikeout to end the first inning. Park Rapids added six more runs in the second inning highlighted by a home run over the centerfield fence by Kendra Coborn as the Panthers took a 15-0 lead. Park Rapids added four more runs in the third inning and six in the fourth to give the Panthers a 25-0 lead. The Crookston Pirates were able to plate their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jaeden Lizakowski walked to start the inning and stole second base with two outs in the inning. A walk by Amber Cymbaluk kept the inning alive and Lizakowski advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Lizakowkski charged for home when a pitch reached the backstop and slid in safely to give the Pirates their first run of the season. “It was good to see, finally a run come across the plate in these first couple games,” said Nessler. “I told Jaeden, ‘if there is a passed ball you’ve got to get in there,’ and that’s exactly what she did. She was a little bit hesitant because she’d been picked off earlier, but she’s the tone-setter for us and I think she’ll be able to score a lot of runs for us this year, we’ve just got to back her up behind her.”
The passed ball would prove Crookston’s only run of the game with Park Rapids winning by a final score of 25-1 in four innings.
“We had our chances,” summarized Nessler. “We did get a few more runners on bases, which was good to see. Their catcher showed us that she has a good arm, she picked a couple of our players off and they clearly understand the game well because everybody was on the same page.”
Crookston falls to 0-3 and will compete in the Park Rapids Tournament on Saturday competing in two games beginning at 10 AM with a rematch against Park Rapids followed by a noon match-up with Barnesville. The Panthers improve to 1-0.
J.V. - Park Rapids won 16-7
Sophia Steiner with a pitch for the Pirates Kasey Cwikla throws to first base
Amy Follette fields the ball in the outfield
|Sophia Steiner - Crookston||3.0||12||19||12||9||1|
|Ashlyn Geneux - Crookston||1.0||3||6||3||1||1|
|Riley Michaelson - Park Rapids||3.0||1||0||0||1||5|
|Kendra Coborn -Park Rapids||1.0||0||1||1||3||3|
Jaeden Lizakowski - 1-1, run
For Park Rapids
Kaisa Coborn - 3-3, 5 runs, 4 rbi
Kendra Coborn - 3-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi
Tara Johanning - 3-5, run, 3 rbi
LOGAN SCHULTZ WINS IN THREE SETS TO GIVE CROOKSTON BOY'S TENNIS A WIN AT MINNEWASKA
The Crookston Pirates Boy's Tennis team won the three doubles matches and had a thee set victory from Logan Schultz at fourth singles to edge Minnewaska Area in a Section 8A match played in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Crookston swept the three doubles matches with a win at first doubles when Blake Fee and Tanner Janorshke won 6-1, 6-3. Second doubles, Dilon Owens and Mason LaPlante, won their match 6-4, 6-1 and third doubles, Brandon Boetcher and Robert Janorschke, won 6-3, 6-0. "Crookston has always been known for our doubles teams and we had them as far as depth goes," said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. "The singles players for Minnewaska were pretty good and they played well. They were some close matches and I thought we played well in singles." The match was tied at 3-3 and Logan Schultz and his opponent were the only ones left on the court. Logan lost the first set 6-4, but bounced back to win a hard fought second set 7-6 (7-5 tie-breaker) to force a third set. In the third set, Logan won a thriller 10-8 to give the Pirates an important 4-3 Section 8A victory. "It was an exciting match," said Coach Brekken. "He was cool as a cucumber the entire match. His teammates played it cool and rushed him and picked him up and hugged him, it was pretty cool."
The Pirates improve to 2-4 on the year and they will have three matches at the Alexandria quadrangular on Saturday.
|Crookston -4||Minnewaska- 3||Winner||Score|
|1st Singles||Nick Garmen||Carter Lamont||Minn||3-6, 5-7|
|2nd||Logan Wardner||Tate Reichmann||Minn||2-6, 2-6|
|3rd||Jack Garmen||Evan Palmer||Minn||3-6, 3-6|
|4th||Logan Schultz||Damon Uhde||Crox||4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8|
|1st doubles||Blake Fee
UMC BASEBALL SIGNS NINE PLAYERS TO PLAY BASEBALL NEXT YEAR, INCLUDING JOSH DUHAMEL'S NEPHEW
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the signing of
nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Fri., April 20. The Golden
Eagles have inked John Dormanen (LHP/IF, 6-0 200, Catalina, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge
H.S.), Scott Finberg (3B, 6-2 205, Stillwater/Century College), Garrett Hohn (RHP,
5-10 170, Wausau, Wis./Century College), Bryce Jorgenson (UT, 6-0 175, Thunder
Bay, Ontario/Century College), Luke Kinnunen (IF/RHP, 6-3 210, Grand
Rapids,/Grand Rapids H.S.), Matt Nelson (RHP, 6-5 250, Afton/St. Croix Lutheran
Academy), Jack Peppel (IF 6-4 215, Olivia,/BOLD H.S.), Colton Schrempp (UT, 6-1
171, Victoria/Chanhassen H.S.), Landyn Swenson (OF, 5-8 170, Devils Lake,
N.D./Lake Region State College). “We are ecstatic with our recruiting class,
both with the early and recent signees,” said head coach Steve Gust. “We feel it
is the best overall class we’ve signed since I have been here. We weren’t
necessarily looking for specific positions but just athletes and competitors. We
feel we found the type of student-athlete that fit our program. We signed good
students and athletic players.”
The nine signees join seven early signees for the Golden Eagles as they currently have 16 student-athletes scheduled to begin play during fall ball in 2018.
John Dormanen (LHP/IF, 6-0 200, Catalina, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge H.S.)
Scott Finberg (3B, 6-2 205, Stillwater, Minn./Century College)
Finberg has played on a Century College team with fellow signees Bryce Jorgenson and Garrett Hohn. The program has also produced current Golden Eagle Zach Rustad and former pitcher Nolan Wahlberg. As a freshman, Finberg hit .350 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs. He helped lead Century College to a fourth place finish at the 2017 NJCAA World Series in Greenville, Tenn. As a sophomore, he is hitting .390 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. He played his high school ball at Stillwater Area High School. Finberg was a two-sport athlete in high school playing baseball and hockey. He was a member of the first-ever Stillwater hockey team that played in the Minnesota State High School League tournament in 2014.
“We anticipate Scott being a middle of the order guy for us and a guy that can be a solid defender,” Gust said. “He’s in the midst of a very good career at Century, and we believe is only going to get better. We are excited to see just how good he can be.”He is the son of Scott and Susan Finberg. Finberg plans to major in finance. He was born May 17, 1998.
Garrett Hohn (RHP, 5-10 170, Wausau, Wis./Century College)
Hohn has been junior college teammates at Century College with fellow signees Scott Finberg and Bryce Jorgenson. The program has also produced current Golden Eagle Zach Rustad and former pitcher Nolan Wahlberg. Hohn is currently 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18.0 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts and 19 walks as a sophomore for the Wood Ducks. As a freshman, he went 5-3 with a 4.08 ERA in 39.2 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts and 17 walks. He helped lead Century College to a fourth place finish at the 2017 NJCAA World Series in Greenville, Tenn. He played prep baseball at Wausau West H.S.“We are looking for Garrett to be a weekend starter for us,” Gust said. “He has the tools to keep us in every game that he pitches. He’s a great competitor and teammate. We feel fortunate to have him on our staff next season.”
Hohn is the son of Gary and Cynthia Hohn. He plans to major in marketing. Hohn was born July 23, 1997.
Bryce Jorgenson (UT, 6-0 175, Thunder Bay, Ontario/Century College)
Jorgenson has played at Century College with fellow signees Garrett Hohn and Scott Finberg. The program has also produced current Golden Eagle Zach Rustad and former pitcher Nolan Wahlberg. He helped lead Century College to a fourth place finish at the 2017 NJCAA World Series in Greenville, Tenn. Jorgenson has played middle infield for the Wood Ducks. As a freshman, he hit .307 with 29 runs, three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 21 RBI’s. He notched eighth stolen bases on the season. Jorgenson is currently has three RBIs and seven runs scored on the 2018 season. He played high school baseball at Hammarskjold H.S. “Bryce caught my eye last year with the way he played,” Gust said. “He has a passion for the game and competes hard. Bryce is a versatile player who can handle the bat. His versatility gives us depth in the infield.”
He is the son of Brad and Janic Jorgenson. Jorgenson plans to major in software engineering. He was born Feb. 23, 1997.
Luke Kinnunen (IF/RHP, 6-3 210, Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids H.S.)
Kinnunen hit .400 as a junior for Grand Rapids H.S. He helped lead his VFW team to the state championship. He also played football and hockey for Grand Rapids H.S. The Grand Rapids program has also produced current Golden Eagle Zach Frazier. “Luke is a very projectable kid,” Gust said. “We like his size and passion for the game and our university. I’m excited to see how much improvement we see after a lot of hard work and development.”
Kinnunen is the son of Jack and Tari Kinnunen. He plans to major in elementary education. Kinnunen was born May 11, 2000.
Matt Nelson (RHP, 6-3 250, Afton, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran H.S.)
Nelson was named the St. Croix Lutheran Player of the Year as a junior. He posted 15 strikeouts as a sophomore. Nelson has been a two-time All-Tri Metro Conference pick. He also played football at St. Croix Lutheran H.S. “Matt comes from a very competitive and athletic family with ties to Minnesota Crookston and the area,” Gust said. “He has a chance to help us early in his career. He has some developing and maturing to do, but we are excited to what he can become in the near future.”
Nelson is the son of Barry and Dianne Nelson. He is undecided on his major. He was born Jan. 17, 2000. His uncle David Vonesh played basketball at the University of North Dakota. His mother Dianne (Vonesh) Nelson played basketball and volleyball at Minnesota Crookston.
Jack Peppel (IF, 6-4 215, Olivia, Minn./BOLD H.S.)
Peppel joins his brother Wyatt Peppel as a member of the Minnesota Crookston baseball team. The family lived in Greenbush, Minn., where he attended Badger-Greenbush-Middle River H.S. prior to moving to Olivia, Minn., and transferring to BOLD H.S. Peppel has been an All-Conference pick for baseball and football. He was an All-District football selection for football and All-Section pick for baseball. Peppel also played basketball. “Jack has the potential to be great player,” Gust said. “He is a great student and is very athletic. His brother has improved each year and we expect Jack to do the same. We will take it slowly, but he has the ability to be an everyday player for us early in his career.”
Peppel is the son of Michelle and Greg Peppel. He plans to major in biology. Peppel was born July 10, 2000.
Colton Schrempp (UT, 6-1 171, Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen H.S.)
Schrempp played at Chanhassen H.S., which also produced current Golden Eagle T.J. Hokanson. He was an All-State pick on the trap team and captain of the archery team. Schrempp played catcher and second base for Chanhassen H.S. He also played baseball for Chanhassen Post 580. “Colton is a versatile player who gives us depth,” Gust said. “He is a type of player who every team needs. He is the type of kid who will do anything to help our program.”
He is the son of Tom and Traci Schrempp. Schrempp plans to major in agricultural systems management. He was born July 12, 2000. Schrempp was president of his FFA chapter. He earned an academic letter and is a Minnesota Crookston Merit Scholarship recipient.
Landyn Swenson (OF, 5-8 170, Devils Lake, N.D./Lake Region State College)
Swenson has played two seasons at Lake Region State College, a program that also produced current Golden Eagle Jonathan Lund. Swenson hit .340 as a freshman with 11 RBI’s and 30 runs scored with six stolen bases. As a sophomore, he is hitting .353 on the season with 14 runs, one double, one triple, five RBIs and four stolen bases. He has a .404 on-base percentage and .412 slugging percentage. He was an All-Conference pick as a senior at Devils Lake H.S. “Landyn has speed, quickness and can handle the bat” Gust said. “He is a top of the order type of hitter who can get on base, run the bases and provide solid defense. We expect him to compete for a starting spot from day one.”
Swenson is the son of Mindy and Shane Swenson. He plans to major in exercise science at Minnesota Crookston. Swenson was born Aug. 29, 1997. Swenson is the nephew of Josh Duhamel, who played football at Minot State University and is currently a TV and film actor known for the Transformers series, All My Children and most recently Love, Simon. Duhamel is in the Minot State Hall of Fame as a member of the 1992 football team.
CROOKSTON BLUE WAVE TEAM TAKES 3RD PLACE IN "DRAFT'S FREEZE OUT" TOURNAMENT
The Crookston Blue Line Club's annual
"Draft's Freeze Out" spring/summer tournament series
started this past weekend.
hosted nine (birth year 2007) teams, which included teams and players from three
states and Canada.
Crookston area team, the Blue Wave
played five hard-fought games taking
third place in an exciting 4-3 overtime win vs the Norskies. In pool play, the Blue Wave were one point away from taking
part in the championship round, of which the Dakota Thunder defeated the Coyotes
4-2 to take first place.
The next tournament will be this coming weekend (April 20-22), where seven birth year 2009 teams will compete. For more information on upcoming tournaments and spring/summer programs visit - www.crookstonbluelinehockey.com.
Back row - Gavin Aakhus, Ryan Clauson, Connor Maruska, Parker Nolte, Greyson Ecker and Isaiah Donarski.
Middle row - Riley Benson, Ashlyn Bailey, Tucker Lovejoy, Garrett Fischer, Brandon Colborn, Tate Hamre and Addie Fee
Front row - goalies Parker Kelly and Brady Chandler;
The team is coached by Wes Colborn, Trent Fischer and Jason Lovejoy.
THURSDAY - APRIL 19, 2018
CROOKSTON PIRATES SOFTBALL SHUTOUT BY EAST GRAND FORKS IN SEASON OPENER
East Grand Forks Green Wave scored 13 runs in the first inning to pull past the
Crookston Pirate softball team in route to a 23-0 win in a four-inning game to open
the season in a section 8AA game played at the Donnie Lauf Memorial/American
Legion Softball Field.
East Grand Forks showed little rust to begin the season as the Green Wave exploded for 13 runs in the first inning. The Green Wave had back-to-back singles to start the game. With no one out, the Green Wave’s McKenzie Whalen drove a fly ball into centerfield off the glove of the Pirates’ outfielder plating two runs to give East Side a 2-0 lead. Hanson induced a fly-out against the next batted before an infield error allowed Brittney Neil to reach and Whalen to score to grow the lead to 3-0. An infield single scored the fourth run before three straight Green Wave batters reached safely on hits while driving in runs. In total East Grand Forks tallied 12 hits and 13 runs none of which were earned with Crookston being charged for two errors and recording a pop out in the first six batters faced. Crookston’s Jaeden Lizakowski started the Pirates’ half of the first inning with a double into centerfield, advancing to third on a single by Emma Boll. “Jaeden is a player that’s going to set the tone for us this year, that’s why I have her in the leadoff spot,” explained Crookston’s first-year head coach Robbe Nessler. “She had a nice double to get us going once we finally got up to bat and like I said she is a tone setter for us.” With runners on the corners and no outs, Jasmin Hanson popped out to second base and Boll was picked off at first base. The next batter struck out and Lizakowski was stranded at third to end the first inning with East Grand Forks leading 13-0. Hanson settled in the circle for the second inning, allowing just one run in the inning, but the Pirates went down in order to close the second inning down 14-0. “Jasmin’s job is to throw strikes at the end of the day and really she did that, just East Grand Forks hit the ball well,” said Nessler, “we just need to have our pitchers back a little bit better.” EGF plated four more runs in the third inning, while the Pirates failed to get a runner on the bases as Crookston trailed 18-0 after three innings. The fourth and final inning allowed Sophia Steiner to earn some pitching experience for the Pirates and the sophomore managed to pick up Crookston’s lone strikeout in the game while only allowing two earned runs, but the Green Wave sent five more runners in total across home plate to take a 23-0 lead in to the bottom of the fourth inning. East Grand Forks’ starting pitcher Brianna Walski was dominant in the circle and didn’t allow another hit after giving up back-to-back hits to start the game. The senior tallied five strikeouts and picked up the win for the Green Wave, while shutting out Crookston for the 23-0 victory to open both teams’ seasons. “We gave up a ton of runs and made eight errors out in the field and we talked about that afterward,” said Nessler. “However, throughout the game our demeanors didn’t really change much because they were just happy to be outside, playing because it’s fun. It was good to hear that they were still in the game as a team and cheering each other on even though we’re down 23-0. It’s not a score you want to see up on the scoreboard, but they were still in it.”
Crookston falls to 0-1 and will host Park Rapids on Friday at 4:30. East Grand Forks improves to 1-0 on the year.
Jasmin Hanson with a pitch in the third inning Jaeden Lizakowski throws the ball to first base
|East Grand Forks||13||1||4||5||23||21||0|
Brylee Lessard catches the ball at first to complete a double play
|Jasmin Hanson - CHS||3.0||19||18||6||1||0|
|Sophia Steiner - CHS||1.0||2||5||2||4||1|
|Brianna Walski - EGF||4.0||2||0||0||1||5|
Jaeden Lizakowski - 1-2, double
Emma Boll - 1-2
For East Grand Forks
Nicole Schlenk - 4-4 , 2 runs , 3 rbi
Macy Skyberg - 4-4 , 5 runs , 2 rbi
McKenzie Whalen - 3-4, 2 runs , 6 rbi
Grace Beck - 3-4, 3 runs
Brooke Boman - 2-3, 3 runs , 3 rbi
UMC SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH BEMIDJI STATE IN A DOUBLE-HEADER IN BEMIDJI
The University of Minnesota Crookston Softball broke an 11 game Northern Sun Conference losing streak with a 10-7 victory over the Bemidji State Beavers in the first game a double header, but BSU bounced back to win a marathon 7-6 game in 12 innings at Chet Anderson Stadium (football field) in Bemidji.
The Golden Eagles started the game better than they have all season long with eight runs in the first three innings for an early 8-2 lead. In the first inning Haley Strachan (Jr. Phoenix, AZ) and Victoria Bayliss (Sr. West Bloomfield, Mich) had back-to-back singles and UMC scored their first run of the game on a fielder’s choice. The second run scored on a Gabriel Antolak (Sr. Zimmerman) single. After a walk, Maycee Trujillo (Jr. Sioux Falls, SD) doubled to score two runs and Rocky Bjorge (Soph. Prior Lake) singled in the fifth run of the inning for a 5-0 lead. The top of the Golden Eagle batting order started things in the second inning when Bayliss and Mikaela Rodriguez (Soph. Laveen, AZ) singled and they were followed with an rbi single from Antolak and an rbi double by Khailyn Neumayer (Sr. Morgan Hill, CA) for a 7-0 lead.
Bemidji State scored a run in the bottom of the second inning on a UMC error. UMC added another run in the third inning with a Samantha Proctor (Soph. Champlin) single, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and a Bayliss rbi single to give the Golden Eagles a 8-1 lead. Bemidji State added a run in the third on an rbi double. They would add two more runs in the fourth inning on an rbi triple and a UMC error to get within an 8-4 deficit.
UMC scored two insurance runs in the seventh inning with a Rodriguez two rbi triple for a 10-4 lead. The two runs turned to be important as Bemidji State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but UMC was able to get the third out and they escaped with a 10-7 victory.
|Luisa Silvain - UMC||4.1||5||4||2||1||1|
|Heather Cunningham - UMC||2.2||4||3||3||2||1|
|Stephi Dullum -BSU||1.1||9||7||7||1||1|
|Rochelle Koshalek -BSU||5.2||7||3||3||1||1|
Victoria Bayliss - 4-5, 2 runs, rbi, double
Haley Strachan - 2-4, 2 runs
Mikaela Rodriguez - 2-5, 3 rbi, 2 runs
The second game had another great start for the UMC offense as they scored three runs. The Golden Eagles got things going with a Strachan single, a Bayliss walk and Neumayer singled, but Strachan was thrown out at home trying to score the first run of the game. Antolak followed with a walk to load the bases and Proctor hit a bases clearing double to give UMC a 3-0 lead. Bemidji State answered with a run in the bottom of the inning with a couple of doubles. UMC added another run in the fourth inning when they hit into a double play, but were able to score a run for a 4-1 lead. Bemidji State responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth inning when they only had two hits, but they took advantage of a UMC error and scored three runs to tie the game at 4-4. Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, UMC scored two runs to take a 6-4 lead. The runs scored on a Bjorge single for the lead. Bemidji State had runners on first and second and the runners advanced on a wild pitch with one out. The next batter laced a double and scored two runs to tie the game at 6-6, forcing the 10th inning. Neither team scored until the 12th inning when Bemidji State doubled and then had a single down the left field line to win the game 7-6.
UMC is now 6-30 on the year and 2-12 in the NSIC and they will travel to Wayne, Nebraska on Saturday. Bemidji State is 15-19 on the year and 4-8 in the NSIC.
|Paige Pitlick - UMC||5.1||7||4||3||2||3|
|Kassidy Klaphake - UMC||5.2||10||3||3||2||3|
|Olivia Tucker - BSU||4.0||11||4||4||2||1|
|Rachel Burkland - BSU||8.0||8||2||2||0||1|
Mikayla Rodriguez - 4-6, run
Haley Strachan - 4-7, run
UMC EQUINE TEAM COMPETES IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME
The University of Minnesota Crookston made their first-ever appearance at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) National Championship Wednesday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas hosted by Baylor University. The Golden Eagles continue to make great strides as a program and showed it Wednesday as they were able to compete with some of the top teams on a national stage.
In Fences, the Golden Eagles rode against Auburn University. Minnesota
Crookston got their lone win of the day in the discipline. Mazie Pini (Jr.,
Grayslake, Ill.) defeated Hayley Iannotti with a score of 162-158 on Marley.
Selena Young (Jr., Plymouth) fell short against Ashton Alexander. Monika Frame
(Sr., Polson, Mont.) also came up shy against Caitlin Boyle, as did Rachel
Johnson (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) versus Taylor St. Jasques. The Tigers took the
On the flat, the Golden Eagles again competed against the Auburn Tigers. Young put together a strong ride on Palmar but ultimately lost to Iannotti 159-148. Pini was upended 168-146 by St. Jasques. Frame came up shot 160-137 against Boyle, while Motter fell 163-127 to Alexander. Auburn earned a 4-0 win.
In Horsemanship, Minnesota Crookston came up against another strong foe in Oklahoma State University. Katie Warner (Sr., Warba) put up a solid ride against Sarah Miller on Flash, but fell 150-140. Whitney Fenna (Jr., Foley) went up versus Harley Huff, but fell 147.5-134.5. Katelynn Robertson (Sr., Roseau) was upended 148.5-133.5 by Kirsten Chamberland. Madeline Drayna (So., Milaca) wrapped up Horsemanship for the Golden Eagles as she was defeated 146.5-121.5 by Libby Collins. Oklahoma State moved on with a 4-0 win.
The Golden Eagles again took on Auburn in the Reining. Fenna put up a strong pattern but fell just shy 139-135 to Deanna Green. The other three competitors were also just short against their opponents. Drayna came up short 146-138 to Blair McFarlin. Robertson was upended 142-136.5 by Alexa Rivard, while Warner fell 143-134.5 to Tirri June Granger. Minnesota Crookston fell 4-0 to Auburn despite a strong showing in the Reining.
UMC MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS AN ILLINOIS GUARD/FOWARD
The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the
signing of Demarion Bariffe-Smith (G/F,
6-4 165, Skokie, Ill./Niles North H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Bariffe-Smith
is the third signee for the men’s basketball program, joining Sergio Nanu (F/C,
6-9 210, Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph Catholic Academy) and Zach Westphal (G, 6-2
155, West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo Sheyenne H.S.).
Bariffe-Smith helped Nile North High School to a 26-5 mark as a senior. He played out of his natural position out of necessity in his prep career as he played in the post. Bariffe-Smith played for head coach Glenn Olson for the Vikings. He helped lead his prep team to the semifinals of sectionals. Bariffe-Smith averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game for the Vikings. He also played football and ran track growing up. “During the recruiting process I heard of a player from a very good Niles North team that has done everything his coach has asked and will do anything to help his team win,” said Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He sounded like the type of person we try to get in our program. In getting to know Demarion and his high school coach, that is exactly what we are getting. He has very good athleticism and length. Demarion also bring a quality shot and high motor. Perhaps what impressed me the most was that Demarion has the perfect mindset that fits exactly what we look for in our program. He comes from a system and program philosophy with Coach Olson that aligns with ours. Demarion comes from a wonderful family and he has a great support system. I am excited to get working with Demarion and we welcome him to the Golden Eagle basketball family.”
He is the son of Eugene Smith and Yvette Bariffe-Smith. Bariffe-Smith was born May 25, 2000. He plans to major in software engineering at Minnesota Crookston. Bariffe-Smith was a National Honors Society member. He received the Sportsmanship award and the Principal’s breakfast award. Bariffe-Smith was also on the honor roll at Niles North High School eight times. His nickname is Taz. He has a wingspan of 6-11.
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 18, 2018
MINNESOTA CROOKSTON BASEBALL SWEPT IN CRUCIAL DOUBLEHEADER BY ST. CLOUD STATE
The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team faced one of the top teams in the Northern Sun Conference and didn't have enough fire power in 5-1 and 12-4 losses to the St. Cloud State Huskies in games played at the UMC Baseball Field. The games were supposed to be played in St. Cloud, but the snow storm in St. Cloud last weekend forced the venue change.
GAME ONE -
St. Cloud State took advantage of UMC pitcher control problems early on when Mathew Meyer (Jr., St. Stephen) singled to center field to score Jordan Joseph (Soph., St. Michael) and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. The next batter reached on a fielder’s choice that failed to produce an out following a miscommunication between the two UMC middle infielders who both failed to cover second base on a groundball to Golden Eagle pitcher Aaron Hollcraft (Jr. Crookston). Jackson Goplen (Sr., North St. Paul) followed the RBI single with a three-run home run over the right-center field fence to complete the four-run fourth inning to give SCSU a 4-0 lead. “We’ve got to have our pitchers in the zone and attacking the zone right away,” UMC head coach Steve Gust, “explained, “when they don’t that’s what happens. They give up a crooked number. They took advantage of a defensive miscue on a double-play ball and when you have that many walks and a defensive miscue, good teams will take advantage of that and they did.”
St. Cloud State’s starter Dominic Austing (Jr., Sauk Rapids) was dominant for the Huskies, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball allowing just four hits while striking out eight and not allowing a single walk. SCSU added one more run in the top of the fourth with a solo home run just clearing the left field fence to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead. Minnesota Crookston appeared poised to rally in the top of the sixth inning, with a pair of walks followed by a single to load the bases with no outs in the inning. Scott Mortenson (Sr., East Grand Forks) grounded into a fielder’s choice, reaching safely at first base while Ben Thoma (Fr., Clearbrook) scored from third base and Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) was thrown out at second base. With the deficit down to 5-1, St. Cloud State reliever Kyle Boser (Jr., Little Falls) picked up back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning with the Golden Eagles stranding runners on the corners and trailing 5-1. “With bases loaded and nobody out, when you have chances against good teams you better take advantage of them and we didn’t,” said Gust. “We’re a big hit or two away, we’ve said this a lot this conference season, we’re a big hit or two away from reversing our record in the conference, but the fact is we’re not getting those hits right now and we’ve got them in the conference season. Someone is going to have to step up and get the job done, it’s more of a mindset than a physical thing.”
UMC went down in order in the final inning as St. Cloud State took game one 5-1.
Jonathan Lund makes contact and puts the ball in play
|St. Cloud State||4||0||0||1||0||0||X||5||6||0|
Ben Thoma fires a throw to first base, trying to turn a double play
|Aaron Hollcraft - UMC||3.1||6||5||5||5||1|
|Gabriel Cavasos - UMC||1.2||0||0||0||0||1|
|Dom Austing - St. Cloud||5.0||4||0||0||0||8|
|Ricardo Garcia - St. Cloud||0.0||1||1||1||2||0|
|Kyle Boser - St. Cloud||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Zach Iten -St. Cloud||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
Reed Hjelle - 2-3
Scott Mortenson - 1-3, rbi
St. Cloud State scored a run in the first inning and they tacked on three more runs with a three-run home run over the left-center field fence off the bat of Bo Schmitz (Sr., St. Cloud) to give the Huskies a 4-0 lead. “Our pitchers weren’t in the zone and that’s what you get, crooked numbers,” said UMC head coach Steve Gust. “Not only were our pitchers not in a zone, but we didn’t play defense and that combination will allow them to score a lot of runs.” Minnesota Crookston scraped one run back in the top of the fourth inning when Jonathan Lund (Jr., Tolna, ND) grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) to score from third base closing the deficit down to 4-1. St. Cloud State answers with two more runs in the fifth inning to stake a 6-1 lead. Jonathan Lund singled into centerfield in the top of the sixth that scored Reed Hjelle, followed by a Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) double to left center field to score Lund, closing the deficit down to 6-3 after the top of the sixth inning. The Huskies countered with an additional three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to grow the lead to 10-3 after six innings. Reed Hjelle gave the UMC fans in attendance something to cheer about in the top of the eighth inning with a solo home run out to the deepest part of the ballpark for his fifth home run of the year with St. Cloud State’s lead trimmed to 11-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. SCSU managed to answer the Golden Eagles run with one of their own in the bottom of the eighth before closing the game out in the top of the ninth to complete the two-game sweep winning game two 12-4. “They didn’t give us anything,” explained Gust. “They didn’t give us anything, but they were mixing it up and pounding the zone. The game becomes very elementary when you can’t throw strikes and they can.”
Going forward, Gust acknowledged, a change needs to occur, “we need to change the mindset, we can’t just show up and expect to win. We need to work hard and do the things right fundamentally that make us a good team.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 16-21 overall and 2-16 in NSIC play and will continue their homestand with a four-game series against Upper Iowa on Saturday at 1 PM. St. Cloud State improves 21-10 overall and 14-5 in conference play.
Wyatt Peppel slides back into first base as a Husky player looks on
|St. Cloud State||1||3||0||0||2||4||1||1||X||12||14||1|
Graeme Cherry with a pitch in the second game
|Graeme Cherry - UMC||4.1||8||6||6||1||4|
|Louis Gerzin - UMC||1.0||1||3||1||3||3|
|Dalton Grose - UMC||0.0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Esten Beneda - UMC||1.0||2||1||1||2||0|
|Nate Albrecht - UMC||1.2||2||1||0||0||0|
|Shannon Ahern - St. Cloud||7.0||5||3||3||0||7|
|Trevor Koenig - St. Cloud||1.0||2||1||1||0||0|
|Matt Butler - St. Cloud||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
Reed Hjelle - 4-4, 3 runs, rbi
Jonathan Lund - 2-4, 2 rbi's, run
UMC SOFTBALL SWEPT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY IN A DOUBLE HEADER IN BISMARCK
The University of
Minnesota Crookston Softball team battled, but fell short as they were swept by
the University of Mary Marauders 5-2 and 11-6 in a double header played in
Bismarck, North Dakota.
The University of Mary hit two home runs in the first inning and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the first game of the double header.
In the top of the first inning, Mary hit a two run home run and followed with a solo home run to take a 3-0 lead. The Marauders added another run in the top of the third inning with an rbi single for a 4-0 lead. They added another run in the fourth inning with another rbi single for a 5-0 lead.
UMC finally got on the board when Gabriel Antolak (Sr. Zimmerman) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Golden Eagles added another run in the sixth inning when Mikaela Rodriguez (Soph. Laveen, AZ) doubled and Antolak singled. Antolak stole second base and Rodriguez scored on a throwing error on the catcher to bring UMC within a 5-2 deficit. The Golden Eagles weren’t able to add any more runs and lost 5-2.
|Luisa Silvain - UMC||7.0||13||5||5||1||6|
|Brieann Backes - Mary||7.0||6||2||2||2||3|
Gabriel Antolak - 2-3, run, rbi
Khailyn Neumayer - 2-3, walk
The second game of the double header started similar to the first game, but UMC was on the scoring end in the first inning. UMC took advantage of a walk and a Makaela Rodriguez two run home run for a 2-0 lead. The next Golden Eagle batter followed with a solo home run for a 3-0 lead. Mary responded with a run on a single in the second inning and added another run in the third inning to get within a 3-2 deficit. Mary tied the game with an rbi double in the fourth inning for a 3-3 tie. UMC regained the lead in the fifth inning when they scored on a Kassidy Klaphake sacrifice bunt for a 4-3 lead. Mary tied the game at four with a sacrifice fly, but UMC regained the lead with a sacrifice fly of their own for a 5-4 lead after six innings. In the top of the seventh inning, Mary led off with a single and UMC elected to change pitchers and it came back to haunt them. Mary added another single and a sacrifice fly to score a run to tie the game at 5-5. After a stolen base, a Marauder walked to load the bases with one out. The next batter reached on an error to score a run and bases were still loaded with one out and Mary leading 6-5. The next batter walked, to score another run and the Marauders blew the game open with a double to score two runs and they added two more runs on a UMC throwing error for an 11-5 lead.
UMC tried to mount a comeback and scored in run in the bottom of the seventh, but that is all they would get in the 11-6 loss.
UMC drops to 5-29 on the year and 1-11 in the NSIC and they will travel to Bemidji State on Thursday for a double-header. Mary improves to 13-14 overall and 4-10 in the NSIC.
|Paige Pitlick - UMC||2.0||4||2||2||1||3|
|Kassidy Klaphake - UMC||4.0||7||4||3||1||2|
|Mikayla Jones - UMC||0.1||1||4||2||2||0|
|Heather Cunningham - UMC||0.2||3||1||0||0||0|
|Sarah Thomson - Mary||4.0||4||4||4||5||5|
|Madison Jahner - Mary (WP)||3.0||7||2||2||1||0|
Taylor Allen - 2-3, 2 walks, run
Mikaela Rodriguez - 2-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Gabriel Antolak - 2-3, run, rbi
MONDAY - APRIL 16, 2018
CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS TENNIS LOSES TWO MATCHES IN TRF TRIANGULAR
The Crookston Pirate Boys Tennis team played their first outdoor matches of the season and came up short with a 5-2 loss to Detroit Lakes and 7-0 loss to Thief River Falls in a triangular played at the Franklin Middle School courts in Thief River Falls.
Nick Garmen with a backhand return Logan Wardner lunges for a backhand
Crookston vs Detroit Lakes-
Crookston picked up wins at first singles with Nick Garmen winning his match 6-1, 6-4 and the first doubles team of Jack Garmen and Blake Fee won their match in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 12-10. Nick Garmen had little trouble in his match, winning in straight sets. Jack Garmen and Fee lost their first set 7-5, but they bounced back to win the second set 6-4 and won a third set 12-10. "Those guys played well," said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. "Jack and Blake had an exciting one and that was a nice win and Nick continues to play well for us."
Crookston lost a close match at second singles with Logan Wardner playing tough, but coming up short in a 6-4, 10-6 loss. Brandon Boetcher, in his first year of tennis, played well in a 6-3, 6-3 loss at fourth singles. "We had some guys that played well, but came up short," said Coach Brekken. "The wind and cold might have affected some of them, but it was good to get the first outdoor match of the season, finally."
|Crookston -2||Detroit Lakes-5||Winner||Score|
|1st Singles||Nick Garmen||Pedro Lacasa||Crox||6-1, 6-4|
|2nd||Logan Wardner||Gabe Hanninen||DL||6-4, 10-6|
|3rd||Tanner Janorschke||Tanner Doppler||DL||6-3, 6-1|
|4th||Brandon Boetcher||Garret Knopf||DL||6-3, 6-3|
|1st doubles||Jack Garmen
|Crox||5-7, 6-4, 12-10|
Jack Garmen with a forehand return in the first doubles match vs DL
Crookston vs Thief River Falls-
The Crookston Pirates lost all seven matches in the dual with the Thief River Falls Prowlers. Although the team score and individual match scores might look a little lopsided, the match was closer than the scores indicate. "We had a lot of long rally's and some long matches, but we didn't get the points when we needed them," said Pirate Coach Cody Brekken. "We aren't that far away, but I some some standing around and other things that I will address in practice tomorrow." There were two matches that were close. The first doubles match with Blake Fee and Logan Wardner was a three set match, the only one of the match. After losing their first set they bounced back to win the second set 6-2, but had a couple miss-hits and some serve problems and Thief River Falls won the match in three sets. The third doubles team of Chris Kazmierczak and Mason Owens played third doubles and lost their first set 6-1, but bounced back and lost a competitive 7-5 second set. "They battled and fought in the that set," said Coach Brekken. "We saw a lot of good things from them and all the guys, but we have to work on some things." The players and coaches all agreed that the first outdoor matches in cold and windy conditions were exciting, but tough. "It wasn't ideal conditions with the wind and cold, but I told the guys the conditions were the same for everybody," said Coach Brekken.
Crookston drops to 1-4 on the year and will travel to the Alexandria Quadrangular on Saturday.
|1st Singles||Nick Garmen||Carter Onkka||TRF||6-2, 6-1|
|2nd||Tanner Janorschke||Zach Twamley||TRF||6-1, 6-1|
|3rd||Logan Schultz||Dylan Hahn||TRF||6-0, 6-1|
|4th||Brandon Boetcher||Noah Rupprecht||TRF||6-1, 6-0|
|1st doubles||Blake Fee
|Jack Onkka||TRF||6-4, 2-6, 10-5|
Chris Kazmierczak with a return
SUNDAY - APRIL 15, 2018
UMC BASEBALL SWEEPS BEMIDJI STATE IN ANOTHER DOUBLE HEADER
The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Baseball team scored six runs
in the first two innings and that would be all they would need in a 6-2 victory
in game one and they won with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning
for a 6-5 victory in the second game over the Bemidji State Beavers in a non-conference game played at the UMC
Baseball field in Crookston.
When the Golden Eagles have won games this year, they usually score early and that was the case in the first game of the double header. In the bottom of the first inning, Anthony Stewart (Sr. Oak Harbor, Wash) led off with a double, Ben Thoma (Fresh. Clearbrook) was hit by a pitch and Reed Hjell (Jr. East Grand Forks walked to load the bases with one out. The next Golden Eagle batter struck out, but Jonathan Lund walked to score Stewart and UMC led 1-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Jeff Cullinane tripled to the right-center field gap and scored on an error. Ethan Mushitz (Sr. East Grand Forks) reached on another BSU error and Stewart scored to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead. Hjelle followed with a walk before Scott Mortenson tripled to score two runs and Lund capped the five run inning with an rbi single and UMC led 6-0 after two innings of play.
In the top of the fourth inning, Bemidji State rallied back for two runs, taking advantage of a couple of Golden Eagle mistakes, scoring a run on an error and another run on a wild pitch to get within a 6-2 deficit, but UMC starting pitcher Zach Rustad (Jr., Blaine) and relief pitcher Gabriel Cavasos (Sr. San Antonio, TX) shut down the BSU offense the rest of the way and combined for a two hitter and UMC held on for a 6-2 victory.
Zach Rustad (left) and Cabriel Cavasos (right) teamed up for the win on the mound
|Zach Rustad - UMC||5.0||2||2||0||5||9|
|Gabriel Cavasos - UMC||2.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|M. Haldi - BSU||1.2||4||6||2||3||2|
|T. Geisenhof - BSU||4.1||2||0||0||1||5|
Jonathan Lund - 2-2, 2 rbi, walk
Anthony Stewart - 1-3, 2 runs, walk
Late game heroics led Minnesota Crookston to a walk-off win to complete the four-game sweep in game two. Bemidji State struck first in game two with a solo home run over the right-center field fence off the bat of Scott Litchy (Sr., Avon) to claim a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Zach Frazier (Sr., Grand Rapids) reached on a single in the bottom of the third inning and was driven in on a fielder’s choice to the left side of the infield by Anthony Stewart to the game at 1-1 after three innings. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ethan Mushitz (Sr., East Grand Forks) started the inning with a single through the right side of the infield and was moved into scoring position following a Reed Hjelle (Jr., East Grand Forks) base hit to left field to start the inning. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position with no outs in the inning. Following a UMC strikeout and groundout, Wyatt Peppel (Soph., Greenbush) ground out to the pitcher to end the inning with the game remaining tied at 1-1. A one-out single into center field off of UMC reliever Esten Beneda (Soph., Lankin, ND) regained the lead for Bemidji State with the Beavers taking a 2-1 lead. A bases-clearing triple into the right-center field fence by Bemidji State’s Noah Boser (Soph., Pierz) increased the Beavers lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning. James Cullinane tripled off the base of the right-field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning before Anthony Stewart blooped a double into right-center field to bring Cullinane across home plate and cut the deficit down to 4-2. A groundout, fielder’s choice moved Stewart over to third base with two outs in the inning. Ethan Mushitz tied the game in the next at-bat with a deep shot over the right-center field fence for his sixth home run of the year to tie the game at 4 heading into the sixth inning. Zach Seipel (Jr., Eagan) took the mound for the Golden Eagles in the top of the sixth inning and managed to hold the Beavers scoreless in the top of the sixth inning to keep the scored tied 4-4. Jonathan Lund (Jr., Tolna, ND) dropped a single into center field and was pinch run for by Josh Bollig (R-Fr., Detroit Lakes) to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Jason Angelo (Sr., Manteca, CA) bunted Bollig over to second, but back to back strikeouts stranded Bollig in scoring position to keep the game tied into the seventh inning. Scott Litchy went deep for a second time in the top of the seventh inning over the right-center field fence to give the Beavers a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Following the home run, UMC head coach Steve Gust was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after receiving a warning earlier in the game. “Sometimes you have to stand up for your players,” Gust explained afterward. “A couple of calls didn’t go our way and that’s baseball and instead risking somebody else getting thrown out it’s better me than one of our players. It’s unfortunate it had to happen, but it worked out in the end.” Jesse Palafox (Jr., San Bruno, CA) took the rubber to close out the game for the Beavers in the bottom of the seventh inning and gave up a lead-off walk to Anthony Stewart. A bunt for a base hit hugging the first baseline from Ben Thoma (Fr., Clearbrook) put runners at first and second before a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Ethan Mushitz moved the runners into scoring position. An intentional walk loaded the bases with one out in the inning and Mitchell Bornhauser (Sr., Northfield) coming to the plate. A balk allowed Stewart to tie the game before Bornhauser ripped a base hit into right field allowing Ben Thoma to score from third base for the 6-5 walk-off win. “I was nervous, a lot of butterflies in my stomach,” shared Bornhauser, “but I knew from my approach just to be aggressive and look for a pitch to drive. I was just looking for a fastball. The first pitch he went at me with a curveball and then when he went fastball I was able to trust my hands and drop the ball in."
Following the four-game sweep, Gust hopes the momentum will carry into a return to NSIC play, “we’ve won four games in a variety of fashions. We got good starting pitching all four games, we’ve got some timely hitting, and we’ve made some plays on the field, so I think this shows the guys we can win in multiple ways and it’s never over until the last pitch. This was just a good sweep for our program.”
The Golden Eagles improve 16-19 and are scheduled to travel to St. Cloud State to take on the Huskies in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 1:30 PM. Bemidji State falls to 4-22.
Ben Thoma throws to first base for an out Jonathan Lund with a base hit in the first game
|Jacob Butcher - UMC||4.0||2||1||1||0||3|
|Aaron Hollcraft - UMC||0.1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Esten Beneda - UMC||1.0||3||3||3||1||1|
|Zach Seipel - UMC||2.0||2||1||1||0||5|
|Jackson Back - BSU||4.2||7||4||4||0||3|
|Jack Wittwer - BSU||1.1||2||1||1||1||2|
|Jesse Palafox - BSU||0.1||2||1||1||1||0|
Ethan Mushitz - 3-3, 2 rbi, run, triple, home run
Reed Hjelle - 2-3, walk
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