Tricounty News

Express rally to defeat Pearl Lake 5-3


KIMBALL – After spotting visiting Pearl Lake three runs in the top of the first, the Express came storming back to take a 5-3 victory.

The Lakers were led by Mitch Wieneke who was 3-for-5 with a double. Steve Krippner also doubled for one of his two hits on the day. Andy Lenzmeier added a single and drove in two runs.

Tony Garding started for the Lakers going the first seven innings. He allowed three earned runs and was relieved by Brad Fabel in the eighth. Fabel gave up the final two Express runs and was tagged with the pitching loss.

Pearl Lake held that edge until the seventh when the Express answered to tie the score. Kimball took the lead in the eighth and held on for the win.

For the Express, Austin Ruehle was 4-for-4 including a double. Andy Dingmann recorded the win on the mound pitching two shutout innings.

With the win the Express moved to 3-1 in the CVL and 5-1 on the season.

Express manager Tom Marquardt credits his team’s good start to their starting pitching bullpen.

“Our starting pitching has been consistent. Like the old story goes, if you get good starting pitching, it will always give your team a chance to win. Andy Dingmann continues to step up his pitching success by winning three games coming out of the bull pen.

Offensively, Marquardt is happy with some of his younger players.

“Austin Ruehle was 4-for-4 Sunday with a double and Jordan Joseph was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. It’s great to see these two young men stepping it up.”



Brewers win a pitchers’ duel 2-0 over St. Nicholas


LUXEMBURG – Travis Hansen started and went eight innings for the Nicks taking the tough loss. Nick Baker matched him throwing eight innings for Luxemburg to register the win. Baker surrendered just three hits while striking out 13. Bryce Adelman came on in relief of Baker to pitch the ninth frame and get the save.

Even though Luxemburg had 12 hits on the day, they only managed to push single runs across in the first and second innings, giving Baker all the support he would need.

Austin Ciccati led the way for the Brewers going 3-for-4 with a double. Ethyn Fruth and Tanner Skaja added two hits each in the winning effort.

Tanner Anderson and Joe Wehlage each collected two hits for St. Nicholas.

Gussies sail past Clippers 9-6

ST. AUGUSTA – Aaron Fruth had a big day at the plate with a home run and three RBI to lead St. Augusta past the visiting Watkins Clippers 9-6.

Brady Graft also swung a hot bat going 3-for-4 while teammates Zach Laudenbach and David Fritz each stroked a pair of hits.

Laudenbach got the win on the mound for the Gussies, and Fruth struck-out the side in the ninth to register the save.

Dallas Everson led the Clippers going 2-for-2 and three RBI. Adam Hiltner, Ryan Tri and Travis Linn each added a hit apiece.

Bruce Geislinger started for the Clippers, going six innings and allowing seven runs, only four earned. Dan Berg tossed the final two frames.

Plenty of offense as Rockies rough up Eden Valley

EDEN VALLEY – Cold Spring remained undefeated in the CVL lashing out 14 hits and defeating Eden Valley 13-9.

Eden Valley jumped out to a one-run lead scoring in their half of the first only to see the Rockies strike for three in the top of the third. The Hawks answered in the bottom of the third with one, but the Rockies scored six times in the fourth to take a commanding lead.

The Hawks fought back, scoring three in their half of the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth, but the Rockies nailed the coffin shut with three more in the eighth.

Eden Valley actually out-hit the Rockies 12-11. Jeff Haag was 4-for-5 including a double and three RBI in the losing effort.

For the Rockies, David Jonas was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Jeff Lindblom was 3-for-5 and Paul Schreiner 2-for-4 for Cold Spring.

John Rossman started for the Rockies and lasted only four innings before giving way to the eventual winning pitcher, Jeff Lindblom.

The Hawks used four pitchers, and Dan Hansen eventually was tagged with the loss.

Saturday games:

Homers lift Brewers over Hawks

LUXEMBURG – Austin Klaverkamp hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Greg Terres followed with a two-run blast in the eighth as Luxemburg edged Eden Valley 5-4 in a Saturday league game.

Eden Valley was paced by Chad Hesse who went 2-for-5 and Gary Peters who was 2-for-3.

Luke Harren recorded the win for the Brewers throwing eight innings while surrendering six hits. Mitch Ergen got the save even though he allowed three Hawk runs in the ninth.

John Bautch was tagged with the loss for Eden Valley.

Rockies stymie Nicks 6-0

COLD SPRING – Blaine Athmann and Josh Porwoll combined for the shutout as the Rockies blanked St. Nicholas 6-0.

Athmann went the first six innings and gave way to Porwoll who finished the game.

Cold Spring was led at the plate by Kevin Wenner who stroked three hits including a triple and a double.

Friday game:

Express top Dassel 5-3 in exhibition play

DASSEL – Kimball traveled to Dassel Friday and claimed a 5-3 victory. The Express scored three runs in the fifth and didn’t relinquish the lead although Dassel made it close as it scored three times in the seventh.

Matt Dingmann got the start and the win for Kimball throwing six innings and allowing two earned runs. He struck out five and walked two.

Kimball closer Andy Dingmann took over in the seventh and recorded the final nine outs for the save.

Scott Marquardt continued to swing a hot bat for the Express as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Adam Beyer was also 2-for-5 with an RBI. 

The Express racked up eight hits to Dassel’s four.