Tricounty News

Express win two, top previously unbeaten Rockies 1-0

It was a good weekend for the Kimball Express as they won two games and defeated the previously unbeaten Cold Spring Rockies 1-0 in a pitchers’ duel Saturday in Cold Spring.

The Express then defeated St. Nicholas 13-6 Sunday in St. Nicholas to push their league record to 6-1.

The win over the Rockies atoned for an earlier season setback to Cold Spring.

As Express manager Tom Marquardt has been saying all spring, it’s solid pitching that will win games, and in this case he was prophetic as Matt Dingmann led the way for the Express on the mound. Dingmann lost a bid for a perfect game when he gave up an eighth-inning single. Dingmann finished the day giving up only two hits to one of the league’s more potent offenses.

Josh Porwoll was the hard-luck loser for the Rockies as he gave up the lone Kimball run in the ninth when Dingmann hit an RBI single. On the night Porwoll walked two and struck out five.

Sunday against the Nicks, Scott Marquardt went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Brother Brian Marquardt added two hits in the winning effort.

For the Nicks, Adam Beyer laced a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as his club remained winless in the league.

The Express erupted for five runs in the second inning. The big hits were a two-run single by Scott Marquardt, an RBI single by Ben Johnson, and a two-run homer off the bat of Adam Beyer.

On the day, Scott Marquardt racked up four RBI on four hits. Adam Theis recorded the pitching win allowing two runs over five innings. He struck out five and walked two while giving up four hits.

Kevin Drontle was tagged with the loss allowing 11 runs over 6 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out two.

Pearl Lake edges Eden Valley 6-5

PEARL LAKE – Mitch Wieneke went 2-for-4 with a double and came on in relief to register the win as the Lakers slipped by Eden Valley 6-5 Sunday.

Wieneke came in the game to relieve starter Andy Lenzmeier in the sixth inning.

Ryan Wieneke also had a big game for the home team going 4-for-5 with three doubles including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth driving in Sam Schlangen.

Josh Schumacher was 3-for-3 for the Hawks and Chad Hesse added two hits. Heath Kramer took the pitching loss for Eden Valley going all nine innings allowing 11 hits.

The Hawks jumped out to a three-run lead in the top half of the first only to be answered by three Laker runs in the bottom of the first. On the day, the Lakers outhit the Hawks 11-8 but Eden Valley committed four costly errors.

Rockies win over Watkins

COLD SPRING – The Rockies got back on the winning track with a 6-2 win over Watkins Sunday as Josh Porwoll had a big day at the dish going 4-for-4.

Blaine Athmann went eight solid innings to get the win while Bruce Geislinger hurled seven innings for the Clippers and was tagged with the loss.

The game was close until the fourth when the Rockies strung together a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases. A hit batsman and a sacrifice fly plated two runs and the Rockies never looked back.

Travis Linn was 3-for-4 for the Clippers and Miah Kramer, Dallas Everson and Ryan Tri each added a pair of hits.

Luxemburg tops St. Augusta

ST. AUGUSTA – The baseballs were flying out of the park Sunday for both squads, but it was the Brewers who took the win 10-6 over the Gussies.

Colton Fruth blasted a three-run shot and Isaac Matchinsky added a two-run blast for the Brewers. 

Meanwhile, the Gussies got round-trippers from Adam Gwost and Matt Skaja. Marcus Lommel added a pair of hits for
St. Augusta who fell to 3-3 on the year.

Nick Baker picked up the win for Luxemburg who also had big days at the plate from Austin Cicatti who was 3-for-4 with a double and Derrick Orth who went 2-for-4.

Friday game:

Luxemburg romps 15-5 over Eden Valley

EDEN VALLEY – The Brewers got plenty of offense to take a slugfest over the Hawks Friday.

Cory Wenz went 4-for-5 with a double to lead the way for Luxemburg. Isaac Machinsky was 3-for-6 with a double and teammate Greg Terres was 3-for-5 including a three-run homer.

For the Hawks, Chad Hesse, Hayden Willner and Josh Schumacher all collected two hits. 

Mitch Ergen registered the pitching win going eight innings. John Fish came on in relief and pitched a scoreless ninth. John Bautch took the loss for the Hawks throwing five innings. He was relieved by Nathan Geislinger who gave up the final eight Luxemburg runs.

Eden Valley’s Chad Hesse slides safely into third and watches as the ball gets past Pearl Lake third baseman Justin Kunkel in the top of the first. The Hawks would score three times in that frame only to see the Lakers come back and tie the score in the bottom of the inning. Pearl Lake won the contest in the bottom of the ninth. Staff photo by Mike Nistler.